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Broken Promises and Pecan Sandies

When my niece Chelsea was a very little girl and I was visiting home in Connecticut, I felt this sharp pang when I had to get on a plane and go back to DC.  She was playing in the yard, pushing a toy baby carriage around, and I just didn’t think I could leave her.  So, I asked her to make me a promise that she wouldn’t grow up until I came back again. 

She said to me very matter of fact, “Ok.  If I turn five, I’ll pretend I’m four.” 

She didn’t keep her promise.

She's all grown up now, and recently married a handsome Army Ranger.  For her bridal shower, she asked me to help with the bridal favors, and chose these cookies, which are a browned butter toasted pecan shortbread.

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