Do you ever think about your favorite childhood memories? I have many but this time of year the one that comes to mind was the annual summer trip to Connecticut to visit our paternal cousins. The two families of my Dad's sisters lived in a typical post-WWII suburban neighborhood. Their street was lined with bungalows in a neighborhood full of kids (it was the baby boom era) riding bicycles and roller skates with a key, families grilling out and playing lawn games in a quaint New England town. 

My brothers and cousins (me in front with geeky bangs) at my Cousin's 8th Grade Graduation - 1960

This was a time before air-conditioned homes were commonplace. Inside noisy fans oscillated back and forth moving warm air in an attempt to cool the houses in summer. So families would hang out on front porches and back patios. Aunt Dot and Uncle Bub (that's not a typo; that's what we called him and don't ask me where he got that nickname; no one knows!), had a covered patio in the back of their home that ran the entire width of their tiny house. Their front yard was shaded with mature trees where we played badminton. Although, most of the fun occurred on the patio, which was furnished with webbed chairs and mini side tables set out with plenty of goodies for nibbling. My aunt had those spreaders that looked like veggies (corn on the cob, tomato, carrot and peas in a pod), for the the soft cheddar in the brown crockpot. There was lots of laughter and giggles as my paternal family had a great sense of humor and plenty of knee tickles from our eldest cousin. The adults had their Tom Collins summer cocktails, while the old refrigerator in the dank basement was stocked full of soda bottles in every flavor you can imagine. Oh kid heaven! Then as dinner time approached Aunt Dot always drafted my big brother Ricky to husk the three dozen ears of corn for this crowd. We would tease him that as her Godson he was our aunt's favorite, while Mom in turn drafted the rest of us kids to help out. This task took place on the back stoop careful to remove every strand of silk from the cobs of corn. Complete with the all-American summer feast of hot dogs, burgers, potato salad and watermelon, the fun continued until after dusk, all the while making cherished memories of a simpler era and precious time spent with family.  What's your favorite summertime memory?

Watermelon Cookies
Candy Corn Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Lavender with AmeriColor Electric Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Black with AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for detail tinted Teal with AmeriColor Sky Blue and AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Petal Tip #101
AmeriColor Violet Airbrush Color
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist

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

Pipe dots with #2 tip in black icing. Pull with toothpick. Let dry 60 minutes.

Pipe ruffles with petal tip #101 in teal icing. 

Let dry overnight.

Gently airbrush edges of watermelon with violet airbrush color. Let dry 45 minutes.


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  1. Always a sweet memory you share with us, dear Joan.

  2. Hi Joan, Nice memories and cute picture of you and your sibs and cousins. My favorite summertime memories are vacations spent at the Jersey shore! Thanks for sharing. Stacey

    1. Thank you, Stacey! Thanks for sharing your summertime memories at the shore. Oh, I wish I lived near the ocean!

  3. Always a fun walk down memory lane!
    Thanks Joan, I think I could do these cookies!!!

    1. Thank you! You can definitely make these cookies. They were fun to decorate. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  4. Love the story that goes along with these pretty cookies! Your patio memories sound pretty similar to my childhood memories!

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you. Yes, those childhood memories shared with family are the best. I'm so enjoying your river cruise series on your blog and look forward to the next city on your excursion!

    2. Thanks for sharing your cookies at Best of the Weekend!

  5. These are really cute cookies. I like the unique purple and blue colors used for the watermelons. Great tutorial. Sue

    1. Thank you, Sue. I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.


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