Cookies for Nana
There is nothing quite like creating a unique gift for a very special person. This week I was blessed to be able to make birthday cookies for Nana. Aleene Wilcox, born February 17, 1920, is my Nana. She is known for her hospitality and grace to all who come in contact with her. Aleene, came from a different era. An era I admire. That era had a modesty of character and beauty that I miss. You can see it in their pictures. You can hear it in their stories.
Grace. Humility. Modesty. Beauty.
How cute are they? My grandparents. They have loved each other all their lives. Such a testimony of enduring love, commitment, and the beauty of love that lasts through the ups and downs that life can bring. One of my favorite memories of my grandparents is being at their home. When you would wake up in the morning and come down to the kitchen you would find them doing devotions together. One day she would read and the next day he would read. They took turns each day of their lives.
The challenge in creating custom birthday cookies is to capture a little bit of who people are in the cookies. But it is the very process of capturing their personality that makes birthday cookies so fun. As I sat down to sketch out my ideas I began to brainstorm. What reminds me of my Nana?
Her delicate teacup collection
lace that adorns her tables
pinks and mauves; colors you will often see here wearing
and my most precious momento: her silver
This box is most precious to me. I love all the scratches that adorn the outside and the beauty that you behold when you open the box. My Nana, handed down to me her silver. It has been handed down from generation to generation. My Nana’s silver is over 120 years old. I treasure this gift. Every time I use them I am reminded of her and her hospitality.
My Nana looked so beautiful on my wedding day. She is so striking in the color pink.
If you were to visit her home you find touches of pink and mauve throughout the house. Her dining room table has the most beautiful lace covering. I could not think of a better way to commemorate that beauty than to pipe lace patterns on her birthday cookies.
For the past couple of months, as I have been working on these birthday cookies in my head, I wanted to do english roses. My Nana has so many teacups that have these delicate roses painted on them. I am so thankful for Arty McGoo. Just last month she posted a video tutorial of how to make these very kind of roses. Just in the nick of time. Happy Birthday, Nana! Thank you for all you do for your family, friends, and neighbors. We are all so thankful for how you have enriched your life. I hope you have a very special day.