We arrived back home from Florida on March 2nd to more snow than we had left and to much cooler temperatures. Did I care? Not in the least, I was delighted to be back in my own home once again and especially to be able to putz around in my own kitchen. Best of all, the following Friday I picked up my grand-daughters in Ottawa and we all returned to Perth so they could spend a few days with us. Our grand-son Austin was headed to New Brunswick for his March break so we will have to wait a bit longer to see him.
I had lots planned for the grand-girls and I during their stay with us and on Saturday morning we got busy making a craft that each of them could take home with them and hang in their bedrooms. The idea came from a post I had read recently on Glory Albin’s site Glorious Treats. When I saw the lovely craft that she had the birthday guests do at her daughter’s party, I knew that Ella and Sophie would enjoy making one for themselves and they really did. So, many thanks to Glory.
On Sunday we decorated cookies for the girls to take home and share with the kids at their Mom’s daycare on Friday when they would be having their annual St. Patrick’s Day party. I had baked the cookies before picking up the girls so our Sunday afternoon could be dedicated solely to decorating. Three year-old Sophie’s attention span dictated that I would pipe all the cookies beforehand as well and with the piping already dry, both she and Ella wasted no time squeezing the flood icing and working it into all the clover leafs and stems.
Once they had flooded a cookie, they added store bought googly eyes. Pretty sure Sophie ate 3 eyes for every pair she added to her shamrocks! With eyes done, bow ties and smiles were added by me and then we let the cookies sit until the icing had hardened. Once hardened, the girls then set to work adding their sanding sugar. Rather than have them pour the sanding sugar over their cookies, it was easier to pour the sanding sugar into a clean coffee filter and have the girls *face plank* their cookies into it. They did a great job with this stage and got creative with applying the corn syrup and the sanding sugar so it would make various designs on their cookies.
Though Sophie went through a good few *googly eyes* while decorating and was very quick at eating up any errant sugar, she managed to resist eating any of her cookies until they were all finished and dry. They were both quite proud of their work and were anxious to take them home to show Mommy & Daddy.
Two dozen of these little fellows made it safely to their parent’s home & the daycare party.
And despite hamming it up for the camera, their personalized letter craft inspired by Glorious Treats made it home to their bedroom walls!
As much as I enjoyed and feel blessed to have been able to spend five weeks in Florida, golfing, enjoying the warm weather and the company of wonderful friends, nothing compares to being at home and spending time with family. Nothing at all! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I wish for you everything in this Irish Blessing I found.
May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!