When All Else Fails, Make Cookies

November 11, 2015

A week ago, I told my husband I really needed to get work done so when he came home from work he'd immediately be on daddy duty so I could go sit at my computer and edit my eyes out.  About 20 minutes into editing a message popped up on my screen that said:

"Windows has detected an error in writing your hard drive.  Please back up your files, your hard drive is about to fail." (Something to that effect)


So, I went into the hyperdrive/focused/stressed/panic/eerie calm mode.  I can't really explain it, but by the grace of God I got everything backed up as I frantically called my genius brother in law, whom I love for more reasons than he has saved my technological butt countless times, and still helped put my kids to bed.  When I was sure everything was saved, I shut down my computer and that was that.  

I needed a new hard drive and thankfully I found my installation discs.  Everything was going to be OK, but not before cookies.

On Thursday, I told myself that enough was enough.  No amount of stress or pacing or googling one thought or another would help turn this around more quickly.  So, instead I went to my Mom's and Kid's group, came home, put Soren down for a nap and told him, when he woke up we would make cookies.  We had found some cookie cutters earlier that were airlplane, train and car shaped and I hadn't yet followed through on making cookies with him.  

I tried to think of how long it had been since I made cookies with him and not just for him, when he was sleeping so I could do it quickly without being bothered.  And there I sat and cried, because I realized I was too often there for him if he needed me, but not often enough WITH him when he wanted me.  

So without another thought of terabytes and activation codes, we made rolled sugar cookies from my mom's Cooky Book that I "borrowed" a long time ago.  The same cookies I remember making with my mom.  Because when hard drives and best laid plans and good intended diets and no screen time and all else fails, this sugar cookie recipe does not.  

  Oh how he melts me.
I didn't get any photos of the baked cookies because we ate them, really quickly.  But I got a little of the aftermath.  Jude was pretty upset he only got one.  Either that or he's leading a charge into battle.

 Mary's Sugar Cookies 
(From Betty Crocker's 1975 Cooky Book)

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Cream these together and then blend in - 

2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Refrigerate 2-3 hours (or freeze 30 minutes).  Divide in half and roll out on lightly floured surface.  Cut with cookie cutter and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 7 to 8 minutes at 375 degrees

May your time spent making these be a story with someone, not simply near someone.  

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