Sweet Hamburgers and Memories

*******This is a guest post by Adina Bailey, co-founder of Take Them A Meal.  Take Them a Meal is a free online meal scheduling website allowing users a simple system to provide care to those in need.  Adina is also one of my dearest friends, who is a great inspiration to me as I watch the way she loves and shepherds her children.  ********

Several recent Barefoot Walks posts (written by my friend Renee) inspired me to think of a memory from childhood that I still carry with me today – a memory I want to create with my own children, so they will carry it as well.

When I was a child, I visited my aunt one day at her apartment in Baltimore.  She and I spent part of the day together, and she planned a special project for us.  My Aunt Becky is one of the most thoughtful people I know, and even today she pays attention to the details of my life and the lives of my children in order to make us feel special.  She loves her family well, is considerate of others, and gracefully won a battle against cancer.

I remember the project we completed in vivid detail.  It was a cooking project and even at my young age I appreciated the irony of it.  Together, we made cookies that looked like little hamburgers.  I loved that the salty image turned out to be a sweet minty treat.

Now, as I’m taking time to remember that day, I realize all the love that went into planning and spending that time with me.  What really is a simple project planned out by my aunt became a lifetime memory for me.  I want my own children to have memories, like the one I’m cherishing, to look back on when they feel insecure or need to remember how much they are loved.

Here is the recipe for Hamburger Cookies…. http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1710,150180-249192,00.html

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48 vanilla wafers 24 chocolate covered peppermint patties 1/4 c. flaked coconut 1 drop green food coloring Sesame seeds
In a small jar combine a few drops of water and green food coloring. Add coconut; cover and shake until all of the coconut is tinted. Set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a peppermint pattie on top of a vanilla wafer on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place in oven 1 minute or just until chocolate begins to soften. Sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut. Top with another vanilla wafer. Press gently with a clean pastry brush, brush top vanilla wafer with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Makes 24 cookies.

Here’s what I created with my own children as I shared how I had made these same cookies when I was a little girl.

What a fun time recalling a special memory from my childhood with my own children… and delicious too!