My. Oh. My!

Just found the most beautifully-written essay by a 12-year-old, Katie Bayer. Take a peek:

Here, I watch the pale morning sun as it plays golden shafts of light on the ground, livening the crisp, fall-time air….
Leaves lazily strum the air as it passes, playfully blowing tendrils of loose hair around my face and bringing the faint, melodic call of a care-free bird to my ears….

You’re going to be drawn IN to this child’s writing: Adult writers of the world BEWARE.

And if you just need another reason to hop on over to this site, the post also includes her mom’s darling, amazing decorated cookies that anyone could make in a flash. We’re talking totally easy decorating, here, with astonishingly artistic effects.

Okay, you’re not going to believe it unless you see it, so just GO.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – I’ve Been Baking!

Lavender sugar cookies. The house smells divine.

But I’ve loaded almost all those wonderful cookies into zipper bags to donate to a charity. (I saved a small set for a son whose wife is on vacation . . . )

You see, I have joined in with a group of blogger ladies from all over our fair state to make a bake sale happen. The purpose is raising money to help feed the hungry. I love this idea. I, from the working class, make ritzy cookies and wealthy people from a wealthier culture pay too much for them. Then the money goes to buy sensible food for those in another culture who are struggling to find even a bite to eat. It just seems to jive.

So, here is the photo!

The Cookies!

The Cookies!

And here is the recipe:

1 lb butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
Blend above, well.
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend in well.
4 1/2 c. flour
2 Tbsp. pulverized, food-grade lavender blossoms
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Sift above and mix in, well.
Drop by teaspooon onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with glass dipped into sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Mmm!