Friday, July 3, 2009


So, I was being bored and looking through all of our online pictures, and I found these pictures of my sister, my grandma and I. We're making traditional German cookies called lebkuchen (LABE-koo-ken). As you've probably guessed, my Grandma is German. :) She makes lebkuchen (translation = little love cakes) every year at Christmas, but now that she's getting older (she's 83!) Jessica and I help her make them. Mama hates them, but she helps too. Haha! Lebkuchen is an aquired taste for a lot of people. The frosting is anise-flavored (licorice, basically), which can turn a lot of people off. But my dad grew up eating them, so he loves them, as do Jessica and I. My brothe David has my mama's tastebuds, I guess. :) Anyways, here's the pictures.
(l-r) Grandma, me, Jessica. We're mixing the dough, I suppose.
Here we are again. Excuse me for being sans-makeup and holding the measuring cup like an idiot. :D But besides me, don't I have a beautiful family? Look at my grandma ... she's 83 and has hardly any wrinkles! The recipe makes 12 dozen! Looots of cookies. We're frosting them here. I look fat, so ignore me and concentrate on the yummy cookies. :) Believe it or not, these disappear extremely quickly. My grandparents only took home about 3 or 4 dozen this year, so we were left with 9 dozen or something silly like that. But my daddy (who has a disgustingly fast metabolism) can eat a whole cookie jar's worth of these at a time. :)


  1. This is so cool! I have almost exactly the same pictures of me and my sister and mom and my Finnish grandma making pasties (PASS-tees, not paste-ees) together in the kitchen! Thanks for bringing back a nice memory for me. You guys are all beautiful!

  2. Kaybee - Yay! I don't believe I've ever had a pastie, but then I've never had much ethnic Finnish food at all. It sounds interesting! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing Faith. I don't have a Grandmother but I did the same thing with my Mother. Only Italian cookies. Dozens and dozens of them. She was a fantastic cook and baker. I can't believe yoy Grandmother is 83! She looks waay younger than that. You'll have something to look forward when you get older. You look young for your age. You should take a new picture of yourself for your blog. Another pose than doesn't cover up your mouth. Your really a pretty young woman and should be proud and show it off! Have a Happy 4th of July everyone.

  4. Lucy - You're welcome! Isn't it fun to do stuff like that?
    And, I know! She does look way younger. No botox, either. ;)
    Ok, well, maybe when I'm in Colorado a good picture will surface.
    Happy 4th of July to you too!