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Rhinestone Cowboy is Glen Campbell's signature song. Other favorites are Galveston, Wichita Lineman, Gentle on my Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. With his clean-cut, good looks and musical talent, this small-town boy soared in popularity in the 1960's and held his own against the rock-n-roll tunes of The Beatles and Rolling Stones. I have a special memory associated with Glen Campbell.

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When I hear a Glen Campbell hit, it takes me back to a special week in New York City. It was the summer of 1969 and my grandmother who we called Mom, chose to spend her only week of vacation with two of her granddaughters. My cousin and I were both age 12 and I remember thinking how nice of her to spend her time off from work with us. She lived in the Borough of Queens and she wanted to show the two of us around New York City. Well, after just one day my cousin was homesick and my uncle came to pick her up. She surely missed out because it was a memorable week.

Every day my grandfather drove my grandmother and me in his taxicab into the City. We took the Circle Line boat cruise down the Hudson and around the Statue of Liberty, where my grandmother had immigrated nearly 50 years earlier, visited the Empire State Building and took a bus tour around the city. The big stand out was the day we went to Radio City Music Hall, the only time I have been there. To this day, I remember the blue and white floral sundress I wore with the cutout in the back. At that time, Radio City showed a daily matinee and evening movie, followed by a performance of The Rockettes. Now they only perform at Christmastime. The movie showing that summer was Glen Campbell in his debut acting role with John Wayne in True Grit. My eyes were naturally drawn to the handsome, young actor as opposed to the crusty character with the eye patch played by John Wayne. The movie was great and I was mesmerized by the performance of The Rockettes. After the show, we had a late lunch at The Plaza Hotel and my grandmother, so proud of her family said to the waiter in her Scottish brogue, 'This is my granddaughter.'  I remember being slightly embarrassed yet touched by her pride. All fond memories and sad to think of another musical icon in rock-n-roll heaven.


Still on a Lilly Pulitzer kick, these palm tree cookies were a bit of an experiment. Instead of stencils, airbrush colors were streaked across the cookie in no particular pattern.


Palm Tree Cookies
Palm Tree Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Deep Pink, Leaf Green, Lemon Yellow, Sky Blue)
Airbrush Kit
This design technique inspired by Hillary's Flamingo Cookies at The Cookie Countess.

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

Spray cookie with streaks of airbrush colors. Let dry 30 minutes.

New colors such as purple and teal appear as the hues overlap.

Palm tree images left behind after airbrushing color applied to cookies.




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10 comments:

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WONDERFUL REMEMBRANCE OF OUR GRANDMOTHER. SHE WOULD BE SO PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL BLOG! THE COOKIES ARE SO BEAQUTIFUL1!!
    Cousin Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. Sending hugs!

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  2. Cute cookies, kind of like a plaid Lilly Pulitzer. Love the colors. Betsy

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    1. Betsy, Thanks! It does look plaid. I hadn't noticed until you mentioned it.

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  3. I really like the vibrant colors. This looks like an easy cookie to decorate. I think I could do this! Anna

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    1. Hi Anna, You will enjoy decorating these cookies. You can decorate cookies with Wilton Color Sprays at Michaels and other hobby stores. Check out my 'Decorate' page for a photo.

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  4. Such wonderful memories! I enjoyed listening to Glen Campbells music. Such a great singer.

    Your cookies are lovely!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Yes, Glen made some great music.

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  5. Loved this story about your childhood memories of what sounds like an amazing week in NY. Glen Campbell was a legend. These cookies are so pretty - I'll be featuring them at Best of the Weekend tomorrow night!

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    1. Thanks Amy. I always enjoy your photos and stories about living and working in New York City. It's a great town with great people. Thank you for dropping by and for the feature in this week's link party.

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