Making Ginger Cookies

Most women of my age owned an apron, and many even owned an apron like this: handmade and hand decorated. In addition, they probably owned either a measuring cup like this or one made of Pyrex. When I was younger, all my important recipes were handwritten on cards like this. Today, some are so faded that they are hard to read. This one is for a favorite ginger cookie from Nana, my then-husband's grandmother. She carefully pointed out that she hadn't invented it. She got the recipe from a Mrs. Senty. So Mrs. Senty--whom I never met--has been enshrined in my family history.

  • Tim Somero 8y

    Touching. Thank you.
  • m_d_n 8y

    What a great photo!

    I have several aprons similar that were my grandmothers and then my mothers, but I don't recall my mom wearing them often. My favorite is a blue and white gingham with hand-embroidered sunflowers.
  • Mandy Sue 8y

    this is so interesting! i'm sure the cookies are amazing as well.
  • Kris Adams 8y

    Dessert spoon=2 teaspoons as opposed to a tablespoon which is equal to 3 teaspoons.
  • liz west 8y

    Thanks for the comments, everyone, and dramamath for the info.
  • Joan Hill 8y

    very evocative photo. the simpler (were they really?) days of the past are so sweet when remembered along with the special people who inhabited them.

    Let's taste some of Mrs senty's cookies!!! :-)
  • teacher74 8y

    Nice pic, and I´m sure that Mrs. Senty ginger cookies taste yummie.
  • Marie 8y

    I love this! xx
  • tom west 8y

    Mrs Senty lived behind us in Naperville when i was in high school.
    Oh, and shouldn't "husbands" be possesive?
  • liz west 8y

    Thanks, Tom, and yes, it should, and now it is.
  • Rob Ireton 8y

    I think this is one of the stand-out shots from Iron Photographer 17
  • liz west 8y

    Aw, thanks, Rob...
  • squeakychu 5y

    Nice picture. I'm using it for my CSA Newsletter in the coming week. It will go along with a short article as to how our CSA member can post recipes on our CSA google group. The photo is credited to you in the newsletter per Creative Commons and Flickr. Thanks for sharing it! If you'd like a copy of the Newsletter when it comes out, please send me an email address to where I can send it.
  • icemom.diane 5y

    Thank you for sharing on Creative Commons! SynchroMom has used this on a blog post today, August 30, 2010.
  • Multilingual Living 4y

    Thank you for sharing this great photo! Multilingual Living used it to illustrate a post about multilingual families here:
  • jasonmaxham 2y

    Great photo! Thanks for making it available with a Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0). That allowed me to use it for a post titled "One-size-doesn't-fit-all" on my blog, "The Art of Troubleshooting":

    To ensure proper attribution, I included your name and a link back to this page in the photo's caption.

    This image was a great fit for my writing–thanks again!
  • The Law In Life 1y

    Thank you for sharing this great image! I have used it on my blog, The Law in Life, in a post about recipes and intellectual property. If you change the license or would like me to remove the image, please don't hesitate to contact me at
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