This is my great-great-grandma, Mali (Mollie) Aasen Brende. She was the second wife of Andrew P. Brende, my grandma's mother's father. This picture was taken on December 25, 1948.


In our family, Grandma and David made Mollie Cookies every Christmas, and now I make them. They are kept in the freezer from the time they are baked until Christmas Eve after presents. Some cookies may be taken out before that time and served to visiting friends and relatives, or to begging family members, but Grandma was the only one who decided who got to have one. On Christmas Eve, the cookies are set out as one of at least seven kinds of goodies at our "little lunch".


I used a template from “Sugar & Spice Bakery” by the GingerBread Ladies/The Cherry On Top, recolored an alpha from “A Taste of Christmas” by the GingerBread Ladies/Snickerdoodle Designs, and also used 5 papers & 4 elements from “Sugar & Spice Bakery” by the GingerBread Ladies/Connie Prince, Just Because Studio/LDrag Designs/Kristmess/Tami Miller Designs/ADB Designs/Magical Scraps Galore/Scraps N Pieces.  In addition, I used 2 papers from “Old Friends” by MagsGraphics, a paper from “Journey with You” by the GingerBread Ladies/Lindsay Jane, an element from “Traveler’s Notebook Mini” by Miss Fish, an element from this month’s calendar challenge by The Cherry On Top, an element from “Bring On Spring” by the GingerBread Ladies/Key Lime Digi Design, and an element from “So You Had A Bad Day” by Wimpychompers.  The font is “chalkpaint.”