There’s times when the rewards of blogging are overwhelming and ignite or re-ignite the apparently impossible. Well today, that’s happened for me!
In short, a second cousin of mine, whom I haven’t seen for about 40 years, responded to my Twitter link on the recent post about Ways of Coping with Winter and my question about how YOU embrace Winter Time http://wp.me/p1ip9d-24y.
She responded with just one word Gingerbread. This had me back on a Sunday of my very early childhood when Dad had brought the others to a circus but left me at home with Mother because I was a bit under the weather. Understanding my bitter disappointment, Mother announced that we would make Gingerbread Men. I had the lovely task of cutting out the men with the ancient tin cutter that she had got from her mother, Jean. I was thrilled to bits that I hadn’t gone to the circus, such was the warmth and comfort in this joint cooking and eating!
I tweeted Cuz back with ‘What about Gingerbread Men?’ and she responded almost immediately with this:
One of my earliest memories is of licking the pot after making (great) Aunt Jean’s ginger bread. I still use the same recipe!
The old scrapbook in which my mother kept her precious family recipes, many of which were written in pencil, has pretty much fallen apart and I thought they were lost forever. But, today Gingerbread has been restored and, I agree with Cousin Johann than it is a great way of embracing Winter! Here’s the recipe that I was so thrilled to see in my Inbox today. Give it a try and think of happy memories, everlasting hope, and family connections while you’re at it!