When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what will I be,
Will I be pretty, Will I be rich, Here's what she said to me,
Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be, The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be . . .

Those are the lyrics to Que Será, Será made famous by Doris Day. That was just one of many songs on the Doris Day's Greatest Hits album, which included such other melodies as Bewitched, It’s Magic and Secret Love. On the album cover, Doris is wearing a blue-striped sweater, leaning on her hand flashing her beautiful smile and big blue eyes.

At about age 5, I began listening to Doris sing her songs over and over. When my older brothers were outside playing baseball, I would go into their room where there was a record player and put on that album. I would make believe I was on stage performing as I sang and danced along with Doris. Before too soon, Mom signed me up for dance lessons.

Long before Mary Tyler Moore and Marlo Thomas, there was Doris as the beautiful, cheery, bubbly, girl-next-door in the wholesome movies of the 50’s and 60’s. She starred with such handsome leading men as Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Jack Lemon, James Gardner and even Ronald Reagan. With her platinum blonde pageboy and raspy voice, she charmed her love interests as they swooned over her.

With the passing of Doris Day, it takes me back to those days as a little girl when I wondered … what will be, will be. Doris’ music and movies will forever remain a part of our American culture.

 Doris & Rock Hudson (Source: AMPAS)

The design on these teapot cookies is one of my favorites. See how a simple dot turns into a rose. 

Teapot Cookies
Teapot Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe dots with #2 tip in pink icing.

Using a toothpick or scribe tool, swirl dots to create flower design.

Pipe dots with #1.5 tip in green icing. Using toothpick or scribe tool, pull to create leaf design. 

Add tiny dots using tip of toothpick or scribe tool in pink icing to accent design. Let dry one hour.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in pink icing.

Let dry overnight.


 (Remembering Glen Campbell)

(Remembering Glenn Frey)


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Those who have followed my blog for awhile may recall several posts about researching my family history: here, here, here and here. I’m often asked if I found a proverbial skeleton in the closet. So far, there are no embarrassing facts about any ancestors. Although, I discovered a forgotten ancestor who in my opinion, is a war hero.

I learned that my paternal grandfather had a sibling. In the 1912 ship manifest of my grandfather’s journey to America, the name of his closest relative in his homeland is listed as brother, Michael living in Dublin. I nearly fell off my chair when I read this as no one knew he existed. The family thought Grandpa was an only child, as he evidently never mentioned his older brother to his three children. My Dad definitely would have talked about his uncle had he known, as he often mentioned a younger brother who was stillborn and a maternal aunt who lived in Dublin. When I asked my older brothers and cousins, they never knew about Uncle Michael either.

I discovered that my grand uncle chose to stay in Ireland and when WWI broke out in 1914, Uncle Michael joined the British Army. He was a corporal in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles, which was deployed as part of the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign.* Sadly, my grand uncle was killed at the Battle of Sari Bair in August 1915 at age 30, just one month after he married. How I wish Uncle Michael had sailed with his brother to the United States in 1912!

Why had Grandpa never told his three children about his only sibling? That is still a mystery. My guess is possibly Grandpa’s way of dealing with his grief was to never mention his brother. It is documented that during WWI, large numbers of the young men in a town who went off to war perished. Many of soldiers are buried in France, Turkey and other battle areas, so there was usually no funeral or outward grieving. Bereaved families and surviving soldiers repressed their emotions and coped with their grief in silence.

As we near another Memorial Day and honor those who gave it all … I remember my grand Uncle Michael, who is no longer forgotten and holds a prominent branch in our family tree. I also remember other brave, British ancestors: another paternal grand uncle, Edward, a Royal Irish Fusilier and maternal cousins, Charles and Daniel, brothers who were Royal Scots in the Scottish Infantry, all who died in WWI.

