You know those people that are obsessed with where they went to college? Well I have kind of become one of those people. I love IU more and more as I get older. There is nothing more beautiful than Bloomington when the leaves are changing and there is a chill in the air. I wish I could go back to school and take more classes. I long for the days when I read the WSJ at the Union in between classes or camped out in the stacks at Wells library with my notecards to write a paper. I had the best college experience – I had internships in Indy at the Statehouse and then on the Hill in DC, I was a member of Congress for IUSA (the student government), and in a sorority that taught me a lot (good and bad) and it is how I met some of my very best friends. There’s a bond you share with others who have gone through greek recruitment and have had to move a piano at 3 a.m.
I purchased a brick in front of the football stadium for my mom for Mother’s Day and since the game is away this weekend, I decided to go see it. Surprisingly there are not a lot of bricks on Glory Plaza and Winnie and I found it pretty quickly. I never imagined having my parents’ name and my name on a brick in front of the football stadium when I was a little kid. I remember watching Bobby Knight on tv in the basement during basketball games, hoping to go to school there someday. My parents had wanted me to go to a smaller school, but I knew right away that IU was my kind of place and I am glad I could continue the legacy.
I also stopped by the TIS Bookstore and several people thought I was an undergrad and asked what sorority I am in. It helps to look young and at some point I will return to Bloomington and no longer have people confusing me for a student.
My favorite place in Btown is Nick’s. My parents went there as students, I went there as a student, and it was the first place I went when I turned 21. We decided to go to Nick’s for lunch and our server was so thoughtful and brought a water bowl for Winnie. After lunch, we walked up and down the main stretch by the Sample Gates, the Journalism School, and the Student Building. A few people asked to have their picture taken with Winnie, which was weird, but funny. I also crashed at least three different wedding parties’ photos. Before heading back to Indy, I got him a pup cup at Starbucks on Kirkwood and there was a group of sorority girls that could not stop oohing and ahhing over Winnie. He has hit his love quota for the month and slept in the backseat all the way home. He hasn’t been this tired since I got him out of bed for the Lilly Pulitzer for Target sale.
Now onto the recipe! My mom always bought gingerbread men at Sugar and Spice in the Union when she was at IU in the 70’s. I did the same when I was a student (always eat the head first) and I used to think of her every time I bought one. They have gone up in price a bit over the years (now $1.29), but they taste the same every time I have had one. I also checked to see if my student id still works and it did – I got the last USA Today, ten years after the card was issued to me. I would show it to you, but just imagine a small girl with a giant fro hairdo. It is amazing I ended up in a sorority, but they must have appreciated my awkwardness. My grandmother was a Pi Phi at Butler, but you have to remember that every chapter is different and AGD was the place for me.
The AGD house mom let me in and her daughter has a wheaten, so she was so excited to see Winnie.
IU Jacobs School of Music
The School of Journalism
My dad proposed to my mom at the Well House
Winnie wanted to sit in Herman B Wells’ lap
The IU Memorial Union
My student ID worked!!!!!!
Recipe via Food.com
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 3⁄4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 6tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1large egg
- 1⁄2 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
- In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
- Add molasses (use nonstick spray on the measuring cup FIRST – trust me) and vanilla and continue to mix until well blended.
- Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
- Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare baking sheets by lining with Silpat.
- Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Return to room temperature before using
- Place one portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.
- Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
- Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick
- Use additional flour to avoid sticking
- Cut out cookies with your cookie cutter
- Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart
- Bake one sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (I like them on the softer side)