I am a bit behind schedule and trying to catch up. October is flying by and pumpkin cookies have yet to post on the blog. Things were slow on the blog this past summer and in August it was nearly three weeks in between posts. So what have I been up to? Any guesses? Basking on a beach in the Caribbean? Touring wine country in the south of France? Hiking the Appalachian Trail? Riding every roller coaster from coast to coast? If you know me, those last two items are not on my bucket list. My summer was not spent doing any of those exciting things. Instead, I was bent over my computer. Yup, I was determined to complete a years-long genealogy project. I’m now in physical therapy for a huge knot in my shoulder… no kidding.

As mentioned in a previous post, for several years I have researched my family history being sure to include not only my direct line of ancestors but their siblings too. I did not stop at my ancestors and also researched the families of my aunts and uncles who married into the family. After completing my research, my goal was to create a Genealogy Family Report to distribute to family members. In the end it came to 450-plus pages. To avoid the tedium of reading pages upon pages of written text, the report contains documents, transcriptions, photos and brief descriptions for an easy read. For me the best part is that my ancestors are no longer forgotten. I come from good, strong people who endured hardship and it makes me appreciate the good times we live in, and the wonders of modern medicine. It is finally finished … Alleluia! For now, it’s goodbye to my ancestors who I have gotten to know very well. See you on the other side!

Stay tuned as the plan is to get back to a more regular schedule of publishing sweet posts. Thanks for your patience. 

Floral Plaque Cookies
Plaque Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Gray with a smidge of AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for detail in Hot Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Royal Icing for detail in Light Pink with Wilton Pink and Wilton Brown
Royal Icing for detail in Medium Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton  Decorating Tip #2, #3
Wilton Star Tip #16
Wilton Star Tip #24
Wilton Leaf Tip #67

Outline cookie with #3 tip in cream icing.

Flood cookie with cream icing.

Pipe 4 lines with gray flood icing.

Using a toothpick, swirl the icing to create design. Let dry overnight.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in gray icing. Let sit 45 minutes.
Pipe flowers in hot pink with star tip #16.
Pipe flowers in light pink with star tip #24.
Pipe leaves in green with leaf tip #67.

Let dry overnight.




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  1. I enjoy Genealogy! Your Family History report sounds awesome! Congratulations on getting it all done!
    Your cookie photos look delicious!

    1. Thank you, Melissa! I found while researching my family history, I wanted to know everything; just wish I had more photos of our ancestors.

  2. I want to do a year long genealogy project for our family. That sounds wonderful! You are inspiring!

    You cookies are gorgeous!

    1. Lisa, Thank you! Your family will truly appreciate your genealogy project. If you need any ideas about putting it together, email me and I'll send you a sample of my project.

  3. Pretty cookies. I love the swirl design and the pink and gray color combo. Ann

    1. Thank you, Ann. I like how these colors play together.

  4. Wow Joan,
    These cookies could be love notes at a wedding with the initials of Bride and Groom!
    So cool all the work you have accomplished, what an honor for your family!
    You go!!!

    1. Thank you! Several family members have expressed their appreciation about the family history, and I'm very glad they are enjoying it. I was pleased these cookies turned out better than I envisioned. Thank you for your kind remarks.


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