For a quiet retired couple, Ron and I have been having quite a busy summer. Lots of company coming and going and a few trips made by ourselves to visit family and friends. It has been very enjoyable, though at times hectic and the weeks have literally whizzed by. Between the road trips made there was the seemingly unending flurry of readying the house for each group of guests, the shopping, the cooking and the baking, the stripping and remaking of beds, the constant vacuuming and dusting (dog owners will identify), etc. etc. As busy as we have been, we know that in a few weeks, things will quiet down quite a bit around here and what has been referred to as our busiest summer ever will be a warm memory of having spent quality time with those that mean the most to us.
The past several weeks have not afforded me the time I normally spend on my blog (or visiting other’s sites) nor has it left with me a lot of moments to connect with those on Twitter. While I have missed that daily interaction I know that those I follow feel the same as I. When you have an opportunity to connect *in real life* you grab it, run with it and make the most of it. Ron and I have been doing just that.
Today is the first day in over a week that I’ve had just *me* time and I’m ready share some cookies with you.
While we were in Quebec I received an email from a lady I was delighted to hear from. She was Ella’s teacher in Grade Two and last year I made her these cookies for her son who had earned a full scholarship to Rutgers University. This year Mrs. DeGagne’s other son graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and she requested an assortment of graduation themed cookies.
The *graduate* cookies come together fairly quickly and are fun to make. The caps are made by using a small square cookie cutting and cutting partially into the top of a large circular cookie. You then place your cut square cookies into the space and bake together.
The Queen’s University *Q* takes a bit more time and is done by making royal icing transfers of the “Q” and placing the dry transfers onto your piped and flooded cookie while the flood icing is still damp.
Though not requested in the order, I decided to surprise Mrs. DeGagne with a few cookies decorated in the Queen’s University logo. These were made with the help of my KopyKake projector and I was pleased with the final result.
This time I decided to *mature* some of the graduates a little bit too.
I always deeply appreciate every cookie order I receive. It’s an honour to be asked to be a small part of someone’s special celebration and I was thrilled Mrs. DeGagne thought of me again when planning her son’s graduation party this year.