|Kim and Vicki at the Hilton Post Office where we shared Gummy's love!|
Gummy is in a memory care unit. Gummy's world is falling into disarray via the wretchedness of dementia. Bits of this and half-memories of that combine to create a confusing, contradictory day for the Gummy's of this world. What was isn't what is, and what is can't be remembered.
|Farmer Seth, taking a quick cookie break, sharing Gummy's love!|
Stephanie's poignant posts about Gummy caught my eye. Stephanie writes with a warmth and poignancy that makes the scene come alive and you smile like you did watching Home Improvement, knowing it's funny on TV... but not so funny in your living room.
|Betty and Jim Stilson, sharing Gummy's love!!!|
I tweaked a couple of things (Stephanie, DON'T TELL GUMMY!!!!!)
I used less baking powder than the recipe called for because I didn't want them too puffy... And I used powdered sugar for a softer dough.
|My brother Terry Herne, enjoying Gummy's orange cookies!!!|
Isn't it funny how something as simple as a cookie can make such a difference in a person's day? These cookies made folks smile. They made them laugh. And when I told them Gummy's story, they sighed and nodded and didn't laugh because they understood that there was nothing funny about Gummy's prognosis... but they still Loved Her Cookies!
|Becky Prophet enjoying some of Gummy's love!!!|
And I hope you love them!
Gummy's Orange Cookies:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar (I used powdered sugar for a slightly softer dough)
4 cups flour
1 cup sour milk*
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons baking powder (I used one so they wouldn't puff up too much)
Rind from one orange. Juice, also. (don't you love that direction????? I grated the rind, then squeeeeeezed the juice and added 1/4 cup of orange juice to the mix)
|Grated Orange Rind......|
Cream butter and eggs.
Add sugar and milk and mix thoroughly. Add orange juice and orange rind.
Add flour and soda slowly.
Bake at 350° for about ten minutes.... I take them out before they start to turn golden because I love soft, chewy cookies. Leaving them in longer gives you a more crispy bottom.
The recipe says to grease and flour pan, but I used parchment paper instead. They cooked perfectly even top and bottom, like showcase cookies!!!!
Stephanie had an icing recipe, but I used this one instead:
1 stick butter (8 oz.)
4 cups powdered/confectioner's/10X sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
Shredded rind from second orange
Soften butter. Add sugar and orange juice. Blend slowly, then whip for 4 minutes. Add orange rind, then beat long enough to mix it into frosting.
Frost cooled cookies....
And what does The Little Princess think of these???
She went all in! :)
These cookies are/were amazing... but more amazing is the love that transcends time, age and disease... the kind of love that realizes how delicate the balance of brain and body are, and how we are the sum of so many things... things we don't necessarily understand or appreciate until we lose them.
So keep Gummy and Stephanie and the family in your prayers, and let's all make it a point to someway, somehow: Share Gummy's Love.
It doesn't have to be orange cookies. It could be knitting or crocheting or pumpkin rolls or eggplant parm... but we can keep the past alive while the present tries to defeat us by sharing "Gummy's" love.