Raindrops, Good Friday, Easter, and Cookies ๐ŸŒท

It’s been so long since rain touched down in our region that we’ve forgotten what it sounds like when it falls in droves or when those raindrops touch the roof. But yesterday, we were reminded once again, and the sound was lovely. No wind, no storm, no messiness. Raindrops fell lightly and consistently, all day long, just the soft pitter patter soothing the flora. The blades of grass and blooms with their friendly faces that wish to brighten our days sighed with relief. They were immersed in droplets of hope, and so were we. This precipitation was a welcomed surprise just before Easter.

Today is Good Friday in the Christian religion: a day of commemorating Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Thus, a day of grief, penance, and for some, a day of fasting. Then Easter follows on Sunday, a holiday for celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. On this day, I wish you an abundance of peace and comfort.

For Easter, I decided to do some baking, so I pulled the recipe card out of my recipe box for my mom’s sugar cut out cookies. I have wonderful memories of baking with her when I was a young girl. I continued that tradition with my daughter and son, but now that they live on their own, I bake solo. In the past, I’ve used Cross cookie cutters for Easter, but this time I bought some that are fun for both spring and Easter.

My faithful red hand mixer has treated me well, so no need for a giant mixer in my kitchen. Butter, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, and baking powder waited for their cue. Once the cookies were baked, I mixed up creamy buttercream frosting: more butter, powdered sugar, a little milk, and vanilla, and voila! So good! When the cookies were cool, I frosted them then I added colored sprinkles for decoration. Some bakers paint their cookies, but I like to sprinkle. And here’s what my kitchen looked like:

Bunnies, flowers, butterflies, and chicks! What more do we need, except, Love, Love, Love?! Oh, and do you see those white carrots with the green tops or fronds, as they are called? Well, I forgot orange sprinkles, so they turned into white carrots. Yes, white carrots do exist and they’re called, Arracacha, an Andean root vegetable. My son said that the carrot cookies look like feet. I didn’t see that then, but I can see it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that you’re full from cookies, you may be in the mood to read a delightful children’s book for Easter that I highly recommend, “Sir Chocolate Saves Easter” by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.
You can read it at:
https://writingtoberead.com/2022/04/13/growing-bookworms-sir-chocolate-saves-easter-sirchocolatestory-childrensfiction/. Robbie is also an incredible baker, and she shares her fondant and cake artwork in this adorable book.

I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead. And if you celebrate Easter, I wish you warmth for a wonderful day, and joy and rejuvenation this new season of spring brings.

Lauren Scott ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒบ

42 thoughts on “Raindrops, Good Friday, Easter, and Cookies ๐ŸŒท

  1. All good and …sweet things!!! Amazingly every year, on Good Friday, over here it’s either gloomy or rainy. (Ours is next week)
    Have a beautiful Easter, my dear Lauren! ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’œโค

    1. Yes, all good and sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today it’s actually sunny and cool for Good Friday. I hope for the same on Easter. Thanks, Marina, and I wish you a lovely Easter, too. Big hugs, dear friend. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ’•

  2. Happy Easter, Lauren! Those cookies look delicious. A while ago, while I was mixing some thick dough, my old hand mixer burnt out. Still haven’t replaced it..

    1. Thanks, Binky! And the cookies are too good, really! Those hand mixers work well, but I suppose they do tire out eventually. Mine is still going strong, though. But maybe you should finally replace it and start mixing up some dough, maybe add some chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter!

  3. So Happy you had some rainfall at last Lauren, Easter a time for renewal and that rain will certainly boost those Spring Flowers..
    Loved those cookies ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿ˜ very yummy looking..
    Enjoy Easter my friend x ๐Ÿ’–

    1. We are, too, Sue, and we’re do for a little more next week. I don’t know how the amount we’re getting will help, but a little is better than nothing. I’m glad you loved the cookies; they’re pretty good. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish I could share with a cup of tea or coffee. Have a wonderful Easter and weekend, dear friend. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’—

  4. HI Lauren, thank you so much for including the link to my Easter post story here. I really appreciate it. I am so glad you have had some rain. We also go through periods of drought and it is so awful, dusty and hot, with water restrictions. No water is a very scary thing. Your cookies are adorable and I love the sprinkles idea. I haven’t made sugar cookies for a long time. I spent this afternoon making a chocolate mousse and strawberry custard pie. I hope its going to be okay because I sort of made up the recipe. Tomorrow I am cooking oxtail in red wine for our Sunday celebration. I am also making a Greek potato and egg plant bake for my sister the veggie. So much fun!

    1. You’re very welcome, Robbie. I loved your book, so I’m sure everyone who reads it will feel the same. Yes, it’s such a blessing to finally get some rain, and more is due to come next week. Yay! I’m glad you liked my cookies. Making them has been a fun tradition. And like you about sugar cookies, I haven’t made a pie in years! Since it’s just my husband and me now, I have lost my strong desire to cook elaborate meals, except for on holidays. So you can cook for us anytime. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m thankful he’s so easy going. Your pies sound sinfully delicious and that meal, wow! I hope to try some of your recipes, though, because they do sound really good. Happy Easter to you and your family. ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿฃ

    1. Thanks so much, Bette! I’m glad you liked the cookies. They’re so good and I wish I could share with you with a cup of tea or coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful Easter! ๐Ÿ’—

  5. I’m so glad you had a day of gentle rain, Lauren. What a treat when the land is parched. And lovely cookies. Baking has a great way of bringing out memories. And your carrots look like carrots! Lol. I hope you have lots of loved ones to share your treats with. Happy Easter!

    1. We had more rain last night, too, which was good. Hope it’s enough to make a positive impact. Thanks for you lovely comment, Diana. I’m glad you liked the cookies and “saw” the carrots. I cracked up when my son told me about the feet. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s all about perception, right? I’m actually baking another batch for tomorrow’s festivities. Enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒท๐Ÿฐ

  6. Jane Sturgeon

    Yay, for the gentle rainfall you have had, lovely Lauren. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and your cookies look yummy. Here’s to an abundant Spring, my lovely. Much love for you all, always. xXx โค โค

    1. Thanks, Jane, we had more rain since then, and more is arriving today and tomorrow. So grateful! Yes, here’s to an abundant spring! Sending love and hugs to you, dear friend. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒท

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