Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Story of the Candy Maker's Witness

Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy at Christmas time
that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith.
He wanted to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry
and death of Jesus. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy;
white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus;
hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Church;
firmness to represent the promise of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J"
to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.
He thought it could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd,
with which he reached down into the ditches of the world to lift out
the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker
stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes
to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received,
by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the
blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the
promise of eternal life. Unfortunately, the candy became known
as a candy cane - a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time.
But the true meaning is still there for those who have
eyes to see and ears to hear.

Christmas cookies!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hurray for the Minis!!

Aren't these minis cute? I have been putting mini cookie pops in arrangements because they are so cute, especially when they are all wrapped up in their little packet with a bow or blinged up with sanding sugar. At the suggestion of a cookier in cyberspace, I made these sets and bagged them up in pretzel bags. How cool are these?!? I have seen a lot of them and there are so many possibilities for these cute little cookies. It seems that the minis will be around for awhile!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!

I've been busy baking! Here are some pumpkin patch cookies I made for my step-daughter's fifth grade class. I mailed them and she said they arrived in perfect shape. I hope there will be a lot of happy kiddo's on Friday! Thanks to Karen at Karen's Cookies for the wonderful tutorial on these!

Got Weights?

Here is a set I made for my co-worker's husband. It was his birthday and he is a chocolate lover. He's also been lifting weights his whole life. I suggested chocolate chip cookies and a weight lifting theme. They were so appreciative! It was a pure honor to make these for this sweet couple.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

LIVE, from the Owl Box!

Well, since we saw, "The Legend of the Guardians" today and it was sooo fantastically good, I thought it would be cool to link to the live feed in a real live owl box in San Marcos, CA. Here we can observe a day in the life, if you will, of owls and their owlets. Unfortunately, it appears that the owlets will "branch" soon and should be off on their new life adventure by October 1. I guess the camera will be shut off until momma "Molly" lays a new clutch of eggs. However, we can observe these little owlets for a few more days. My full-view button isn't working. Just click on "Ustream" in upper right hand corner to go to the website. I hope you enjoy this as much as we have. There are people all over the world waiting for these little babies to finally fly away. It will be exciting and sad at the same time!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thank You!

I made this little arrangement for my hubbies co-worker as a thank you! For my birthday she bought me a 3 tier cooling rack for baking cookies. Now I can bake a ton of cookies at one time. I was thrilled, as I had been wanting one for quite a while, but always spent my money on other things and it kept getting bumped to the bottom of my wish list. I was so excited to receive this gift, as my kitchen space is very limited. Thank you so much, Alice!

Here are a few more in my "Buzz'n Buddies" collection!

Happy Birthday, Sheila!

A co-worker wanted me to put together a little arrangement for her friend and co-worker!

Another Sympathy Arrangement!

Birthday Bouquet for Christy!

Here are some birthday cookies I did for a friend's daughter for her birthday!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Will Never Forget 9-11-01!

Our prayers are still with all of the victims and heros (and their families) of the tragic and heinous acts that happened on this day, nine years ago AND with all of our troops (and their families) who bravely fight for our freedoms as a result of this tragic day. We have not forgotten, we support you, we thank you, and our hearts are still with you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Congrats, Aja!

I just got off the telephone with my step-daughter. She just got home from a baby shower for her best friend from college. Her friend moved out of state and traveled back to FL for her shower. I offered to make her cookies. I decided to make an arrangement and a few dozen extra, figuring she'd want to serve them at the shower as favors. I have a little confession here, I have been dying to do baby cookies. Plus, my step-daughter and her hubby have the baby itch, if you know what I mean. Anyway, It was great practice for me.

When she arrived with cookies, she reports that all the ladies gathered around and oohed and aahed over them like it was a wedding cake.

Her friend called her when she got home. She said after the shower there were about 8 or 10 ladies sitting around. After ate, they went looking for cookies. They were all gone, so they all went around the room looking under wrapping paper and among gifts hoping to find a cookie. When one would find one, they would scream out, "I found one!" She said it was hysterical. She said that they all would sit around breaking pieces off the stray cookies and passing it around to share. She said that they were a hit!

Here are some pics of my finished cookies and the bouquet.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dear Courtney!

Our Courtney turned 25 last Saturday. I made these delicious yellow butter cupcakes with a mound butter cream frosting and swirls of her favorite color, purple, and edible purple glitter.

What are your wishes for???

I love to see here enjoy her food!

A mouth full of deliciousness!

A starter Pandora bracelet from her dad and step-mom.

Courtney, First Teaching Job!

I am sooo proud of my dear step-daughter who was just hired as an elementary school teacher. She graduated in December of 2008 and has been working contracted svc. teaching jobs. But, this year she if officially a full-time teacher.

I made this set of teacher cookies for her. Her husband Brandon, the nursing student, ate all of his cookies and pestered Courtney for days for her cookies. He said, "If they weren't so good, I wouldn't have eaten them so fast." I guess I have my work cut out for me! ;o)

Brandon, Accepted in the R.N. Program!

I am sooo proud of my son-in-law. He was just accepted into the Registered Nursing program. He was 1 in 24 out of over 500 applicants. God is good! Here is a little set I made for him.