Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kaley's College Graduation


Today is the day we celebrate Kaley's graduation from Illinois State University.
Kaley was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as President for two semesters, so I departed from the bold colors used in this collection to include ZTA's colors on a few cookies.


Since teaching is Kaley's chosen profession, her collection included various designs to honor her new career.


As I baked and decorated this set of cookies, I realized that Kaley and I have a few things in common.  By the age of twenty-one we both graduated from college, had full time teaching positions, and were enrolled in graduate school.  Hopefully, Kaley will find her career as rewarding as I did during my thirty-six years in the classroom.


No doubt about it, Kaley earns high marks from me.



Love, hugs and cookies
to a
very, special niece.


References: 
Teacher cookie inspired by Cloughd9cookies.

Happy 45th Anniversary



 Forty-five years ago today, my wonderful sister, Rita, married her high school sweetheart.  At a young age they endured the challenge of separation due to Bill's tour of duty in Vietnam, but love letters kept them connected and they married shortly after Bill's return.

It was a beautiful, sunny, day and the scent of Crabapple trees filled the air as Rita and her wedding party walked the short distance to the church. 


As I packaged the cookies, a leaf fell off the daisy on the wedding cake and it made me think of  the days when little girls sat and picked the petals off the daisies and recited, "he loves, me he loves me not."  




No doubt in this relationship, she loves and he loves.  From sweethearts .  .  . to parents.  .  . to grandparents.  .  . love endures.


 Love, hugs, and cookies  
on your special day!






References: 

Tutorial for the vintage car cookie can be found at http://www.lilaloa.com/2013/06/just-married-wedding-cookies.htmlLila.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Flowers




Flowers have always been one of my least favorite cookies to make until now.  No matter how many different cutters or designs I have used, I was just never very happy with them.

Fortunately, SweetSugarbelle, has designed a flower cookie cutter that has finally allowed me to make a simple, pretty flower that I like.  In addition, thanks to Miss Doughmestic, I was able to turn the simple rose into a pretty dogwood flower.


References:
Miss Doughmestic's Tutorial
Sweet Sugarbelle's Facebook Page

Hap-BEE Birthday

Last year when my special friend, Mr. C, celebrated his 100th birthday, I made traditional designs that included candles, cakes and balloons.  Although we will not be traveling to Ohio for a big celebration this year, I wanted to honor him on his 101st birthday and re-purposed a set that I have made before. 



Sending love, hugs and cookies
across the miles.
Hap-BEE birthday 
and BEE well! 

References:
Aileen Master graciously gave me permission to use her heart/bee design when I made them back in 2010.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kyle's Time To Shine



Great-nephew, Kyle, recently received the "You Make A Difference" Award at his high school.

Last spring when I made cookies for his 8th grade graduation I used a pirate theme and suggested that  treasures awaited in high school.  Clearly, he is digging into that "treasure chest" of high school academics and activities, getting involved, and doing his best work.



Way to go, Kyle!




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter



Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!

Celebrating the season with flowers. . .


Eggs. . .


and a whole lot of bunnies!


Simple bunnies.  .  .


Pretty bunnies.  .  .


Glam bunnies.  .  .


Bunnies two ways.  .  .


Standing bunnies.  .  .


 . . . the end!


References:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Let's Have A Fiesta

Since Great-niece, Leann, wanted a piñata at her 9th birthday party she decided that taco cookies would be a fun treat for her friends.


I added a chili pepper to each taco and added a topper that had an image of one of the piñatas she selected for the party.



Leann's design choices through the years .  .  .

I received the following text from Leann's Mom today:  First thing LeLe said this morning was, 'I can't wait to see my cookies."  Sweet treats = sweet memories.



Love, hugs and cookies to a very special girl.






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