*In early August 1915, the 6th Rifles landed at Anzac Cove and fought in the desperate battle to take Sari Bair Ridge. The 6th Rifles also held the dubious honor of having one of the highest Gallipoli casualty rates of the Division. They were the only Royal Irish Rifles battalion to fight alongside the ANZACS [Australian & New Zealand Armies] at Gallipoli. [Source: Never Retire (The 6th Royal Rifles at Gallipoli), By: Gavin Hughes & David Truesdale]

These simple pear cookies are accented in gold. Some were done with the swipe of a paintbrush and others were speckled with the flick of the brush.

Pear Cookies
Pear Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining, flooding and detail tinted Butter Yellow with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Pale Green with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Leaf Tip #352
Wilton Star Tip #24
Rainbow Dust Metallic Light Gold Food Paint

Outline cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing. Flood with yellow icing. Let dry 30 minutes.

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

Using fan paintbrush, add gold accent.

Speckle others with gold paint. Paint leaves with gold food paint.

Mix detail yellow and green icing. Pipe flowers with star tip #24. Let dry overnight.



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Throughout the course of our lives, there are people who touch us each and every day in our journey called life. Family . . . parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, aunts, uncles and cousins; many of whom we know all our lives. There are others too like friends, teachers, coaches and mentors, some who may enter our lives for brief periods. At times we may even take them for granted, as well as the bonds we form and the emotional attachments to such individuals. These remarkable persons make an indelible impression on us and in turn, we impact their lives too.

Occasionally, stop and take a moment to reflect and appreciate those we love still in our world who brighten our days, and those with whom we have only memories and eternal love in our hearts.

As I write this, I’m thinking of an amazing and beautiful lady who became my aunt and dear friend. She was one of my favorite persons in the world. She was compassionate, empathetic, thoughtful and generous of self, with a laugh that would light up a room. Those who knew her and loved her …. her family, friends and students … were showered with her love, friendship and goodness. I believe we are all better persons for having had Joy in our lives. Sending balloons to heaven … 

Heart Balloon Cookies
Egg Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #3
Air Brush Kit or Wilton Color Mist
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Sky Blue, Leaf Green)
Tall Grass Stencil
Cloud Stencil
Sugarbelle Black Food Gel Pen

Outline and flood cookie with #3 tip in white icing. Let dry overnight.

Cut out cloud stencil.
 (use angel cutter to trace curves)

Place cloud stencil on cookie. Spray several rows with blue airbrush color. Let dry 15 minutes.

Place grass stencil on cookie. Spray with green airbrush color. Let dry 15 minutes.
Tilt stencil and spray grass stencil again.

Let dry 15 minutes.

Pipe heart balloon with #2 tip in yellow icing.

Draw string with black food gel pen




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OREO MINI TRIFLE/ Cookies & Cream

I bet if you took a poll, Chocolate Chip Cookies would come in first as America's favorite cookie. I bet Oreo cookies would come in second. Who can resist that chocolate sandwich cookie stuffed with fluffy, white cream. Since it’s creation in 1912, we have discovered there are lots of ways to eat an Oreo. Is it just a kid-thing to untwist the cookie and indulge in the white cream first or do adults do it too? I mean, there is an art to eating Oreos. Also, there are oodles and oodles of fabulous desserts ... Oreo pies, cakes and even Oreo frosting. Don’t forget Oreo ice cream a/k/a Cookies & Cream.

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Cookies and cake are my thing and I rarely stray from what I know, but I decided to make individual mini trifles. Mixing the ingredients and assembly was easy. Although, it was a challenge to photograph quickly before the whipped cream softened and lost its shape.

Oreo Mini-Trifle
Chocolate Cake or Brownie
Oreo Cookies & Cream Pudding Mix
Whipped Cream
2 cups Milk
9 Oreos

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Cut chocolate cake into small chunks
Chop 6 Oreos into small chunks
Chop 3 Oreos into fine crumbs. Set aside
Prepare Oreo pudding according to package directions

To assemble
Fill bottom of each glass with chunks of chocolate cake
Add layer of pudding
Add layer of chopped Oreos
Add another layer of cake chunks and a layer of pudding
Top with whipped cream
Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs (optional)

 Hint: Refrigerate and add whipped cream immediately before serving.



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