With the recent passing of former First Lady, Barbara ('Bar') Pierce Bush, her words of wisdom will inspire. This post contains excerpts from Mrs. Bush's Commencement Speech to Wellesley graduates, June 1, 1990.

Whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you're talking about life -- and life really must have joy. It's supposed to be fun. Find the joy in life because as Ferris Bueller said on his day off, 'Life moves pretty fast and if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you're going to miss it.'

.... cherish your human connections, your relationships with family and friends. For several years you've had impressed upon you the importance to your career, of dedication and hard work. Of course, that's true. But as important as your obligations as a doctor, a lawyer, a business leader will be, you are a human being first. And those human connections --- with spouses, with children, with family, with friends -- are the most important investments you will ever make.

…. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.

Graduation Cookies
Graduation Cap Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dusty Pink with Wilton Brown and AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for detail tinted Hot Pink with Wilton Brown, AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Electric Pink
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tip #18

Outline top of mortarboard with #2 tip in pink icing
Flood top of mortarboard with pink icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Outline rest of cookie with #2 tip in pink icing
Flood rest of cookie with pink icing.

Pipe tassel of cap with #2 tip in pink icing. Let sit 15 minutes.
Pipe tassel of cap with #2 tip in hot pink icing.
Outline top of mortarboard with #2 tip in pink icing.

Pipe flowers on cap with star tip #18 in hot pink icing. 

Let dry overnight.


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  1. These are so cute for a girl's graduation. Beside the pretty shade of pink, I love the dainty look of the mortarboard.

  2. Nice Cookies! Nice tribute to Mrs. Bush who was a great first lady and she will be missed. Linda M.

  3. Beautiful! Pretty in pink cookies! I'll be featuring your cookies tomorrow night at Best Of The Weeken!

    1. Thank you, Amy! I appreciate the feature on Best of Weekend.


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