What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving season? Me, I'm forever grateful for two loving parents who raised the four of us to be good people, respectful, kind, thoughtful and giving to others; to always try our best even if we don't succeed; to be independent thinkers who don't follow the crowd; and to make the world a better place.

I'm grateful for my three brothers who always treated me like an equal; didn't tease me when I cried at movies; let me hang out with their buddies and are my closest friends who have always been there for me. I'm grateful for knowing what it's like to have sisters in my brothers' wives who are dear friends and along with my brothers, have shared their children with me and allowed me to spoil them.

I'm grateful for my six nephews who I love like my own; fantastic young men who always make me feel like the luckiest aunt in the world. Two now have their own families and I finally have nieces in their wives, who are like the little sisters I never had. I'm grateful for their friendship and to share in the joy of their little children, my grand nieces and nephews who fill my heart with joy.

Of course, I'm most grateful for my husband, Tom who is my best friend, confidant and loving companion who doesn't mind eating leftovers. He is a wonderful man who has given me the love I waited for half a lifetime. He surpasses my dreams, makes my life complete and brightens my days. He is definitely the best thing that ever happened to me!

Autumn Daisy Cookies
Daisy Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Taupe with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown 
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Dark Taupe with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown and AmeriColor Orange
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Dark Red with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3
Gold Luster Dust



Outline cookie with #3 tip in taupe icing.

Flood cookie with ivory icing.

Pipe dots on petals with red flood icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Outline petals of flower with #3 tip in dark taupe icing.

Add detail to center of flower with #2 tip in red icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix few drops of vodka with gold luster dust to create paint consistency.

Using a paintbrush, dab gold luster dust on the stamen. Let dry 30 minutes.

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  1. Wow Joan.. Lovely Decorated cookies.. Yummy.. very niceeee

    1. Monu, Thank you! They taste good too!

  2. Lovely thanksgiving post and your autumn daisies are gorgeous!

    1. Paula, Thank you for your kind remarks and continued support.

  3. Joan,
    These are beautiful - I really love the luster dust. They make the cookies that much more special!

    I'm grateful for my amazing family - my parents, siblings, and of course my dear, dear husband and my two amazing little girls. I am so lucky to have to much to be thankful for this year and every year. I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!


    1. Aida, Thank you! This is the first time I worked with luster dust in a wet format and it was so easy. Enjoy all your blessings during this holiday season and have a Happy Thanksgiving. BTW, your Apple-Cranberry Mini Pies on your post today look fabulous!

  4. They are beautiful! Have a good day!


    1. Amanda, Thank you! I just stopped by your sweet blog and truly enjoyed my visit. Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

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