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My sister and I lost our last living grandparent in May of this year. My grandmother had a farm and our childhood was spent in the very best way. We were so fortunate to experience “farm living” when we visited. From riding the farm horse bareback, jumping in a muddy pond, and building forts wherever could hold a few pieces of plywood. Of course, the best things were the great cooking, baking, and canning that came out of her kitchen.

After Grandma grew older she sold the farm but we still visited regularly with our kids in tow. She was an amazing baker and every year she made dozens and dozens of cookies. We took our kids (her great-grandchildren) up every year to help. Probably made more of a mess than helped, but it was all about the memories. The last few years have been tough enough with Covid. In 2020 we had to decorate Easter eggs via FaceTime because we were scared we would bring something to her. That Christmas she said “no way”! You guys have to come and bake cookies.

This year just wasn’t the same and I failed miserably. I didn’t bake a single cookie. Not only did I rob my kids of the experience I also missed out on time that I get to spend with my niece and sister. I was telling a friend this and she suggested renting a cabin for a weekend bake, watch movies and spend time together remembering Grandma.