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National Cookie Day

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National Cookie Day is observed annually on December 4th, and that is today!

We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills and tulips. The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake.

There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented. This is because they traveled well however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards.

The origin of the cookie appears to begin in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region. They were then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common in all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors.

Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies.

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In most English-speaking countries outside of North America, the most common word for cookie is biscuit. In some regions, both terms, cookies and biscuits are used.

Cookies are classified into different categories, with the most common ones being:

Bar cookies – Drop cookies – Filled cookies
Molded cookies – No bake cookies
Pressed cookies – Refrigerator cookies
Rolled cookies – Sandwich cookies


Pick up some cookies at your local bakery. Remember to share some of your cookies with your family and friends!

Bake your favorite cookie, and savor how your house smells.

With hot tea, hot chocolate, coffee, or cider, sit down in your chair for a while and enjoy a cup with your cookie.

Have a tea party with your “favorite”, and, of course, with your favorite cookies.

As Cookie Monster says, “Today me will live in the moment unless it is unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie.”

“And They’re Off!”

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It’s Derby week in Louisville, in Kentucky, in the United States, and in the world! What a history this one horse race has.

Dating back to 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States. During two world wars and the Great Depression, this race was still run by three-year-old Thorougbreds.

Meriwether Lewis Clark, the grandson of William Clark – famous for the Lewis and Clark expedition, attended the Epsom Derby in England. This horse race had been run since 1780. He then traveled to France and hobnobbed with the French Jockey Club.

Returning to America, he brought back a dream for a spectacular horse race in America. John and Henry Churchill, two of his uncles gave him the land to develop a racetrack. The Louisville Jockey Club was formed, and they raised the funds to build the racetrack. Fifteen horses, on May 17, 1875, raced one-and-a-half miles to the cheers of around 10,000 spectators. Aristides won, and the rest is history.

Traditions have multiplied through the years, as has the popularity of this event. Beautiful hats vie with the magnificent horses. Mint juleps are mixed and sold by the thousands; silver and pewter mint julep cups are listed on bridal registries. Standing to sing “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster is a stirring and enthusiastic activity. Red roses crown the winner.

This Saturday we will gather in our home to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports. As Daddy taught us, we will stand to sing “My Old Kentucky Home.” There will be red roses on the table. Leaning forward, we will wait for the words, “And they’re off!” And after the race, we will celebrate the winner with Derby pie.

Family traditions are varied. For us, we are now teaching the fourth generation to enjoy the Kentucky Derby.

Aren’t family traditions the best? Yesterday, for lunch, I served my grandmother’s spaghetti casserole, Mom’s lime pie, and my banana pudding. On the table were my great grandmother’s pink peonies. Family traditions help to define us and give us a sense of being a part of those we know and those we don’t know.

Cookie Monster loves cookies, and I like what he says about friends. I believe this applies to families, too.

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May Events:
May 10 – Kings Mountain Chapter NSDAR
May 12 – Star Fort Chapter NSDAR
May 24 – Mt Ariel Chapter NSDAR
May 28 – Colonial Faire in Fountain Inn