Valentine’s Day and Happy Birthday Jodi

On Tuesday it will be Valentine’s Day and my Cousin Jodi’s 50th birthday. It seems like yesterday when she was born. So many years have passed, with so many memories.

Jodi and I are a lot alike; we’re both “loudmouths” as Aunt Liz and my mother used to say. What that translates to is when we are together; it gets rather loud in the house because we’re laughing together so loudly. Jodi and I have the same crazy sense of humor, and when we start joking together; watch out!

I have a memory where Jodi and I laughed so hard about something; it was hard to contain us. The memory had to do with the time when Mother, Aunt Liz, Valarie, Muriel, Jodi and I went to the city on one of those monthly ladies bus trips to see a play. I can’t recall if it was Miss Saigon or Phantom; which were wonderful, but what I do recall was the bus ride to Manhattan.

The bus was jam-packed with older ladies whose hair was teased up to the heavens and reeked of cheap perfume. We were in the very last seats at the back of the bus. As the bus made its way on the Long Island Expressway towards Manhattan, there was a lot of anticipated chatter. Jodi was sitting across from me and we were joking together. Suddenly, an older woman got up and walked to the back of the bus to use the small bathroom. Suddenly, the lady couldn’t open the door to get out. She started banging on the door and called for someone to help her. Valarie got up and was trying to help her to no avail. Jodi and I started making jokes and laughing, and of course my mother and Aunt Liz started rolling their eyes telling us to stop.

Suddenly, Valarie realized that the reason why the woman couldn’t get out was because she was pushing the door rather than pulling it. Once the woman got out, Jodi and I couldn’t contain ourselves. We were laughing so loud and hard; we had tears in our eyes. We didn’t stop until we reached the theater.

After the play, when we got back on the bus, Jodi and I sat together and the jokes started again. Every time someone went to the ladies room, we reminded them to pull.

So, for Valentine’s Day and for Jodi’s 50th birthday, I give you an easy sugar cookie recipe.

All Season Sugar Cookies

1 cup of butter – softened
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg – beaten
2 -2 1/4 cups of sifted flour
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°.
Beat together butter, vanilla, and sugar
Add in beaten egg – mix until smooth
Combine flour and salt – then slowly add to butter mixture until well blended
Divide dough into 2 equal portions
Cover and chill 10 minutes
Take1 portion of dough and roll to about 1/8 thick on a lightly floured surface
Cut with a cookie cutter
Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets
Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned
Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely

For Valentine’s Day – use a heart-shaped cookie cutter

Ice with whatever icing you like