Hearts and Shamrocks for Friends and Family

March 15, 2014

Ron and I have been in Florida for six weeks now and in just over two weeks times we will be heading back home.  We are hoping that all the snow will be gone by the time we arrive back in Perth but given the Winter that we left behind for sunnier and warmer climes, we doubt it very much.  Whatever is left waiting for us however will be short-lived as Spring is right around the corner!

We have enjoyed being members of Brooksville Golf and Country Club during our stay and this year I was invited by my friend Nicole to join in with her group who golf together every Sunday and enjoy lunch together at the club after an 18 hole round.  The ladies were most welcoming to not only myself but to two other *newbies*, Wanda and Chantal.  We have had a lot of fun these past several weeks becoming not only golfing pals but enjoying building new friendships as well.  As three of us will soon be leaving the group to return home, a little *end of season* party was held last Sunday.  Phyllis was the hostess of this event and everyone contributed to the delicious and varied pot-luck luncheon.  Phyllis not only opened her home to all of us but went the extra mile in graciousness by providing us all with a little gift bag along with a commemorative photo of *the gang.*  The photo was attached to a pink sheet of card stock and had some lovely words of wisdom (both in English and French) about using time.  One of my favourites…*Time passes, things change, but memories will always stay where they are, in the heart.*  Our little Sunday group has made some great memories together.

Ladies Golf Group Brooksville Sunday RoundsFront Left to Right:  Phyllis, Paula, Mike, Carol, Marilyn

Rear Left to Right:  Wanda, Nicole, Chantal, Virginia

Sunday will be our last round together before the group says goodbye to a few of us so as it is the day before St. Patrick’s Day I decided to make the girls some cookies.

Shamrocks in Hearts Sugar Cookies

I didn’t bring a Shamrock cookie cutter with me but I did bring a heart-shaped cutter so I decided to trace a shamrock onto the heart and go from there.  I chose green, white and orange for the colours as these are the colours in the flag of Ireland.  According to Wikipedia, the green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, the orange represents the followers of William of Orange and the white represents the aspiration of peace between them.

To make these I did the following:

Baked up some heart-shaped vanilla bean sugar cookies.

Heart Shaped Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie

Drew and cut out a shamrock and traced it onto the center of the cookie with a green edible marker.

Heart Shaped Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie with Traced Shamrock in Center

Piped the outline of the shamrock with green piping icing and then flooded the shamrock with green flood icing.

Shamrock on Heart Cookie Piped with Green Piping Icing

Shamrock on Heart Cookie Flooded with Green Flood Icing

White piping icing was used to trace around the heart.

Heart Outlined Piped with White Piping Icing

White flood icing filled in the remainder of the cookie and orange dots were applied wet on wet.  A toothpick was run through the orange dots to create little hearts.

White Flood Icing and Orange Wet on Wet Hearts Applied to Shamrock on Heart Cookies

I’ve also put aside some for my grand daughters.  They (and their parents) fly in from Ottawa on Monday evening to spend a week with us and I’m almost beside myself with excitement!  I haven’t seen Ella and Sophie since we left back at the end of January (save our Facetime chats) and being able to see and hug them has been a much long-awaited moment for me.  I can’t wait for us to leave for the airport to pick them up.

Wishing everyone a very happy and luck-filled St. Patrick’s Day!

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Choc Chip Uru March 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Aww you and your wonderful Sunday Group deserve these delicious cookies, they look lovely!
A perfect way to celebrate St Paddy’s day :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I can’t help be feel a little jealous of the time you get to spend in Florida every winter, Paula. This year I’m sure it was especially sweet getting out of the the bitter winter cold. How fun that you’ve made such wonderful friends and that you got to go golfing every Sunday with your group at the Brooksville Golf Club. I have to ask…is this in Brooksville, FL? I’m guessing it is. The reason I ask is because I’ve been to Brooksville, FL several times in my life when I was a girl. That’s where my grandma and grandpa lived for many a year after my grandpa retired. They lived in a really nice mobile home park and really, really loved it there. My grandpa was an avid golfer so maybe it’s even the same course you play at. Oh well, just thought it was interesting. Small world, huh? Enjoy the rest of your time there, and especially the coming week with your family comes to visit! Have fun Paula!! Nice cookies, too :)

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Adri March 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

What beautiful cookies!

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Joan - My Cookie Clinic March 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Paula, What a sweet design mixing the heart and shamrock. It’s evident these cookies were made with love. It was very nice to hear about your golfing gals and your stay in Florida. Enjoy Ella & Sophie!

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Sharon March 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Glad you have had such a warm, welcoming winter! Have a safe trip home. I am sure everyone will enjoy your lucky cookies!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary March 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

I am so jealous of your trip to a warm clime; even if I call golf the ‘G’ word; evidence of my once being a gold widow! :)

The cookies are adorable; I love how you always manage to make ‘something from nothing’ and it always works!

Enjoy those kiddos and here’s hoping CA is having a thaw by the time you return!

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Paula Rhodes March 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

What fun to see your picture in a casual setting. Impressed with your ingenuity even while on vacation. Don’t blame you for leaving the cold.

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Jacquee March 23, 2014 at 11:54 pm

It’s still very cold! Please be sure to drag spring along with you when you return – we need her. :) Cookies look great, you look beautiful and it sounds like you are having an awesome time! xx

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