Friday, July 19, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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If you've read the blog for a while, or have stopped by for a cut-out cookie recipe, you may have met my mom already.

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{Um, how cool is that HAIR?!?}

Today is her birthday.  (Or was...I'm never sure how to phrase that.  I mean, this day always *will* be the day of her birth.  Gah!  So confusing.  See, my mom would know these things.)

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I think of my mom every day.  This year, though...I've really wondered what life would be like if she were still here with us.  My sister had her 4th baby (a girl!), and I see so much of my mom in her eyes.  Kiddo is about to start high school, and I know she would have been so excited to hear all about his classes and activities.  My dad had surgery last month, and it was...strange...not having her there. (He's doing great, by the way....hi, Dad!)

Yellow roses were her favorite, so I thought I would make some to celebrate.  And, unless she figures out a way to get back here, I guess I'm going to have to eat them, too.

These are vanilla-almond sugar cookies topped with a swirl of crusting buttercream and royal icing leaves. (Keep scrolling for the instructions to make them.)
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Here are some things I remember about my mom:
  • she always had a project...a quilt, sewing costumes, making Christmas ornaments,
  • her love of all things Irish,
  • she would reapply her mascara and lipstick just before my dad came home from work,
  • our house was *always* clean,
  • going to a school open house and watching her ever-so-politely put my bully of a band director in her place,
  • she loved the Miss America pageant and watched it every year,
  • every time we drove from Houston to Tulsa to visit my grandmother, she would sing "Oklahoma" as we crossed the Red River,
  • her grammar lessons,
  • she fiercely loved her family and friends,
  • her lasagna, chicken & rice, cabbage rolls, spinach salad, mint chocolate ice cream pie, cinnamon rolls...and a million other meals.
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To make the yellow rose cookies, you'll need:
yellow rose cookies, how-to royal icing leaves ::: bake at 350 blog
First, make the royal icing leaves.  On a sheet of waxed paper, pipe the leaves and let dry.  The piping process is fast, but they need several hours to dry.  You can make these weeks in advance and store at room temperature.  Tips used: Ateco leaf tips #112 & #68

Bake and let the cookies cool completely.

Make Amanda's buttercream.  I followed the recipe almost exactly, just changing up the extracts a bit to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.  The rose cookie idea was inspired by Amanda as well.  Y'all, she makes the prettiest sweets!

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{note: This crusting buttercream involves shortening.  You know when people say they don't like grocery store cake because of the frosting?  I'm the girl timing my approach to the cake table so I'll get the corner piece with the big ol' honkin' rose.  Apparently, shortening is my love language.  Anyhoo...I know we all have foods we don't do; mine is aspartame.  If this you don't do shortening, this is not the recipe for you. :)}

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Place the buttercream in a piping bag, start in the middle of each cookie and twirl the frosting around.  It's almost like a fat number 6. (I used an Ateco #828 for the large and medium cookies and a #96 for the small.) Peel the leaves off of the waxed paper and place right onto the frosting.

{Don't even get me started on how much I love this little guy...}
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Happy Birthday, Mom!!!  You are missed every day!  ♥  




63 comments:

  1. Mom's cabbage and cinnamon rolls are always the best, aren't they? Hugs to you and lovely cookies. :)

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  2. These cookies are beautiful and I am sure that your Mom would have loved them. I hope that you enjoy sharing them and remembering all the wonderful things about your Mom, she sounds like she was great fun!

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  3. Beautiful!! Your mum sounds like a wonderful woman and I'm sure she would have loved these :-)
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  4. What a sweet and sentimental honoring of your mother. Lovely to see this morning. Best wishes.

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  5. Lovely cookies and happy birthday to your sweet momma!

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  6. So sweet! Those are some gorgeous cookies- I'm sure your mom would have loved them!

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  7. I lost my mom 4 years ago and still miss her every day. Yellow roses were her favorite, too.

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  8. Happy birthday to your mamma! I love reading about her. Hugs to you, my friend. I hope for you to feel her love for you today. xoxo

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  9. Love this post and LOVE these cookies!
    My mom's birthday would have been (is) coming up in a few weeks too. I feel the same way about this year...so many things have happened that I know she would have LOVED to be here for. xoxo

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    1. I thought of you and your mom while I was writing this. ♥
      {{hug}}

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  10. These are beautiful Bridget, just like your Mom. As I feel about my own mother, your Mom is always with you and she makes her appearance known in you, Kiddo and all her grandkids. When you see or hear things that remind you of her, that IS her.
    Glad to hear that your Dad is doing fine after his surgery.

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  11. She is surely proud of all you accomplish:) What a pretty mom..Bittersweet post..Loved it.

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  12. Happy Birthday to your Mom! Your cookies are beautiful, just like this post.

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  13. So sweet! Your mom sounds like an amazing women. Happy Birthday to her! And these cookies? So cute!! I love the yellow roses!

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  14. Kim P - Beautiful cookies for a beautiful mom! I love her "That Girl" hair style!

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  15. Aw, Happy Birthday to your Mom! Such a sweet post! I lost mine too, and miss her everyday!

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  16. What a beautiful post and beautiful cookies!

