This weekend was my mother’s birthday so all her sisters, my grandma, and a few of my cousins gathered together to celebrate. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out Louie’s peanut butter cookie recipe. At the party, I also made a minor discovery that laid to rest my puzzlement about Louie’s weird name. I still cannot explain why she changed it so many times, but at least now I know where it comes from.
Louie’s mother, Sadie Law Lewis, was one of Thomas Law’s eleven children with his second wife, Sarah. He’d been married before and also had eleven children by his first wife. So this man had a total of 22 children. Get it, Tad. [Cue slow clap.]
The name Louie (pronounced LOW-ie) is derived from Sadie’s sister of the same name! According to my cursory research on babynamespedia.com, this was a very uncommon name even for the time. Louie was much more commonly a boy’s name, pronounced LEW-ie, and had the height of its (rather modest, honestly) popularity in 1901. I couldn’t find any information about the girl’s name with the LOW-ie pronunciation.
This week, my project was to make GG Loney’s peanut butter cookies from her handwritten recipe that Grandma found for me when I was visiting in Duluth as a gift for my mom for her birthday.
As you can see, the recipe is a little short on directions. I did my best to improvise. (If you click on the photos below, you can view them slideshow style with my amusing commentary.)
Meanwhile, the birthday party was a grand success! My mother got a boatload of presents, which I think she was surprised and delighted about, and my aunts made DELICIOUS lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and an epic chocolate cake. I ate way too much and had very few regrets.