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Boonsboro grandmother bakes 900 cookies for wedding

July 31, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - A granddaughter's wedding day is reason enough to bake a few cookies for the reception, right?

Well Elfleta Reeder baked a few cookies alright - the 85-year-old baked two or three batches (50 cookies each) every day in the weeks before the June 28 wedding of Ashley Reeder and William "Harrison" DeStefano.

"We started about the first of June," Elfleta said.

The cookies were placed in cans layered with waxed paper and frozen at the home of the bride's mother, Cindy Reeder.

The final tally, according to Cindy Reeder, was 900 cookies.

"I make chocolate chip and snickerdoodles," Elfleta said. "Everyone likes my cookies."

Elfleta said she remembers her mother baking breads and pies when she was a child. "I love to bake," she said, noting her favorite is cookies.

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Although Elfleta lost count of exactly how many cookies she had baked for the wedding, Cindy Reeder said she knew because she was the one freezing them.

A serious storm rolled through southern Washington County as the wedding guests were enjoying the reception and Elfleta's cookies under a large tent at the Reeder home.

Cindy Reeder said, while there were 60 mph winds and some very dark and forbidding skies, no major damage was done.

"Family and friends held down the tent stakes and one corner had to be restaked," Cindy Reeder said. "The guests survived the winds and celebrated until 11:30 p.m."

Elfleta said she was pleased with how everything went for her granddaughter's wedding.

"It was all very sweet," she said. No doubt she meant more than just her cookies.

Ashley and Harrison honeymooned in Costa Rica and stayed in a home called "A Shelter from the Storm," according to her mother.

Living in Annapolis, Ashley is a health educator, and Harrison is in sports promotion/advertising.

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