Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Celebrating Mary Grace's Graduation


Today is the day we celebrate great-niece Mary Grace's 8th grade graduation.

From a very young age, she demonstrated that she was creative, an adventurer, and a risk taker.  After all, how many kids CHOOSE to change schools not once, but multiple times?  Mom and Dad selected the special reading program at St. Priscilla Academy for her primary years, then it was on to Thorpe Scholastic Academy.  At Thorpe, she realized that the Chicago Public Schools have many unique programs and she decided she wanted to experience as many of them as possible.   In 7th Grade she transferred to Disney II magnet school and then to Taft Academic Center for eight grade.


Since our family is big on tradition, her cookie collection had to include at least one "look out ______ high school" book cookie and a diploma tied with a heat-shaped ribbon.


Although Mary Grace could continue in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Taft, she decided to challenge herself and is moving on to Lane Tech College Prep for high school.  This design seemed to be perfect for this adventurer.  I am so proud of how she is willing to take risks and challenge herself.


I have always marveled at Mary Grace's unique take on life!  This is the girl who had a pickle party for her fourth birthday, a live pig at her 6th birthday party in the city of Chicago, and took her friends to the museum to dissect an eyeball on her ninth birthday.


Mary Grace has often challenged me with her unusual cookie requests, like a fidget spinner cookie that spins!  So, I knew that I wanted to challenge myself while making her collection.  Stenciling cookies has become quite popular, but it is way out of my comfort zone.  Mary Grace would encourage me and tell me to "go for it."  So I did.


Traditional graduation caps were used to celebrate all of her achievements.


Designs to celebrate her love of running, basketball and skateboarding completed her collection.






I think Mary Grace will be proud to know that the cookie cutter I used to make the girl grad was also used to make Hillary Clinton cookies.  After all, if we have to wait another 20+ years for a woman to be elected president, MG could be the first!!!!


I hope that Mary Grace continues to dream big and seek new opportunities.  You go, girl!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
                                                                                     Robert Frost



Little sister, Leann, decided that cookies belong on the cake!





Monday, May 27, 2019

Retirement Celebration

Congratulations are in order for a former colleague who is retiring this year.

The cap and diploma, are orange and blue to represent the school where she currently teaches and the mascot represents the high school where we met.  It's hard to exclude the Grenadier since he beat out 63 opponents to be chosen as the best high school mascot in the state of IL.


Finally, I added a tag to acknowledge the third high school in the district where Laura started her career.




Congratulations, Laura!



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hats off to Dorothy


Celebrating the graduation of a good friend from the University of Illinois.  Traditional diplomas, confetti, and numerous mini caps  to recognize all of her achievements.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Musical Celebration


A cookie bouquet to present to great-niece, Meg, at her spring band concert.






Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter





Happy Easter!

It wouldn't be Easter without bunnies . . .

 
.  .  .  or eggs.


I attempted using the air brush and stencils on some of the eggs.  Some day I will master that tool, but for now, it still intimidates me.

The Easter basket design just looked a little dull to me, so I added an additional little egg to try to make it look a bit more festive.



 This year, I added a silly lamb cookie to the collection because our family continues the lamb cake tradition that Mom started in the 1950s.

This year the cakes are wearing party hats in honor of our nephew Mike, who will be forty this month!

Since we have had such a long winter, I thought I would include some flowers  with the traditional Easter designs.

The family cookie  tray always has to have an assortment of "itsy, bitsy, bite sized cookies."


Finally, our large gathering of multiple generations will be celebrating our nephew, Mike's 40th birthday and the addition of a new great-niece, Avery.  

Happy Easter, happy birthday, welcome baby. . .we are so blessed.

 References:
Inspiration for lamb cookie-mycookiecrumbled on Facebook.






Thursday, February 14, 2019

We A-Dumbledore You!




Megan. . . Meg. . . Meggie. . . whatever name we use. . . our sweet,  great-niece is celebrating her sixteenth birthday.


A birthday celebration calls for cake (cookie style, of course!),  sixteen candles plus one for good luck, and balloons.


Musical notes for saxophone and piano playing Meg.


Anyone who is willing to declare their love for Ramen noodles by wearing this shirt with a smile on her face, has to have a "ramen noodle" cookie.


Since Meg makes deviled eggs for us at Easter using the eggs from her chickens,  I had to include a few chickens in this collection.


Harry Potter and friends, completed her collection.


There's no doubt about it, we "a-dumbledore" this girl.


Love, hugs and an eclectic set of cookies 
to celebrate Meg's special day.





References:
Chicken inspired by JillFCS
Flour Box Bakery Wizard Tutorial 

















Thursday, January 17, 2019

Oh, baby!



It's been a long time since our family has had a baby in our midst, so I was excited to prepare cookies to share at my nephew, Bill, and his partner, Amy's baby shower.


Grandma Rita wanted to add some "bling" to balance the dark wood tables at the venue, so "rose gold" coloring was the challenge for this set of cookies.  So much love went into preparing for this special event.  Rita made table runners, a special diaper cake, and baked dozens of cookies.  Bill's sisters and nieces prepared the invitations and decorations.  "It takes a village" is how our family functions.



Grandma opted to have a sweet table filled with a variety of cookies.  I "specialize" in frosted sugar cookies, but my sister, Rita, is the real baker in the family.


Bill managed to handle being the only man in a room full of women!  Amy and Bill are pictured here with nieces, Leann and Mary Grace,  Bill's sisters,  Heather and Jody, and the Grandmas "to be."




Can't wait to "shower" baby Avery with special cookies in the future.





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