With another holiday season upon us and the anticipation of good times with siblings, nieces and nephews, for me it is also a time of reflecting upon holidays past spent with family no longer here. It's a nostalgic time and as I carry on family holiday traditions, memories of yesteryear come flooding back.

My mother was very much into tradition so it was not only at Thanksgiving but also on Christmas Day that she and Dad served a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. After rising in the early morning, the holiday was a day to get dressed up. Mom always wore a dress, stockings and heels, and hair and makeup just so. She would daintily wraparound a crisp apron before starting her kitchen tasks. Dad would wear nice slacks, dress shirt and pullover sweater, often an autumn gold one with a kitchen towel tossed over one shoulder. For hours they would be in the kitchen working side-by-side chatting away in preparation … Dad stuffing and trussing the turkey at which he was a master, peeling and cutting turnips and sweet potatoes, while Mom rolled out several pie crusts. She would make four pies for just the six of us ….apple, pumpkin, mince and chocolate cream. I can still hear them in my mind lovingly preparing the holiday feast. My brothers and I would play, watch the parades on television or toss a football in the yard. When everything was ready, it was finally time to eat. The turkey ready for carving, and side dishes one-by-one were brought to the table, neatly set with fine china, cloth napkins and a perfectly starched tablecloth. Our big brother would pour the milk for us kids, we would give thanks and enjoy.

No doubt your holiday memories are much the same. Today is a good time to reflect and cherish those happy times so long ago, while being grateful for today's blessings of family and friends.

Autumn Leaf Cookies
Square Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Ivory with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Brown with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green and AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for detail tinted Copper with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown, AmeriColor Super Red and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Gold with Wilton Gold and Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Leaf Tip #352
Airbrush Kit
AmeriColor Copper Sheen Airbrush Color

Outline cookie with ivory icing. Flood cookie with ivory icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Lightly spray entire cookie with copper airbrush color.

Pipe tree branches with #2 tip in brown icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe leaves in green icing with leaf tip #352.

Mix copper icing and green icing. Pipe leaves in mixed color with leaf tip #352.

Pipe leaves in gold icing with leaf tip #352. 
Let dry overnight.



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  1. Amalia, Thank you! The handmade angels on your website are adorable! Have a happy holiday season.

  2. Autumn is my favorite time of year too. These leaves are perfectly piped! Terri

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Melissa. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

    2. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season also Joan!


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