Gram Sally came into my life in the mid-80's after my parents divorced and my mom met the true love of her life:
Isn't he cute?
My teachers certainly thought so. I swear, my high school teachers looked forward to parent/teacher conferences because they got to talk to Buck.
Of course, as a teenager, I was completely mortified.
Buck's mom, Sally, took my brother and me in with open arms. In fact, all of Buck's family took us in with so much love that we never, ever felt like "step-children." I can't describe how blessed I feel because of their love. I have the most amazing aunts & uncles who have inspired me to be great, to write and to learn every day.
I am so privileged to call Sally Carmichael my grandmother.
My most favorite (and important) memories:
- In the 80's (can't remember the exact year) Gram let my brother and me stay up and watch MTV on New Year's Eve. We thought we were so cool.
- I would spend two nights a week with Gram when I was in college because she lived so close to my school. Most nights, we ended up staying up past midnight just talking.
- Gram helped me understand my mom. And most importantly, she helped me understand why we didn't get along at times.
- She took my brother and me on a little adventure. We experienced every single park in Omaha & Council Bluffs that we could fit in, in one day. Gram made us take off our watches and she put a piece of tape over the clock in the car so we wouldn't focus on the time - we focused on having fun.
- When "The Golden Girls" was actually on TV, I'd watch it with Gram every chance I got. She told me I was special because I "got it."
But her chocolate chip cookies? Best ever. I wish I could describe them and I know I'll do a bad job. Her cookies are legendary and NOBODY has been able to copy them. She's handed out the recipe, but as we learned at her memorial, she didn't really use a recipe and she didn't "measure" anything. She did all it by eye.
Her chocolate chip cookies were just full of flavor and crispy. It's really hard for me to put them into words (and I'm sure I'm not the only one).
One of her daughters (my Aunt Rose), made sure her recipe was passed out to everyone at the memorial. It doesn't matter because nobody will be able to replicate the cookies.
I invite you to try. Originally, I thought I'd have a little contest to see who could come the closest. Then, I thought I'd just give you all the recipe and hopefully you will report back and let me know how amazing they turned out.
Grams Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening (like Crisco - not butter or oleo)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed
Add & mix together:
2 tsp vanilla
Add & blend into mixture:
1 3/4 sifted flour (or 1 1/2 cup unsifted)
2 cups oatmeal (Quick or reg. Not instant)
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 12oz pk chocolate chips
Mix in chips, then drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the greased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown in 375 degree oven. Makes about 6 dozen
Gram's cookies turned out so light and crispy...I really hope you can recreate them, and if you think you do, let me know.
|My awesome family - miss you so much, Gram!|