3,6,9 Cookies

I have been working with Care.com for a couple of years doing senior and child care. During that time I have met people from all over the world.   My most recent child care position introduced me to a mom from Switzerland.  This week she had me try one of her holiday cookies.  She got the recipe from her Austrian grandmother.  They always called them 3,6,9 cookies to help them remember the recipe.  They are so easy and so good.

Simple Sugar Cookie  originally from Inge Retl

  • 300 grams sugar,
  • 600 grams butter, cold,
  • 900 grams flour (all-purpose)

You just combine all with a mixer and then roll out and cut into desired shapes.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Watch and don’t overcook.  They should just be slightly browned around the edges.  You can cook longer if you want a crunchier cookie.  Cool and decorate or just sprinkle on powdered sugar.

Christmas Cookies


Memory Quilt

Tony and I wanted to give ourselves a Christmas gift that was useful and special to us this year.  We decided on a Memory Quilt.  When my daddy died, I got some of his favorite shirts and I had kept a lot of clothes from my kids childhood that had special meaning.  One favorite is Caroline’s sweatshirt from our friend, Barbara.  She bought in in Nottinghill while visiting England.  The handmade ones with initials embroidered on were also keepers.  Looking at these beautiful little clothes brought back forgotten memories of play dates, Latin classes, Awana meetings on Sunday nights in LaGrange, Georgia, and so many others.

Keeping these memories in a blue tote with plastic shrink bags and still worrying about the safety of those memories became a chore and a burden.  I loved these clothes, but I thought it would make more sense to have them sewn into a memory quilt that we could see and enjoy the memories sparked by it on a daily basis.

Our new memory quilt arrived last week and we put it near our bed, draped over the loft in Laurel Beth.  It is truly special!


memory quilt

  • SOME FAVORITES~  The top left picture is my dad’s red shirt.  He would tell my mom to put that on him when he visited the doctor because all the nurses said he looked so handsome in it.  The purple sweatshirt with SW on it is the one from Nottinghill.  It’s from a private school in England.  The sleeveless blue with embroidered flowers is from a photo shoot I had done with Caroline and Andrew on a plantation in Georgia.  The little overalls was worn in a photo shoot and many occasions by Andrew. The red with daisies was worn by Staci on Easter and for a photo shoot.