Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Truck Load of Love

Great-nephew, Kyle, has been looking forward to earning his driver's license on his 16th birthday.  His Mom and Dad have told me that he has studied, practiced, and is prepared for this privilege.  No doubt he will be visiting the DMV on his birthday.
I'm not sure what he will be driving in the future.  Perhaps he will choose a vintage automobile. . .

or a jeep.  .  .

 or is a truck his choice of vehicle?

 Carrying on the family tradition of competing in the demolition derby might be in Kyle's future.


Or maybe he will start a new tradition with a monster truck.

Whatever choice he makes, I hope he will remember his driver's education classes, the rules of the road and the many hours of practice he clocked to become a safe driver.  If not, another car might be in his future.  YIKES!

Whatever way he celebrates this milestone birthday, I want him to know that. . .

Uncle Matt and I are sending a truck load of love 
for his special day.

 Happy 16th Birthday!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Leann's Special Day

Great-niece, Leann, celebrated her birthday at a "jumpin' up" party with friends.  She told her Mom that I could surprise her with the cookies this year, "something that hops" was all the direction that she gave me.

I opted for frogs, hearts, and a topper that said:

While shopping for supplies, I found a cute little stuffed frog that matched the cookie design perfectly.  Shortly after I finished my shopping, Leann decided to exercise her prerogative to change her mind.

She told me that her friends call her, "Little Nugget" (I have no idea why) so she thought maybe I should make nugget cookies.  I said, "what kind of nugget?" and she said, "like a chicken nugget."   Not a strange request considering she had taco cookies for her party last year.  So, the girls had frogs to take home and nuggets and fries to snack on at the party.

A strange cookie combination but a happy ten year.

Leann, LeLe, Little Nugget. . . 
lots of different names, but the same sweet girl. 

Frog cutter and tutorial from Flour Box Bakery

Monday, December 25, 2017

Lasting Memories

Our Christmas celebration is a large, informal, multi-generation celebration.  Since this year will be the first Christmas without my Mom and Dad (beloved Grandma and Papa O), I knew that I wanted to honor their memory.  As a result the cookie platter this year will be a departure from the traditional Christmas designs.

For the past five years, star cookies have become a significant part of my cookie world as I have shared simple cookies with this message for people who have lost a loved one:

Perhaps they are not starts in the sky
but rather openings in the heavens
where loved ones look down
to let us know they are happy.

I knew that I wanted to include stars in my cookie designs and that thought eventually evolved into a winter scene to reflect the many fun times that our extended family has shared in the north woods. 
 -our childhood family vacations were spent in the north woods of Wisconsin
-our parents chose to retire in the north woods
-my sister, Rita, and her husband built a home right next to Mom and Dad
and earlier this year,
-my sister, Carol, and her husband purchased Mom and Dad's home

Stars to represent the colorful sunsets .  .  .

Simple circles to represent the frozen lake that is perfect for snowmobiling.  .  .

Birch trees with Dad's beloved birds.  .  .

Pretty pine trees. . .

Bill's Tree Farm.  .  .

Rita and Bill's house.  .  .

The cottage that my nephew, Kevin, is renovating.  .  .

Mom and Dad's home, Never Would, because Mom always said she "never would" live there full time.  Now Carol and Marty's home, "Never Would 2."

It looks like family members will be making memories in the north woods for many 
more years.  .  .

 . . .and Mom and Dad would be very happy.

Forever in our hearts and in the stars.


Friday, December 22, 2017

A Few Good Men

Why is it that I prefer sunshine and sandy beaches to snow, and yet, snowman cookies always make me smile?  This design is new this year and he will definitely become part of my Christmas tradition.  So simple, but so darn cute.

A dapper, snowman for the Women's Club was another fun design that kept me smiling through the hours of decorating.

Since I make a special cookie for my great-nieces and nephews every year, I opted for even more snowmen designs.  The older kids will receive a happy snowman shopping for his tree . . .

. . . while the younger children will be able to create their own snowman, thanks to my "sugar sister," who gave me this creative cutter.  

"Stick" cookies are the trend this year, so snowman sticks will be part of the family treats.  Along with  cookies with "lots of sprinkles" that were requested by Leann.

Finally, I made some Frozen cookies for a friend,  Payton, who is celebrating her 3rd Christmas and is a big fan of the movie.  She currently wears her Elsa dress every night and was excited when her cookies arrived in the mail.

Of course,  it wouldn't be Christmas without a new version of Santa Claus.  


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Memories of Mom

This year we had to say good-by to my kind, sweet, loving Mom, so I will be celebrating Christmas with another angel in heaven.  She wasn't Donna Reed and didn't wear pearls while cleaning house, but she did raise us in a home that was reminiscent of the idyllic 1950s childhood.

Our home was filled with friends, extended family was always welcome to stay, and Mom cooked and baked for everyone.  She was "famous" for her southern style cooking, Easter lamb cakes, Christmas cookies, cheesecake, and jello molds of all kinds. Her special ingredient in everything was never a secret--love was at the core of everything she did.

I was very proud the first time I shared my sugar cookies with the family favorites that Mom always made for us.

Although I am missing Mom, I take comfort in knowing that Mom and Dad are together, again.  I was blessed with two amazing parents and I will be forever grateful.

 My Mother, my friend, my angel.

Forever in my heart and in the stars.

Monday, November 20, 2017


Cookie sticks seem to be the trend this year, so I added some to the platter of cookies for our family gathering.

I doubt that I with abandon my traditional cutters for sticks, but they were a nice mix with my traditional fall designs.  My favorite was the sunflower, it has a hint of glitter that can't be seen in the photo.

Since "silly" turkeys are somewhat of a family tradition, I made a segmented design for each of the 11 great nieces and nephews.  

The cookies were bagged and tagged with a topper that said, "I am thankful for you."

Feeling Thankful!

-The upside down acorn turkey continues to be one of my favorite designs.  You can find a tutorial for the design at thebearfootbaker.
-The corn and sunflowers were inspired by photos I found on Pinterest, but I was unable to locate the original sources.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Honoring Our Vets

Celebrating the 4th annual Elk Grove High School salute to Veterans.

This design was created by, Jill, the amazing cookie artist and owner of Funky Cookie Studio.  Read about how she has united cookie artists from all over the world to support the GoBoFoundation:
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