The definition of the word ‘suffrage’ is the right to vote in public, political elections and as you know, the Suffragettes were the women who valiantly fought and marched for the rights of women to get the vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920 and now 100 years later, women voters are greater in numbers than men. We’ve come a long way, baby! It was not easy and it took nearly 70 years. It began with a speech in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York by Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the first women’s convention. Along with Susan B. Anthony they began a movement. Sadly, neither lived to see their goal come to fruition but generations of women have benefited from their cause. So, ladies it is your duty to cast your vote in all elections; not just the national ones but all state, local and special elections. Something I have proudly done since legally becoming of age to vote. Please, don’t take this right for granted. 

Even though it may not seem like summertime, I thought these Lemon Dress cookies would remind us how cheerful and sunshiny life will be sometime soon. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

Lemon Dress Cookies
Dress Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding  tinted yellow with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado & AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #3
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe dots with #3 tip in yellow flood icing. Pipe dots with #1.5 tip in green flood icing.

Using scribe tool, pull to create lemon shape. Pull to create leaf shape. Let dry overnight.



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Was there something you really, really wanted as a kid? For me, there were three things. One was an inground swimming pool .... isn't that on everyone's list? Another was to wear glasses because I thought they were cool. These days, I can’t go anywhere without my specs! The other, to play the piano but my parents could not afford the lessons or the piano. Those black and ivory keys looked like fun to play and I love the sound of a piano. My husband has a keyboard so it is definitely on my to do list. During this stay home phase of life, it may be a good time to pick up that instruction book. As I look back on it, maybe I was lucky because classmates who had to practice piano everyday after school complained a lot. Maybe those kids were jealous of their pals who could run out and play after school without a thought to piano practice?

These cookies are made with the musical note cutter and an easy cookie to decorate. Since the shape is simple yet distinctive, I added a flourish to complement the cookie.

Musical Note Cookies
Musical Note Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Lavender with AmeriColor Royal Purple
Royal Icing for detail tinted Purple with AmeriColor Royal Purple and AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for detail tinted Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green and AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tip #18
Wilton Leaf Tip #352

Outline cookie with #2 tip in lavender icing.
Flood cookie with lavender icing. Let dry overnight.

Pipe flowers with star tip #18 in purple icing.

Pipe leaf with leaf tip #352 in green icing. Let 5 hours.




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BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT/ 5 Marvelous Bloggers

I would like to introduce you to my blogging buddies. These ladies possess remarkable talent and inspire with their limitless creativity. I am grateful for their support and encouragement along my blogging journey. Come meet, Deb, Kara Jane, Amy, Jemma and Laura. Take a tour of their websites and be inspired. 

Deb shares her favorite recipes inspired by her ancestors. Her blog is a virtual cookbook of salads, appetizers, crepes, snacks, cookies, desserts and dinners such as Tomato Basil Soup with Feta and Skillet Baked Spinach Ravioli. And did someone say lemon? It’s Deb’s favorite ingredient and she has every kind of recipe you can think of with lemons, even a Lemoncello Martini.
Kara Jane has an obsession with cakes and shares her immense knowledge of how to bake the perfect cake, whip up a creamy buttercream frosting and yummy dessert recipes sure to impress. She explains the science of baking demonstrates the proper way to mix ingredients and the pitfalls of baking. Her scrumptious sweets will enchant your sweet tooth.

Amy is a world traveler who shares her excursions through her beautiful photography. She will take you on a guided tour from New York City to Iceland to Greece to Amsterdam. She transports you as she beautifully describes the culture and food of each destination. I feel as if I've traveled the world through her beautiful photographs and descriptive anecdotes.

Jemma will take you into her world of gardening, crafting, decorating and baking. She inspires with her home décor for every occasion, her charming holiday tablescapes and gardening tips. Her heartfelt writings in Jemma’s Tales accompanied by beautiful photographs are not to be missed.

Laura’s talents as a decorator, seamstress and crafter will amaze. She inspires through home décor, holiday crafts and tablescapes. Her fashion post through the eras and decades is one of my favorites. Besides all that, Laura honors the legacy of her ancestor, Laura Ingalls from ‘Little House on the Prairie’ fame in the Story of Laura Ingalls and Tour of Laura’s Homes.

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VANILLA CUPCAKES/ Social Distancing

I usually keep it light around the Clinic but due to these somber times with the global Coronavirus Pandemic, an outbreak the world has not seen in 102 years, this is time to be serious.

Now is as good a time as any to remember to always practice The Golden RuleDO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU ... meaning think of others and do the right thing for all of humanity, not because of money, power, politics, prestige or what you will gain but because it is about being a good person and caring about others.

My parents quoted the Golden Rule to us often as it was pounded into their psyche during their school days during The Great Depression of the 1930’s and WWII in the 40’s. Those were difficult times when our country came together. Well, now it’s our time. It is our time to take personal responsibility, be selfless and consider how our behavior affects others.

My family, friends and neighbors have put our lives on hold as we have been practicing Social Distancing for the last two months. In recent weeks, nearly everyone out and about wear face masks to protect their own health and the health of others. It will continue for an unknown number of weeks and possibly months as the Governors of the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia have shut down all non-essential businesses and issued a 'Stay Home Order'. Along with millions around the globe, we have sacrificed our freedom and are isolated from family members. My siblings have not seen their children or grandchildren and vice versa. Everyone is working from home and not leaving the house. Surely, most and I hope all of you, are doing the same during these trying times. As for those who fail to see the gravity of this global tragedy, they need look no further than the 1918 Pandemic where 50-100 million souls perished worldwide. There are numerous accounts of the 1918 Liberty Loan Drive Parade in Philadelphia which spells out the tragic consequences of ignoring Social Distancing rules.

The Coronavirus is afflicting all, young and old everywhere. We don’t know how long COVID-19 will be here or who and how many will become sick, but we the people must do our part, all of us and stand together to lick this thing. We will get through this but we need each other more than ever. It’s imperative we follow the CDC guidelines, practice Social Distancing, stay informed, stay busy, stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive, be kind, be empathetic, be wise, think of others and take care of yourselves and loved ones.

Vanilla Cake
2¼ cups Softasilk Cake Flour (or 2-1/8 cup Flour), sifted
1½ cups Sugar
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Crisco Shortening
1 cup Milk
1½ tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs

Mix Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder and Salt. Add Shortening.
Add a little over half of Milk to the dry ingredients. Add Vanilla.
Add remaining Milk and Eggs. Mix well.
Pour batter 1/2 full into 24 cupcake liners.
Bake 18-20 minutes at 400 until cake tester comes out clean.
[This is the Rich Golden Cake recipe from the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook]

Creamy Buttercream Frosting (large recipe)
2 cups Butter (4 sticks), softened
8 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, sifted
½ tsp Vanilla (optional)
1-4 tbsp Milk or Cream
Wilton French Tip #199
Beat butter for 4-5 minutes until pale and fluffy.
Gradually add the sugar 1 cup at a time beating well after each addition.
Add milk 1 Tbsp at a time until frosting is smooth.

Split frosting between 2 bowls. Color frosting.
Fushsia Frosting: Color with AmeriColor Teal and AmeriColor Deep Pink
Blue Frosting: Color with AmeriColor Teal and AmeriColor Sky Blue
Fill each piping bag with color. Pipe swirl with French Tip #19.

Stay calm and bake ...



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