Please forgive my poor photography skills, but this beautiful little cup belonged to my grandmother on my father's side. She was a very dear lady, and she used to watch my sisters and I often while my parents were away. She even lived with our family a couple of different times throughout my growing up years. She was very good at making you feel special. After I got my driver's license I would drive over to her apartment after school and she would have a sweet little spread all set up for us to enjoy together. She passed away a month before I graduated from high school, and had set aside a teacup for each of her granddaughters to be given to us on the occasion of our weddings. When we were opening presents the morning after our wedding, I was surprised to find a small square box with one of Grandma's handmade cards attached. On the card, my dad had written an explanation of the gift which was this beautiful teacup and one of grandma's lace hankerchiefs. Both are displayed on our corner shelf in the kitchen.
My favorite treats that she used to make are called "Buttons & Bow Knots"
(This recipe card was included in a book of family recipes that my parents gave to us for our wedding :) )
Just a quick little explanation of this recipe. First, the dough will be very, very sticky, so I use a TON of flour when I'm rolling them out. And second, you cut it with a donut cutter, so you get a ring and a "donut hole." Bake the holes as is - these are the "buttons" - and twist the rings so they look like a figure eight - "bowknots." Also, be very liberal with the melted butter and sugar when you're coating them! (The best part is the absolute lack of any nutritional value whatsoever!) I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of what these little beauties look like, but they're fabulous! If you try them, let me know what you think!
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