Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas is Here

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and after social distancing in 2020, our extended family was looking forward to our celebration. Since some of the "kids" in the family now live out of state, the crowd was not expected to be as large as usual.  However, due to the Omicron variant of the Corona virus, by Christmas day the crowd had dwindled from 27 to 6!

Matt and I were grateful to be able to attend and the food was packed and delivered to other family members.  I guess "meals on wheels" was a step in the right direction from last year and we are grateful that the vaccine has kept symptoms mild for those who were afflicted with the virus.  Hopefully, next year we can return to a full family gathering.

Cookie designs this year,  included:

Plain  .  .  .

Fancy .  .  .
Traditional  .  .  .

One cutter, four looks. . . 

a new Santa .  .  .

and angels in remembrance of family members who left us this year.

                  Merry Christmas one and all.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

 This year I am grateful for the Covid vaccine, good health, good friends and the opportunity to spend the holiday with my family. 


       Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Happy Birthday Chris!

A friend called and asked me to make cookies for a family member's 50th birthday. I said, "sure" thinking birthday---EASY! She then said, "Can you add a few that look like their dogs?"  Uh-oh, not so easy!  Katie sent this picture for inspiration. . .

I did the best I could, but I wasn't very happy with them.   Sheldon, the brown puppy looks like an alien! Fortunately, my friends aren't demanding, they said they were amazing.



Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Happy Anniversary!

Congratulations to my nephew and his wife as they celebrate their 25th anniversary! 

Since my family is big on "traditions"--Lamb Cakes at Easter, Cheesy Potatoes (with onions and without),  Grandma O's Cheesecake. . . the vintage car cookie has become my anniversary cookie tradition.

The couple surprised their wedding guests when they arrived at the reception in an unusual way.  .  .

.  .  . so their cookie collection had golf carts, too.

                 Love, hugs and cookies to a special couple!



Tutorial for the vintage car cookie can be found at


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Logan's Graduation

Great-nephew Logan's path to a degree in finance included:  full-time instruction, a gap, part-time instruction, a pandemic and online learning.

The "road less traveled" continued when Logan opted to mask up and explore Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, rather than donning a cap and gown for a socially distanced commencement ceremony.

Logan's non-traditional approach to his college degree, reminds me of these words by Robert Frost:

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


Monday, July 26, 2021

BEE Like Mary Grace


For a girl who has celebrated her birthday with pickles, pigs and brains, sixteen candles just wouldn't do!

Count them!  Sixteen happy, little bees adorn the letters.

 Great niece, Mary Grace, lives each and every day with these "hive" rules in mind.  .  .

Wishing an amazing young woman a very happy birthday!

Can't wait to see what the future has in store for this creative, loving, adventurous, busy bee!


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Graduation Day at the University of Illinois


Today we are celebrating a memorable day with special friends.  Markos is graduating from the Gies School of Business at the University of Illinois.

Three U of I grades in three years  .  .  .way to go!

Big smiles on the faces of Mom and Dad as they put tuition payments behind them.

Congratulations to an amazing family!


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