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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