Birthday Cookies for Nana

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.

Cookies fo Nana

 Grace. Humility. Modesty. Beauty.

Cookies fo Nana

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.

Cookies fo Nana

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.
Birthday Cookies

My Nana looked so beautiful on my wedding day. She is so striking in the color pink.

Birthday Cookies

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.

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.

10 comments on “Birthday Cookies for Nana

  1. Samantha says:

    Awwwwww hi nana!! She is gorgeous!! I love that outfit she has in the picture with her husband. I would wear it 😉 Beautiful cookies M!

  2. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) says:

    This is such a beautiful and touching tribute to your Nana, who has obviously been a great influence in your life. I hope she was able to read this. I know she must have just loved all the love and work that went into her birthday cookies. She sounds like a wonderful and special lady and she certainly has a very wonderful, special and very talented grand-daughter. I hope she had a great birthday and send her best wishes.

  3. Jennifer S E says:

    What a wonderful post!!! Your Nana sounds like such a great gift to you and your family. I love that your silver is a family treasure handed down. 120 years?! Wow!! I love to think about all the family members who used each piece, and the stories they shared while gathered around the family table. What a truly special gift! Happy Birthday to your Nana!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Jennifer. She is truly a gift.

  4. What a beautiful post! The sweet story of the love between your grandparents, the beautiful colors, the beautiful nana! I really got a feel for who she is and it is a privilege to “meet” her. Your cookies are breathtaking! I bet she absolutely loved them! I’m so glad that tutorial helped, but I can see you would have done a brilliant job without it :D. Happy birthday Nana!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Liz, I really appreciate it. I am so glad I could capture the beauty of my Nana in my words. It seemed like quite the daunting task, since she is so amazing!

  5. This is such a beautiful and touching post. Your Nana is adorable. What a blessing to still have grandparents. May God bless you with many more years to come.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Melissa. She is my last living in Grandparent. We lost two of them last year. I try to treasure each moment I have left. 🙂

  6. Susan Dobbs says:

    Very lovely! Nana’s are SO Special!! <3

  7. Hayley S says:

    Beautiful post!! The cookies are simply gorgeous and your Nana looks like such a lovely lady. I hope she has the best birthday!!

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