Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage.
But you'll look sweet, upon the seat,
Of a bicycle built for two.
I am not referring to the popular childrens song Daisy Bell, which was composed in 1892 as a love song. I am talking about Girl Scout Daisies, the first of five levels of girl scouting for girls in kindergarten and first grade The Daisies started in 2008, are named after Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low who founded the Girls Scouts in 1912.

My grand niece, one of two dozen little Daisies decked out in party dresses, sparkly shoes and hair ribbons waited anxiously for their first ballet which would earn each girl a badge to display on their blue Daisy vests. The peachy-cheeked darlings sat in awe during the performance accompanied by classical music, and were enthralled with the colorful costumes and elaborate sets. They seemed most impressed with the ballerinas dancing on their toes in pastel tutus and satin toe shoes. After the performance the daisies met the dancers who autographed their programs and answered questions about dance. Upon their departure, each daisy was given a ballerina tutu cookie favor.

I am pleased to have a source for Girl Scout Cookies sold every January. I will not tell you how many boxes of cookies I purchase but let’s just say our cookie jar is well stocked!

Ballerina Tutu Cookies
Tutu Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Lavender with AmeriColor Regal Purple and AmeriColor Deep Pink
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple, AmeriColor Deep Pink, AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #106

Outline cookie with #2 tip in lavender icing. 
Flood cookie with lavender icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe flower onto cookies with #106 tip in purple icing.
Let dry overnight.






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You know the unique food items sold at a fair or country market? The items normally not found in your local grocer? Many items are homemade or produced from an original recipe like curds, jams and biscuits. On a recent trip to Amish Country in Pennsylvania, we toured antique shops and indulged in traditional German Dutch treats of Lancaster County. Our first stop was Wilbur Chocolate Confectionary founded in 1894, where we enjoyed samples of chocolate. Then off to the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, America’s first pretzel bakery dating back to 1861 where we snacked on their soft and salty pretzels. They even offered lessons in pretzel twisting but we were content to taste test. After viewing Amish quilts, a stop at a coffee shop for a Whoopie Pie. Not really a pie but rather a chocolate cake-like sandwich with creamy vanilla filling. Finally, off to an old-fashioned candy store that sells penny candy and priced for today’s market. It was like a step back in time browsing our childhood favorites. Remember Mary Jane’s, Sugar Daddy's and Root Beer Barrels? What is your favorite?

These cookies are decorated in Easter pastels using the airbrushing method.

Rainbow Rabbit Cookies
Rabbit Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
AmeriColor Sheen Airbrush Colors (Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green)
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist

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

Spray middle of cookie with pink airbrush color.

Spray top of cookie with blue airbrush color.

Spray middle of cookie with yellow airbrush color.

Spray bottom of cookie with green airbrush color.

[Spray color 6-8 inches from cookie. If too close the air degrades the icing which is visible in this photo]

Let dry 45 minutes.





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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It is a great day to wear green, listen to Celtic music, drink green beer, wear pins reading ‘Erin go Bragh’ and Kiss me, I’m Irish.’ Major cities hold parades and Chicago colors the river green, an annual tradition for over 50 years. It always seems that those who are not of Irish descent wish they were on March 17th.

The love for the Irish in this country was not always the case. In the late 19th and early 20th century when Irish immigrants were flooding into America, the Irish were looked down upon because of their heritage and Catholic religion. They were stereotyped as violent, lazy and drunks. Employment banners read ‘Irish need not apply’ and lawn signs read ‘Irish and dogs keep off lawn.’ Despite this, the Irish were willing to work hard and took dangerous jobs others would not do such as building bridges, canals and railroads; anything to support their families. Eventually, careers such as police officer and firefighter became a tradition for generations in many Irish families to this day.

When my grandfather came to the United States in 1912, he started using the initial ‘P’ instead of his middle name Patrick. When asked what the ‘P’ stood for, to avoid ridicule he would reply Philip because it did not sound Irish. Although, Grandpa was proud of his Irish heritage and every St. Patrick’s Day he took the day off from work to attend the parade and visit the pubs.

The Irish were not the only ones to be victims of racism then and now. In fact, the Irish have come a long way. They have a national holiday and March is Irish American Heritage Month. So, as we celebrate the Irish, lest we forget America still has a long way to go to rid the country of racism and bigotry.

These cookies were stenciled with royal icing. For this design the stencil was placed on half the cookie, which created a challenge to keep the stencil in place while spreading the icing and lifting the stencil. Come see how they turned out.

Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Yellow with AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for detail tinted Avocado Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Royal Icing for detail tinted Gold with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and Wilton Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Celtic Knot Stencils

Outline cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing.
Flood cookie in yellow icing. 

Let dry overnight.

Place the stencil on cookie. Apply light pressure so the stencil stays in place.
Spread green detail icing with spatula. Remove excess icing. Gently lift stencil.
 Let dry overnight.



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