…is the best tradition in our neigborhood!
We have a very lovable family on our street and Bonnie is the head coach of six great, funny and polite children! She is an inspiration for every mom out there. Her children are between 2 and 14 years old and I can’t even imagine how she juggles her everyday life and stays sane. She has the biggest heart and about three years ago (lucky us, we just moved in the neighborhood that year) she started this tradition:
Back then she wanted to get to know her new Middle Schooler’s friends and came up with this brilliant idea to bake cookies every week and to invite her daughter’s friends so they would feel comfortable around her and their home. And they came. And these kids weren’t the only ones who came. Friends of the family, neighbors, friends of her other children came as well and over time the word was spread. By now probably 70-80 kids and some of their parents pay her house a visit every Tuesday after school. It’s the place to be on a Tuesday around here! All the more so when you have kids, like to chat, see friends and love a good cookie.
Because if you think Bonnie would just buy some Chips Ahoys! or Oreos and add some frosting on top, you are absolutely wrong. This woman is the queen of cookies! Every week she surprises the kids with fun and delicious creations and leaves us other moms speechless and slightly intimidated with her supermom powers. It is so fun to get there every week and see what kind of magic she has performed this Tuesday. She bakes almost everything from scratch, adds some cool features here and there and boom! You will get to try mouthwatering treats that even look delightful, original and are often tailored to the respective season or holiday.
Many of her delicacies are based on her famous sugar cookie recipe, it’s probably the best cookie recipe in the US.
She makes macaroons, brownies, s’mores cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and sometimes even cupcakes or lemon pies with custard.
Bonnie’s belief is that there should be a safe and happy place in every neighborhood. A house where children can go if they have a problem and need help or support. She also told me that there is not enough butter and sugar in the world that will ever repay the help and support she received from people that became friends and familiars through her Cookie Tuesday tradition.
And I could not agree more. This is what we all need. We need this place where you can go if you need help, cheering up or a hug. Bonnie provides that place in our neighborhood and I will always be grateful for that. So much! I already know that Cookie Tuesday is so much more than just eating cookies. It teaches all these kids about giving unconditionally and for unselfish reasons. And I’m pretty sure that my girls will tell their children and grandchildren about this day and these cookies. Thanks, Bonnie!