While watching the evening news a few weeks ago the tease for the next segment was ..’one of the eagles has passed away.’  I turned to my husband and said, ‘I hope not Glenn Frey.’  As it turned out the sad news was about Glenn, the outspoken co-founder with Don Henley of The Eagles rock ‘n roll band. Born and raised outside of Detroit, he played the piano at age 5, was influenced by Motown, picked up the guitar and began writing songs. He was hooked.

The Eagles emerged in the early 70’s when rock bands were formed in a family garage and performed in small clubs with hopes of being discovered by a music producer. It was an era when guys had long wavy hair and mustaches, wore grungy jeans and sneakers, and musicians 'lived life in the fast lane.’ It was a wild era, an offshoot of the turbulent ‘60’s of assassinations, war protests, drugs and civil rights. The music was phenomenal and in my opinion, nothing since compares to it.


The news hit me hard. Why the feeling of loss for someone I never knew? It is the connection as a fan to the music of my youth and to the musician. My peers were into Aerosmith, Journey and Steely Dan but for me, it was The Eagles. Songs like Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin' Eyes and Hotel California, just to name a few. Those were the tunes I blared on the car radio driving a ’61 Ford Falcon, studied with in my dorm room and danced to at the beer bashes on campus, hearing the sound and lyrics hundreds of times … happy times! Even though Don Henley sang most of The Eagles hits, I love the singing voice of Glenn Frey. After the band broke up Glenn pursued a successful solo career and the happy times continued after The Eagles reunited in 1994. After the news broke, I found myself listening to Eagles songs on Pandora and watching music videos and interviews on YouTube. Then I realized I needed to move on from my grief and let my eagle soar to rock ‘n roll heaven. Glenn Frey will be sorely missed by this fan but his music will live on and continue to bring good vibes. I’m so glad Glenn accompanied me during my high school years and college journey so long ago.

Not every cookie needs to have an elaborate design. These triangles were made from a square cookie cutter and cut on the diagonal. Luster dust adds shimmer to this simple cookie.

Geometric Cookies
Triangle Shortbread Cookies (use square cutter and score on diagonal)
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Pink with Wilton Ivory and Wilton Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Green with Wilton Ivory and Wilton Brown and Wilton Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Violet with Wilton Ivory and Wilton Blue and Wilton Pink
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Luster Dust (Almond, Pink, Gold, Silver)

Outline cookie with #2 tip in pink icing.
Flood cookie in pink icing. Let dry overnight.

 Using paintbrush, apply various colors of luster dust. Let sit 30 minutes.



(Remembering Glen Campbell)


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I awoke to soft snow falling on the pine trees and covered streets. Several inches are forecasted for the DC metro area as the picturesque scene outside is the most blissful happening of Mother Nature. It evokes childhood memories of snow days, sledding, snowball fights, building snowmen and homemade hot chocolate. The neighborhood kids bundled up in hats, scarves, snow pants, jackets and mittens would get out early to the hill behind our house, dragging their silver, metal saucers that would whisk them down the slope. Those metal saucers were COLD even through our thick snow pants. We would stay out for hours until the chill was too much and then take a hot chocolate break. During which time we would put our soaked woolen mittens on the radiator to dry them out best we could, before dashing back outside.

These mitten cookies were made for my grand-nephew’s 4th birthday party at his nursery school. With a winter birthday, the mitten cutter seemed like the perfect choice. The stencils create a look reminiscent of knitted designs in the wool mittens of yesteryear. 

Mitten Cookies
Mitten Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Stencils (Teardrops, Chevron, Harlequin)
AmeriColor Lavender Sheen Airbrush Color (looks dark blue)
AmeriColor Blue Sheen Airbrush Color (looks turquoise)
Airbrush Kitor Wilton Color Mist
White Sanding Sugar

Outline mitten with #2 tip in white icing.
Flood mitten with white icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie.

Spray lavender airbrush color onto the cookie. Gently lift stencil. 

Let sit 30 minutes.

Outline cuff of mitten with #2 tip in white icing.
Flood cuff of mitten with white icing.

Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry overnight.


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Oh, not snowflake cookies again! If you have been following my blog awhile, then you know snowflakes are my favorite cookies to decorate. I was going to spare you another snowflake cookie this winter, but it was the perfect cookie for a special thank you. Besides, I just love the look of white-on-white and just had to make another batch. 

Remember my family history report, the compilation after years of research on my family roots? It was a labor of love but I could not have done it alone. Along the way, I met several second and third cousins online who generously shared information and vintage photographs of ancestors. My aunts, uncles and cousins also provided valuable information for the report. They graciously responded to many email requests for information and some visited cemeteries and photographed family grave markers.

During a trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts a few years ago, the hometown of one line of maternal ancestors, I visited the family plot of six ancestors ... my great-great-grandparents, three great-grand-aunts and a great-grand-uncle. Denis and Hannah made the voyage from Ireland to Massachusetts in the mid-1800s, had seven children and struggled to make a life in America. For four years, Denis fought bravely for the Union during the Civil War and returned home lame and unable to work. After the war in order to support the family, the five eldest children aged 10 to 15, worked in the wool mill. They worked ten hour days, seven days per week.

Their simple grave marker installed 100-plus years earlier had sunken into the ground and was no longer visible. It was during that trip that I was determined to place a new marker on my ancestors’ family plot. This past summer with the generosity of siblings and cousins, arrangements were made to design and install a spanking new stone with a Celtic cross and shamrocks. Joan and Jill at the memorial company assisted in the design; six shamrocks to signify six family members. After the stone was installed, Joan made a special trip to the cemetery to snap a photograph which was included in the genealogy report. Now that went beyond the call of duty and I could not be more grateful. So with my mission complete, these snowflake cookies were simply a sweet token of my gratitude.

Snowflake Cookies
Daisy Shortbread Cookies [The daisy cutter doubles as a Snowflake]
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with just a smidge of Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Outline cookie with # 2 tip in cream icing.
 Flood cookie in cream icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe plus sign and X sign with #2 tip in cream icing.

Pipe detail with #2 tip in cream icing.
Pipe dots with #2 tip in cream icing.  Let dry overnight.



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