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APPLE CRISP/ Love is All Around



My first memory of Mary Tyler Moore was as a little girl when she played Laura Petrie, the pretty, vivacious wife of Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Then, beginning in 1970 during my high school years, she starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show which lasted seven seasons. Her character, Mary Richards, a single, thirty-something moves to the city to pursue a career as a television producer and assistant to the station manager. In the opening promo of the show accompanied by the show’s famous theme song (Love is All Around), she bounced around the streets of Minneapolis swinging her purse, flipping her beret in the air, and she appeared to have it all … smarts, beauty, career and confidence. Her character was a true role model; an intelligent woman who challenged her boss, stood up for herself, portrayed confidence and demanded respect. I learned a lot from Mary and I wanted to be her … a career girl and to live in her studio apartment in the beautiful Victorian mansion in Minneapolis. Can any of you baby boomers relate?

Mary Tyler Moore went on to more serious acting roles, continued producing television shows at MTM, her production company and became an advocate for diabetes. A female icon of the 60’s, 70’s and 80's, she will be missed but her inspiration will not be forgotten. 

By the way, the Victorian Mansion is currently for sale … aw shucks … wrong time zone and not in my budget!

(Sources: Biography.com; ShowBiz411)
Apple Crisp is a nice dessert at Thanksgiving, summertime … anytime of the year! 


Apple Crisp
6-8 Green Apples
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tsp Flour


Topping
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
¼ Cup Flour
2 Tbsp Butter (melted)

Peel, core and slice apples. Place in large bowl. Add Lemon Juice. Mix with apples to avoid browning.
Add Sugar, Cinnamon and Flour. Mix well to coat the apples. Pour into large pie place.

For topping, mix Sugar, Cinnamon and Flour together.
Add melted butter and toss with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
Bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes until brown and bubbly.
Serve immediately and top with scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream. Makes 7-8 Servings.




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STENCIL SNOWFLAKE COOKIES/ Baby Cousin



What do you think is the likelihood of having two daughters-in-law with the same name? My guess is fairly unlikely. I have a friend whose two sons both married girls named Heather. It is such a pretty name but who knew it was so popular.

Awhile back I made Owl Cookies for Heather’s baby shower while she was expecting Mason, who now is big brother to Holden and a new sibling arriving soon. Add to the excitement the anticipation of the arrival of their girl cousin due this spring. This baby girl is the first for Heather H. Are you following me?… keeping the Heathers straight? No matter … lots of memories yet to be made with these darling angels.


Heather’s baby shower had a winter theme with snowflake cookie favors in pink and gray to match the nursery colors. My original plan was a cookie with a pink background and gray detail but instead went with varying shades of the same color. To emphasize the winter theme, look closely and you will see stenciled snowflakes.

BEST WISHES TO HEATHER AND JESSE AWAITING THEIR PRECIOUS BABY GIRL.


Snowflake Cookies
Daisy Shortbread Cookies [The daisy cutter doubles as a Snowflake]
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Pink with AmeriColor Deep Pink and AmeriColor Peach
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Dark Pink with AmeriColor Deep Pink and AmeriColor Peach
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Gray with AmeriColor Super Black (just a smidge)
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Dark Gray with AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Falling Snow Cookie Stencil 
AmeriColor Pearl Sheen Airbrush Color
Airbrush Kit

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

Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with pearl airbrush color. Gently lift stencil.

Let dry 45 minutes.

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

Pipe detail with #2 tip in dark pink icing. 

 Decorate some cookies in gray.

Let dry overnight.




 
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