It’s a dad kind of thing to protect you and see that the world treats you right,
To offer his willing assistance any hour of the day or the night,
It’s a dad kind of thing to stand by you if one of your bubbles should burst,
To make sure you know you’re important and know that with him you come first,
To give you his all but still wonder if there’s something more he could do,
It’s a dad kind of thing to keep showing that he’ll always be there for you.
                                                                                                                                 Author Unknown

My first love … the man who gave me piggyback rides at bedtime as a little girl, taught me how to change a flat tire at 16 and walked me down the aisle … my Dad would have turned 90 today. He was a good, honest and kind man and his wallet reflected what he valued most in his life – his family. It was stuffed with photographs of his grandsons, elementary and high school photos of my brothers and me and my parents' wedding photo. I see those same family values carried on in my brothers and my nephews who now are young fathers. Although not here to blow out birthday candles, Dad will be remembered today by those who love him and miss him.

These blossom cookies were decorated in an abstract design in various shades of bluegreen.

Abstract Cookies
Blossom Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Medium Bluegreen with AmeriColor Turquoise and AmeriColor Avocado
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dark Bluegreen with AmeriColor Turquoise and AmerColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #3
Gold Luster Dust

 Pipe curvy line and outline half of cookie with #3 tip in medium bluegreen icing.

Flood section with medium bluegreen icing.

Leave a small gap and pipe another curvy line and outline other half of cookie with #3 tip in dark bluegreen icing.

Flood section with dark bluegreen icing. Let dry overnight.

Apply gold luster dust onto cookie with paintbrush. Let dry 30 minutes.

Closer image of the gold sheen.


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  1. Joan, what a lovely tribute to your father. The impromptu design of this cookie is fun, simple and colorful. It harkens me back to the mod designs of the 60s. May you & yours enjoy remembering and celebrating the family patriarch!

    1. Brooks, Thank you for your kind words; much appreciated. As you can tell I wasn't sure what name to give these cookies. I remember the 60s! Have a great weekend.

  2. Hi Joan - it's nice you had a close relationship with your dad... great post. The cookies are so FUN! Love them. Pinned.

    1. Deb, I'm glad you enjoyed the post and the cookies; much appreciate the pin too. Your Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup looks great.

    2. Wonderful idea Joan, gives me some great ideas of my own. I lost my dad a year ago Christmas, it was the 1st Christmas that BOTH my parents were gone...it was the hardest day I've had to get through. I love both of them so much. I was thinking abt baking each one of their fav dessert for Christmas.

    3. My condolences for your loss. The holidays are difficult especially in that first year. We never stop missing those we've lost but continuing with their traditions is a nice comfort. I think it is a great idea to bake your parents' favorite desserts any time of the year. Wishing you well.

  3. Thanks Joan, for wonderful memories and for yet another clever and fun cookie idea!

    1. Thank you! This cookie was fun to decorate in the two green tones. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Have a nice weekend.

  4. Thank you for sharing your memories of your Dad. It must be very heartwarming to see that he and his values live on in your family and I'm sure he would be so very proud of all. Pretty cookies Joan. I'm sure they would have been beautiful poinsettias but your abstract designs came out great too!

    1. Paula, Thank you; I'm touched by your kind words. I've made so many blossom cookies lately that I had to come up with a different design! Have a good weekend.

  5. I LOVE shortbread cookies with coffee - and your tutorial on using royal icing is really great! (sharon)

    CONGRATS to you - we've featured your beautiful cookies and tutorial on Simply BeBetsy Friday Features #2 - if you want to link back to the post - we would totally love it! See you again soon and thanks for joining us on Simply BeBetsy!

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise ♥

    1. Sharon & Denise, Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this post. The feature is very appreciated and I'm happy to link back to Simply BeBetsy.


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