Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Baking with Grandpa

Matthew and Melinda were not able to come home for Christmas...and so they missed the iced cut outs my husband makes.  These are the only thing he still makes from his days as owner of Boucher's Bakery.  Yes.  We once had a bakery in Marinette.

I know I have told this before but here it is again.

I mix.

Patrick does the rest.

I never worked at the bakery.  Well...once or twice in 17 years.  I was home with the children.
But every day we had cut outs.  Fresh white bread, brownies and cut outs.

The boys worked for their dad when they were old enough to do something. I remember Matthew running the bun slicer.  Oh dear Lord.  It was a big machine.
And Patrick delivered baked goods in Michigan a week after he got his drivers license.
Hit. the. ground. running.

So I thought it would be really nice to bake cookies when they kids were here.  Besides...everyone wants to eat them and it would be a fun activity.

Here we go!






A little cheer :o)


Asher holding the cutter.
The cut outs were adorable shapes and quite large.  I saved some when we sold off the bakery equipment and handed them out the the Boucher children.  But Patrick likes this little cutter I found for him at a rummage sale.





Making cookies and memories.


The remains of the day.


Asher had so much fun and he LOVED the cookies!!!

We all loved the cookies :o)

Encourage one another,


  1. I didn't know about the bakery! How fascinating. And what a great activity for the family for the family. You must share the recipe...unless it's a family secret. ;)

  2. So sweet. Your grandbabies are really handsome boys.

    Owning and running a bakery sounds like very, very hard work. Long, early hours! But fresh cookies and bread? Yumola.

    Happy Wednesday, all!


  3. Asher: "Cookies are good...cookies are yummy...cookies are awesome!"

    1. Anonymous12:40 PM

      Words of wisdom from Asher!

      Mary Z

  4. Anonymous10:26 AM

    I am so thrilled that Asher got to be a part of that! He loves sugar and cookies and must be in his blood!!! What a wonderful memory for both of them....Grandpa and Asher Boy!!! Funny that Matthew was the bun cutter and now he is a paper cutter. :)
    --Nana, Carol Sue

  5. Thank you for sharing such treasured photos. Your grands are growing so fast! Making precious memories and capturing them in photos is a grandmother job! Thank you, Donna!

  6. Amy J in WI10:35 AM

    I can almost taste them while reading this! Fun, family time....

  7. sonjasunshine11:46 AM

    Ah! That last picture - what a doll! Oooh, I could sure eat up that dough!

  8. Fantastic photos - what fun! Makes me want a cookie real bad!!!

  9. Anonymous12:02 PM

    Yes, I'll take the cookie dough please.
    Thanks for sharing this story. Sweetness all around. : )
    Sarah P. from Iowa

  10. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Oh, how I long for a cookie right now! Thanks for sharing the sweet photos.
    Love the bakery stories, too!

    Mary Z

  11. Anonymous12:15 PM

    What a wonderful memory your husband has made with his grandson. Precious photos. And your husband has on some flannel pants that look almost exactly like some my husband has. My youngest son dubbed them "softie pants" when he was a toddler and the term stuck in our family. My husband and I will discuss watching a movie in the evening and look at each other and say, "Time to put on our softie pants? Yes, I think so." : ) Thanks for the little glimpse into your sweet family life.

    Debbie Z.

  12. The fourth picture down gives me chills. Three generations of hands, almost forming a heart shape. What sweet memories!

    1. Anonymous12:47 PM

      Good eye Carol, I see the heart!

    2. Yes. I love that there is an accidental heart. Thanks Carol.

  13. Oh! I love the pictures with Grandpa in them! We have photos of my girls when they were little, with Grandpa and Grandma. It is now just 20 years later and it is SO wonderful to look back at them. Grandpa and Grandma really WERE so young - about the age we are now! My husband and I are hilariously young looking. We may even restage a few for some of those fun now and then photo sets.

  14. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Looks like a good time was had by all. Your very own delicious Merchant-Ivory production…I bet Mr. Stevens and Miss Kenton would have loved to eat some of those cookies with a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing! love and prayers, jep

  15. Donna,
    I got teary looking at the photos--especially the one of Asher, Matthew and Patrick working together. Such a sweet moment and a forever memory.


  16. Oh I love these... so precious to see Patrick with his grandbabies. Someday I am going to taste those delicious cookies!!!

  17. Great pics. So glad you captured the memories. The cookies look really delish !! Great project for a visiting family. I will remember that !

  18. Awww h0w did I miss this all these years. ?? I want a booshay bakery cookie some day

  19. What a precious precious day! Thanks for sharing. My parents are coming to visit us in April. i can't wait.

    p.s. Is it a secret family recipe???

  20. What a great thing to do together! Wish I could have a cookie. ;).

  21. Shanna J8:22 AM

    We make cut out cookies every year with our kids. My husband had a recipe from years ago that he followed but we lost it and cannot remember if there's 1 egg or 2 and how much sugar! I've searched the internet and we've tried a couple of recipes from different sites but none that are absolutely perfect. Would you be willing to share your recipe?

  22. Sorry. Patrick won't share it.

  23. Anonymous9:48 AM

    We are not the Boucher Bakery, but we have been making cut out cookies for a long time from Cookie Monster's Famous recipe. It is easy and everyone I have ever shared the recipe with loves it. And, Donna feel free to delete this if you don't want it here.
    3/4 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix sugar and butter together and add eggs and vanilla and blend. Mix dry ingredients together and then add to wet ingredients. Put dough in icebox to chill. Roll out on floured board to cut and put on cookie sheet in 400 degree oven for six to eight minutes. You are on your own with the icing. We always just ate them plain or with powdered sugar/milk drizzle with a few sprinkles. Big Bird's Busy Book

    1. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    2. Anonymous10:06 AM

      I just came back and realized that I did not sign my name…maybe it is better to leave it anonymous…what do you think?

  24. I think you should sign your name.

    1. Anonymous8:04 PM

      The Cookie Monster Famous recipe came from our house.
      love and prayers, jep

  25. How special to make cookies with Grampa!

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