Grandma’s Cookie Tin

When I was a kid in the eighties, this blue tin of little butter cookies was a staple in my paternal grandparents’ home.

My grandma was an amazing cook. She was an old fashioned Appalachian cook who was always prepared to throw together a great meal with homemade noodles, potatoes and fried meat of some kind. She made delicious pies and cakes including a Mandarin Orange Cake that I attempt to recreate every Easter.

For all her amazing qualities in the kitchen, cookies weren’t her thing. She tried but they were just never that good. Isn’t that funny? She could can a garden full of vegetables and make homemade pie crust with her eyes closed but couldn’t pull off a decent sugar cookie.

She mostly filled the cookie jar on her vinyl tablecloth clad table with store bought cookies and there was frequently a tin of these little butter cookies on hand too.

I hadn’t thought about them in years but was recently transported back to that old kitchen with the African violets in the window and a jar full of bacon grease on the stove. That’s because I found small tins of these cookies at the Dollar Tree. This package is about a fourth the size that she always bought but it was the perfect amount of cookies to make me smile.

Honestly, they aren’t that good but I enjoyed dunking them in a mug of hot chocolate. My grandpa always dunked his cookies in cup of coffee and now I understand that they taste a little better with the extra punch of flavor.

I feel no need to run out and buy more but, golly, I did enjoy this batch. And now I have the tin to remind me of those happy days!

Found Treasure at the Old Shoe Factory

The Old Shoe Factory Antique Mall is one of my favorite stops in Lancaster. I saw lots of things yesterday that either had never encountered in person or that are just a bit uncommon in this area.

One was this bicycle built for three in a gorgeous yellow.

And another was this cute cookie jar – it’s a magician’s rabbit in a hat!

No bargains for me yesterday but it was fun to browse as the blistering heat beats down on us for the umpteenth day in a row.

Cooler days can’t get here soon enough so hiking and other outdoor activities can resume. Meanwhile, it’s ok to just browse antiques and search for treasures unknown.

Happy Sunday, kids! Stay cool!