Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cookies for the Sick Boy Away At College

My son is sick. And he's 700 miles away. My baby boy. Sick. Away at college. Talk about feeling helpless! Thankfully he is not 3,000 miles away like some of my friends kids away at college. Nick was home from college for Thanksgiving last week. We had a wonderful time together and he had a wonderful time seeing his girlfriend and his friends. We went to my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon. It's always super loud there with about 20 people. Then we went to my mom's house for another dinner in the early evening with another 10 people. With lots of pie and yummy Lincoln Log and of course, lots of Thanksgiving cookies. When we got home, I had a blasting headache and Nick said he had a really bad headache too. We figured it was just all the loud activities. We both took Tylenol. My headache went away almost immediately. Nick's headache stayed. 

The weekend was a flurry of activities with Nick's friends and girlfriend. On Saturday night, Nick said that his headache was still really bad. I was really surprised. We are not headache people. I checked his temperature. 102.2. Oh, okay that makes more sense, he's sick. Then he mentioned he also had chills and his neck was sore. Um. Those are signs of Meningitis. Scary. We made sure he could touch his chin to his chest and move his head side to side. We called a doctor friend of ours. Nick was flying out in the morning to go back to his dorm. We got his fever down a little bit and in the morning he was feeling better. He flew back to college.

All the symptoms came back along with the fever. We asked Nick to go to the school nurse on campus. He went first thing in the morning, skipping two of his classes which he has never done before. They gave him a blood test to check for infection for Meningitis. Negative. Thank you God. Then they tested him for Appendicitis because his abdomen was sore during the exam. That test took a lot longer. Basically most of the day was spent pacing 700 miles away while Nick was quite sick. Finally the test result came back - negative. Thank you God again. So that means that it is just a virus infection and will work it's course. Nick missed a couple classes and caught up on sleep. Also drinking lots of water and taking ibuprofen. He's getting better.

The experience showed me that I'm mush. Yep, mush. It also taught me that Nick is responsible, capable, on top of it. He's one of those "everything's fine" kind of kids and I worried that he wouldn't take it seriously and Meningitis can be deadly. He didn't delay. He took his medicine, drank tons of water, went to the doctor, slept extra. He's a good and responsible boy. Thank you God. And the school did a great job in caring for Nick and they wanted to see him again the next morning and again to follow up in 2 weeks. Angels.

I'm sending Nick a care package in the next day or two. They are not these cookies as I made these for someone else a couple months ago, but they are more relevant so I'm finally posting them today :-)

Get well soon Nick. Love, Mom

I posted my concerns for Nick on my Facebook page and a whole ton of people were praying for Nick while we waited for the test results. Thank you so much everyone for the support. Nick is doing better!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

What Are You Thankful For?

I have so much to be thankful for. So very much. My first granddaughter was born almost 4 months ago. I just got back from the airport to pick up my son from college to visit for family time during Thanksgiving. My daughter comes to my house almost every day and shares in the cookie decorating obsession with me. My step-daughter and I have a loving and wonderful relationship together. I have a good man for a husband and family that loves me and friends that are always there for me. Lots to be thankful for. What about you? What are you thankful for? 

I made a whole bunch of Thanksgiving cookies. I didn't think I would have time to make any because I've been working super hard on a project, but I can't imagine showing up at a family holiday without cookies. Most people would just make a few turkeys or leaves and be done with it. But we already know that I'm not a normal person. I do most things to the extreme. So I stayed up til 3am two nights in a row and made 60 Thanksgiving cookies in 21 designs and I made myself 8 new cookie cutters too!

I made some cute little Indian girls. I'm so in love with this one. I see changes that I will do next time in decorating her, but I still love her anyway.
and Indian boys
Pilgrim girls
and Pilgrim boys
Pilgrim and the Mrs.
and fun turkeys with a pilgrim hat
 Eat Ham
a tree just for my mom. I think she'll really like this
and one lonely little pilgrim owl. I thought of my friend Heather when I made this
and then more turkeys (these were made from a seashell cookie cutter)
and you know, more turkeys
and of course, more turkeys
and even more turkeys
 and then sorry turkeys, but... a turkey dinner
and turkey drumsticks
some yummy corn and maize
and then we move onto dessert and have pies
and more pies
and an apple because you know, it's the Fall.
We can't forget the pilgrim hats - yaa I know they are actually cowboy hats, but I tried
and of course some fall leaves
I didn't get a photo of them all together, but I did get a fun photo of them in my cupboard waiting for Nick to get home and see them
4 of the things that I'm most grateful for: My daughter Mellissa and granddaughter Abigail
My daughter Sarah
and my son Nick (and my Eddie too!)
Okay my kids are home. Life is soooo good. I hope YOU have a wonderful and thankful day too! 

