Monday, August 25, 2014

Dad is 87 Today

Dad was a little nervous about taking his driver's test this year.  He passed and Mom convinced him it was time to buy a new car. Hope he enjoys his new wheels!

Happy 87th birthday to a wonderful man!

Thanks to:
LilaLoa for the rear view car cookie design. 
Mike of SemiSweetDesigns for the gas pump and front view cookie designs.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Love, Hugs and Flowers for a Special Friend

Yellow and Purple Pansies with a heart for my sweet friend, Kathy, who has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

I included a card that said:

Though we call them pansies, they are anything but wimpy.  They are the hardiest of flowers, which seems appropriate for the strength you possess.  Pansy is actually derived from “pansee”,
meaning thought and remembrance.

Please know that I am thinking of you, dear friend, and remembering you always in my prayers.  You are an amazing person and a friend who has touched my life in so many ways.

I know you have the courage to face this challenge and I will be with you every step of the way.

Thanks to:
-My "Sugar Sister," Donna, for creating the card to accompany her Pansy collection
-SweetAmbs for her Pansy tutorial

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Girl Power

Great-niece, Mary Grace, and her Mom always plan creative birthday parties.  We celebrated her first birthday party with lady bug cookies, long before I started taking pictures of cookies.  Her 2nd, 3rd and 4th birthday celebrations did not include cookies, but we did have pickles!
Mary Grace's Fourth Birthday
Her fifth birthday started a cookie tradition:
5 - Turtles
6 - Pigs
7 - Gumball Machines
8 - Ice Cream Sundaes/Cones

This year, Mary Grace has embraced the pixie look and donated her long hair to Locks of Love.  She has also starting thinking about careers and has decided that she wants to be a brain surgeon, so instead of a party she wanted to do something related to science.

Mary Grace, Mom and 2 friends visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and dissected a cow's eye.  I'm not sure that the word dissect was even in my vocabulary when I was 8 going on 9! 
Dissection, Lunch and Ice Cream--Happy Birthday!

For her cookie treats, she asked for a doctor. . .

 a girl brain "with a bow". . .
(I decided swirls and craters was the closest I would get to an anatomically correct brain!)


  and an eyeball.

The treat bag topper said:
Girls can do anything,
so at 9
Mary Grace  
says a career as a doctor 
will be just fine.
Happy Birthday!

Love, hugs and cookies for a very special girl!

 Haniela's tutorial for a Scary Eyeball

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rita's Retirement

Free Picture of We Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter 
If my sister, Rita, was alive during World War II, this famous icon might have been "Rita the Riveter" instead of "Rosie."  Both personally and professionally, she has lived her life with passion, commitment and courage.

We Can Do it?  RITA CAN!

- Can a young Mom plan a budget for her family so that 3 children can attend private school from kindergarten through college and not have any  student loans when they graduate?  She did it!
-Can you spend six months recovering from a stroke, then return to work full time?  She did it!
-Can you organize your community and raise enough money to keep your local parochial school open when the Archdiocese of Chicago announces that it will be closed?  She did it!
-Can you change careers when many people are facing a mid-life crisis?  She did it!

Now, after twenty-one years of dedication to her job as the Chief of Staff for the 38th Ward of Chicago, Rita is retiring.

Knowing my sister, it will only be a few days before she re-directs her energy into new causes.  Therefore,  I have created a  "retirement to do" list for her.

1.  Take pride in your career and cherish the memories.

2.   Relax at a spa as a gift from Matt and Diane.

3.  Clean out your closest to make room for casual clothes.

4.  Slow down!  Learn how to stop and smell the roses.


 To my wonderful sister,  
you are 
Retired & Admired.


Roses were made using SSB's tutorial

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Versatile Cookie Cutter

Last summer I found this cutter on sale and although they are much larger than the cookies I usually make, "cookie cutter" + "70% off" was too good to pass up.   As it turns out, I am discovering that it is quite versatile.

I am "cookie cutter challenged" when I look at a cutter, I usually only see one use for it. 

It made a nice ice cream sundae for my niece's birthday party last summer.

Then, Ali B inspired me to make it into a Vampire.

This week, I made Spa cookies for the first time, and with a few quick cuts, this was the perfect cutter.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Elliot's 4th Birthday

While creating Lightening McQueen cookies for great-nephew Elliot's 4th birthday, I kept hearing Bette Midler singing, "You Got to Have Friends," because the designs for these cookies were totally inspired by my "cookie friends."

Last summer, I used LilaLoa's tutorial to create vintage car cookies for anniversaries and a wedding rehearsal.  Then, Donna, my "Sugar Sister," used Lila's tutorial to create Lightening for her grandson's 3rd birthday.

Thus, when Elliot asked for this design for his birthday, I did not have to do any brainstorming to create this set.  This is the fourth year in a row that character cookies have been requested for his birthday, and I am no longer intimidated by the idea!

After a week of multiple birthday celebrations, Elliot's Mom posted this comment on his CarePage:

Chuck E Cheese parties, barbecues, bowling, and ice cream cake are just some of the festivities this lucky boy gets in his honor. And a lucky boy he is. We looked at his Care Page pictures on his birthday eve. He looked right past the IVs , CPAPs, and jaundice and recognized the faces of the people who came to see him in the hospital and continue to be there for him today. The IVs, CPAPs, jaundice and then some were not lost on me. Our boy is so blessed to have made it through all of that to become the kid he is today.

Elliot with Mom

Elliot(r) with cousin, MaryGrace, and Great-Uncle Matt
Happy Birthday to 
my little buddy!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Home

Sending cookies and good wishes to family members who are moving into a new home.  I included a card that said:

May the flowers and birds 
in your beautiful garden bring you joy,
 and may your new home on Maple Street 
always be filled with love.

Thanks to Mike at SemiSweetDesigns for the adirondack chair design.  Since I do not have a Kopycake projector, I traced the template to complete the design.