There are no special picnics or barbeques here these past two days. Everyone is off to work this morning. A regular weekend has just flown by.
We live on the Dutch border, a part of the German front in WW2.
This is around the corner from our house.
On bike rides through the local countryside I see lots of these:
In many of the local villages, there are war memorials commemorating loved ones lost.
I am reminded not just on Memorial Day, but every day of the American lives lost for freedom.
70 years ago because of the faith I was born into, I would have been in hiding here or worse and my marriage would have not been possible or doomed. My husband's father was a prisoner of war in America.
In answer to the many people over the years who have asked me "How can you live in Germany?"
I say too many people died on the battlefields and in concentration camps for me not to walk these streets as a free person.
Today, especially, I thank them.
Stars and stripes indeed.
Even though there is no apple in these cookies, they smell like an all American apple pie is baking in your oven and taste just as comforting. Please excuse the wonky decorating.
Apple Pie Spice Sugar Cookies
For the cookies:
- 1+1/3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon all spice
- 1/8 teaspoon Cardamom
- Pinch of powdered cloves
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Whisk together flour, baking powder and spices.
- Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Add egg and then vanilla.
- With mixer running on Low, slowly ass the flour mixture until just combines.
- Wrap in plastic cling film and refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.
- Roll out on a floured surface and cut out cookies with your choice of cutter.
For the Royal Icing:
I used Bridget's recipe over at Bake at 350
Have a great Memorial Day and if you see a soldier today or on any day, take the time to thank them for their service.