The Day That the Rains Came Down. And Cookies!


I think that was a song from the 50s, and though it may have been a love song, I thought about its title a lot last week when the rains came down in Duluth, and when it didn’t seem like it would ever quit. When it finally did, devastation settled in. Roads were torn up, bridges washed out, rivers overran their banks, basements flooded.

Watching the news reports over the past year, hearing about flooding and fires and hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes, I couldn’t help but think, “Duluth’s turn is coming.” And so it came last week, surprising us all with its ferocity

I didn’t venture far from home, but in the many years I’ve lived on this corner, this is the most water I’ve ever seen here, and this was only at 8:15 AM, long before the rain stopped.

Water rushes over the curbs on Gilliat Street

Intersection of 43rd Avenue East at Gilliat Street. The STOP sign says it all.

But Duluth rallies. While we await federal funding to help restore highways and bridges and neighborhoods, Duluthians dig in. Dozens gathered with shovels and rakes and garbage bags to clean up Chester Park and the Duluth Zoo, which suffered tremendous loss, including some animals. A 9-year old girl went to Facebook to organize a cleanup crew for Lincoln Park, and many showed up to help. Some volunteers are helping restore nature trails and hiking paths. Neighbors are helping neighbors with flooded basements, the removal of soaked carpeting, furniture, and even the loss of family treasures.

People help people. We always have and we always will.

If you’re unable to wield a shovel or rake or haul garbage, you can still be a part of the community rebuilding. You might offer a shower and dinner to someone whose water is shut off. Or, like many around town, you could bake or buy something for the crews that are out working night and day in many neighborhoods.

Here’s something quick and easy and tasty. Sugar fuels energy, you know. And at all times, not just post-flooding, everyone needs a little sweetness in their lives.

Easy Butterscotch Cookies

3/4 cup soft butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1-3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

Heat oven to 350. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla and beat until they are well mixed.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Stir this into the butter mixture with a spoon until it is well combined and the mixture is smooth.

Drop rounded teaspoons of dough 2″ apart on a greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper lining a cookie sheet. Press cookies down with a fork. (You can dip the fork in warm water to make this process easier.)

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.


And stay dry.

4 Responses to “The Day That the Rains Came Down. And Cookies!”

  1. Chris I. says:

    Hello! Hope you are well and gotten through all of the storms!
    Question on the cookies…. Is there suppose to be butterscotch chips or something like that?

  2. Patt says:

    Hi, Chris,

    No chips in the cookies. The butter and brown sugar make them taste butterscotch-y, a word I just invented. You’ll be surprised.


  3. Chris I. says:

    Wow! I will have to try them. Thanks Patt!

  4. Tamer says:

    Oh my goodness! I can’t bevliee you have this recipe! This was my all time favorite cookie, it was handed down in our family too! But before my Mom could copy it for me she lost the family recipe box in a move. Tragic! My brother was just asking about them and thought I would search. Our family likes the touch of 1/2 maraschino cherry on top, delicious!Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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