and my beautiful friend, Lisa, with her platter of Thanksgiving cookies

Here's the question of the day: I'd love to know which of these Thanksgiving cookies is your favorite and also what you are most thankful for this season.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Virtual Thanksgiving Potluck With Friends & A LINK-UP PARTY too!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is a time to remember all the things that we are thankful for and all those things that make us feel so blessed. With our crazy-busy lives, it is all too easy to get in the mode of running from one thing to the next and forgetting to stop and be thankful. Today I didn't even have time to take a shower! I got so caught up in my To Do list that time just escaped me. But you know how I started my day? I said a prayer of thanks. 

Before my feet touched the floor this morning (and most mornings), I thought of all the things that I'm so very thankful for. Most days my thankful prayer is long. But some days it can be as simple as "My little granddaughter has learned to smile and she gives those smiles freely and I STILL get choked up every time I see it." 

After I say my prayer of thanks, then I ask God for help with the things in my life that are more difficult or for people that I know that need prayers.

Many days I say a prayer of thanks for my friends. When I meet new people, I am often shy and awkward and self-conscious. God brings people into my life that pull me out of that and they are so kind and loving and thoughtful. Their friendship helps me to be a better me. I'm very thankful to be a part of a couple of online cookie groups. We support and challenge each other within our cookie decorating and we discuss cookies and children and husbands and work and ideas and everything in between. We are there for each other. I have found such joy in these cookie groups and I truly love these girls. 

Today we are having a Virtual Thanksgiving Potluck. Everyone chose something they would like to bring to our virtual table. Since I don't eat meat (or poultry or fish), I generally have salad, mashed potatoes and bread for Thanksgiving dinner. But a VIRTUAL dinner, I get to enjoy every bit of :-) Just look at our incredible cookie dinner!

See the end of this post to join in on our virtual potluck!
Isn't this just AMAZING! Thanks to everyone that joined in our potluck and thank you to Melissa & Kimmy for organizing it. Make sure to stop by all the cookie pages to read more about the project. 

I chose to bring Corn to our virtual potluck. The Corn cookie cutter is from I started by baking the corn shaped cookies and outlining them.
 Last year I didn't do a bottom coat on the corn and I decided it was difficult to make sure to get every bit of area filled, so I decided to first do a bottom layer of my glaze icing.
 I decided to make some of the corn cookies into maize also.
 Then I filled the green section.
 Next I filled the corn area with kernels. This is not an easy task with glaze icing.
Glaze is more runny than royal icing, so you have to either fill in sections or leave enough room for the kernels to expand so that they don't run together.
 For the maize corn, I had fun using fall colors. It was funny that decorating 7 corn cookies took 6 colors of icing.
 But they look pretty all together, don't they?
Now I would like to do something fun. I'd like to invite YOU to our Virtual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. What is your favorite food for Thanksgiving? Will you make one to share with us and post a picture here? I'll leave this potluck open until then end of Thanksgiving weekend. So that gives you a little more than 2 weeks to join in the fun. I'd love to see what you come up with! It can be a cookie photo of a food that you made last year or you can make a few special cookies just for our virtual potluck. Thanks everyone for playing along! I'm so excited to see what you share at our virtual dinner. And in the comments below, please share something that you are thankful for!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Basketball Cookies For The Tall Kids

My daughter, Mellissa, and I made basketball cookies just because. Yep, just because. I bought a super cool basketball hoop cookie cutter probably more than a year ago and never took the time to play with it. I actually have several cookie cutters that I haven't even used yet, so in between other projects, I'm trying to play with more cookie cutters :-)
 My son, Nick, was on a basketball team, but that was probably about 10 years ago. 
I really love this basketball hoop cookie cutter. 
 I also used my sports jersey to make some basketball jerseys. Since basketball jerseys are sleeveless, I just improvised. After I made these, I bought a cookie cutter that is a sleeveless jersey too.

 and of course we made some basketballs. These are large, measuring almost 4" all around. You know, we like big cookies at our house.

 Then we made some basketball pennants too.

and since we made basketball cookies just because, I'll share a cute picture of my little granddaughter, Abigail, just because :-)
Have a great day everyone!

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