With Thanksgiving fast approaching I was getting more and more discouraged. I just felt sad as the reality that I would not be settled into my new home before the holiday season came. All talk of thanksgiving menus and decorating for the season made me utterly despondent.
All my traditions with the children and my excitement for the season were ebbing away. T
Then came the memory of the Cookie Lady.
Our first year in India, we arrived on November 3 and none of our things were there but we met the Cookie Lady. She was a grandma who had lived in India for years and made cookies for everyone. The Cookie Lady was not her real name but it was what she insisted that the children call her; after all, it was who she aspired to be.
The Cookie Lady brought me a reason to be thankful when I was missing home and gave me a true perspective of gratitude. Once again her kindness makes me want to not focus on the smaller picture of me but on what I can do for others.
Being inspired by the Cookie Lady, I started having My boys bake cookies during the holiday season that they hand out to our neighbors. As I am staying with my mother this Thanksgiving, the boys and I will make cookies to hand out to others. They are many people all around us whose day will be brightened by a small simple act.
As we think of our thanksgiving menus and creating a wonderful home for the season let us extend our spirit of gratitude to others.
There is someone new in your neighborhood. Perhaps you live near a military housing unit. Wherever you are this thanksgiving you can make cookies to share and hand out, bringing a little thanksgiving into someone’s life.
I love baking with My Boys, below is a recipe for Apple Jacks a very child-friendly recipe to make and share.
Apple Jack Cookies
- 1 cup Brown sugar
- ½ cup Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1 ½ cups Flour
- ½ tsp. Baking soda
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped apple
- Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg. (To avoid the egg smell add a drop of two of lime or lemon into the egg and beat before adding to the mixture)
- Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the mixture a little at a time.
- Beat until well blended.
- Stir in apples.
- Drop mixture in the shape of balls on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Let cool and package for sharing.