Knife in the Water

Knife in the Water

 I was tidying up the kitchen with my 50-something year old friend, Mary Ann.  She was washing the dishes.  I was around 35 years old at the time.

I placed some items in the sink full of soapy water.  One was a kitchen knife.  Mary Ann immediately removed the knife & said, “Don’t EVER put a knife in the water when I’m washing dishes!!

It wasn’t WHAT she said, but rather it HOW she said it!  You know…that tone of voice that infers that you don’t have enough sense to get out of bed in the morning??

I said nothing, inwardly fuming at her.  I had heard that same “mother voice” from her as she spoke to her 17 year old daughter, and I didn’t care for it any more than her teenager did.

It was about 2 weeks later that my hands slid into my kitchen sink full of soapy water, & I cut myself on a knife in the water.  I had ignored GOOD instruction simply because of the delivery method, & my own conceit that “It won’t happen to me.”

I’m sure you can understand that NOW my kitchen knives are treated with the respect they deserve.  They are sharp, & they can wound…words even more so. 

With this in mind, I really do try to instruct with gentleness those younger folks in my life.  Instruction of others should not make them feel small & ignorant.  They deserve the same consideration I would like to have.  In Mary Ann’s defense, it was never her intention to offend.

I am posting a recipe for that wonderful sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon & sugar.  Mary Ann called them Snookerdoodles.  I call them Snickerdoodles, but whatever you call them, they are delicious!!

Confectionately Yours,



1 c. Crisco shortening                                      1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 c. sugar                                                    1 tsp. salt
2 eggs                                                                 2 TBS sugar
2-3/4 c. sifted all purpose flour                      2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. cream of tartar
Mix the 2 tsp cinnamon with 2 TBSP sugar & set aside.

Cream sugar and Crisco. Add eggs and beat well. Sift all dry ingredients.  Add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Refrigerate until firm.

Rolls cookies into walnut sized balls & roll into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in a preheated 375° oven. Let stand a minute before removing
from cookie sheet. Makes 5-6 dozen.
Note: Sift ingredients onto sheet of wax paper or parchment. Gather the sides together
forming a modified scoop shape. This will allow you to gradually add the dry
ingredients to the creamed mixture with a minimum of mess.