Wordless Wednesday #125

imageNot very imaginative photography, I’m afraid, but it’s about the stories! (I feel I should have had a Nigella-esque photo of myself looking dishevelled, pink cheeked and sexy, surrounded by slightly off kilter but equally sexy cookies and cookie making equipment but somehow I was afraid I couldn’t quite carry it off. You do see, don’t you?)

You can also see my friends’ Wordless Wednesday photos at:

Allison Howard

Barbara Lambert

Carin Makuz

Cheryl Andrews

9 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday #125”

  1. So which handle is the new one? Love the cookie cutters in the background, Elizabeth, especially the moose one! Can’t wait to hear the story behind the vintage “The Christmas Cookie Book”. Still using recipes from there, even if you don’t have the appropriate outfit or hairdo?

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    1. The green handle is original. I think it’s kind of a vintage 40s or 50s colour too. The other end is no handle at all, just the stub the old handle fits over. I do have the two pieces of the old handle but every time I glue them back on they fall apart again. Any suggestions? (I’ve been using wood glue.) The cookbook is copyright 1949 and has written in the flyleaf in my mother’s handwriting “Elizabeth J. Yeoman November 1962”. (I had just turned 9.) It is still the book I use for most of my Christmas baking and my daughter, Ilse, and I have a tradition of baking cookies every year and giving them as gifts. It also has stories about how the author’s family emigrated from Germany to Chicago in the late 1800s and her own memories of Christmas baking and traditions. I loved the book when I was 9 and I still do. A couple of years ago I lost it and eventually, after searching high and low, I ordered another copy online second hand. Then last summer I found it again, at our cottage in New Brunswick (not sure how it ended up there since we’re usually only there in the summer!) so I sent the “new” one to my grandson, Mark, who has also joined Ilse and me in the cookie making tradition.

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      1. Lovely story, Elizabeth. Your treasure is twofold: your mother’s cookbook gifted, lost, re-discovered in a place it never should have been and the family tradition it fostered!

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  2. It’s peachy as is. Nigella-Schmeyegella. I love this theme and so looking forward to knowing why you chose this, what stories come with it. Amazing isn’t it the physcial things we attach ourselves to in order to keep the intangibles close. Also, this begs cookies-for-Santa stories and how many of us were asked to leave a little shot of something stronger than milk? (:

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  3. What a delightful and evocative set-up. I still have my mom’s cookie cutters somewhere, so this brings back such memories. We used to make dozens of decorated cookies to decorate the whole Xmas tree when I was a kid, and I tried it once or twice later but the crew ran out of steam and ended up eating the decorations! Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Oh, how wonderful! Did you also have candles on your tree? I once long ago saw a Christmas tree in Germany with candles and it was just the most beautiful thing ever. More recently I bought some clip on candlesticks for our Christmas tree but David wouldn’t let me put lit candles in them. Some year I might defy him but I haven’t yet.

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  4. The bear’s a bit rude! I wish I could make cookies with you & Ilse. Maybe you could send me cookies instead. đŸ™‚ xoxoxo

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