Seeing how the deadline for my latest book is coming up fast, I’ve stocked the house with the required elements…including Oreo cookies in my favorite cookie jar. Hmmm, it seems someone (the hubby I’m guessing!) has been digging into my stash, but I digress…
According to Wikipedia, a cookie jar is “a utilitarian or decorative ceramic or glass jar often found in American and Canadian kitchens. In the United Kingdom, they are known as biscuit barrels or biscuit jars. While used to store actual cookies or biscuits, they are sometimes employed to store other edible items like candy or dog treats, or non-edible items like currency (in the manner of a piggy bank)”.
I find it hard to believe that cookie jars are solely in the homes of American, Canadians or the British. Everyone needs a place to store their cookies, right? Be it fancy or plain and no matter what you might be a fan of…Superheroes, animated cartoons, animals, flowers, purses, food, Hollywood…you can be sure there’s a cookie jar out there for you!
This is the cookie jar that has been sitting on my kitchen counter since…oh, gosh, I can’t remember how long. I’m pretty sure it’s been around since my first marriage (yes, I got possession of all the important stuff twenty years ago!) The bottom is the standard angled clear glass jar (I like seeing what’s inside!) and a wide mouth ensures ease in which to grab three or four with one hand. But what makes this jar so special to me is the three hand-painted covers made by my amazingly artistic aunt that go along with it.
The pretty much year-round cover is one of a pastel, calico cat, which is funny because I never used to even like cats until Shoey came into our family about ten years ago. Maybe my Aunt was trying to tell me something, because I love this cat as much as I love the real one currently curled up in the dog’s bed tucked into the corner of my office that she’s taken over as her own.
I was lucky enough to get my Aunt to make two more covers—one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Aren’t they beautiful?
I remember at the time hoping to have a whole group of covers for all the major holidays, but as what usually happens, life goes on and my Aunt moved on to other projects (I swear, the woman could do and make anything!) Still, I consider myself lucky to have this daily reminder of what a terrific lady she was as she passed away in 2008. I did purchase a vintage, 1940s ceramic Cowboy Boots cookie jar a few years back for the hubby. It too sat on the kitchen counter but, we never used it because…well, we already had a cookie jar. I’ve since moved those boots, and for the life of me I have no idea where, which is why I don’t have an picture to share!
How about you all? Do you have a special cookie jar that sits on your kitchen counter? Do you store cookies or something else in there? Share and I’ll choose one name to win a $10 Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com gift card!