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.
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.
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.
Drew and cut out a shamrock and traced it onto the center of the cookie with a green edible marker.
Piped the outline of the shamrock with green piping icing and then flooded the shamrock with green flood icing.
White piping icing was used to trace around the heart.
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.
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!