Are you wondering what occurred on this date 100 years ago? It’s an important date in my family history. On this day in 1914 my paternal grandparents were married. The bride was a waitress and the groom a shipping clerk. Maggie and George immigrated to the United States in 1911 and 1912, respectively. They left their Irish homeland in Dublin, sailed across the Irish Sea to Liverpool, boarded a ship and crossed the Atlantic for nine days before arriving in Boston Harbor. Although Maggie’s brothers Jack and Joe had immigrated a few years earlier, she left behind her parents and four other siblings. George, whose parents died a few years earlier, left behind his only surviving family member, his brother Michael. He was never to see his brother again as Michael died in the Gallipoli Campaign during WWI, fighting for Great Britain as a member of the Royal Irish Rifles.

Maggie and George made their new life in America, settling in New England and raised three children. I did not know my grandmother as she died when my Dad was just a boy. I have one single memory of Grandpa who died when I was three years old. In researching my family history I’ve discovered numerous interesting facts about my grandparents, their parents, siblings and their lives in Dublin. I hope soon to visit my ancestor’s homeland and maybe I’ll even discover some Irish cousins.

These Bunting Flag Cookies were made with a biscuit cutter. They can be decorated in various color schemes to fit the occasion. They are popular for baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries. 


Bunting Cookies
Oblong Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for outlining and  flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Coral with AmeriColor Peach
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Turquoise
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing.

Flood cookie with cream icing.

Pipe string with #2 tip in purple outline icing.

Pipe flag with #2 tip in coral icing.

Pipe flag with #2 tip in turquoise icing.

Pipe flag with #2 tip in purple flood icing.

Pipe flag with #2 tip in yellow icing. Let dry overnight.






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  1. What a great story Joan. As with your grandparents, my maternal grandparents immigrated from Italy in the 1930's and it is hard to imagine what kind of thoughts going through their heads, their hopes and dreams, traveling by boat, etc. They were all brave pioneers! I hope you do get a chance to visit Ireland some day. Have a great weekend! PS - of course your cookies are beautiful!

    1. Deb, Thank you! I agree, our ancestors were surely courageous venturing across the expansive Atlantic. Lucky for us, we now are living in this wonderful country. I'd love to visit Italy too. Have a nice weekend.

  2. Sweet cookies and a lovely post. I too am from Irish heritage (on my Mother's side) and two of my sisters are finally visiting Ireland this Fall. I hope you are able to make the trip there one day soon too.

    1. Paula, Thank you! I'm sure your sisters will have a fantastic Irish vacation. I hope you're having a lovely Canadian summer.

  3. Such lovely cookies! =)
    I hope you get to visit your ancestor’s homeland soon!

    1. Melissa, Thank you! Ireland is definitely on my bucket list. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a nice weekend.

  4. Joan,
    These cookies look great. I'd love for you to link up to #GetHimFed Fridays http://wp.me/p28dk1-AM

  5. Hi Joan,
    Great looking cookies! Thanks for the history of your family too! We have not journeyed to Ireland yet but when we do would love it if we found one distant relative!
    Cousin Kathy

  6. These cookies are just so adorable, Joan! My Grandfather immigrated from Ireland in 1912 as well - I love your story! I featured these last night at our Best Of The Weekend party but was so tired I am just getting over here to comment. Have a great weekend! xo

    1. Claire, Thank you and I appreciate the feature. Our ancestors' stories are so interesting. I am still researching and working on putting it all together. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  7. I think these are my favorite cookies that I have seen on your site- so festive!

    1. Thank you! These cookies were fun to decorate and less time-consuming that other designs. By changing the colors in the bunting this design is good for celebrating any occasion, from baby showers to July 4th. Thanks for visiting!


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