Reunion … not me, I don’t go to reunions. That is how I felt for many years. On graduation day in June forty years ago I walked out of the auditorium with my diploma and fell off the planet. I did not want to go back and I left my high school memories behind. I did not stay in touch with one soul, went off to college, got on with my life and did not return until summer 2013 which I wrote about here. After that visit to my hometown I decided to attend my next reunion. Why? I’ve asked myself that question too. I think it’s a combination of things. As time marches on our lives are constantly changing and so is our perspective. I think there is comfort in reconnecting with those who knew us as children and teenagers during a simpler time.

Unsure if I was ready so see my classmates as grandparents, I looked forward to the evening. Many of us attended school for 12 years beginning at age five learning our ABCs together in first grade. Yes, there was a time in America when children did not attend nursery school, pre-K and Kindergarten. Since high school we have come so far and encountered numerous experiences … college, love, career, marriage, children, grandchildren.

For me it was a weekend drive while others flew in from California, Illinois, Colorado, Florida and New York to attend our class reunion. Uncertain what to expect of this long-awaited evening, my first emotion was relief ... that the lighting in the room was dim! I picked up my name tag with my class picture and began greeting classmates not recognizing any faces. Could we really have changed that much? Yup! Those tags were essential to identifying our former pals. The years melted away as we reminisced and caught up with each others’ lives. It was a nice evening and no doubt I had more conversations with classmates than in four years of high school. Everyone looked great and more importantly, everyone seemed happy, successful and in a good place. We surely have come a long way since our high school days. The evening was the perfect bookend to my high school memories.

                    Understand that friends come and go but with a precious few you should hold on.
                    Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get,
                    the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. 
                                                                                                                                          Kurt Vonnegut

Add a Pumpkin Pie Cookie at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table as guest favors.


Pumpkin Pie Cookies
Triangle Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Burnt Orange with AmeriColor Super Red, AmeriColor Egg Yellow and AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Royal Icing for detail tinted Light Brown with Wilton Ivory and AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Royal Icing for detail tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Rose Tip #101
Wilton Decorating Star Tip #106
[Design inspired by Callye’s Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies at Sweet Sugarbelle]

To make cookie shape, use circular container and cut out large circle.
Using a clean ruler divide dough into 8 slices with a pizza cutter.
Outline cookie with #2 tip in orange icing.
Flood cookie with orange icing. Let sit 45 minutes.
Pipe pie crust with rose tip #101 in brown icing.

Pipe dollop of whipped cream with star trip #106 in white icing.
 Let dry overnight.





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  1. Those cookies are so pretty and delicious looking AND you look great too!

    1. Thanks Sherrie! These cookies have been on my 'to do' list for weeks. I finally got to them just in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks for commenting and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. I'm glad that you went to this reunion and delighted to hear that you really enjoyed yourself. Love your pumpkin pie cookies!

    1. Paula, Thank you! I appreciate you always taking the time to comment. I know you've got some fun cookie projects in the works.

  3. I've never attended any reunions, either Joan. But I did reconnect with a few people via Facebook. You are very brave! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. These cookies are outrageous! What a clever idea....they look so real! Hope you and your family have a really wonderful Thanksgiving! : )

    1. Anne, I missed you and I'm so glad you're back blogging. I can't wait to see your beautiful sweet creations. Callye at Sweet Sugarbelle, who is such an inspiration, created this cookie design. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Joan, I've seen Callye's and yours are cute too. I love the idea of using them as favors. I guess this would be a good treat for those who do not like pumpkin pie :) I don't do reunions either....yet anyway!

    1. Carla, There may be a reunion in your future! Thanks for commenting and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Joan, these cookies are fantastic! I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!! I can't wait to see what you make for Christmas! {pinning}

  6. So beautiful! I will try these, but I don't know if I can live up to this standard! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Helen, Thank you for your kind words. Cookie decorating just takes practice and you will do a great job. Enjoy!

  7. These are so pretty! =)
    They look delicious!


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