Cookies.

Cookies, a random, simple title. Growing up one thing, my brothers and I would do was make cookies for just about every holiday. We’d get dropped off at my Grandparents house for the day and just make cut out cookies. Now these aren’t just any sugar cookie cut outs, these are something special. I have yet to find a recipe out there quite like the ones my grandma makes. Even though she always says, “I just found it in a newspaper,” it still makes them grandma’s cookies. I actually just found the cookie cutters at my parents house that we always use, a whole garbage bag. A garbage bag, filled to the top with cut outs for every holiday.

I always looked forward to these times. Special memories were made. My grandma would always say, “don’t eat the cookie dough (though I’d always steal some when she was not looking) or do not roll the dough too thin!!” I do not really remember when there was a season when we didn’t make cookies together. I remember one year for Christmas we decided we would triple the recipe. Triple. Unless you want to spend your whole entire day pulling cookies in and out of the oven, I do not recommend ever doing this!! We spent hours upon hours. Then you realize you have to frost the endless amount of cookies. We made hundreds of cookies that day and had no idea what to do with them all. So we loaded up plates and my brothers went door to door on our street dropping off. We decided to never do that again! 😉

This year was the first year, I made these cookies in my own home. Fall cut outs, leaves and acorns. I called my grandma and asked her for the recipe that I should have memorized by now. This year my husband helped me make them but nothing does compare to the many memories made in the past making these with my grandma and my brothers. New seasons and new memories to be made, but those will always be dear to my heart. She always says, “We never had many traditions that we did together” and I always say that making cookies together was the best and I’d rather have just that one then a bunch. I’m thankful that God has given me such an amazing family. I’m thankful for these times and the memories created.

Cherishing the memories of the past and looking forward to the new memories ahead.

 

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Fall.

I love Fall. Fall is when I can finally decorate the house to be all cozy and the almost colder weather arrives. Last year I went crazy and bought decorations for Christmas the day after when everything was on sale but realized I never bought any fall stuff. So looked up some ideas and made a trip to the Dollar Store. Seriously that place is the best. I was able to pick up the cutest decorations to create things for about $20. I am all about buying things cheap and looking for good deals so I can be picky. Sure some of the things are not the best quality but if you can be creative, you can totally work with it! Here are some pictures of some of the things I created (just click on the pictures to see what I did).

You do not have to spend lots of money to decorate, just some simple things to create into new things. Hope this makes you ready for Fall and warm hot apple cider!