Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary




My niece, Kelly, and her husband, Bucket (aka-- Scott), are celebrating their Silver Anniversary.  Since my family is big on "traditions"--Lamb Cakes at Easter, Grab Bags at Christmas, Cheesy Potatoes, Cheesecake. . . I have decided to make the vintage car cookie my "traditional" anniversary cookie.





In addition,  I hand cut Stargazer Lilly cookies, to represent the beautiful floral bouquets that Kelly's Mom made for the wedding party.


When I made the surprise cookie delivery, Kelly told me that the car reminded her of the figurine that she had on top of her cake.  Ooops--I had completely forgotten about it.  Big dresses and Precious Moments, so much a part of that era.



Love, Hugs and Cookies to a very special couple.




References:

Lily Cookies           http://www.cloughd9cookies.com/home/cookie-lilies

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hats Off to Logan


HATS OFF to my great-nephew, Logan, as he celebrates his high school graduation.



HATS OFF to Logan, my hero, for facing the medical challenges he encountered during high school with grace, dignity, and humor.  He showed maturity beyond his years and opted to attend classes even when he wasn't feeling his best.


HATS OFF to Logan, for accepting the challenge of rigorous courses.



HATS OFF to Logan, for his participation in school activities.


 HATS OFF to Logan, for winning the, You Make A Difference, award so many times that I have lost count.



 Love, hugs and cookies to a 
very special guy!




References:
Standing boy cookie design tutorial--SweetSugarBelle

Monday, February 2, 2015

Maddy is Sweet Sixteen!




A wonderful girl  is celebrating a special birthday.  From first born and first loved. . .to loving big sis, great-niece Maddy, is now SIXTEEN!



Cookies as unique and special as the girl who is celebrating, was my goal for this collection.


Maddy has been a member of her high school golf team for two years.

Every birthday needs cake!  I added the skulls because when Maddy came to visit us at Christmas she was wearing a jacket that had a tiny print that included skulls.  Little brother, Kyle, said, "it's inappropriate," but I thought it was very fashion forward.

February means Valentines, so here  is an assortment to show Maddy how much she is loved.


Maddy has a new job at an orthodontist's office which requires data entry.  A word of CAUTION, if you eat the skulls in this collection, you might need the services of the ortho!!!!

A few characters from, Mario Kart, a favorite game.


For Maddy's artistic side.



Maddy is adventurous and loves to ride on the family's snow mobiles.



Of course, if your birthday is on February 2nd, you have to have Groundhog cookies!


Cookies are even fun to unpack when they arrive in the mail


Love, Hugs and Cookies 
for  a very 
special girl!

References:
Letter Design - LifesABatch
Groundhog - SweetSugarBelle

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Leann is Seven




Penguins, skates. . .
. . . and of course, puzzle cookies were part of LeLe's 7th birthday celebration. 

I keep thinking that she will outgrow her love of puzzles but she recently told me, "Aunt DeeDee, even when I am a grown-up you are going to have to make puzzle cookies for me."



Love, hugs and puzzle cookies for a very special girl!

Every Vote Counts



Three weeks until election day in Chicago and my niece, Heather, is on the campaign trail day and night.   Yesterday, we hosted an open house to meet the candidate and she spent the rest of the day visiting the neighborhood.


In a field of seven candidates, Heather's educational and work experience make her the best person for the job.  Okay, I am a little biased, but one person told her yesterday, "You are over qualified, I wish you were running for mayor."  Look out, Rahm!


I am so proud of this  amazing woman.






Love, hugs, cookies and TWO votes from this household on February 24th!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas 2014


Christmas cookies this year included some annual favorites and a few new designs.

 Santa trees for friends were inspired by Paddle Attachment.



Santa in the chimney was a large (6x4) design for a local Women's Club Holiday Party.


Each of the children in the family receive a "special" cookie and this year I opted to use one of my favorite Santa cutters for all but two of my great-nieces and nephews.


Grandma Carol asked that I repeat the new driver cookie that I made a few years ago for two of her grandchildren.  I am not sure if Kendal and Logan will be "allowed" to eat the cookie or if Grandma will turn them into ornaments for her tree.


My annual favorites are snow flakes and snowmen.  I am not sure why because I HATE snow! I just love that full bodied snowman, I make him every year.  I also pieced together a circle and a top hat to make a new snowman design.


Finally, my first mustache cookie. . . and a whimsical Santa inspired by Michelle at Make Me Cake Me. While decorating this cookie, the song, "Weebles wobble, but they won't fall down," was  running through my head.  Does anyone else remember that commercial?




Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ho-Ho, Uh-Oh!


Last year when I saw this cookie cutter on line I decided I had to add it to my collection.  I am not sure why because it is MUCH larger and more expensive than most of my cutters, but it was just so cute!  

I nicknamed him "Santa on Steroids" because at 4 x6, he is the biggest cookie I have ever made.
  
Bagged and tagged, he made a very festive favor for an annual Women's Club Christmas Party.