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  17. happy birthday, Aunt Gayle! We miss you!

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  18. Love this post.

    P.S. - I love shortening frosting too!

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  19. These are so, so beautiful and such a special tribute to your mom. She sounds like an amazing woman!

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  20. Oh these rose cookies are so beautiful. I'm pretty sure my mom would love, love, love these! Maybe for mother's day next year or for her birthday in November. :)

    And yes that hair is awesome! I'm pretty sure I could never pull off that style. You're mom is gorgeous.

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  21. Lovely entry. Wonderful vivid tribute to your Mother.

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  22. Ahhh Bridget, I know just how you feel, I miss my Mom so much, it just hurts...I have a confession, I have a bottle of my mom's perfume that she wore, she loved Laura Bugatti's ROMA...I smell inside the cap every day, it just reminds me of her, and that she is not fr away!! i love the comment that she loved the Miss America pageant...so excited this year that it is back in Atlantic City!! where it belongs...if you are ever out this way in a September you MUST see the parade on the Boardwalk...it is just lovely "SHOW US YOUR SHOES"!!! http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/atlantic-city_pleasantville_brigantine/miss-america-seeking-acts-for-atlantic-city-boardwalk-parade/article_932b7084-ad56-11e2-8887-001a4bcf887a.html

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  23. I seriously LOVE your mom's hair!! I still don't get how they made it stay that way, all day! Gorgeous! and so are the cookies and I must try them!!! I just started reading your blog and I am sorry that your mom is not here anymore. But I know she would love this and everything that is in your life today! :)

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  24. Beautiful post in honor of your mother's birthday :) Thank you for sharing!

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  25. Bridget, These yellow rose cookies are a sweet tribute to your mother. I too can relate as I miss my mother every day and always will. My Mom was also a July baby...her birthday is next Tuesday. I'm sure your mother would be very proud of you for the love & joy you bring to so many, including your loyal cookie followers. Thank you for sharing your lovely stories about your Mom.

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  26. We miss your mom, too. Beautiful cookies!

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  27. Miss Bridget...what a sweet post, amazing yellow rose cookies and shared memories of your Mom. My Nana was born in July and taught me many of my most precious life lessons. Thank you for sharing and will whip up these treats in honor of all those who have had such a positive influence in my life. No wonder Miss Tide loves you so :-)

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  28. Dearest B.
    I hope you don't mind me pouring out my feelings right here in the comment section.
    I could email...or text....or call, but I really just want to say it now.
    I know I've expressed this to you so often, but I just want to say once again how sorry I am that you lost the physical presence of your mother on this earth at such an early age. There are so many things that you share from day to day that tug at my heart strings; wishing your beautiful Mother could be here to share them with you.
    Here are just a few:
    *The loveliness of your home...the yellow piano, vintage linens and the kitties cozied up all over the place.
    *Kiddo! Every. Single. Thing. About Kiddo!
    *Lipstick shades & choices.
    *Fancy coffee.
    *Your accomplishments as a RUNNER!
    *YOUR BOOK! What!!! Yes! Yes! Decorating Cookies!
    *Your blog! Would your mom not LOVE reading your blog everyday!
    *Mr. E! He gets more handsome every year! You know it's true!
    *YOU as a MOTHER! That's the sweetest thing of all!
    *Recipes! lots of recipes!
    *The JOY & LAUGHTER you share & create around you!
    *The beauty of YOU!
    I know she watches from heaven.
    I know she knows it all.
    I know she beams every time Kiddo plays The Price is RIght on his keyboard.
    I know she sees the cute aprons you wear in the kitchen.
    I'm positive she just luvs your book and her spirit is always with you in the kitchen.
    I know she never, ever leaves you.
    But I really really wish she was here.
    With you.
    Putting on lipstick and curling that FABULOUS hair!
    That's what I wish.
    I love you Bridget.
    Your Mother looks like a movie star!
    Like a girl named Bridget in a 60's movie! ;)
    Hugs sweet friend.
    I love these cookies.
    xo

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    1. How special...Miss Tide (to me), aka Teresa (to you), made the most precious blog comments in the world right after mine. The friendship you both share warms my heart & soul. She is so right...your Mom is surely watching and smiling. Hugs, PW

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  29. Just such a sweet...sweet post......Sending you a big hug~ Your yellow roses are beautiful....and I know your Mom see's them~

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  30. What a sweet (literally and figuratively) dedication to your Mom!

    I lost my Mom last September and I miss her every day. Her favorite flower was also the yellow rose.... :)

    I hope you know your Mom lives in your heart. Best wishes to you as you commemorate her kindness and love today.

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  31. Beautiful cookies and post for your mom's birthday. Happy Birthday to her and a few extra hugs for you. I'm sure she would love these. Today is my mom's birthday as well. What a special, special day!

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  32. Just beautiful Bridget. This truly touched my heart! I miss my Daddy everyday too.
    And by the way, those cookies are stunning and special. Hugs to you!

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  33. I guess these are her "Yellow Roses of Texas". Isn't that what is suppose to be THE flower everyone loves in Texas? Your story about how your mom ALWAYS sang Oklahoma when crossing the river reminds me of something my mom ALWAYS does now. What's so funny about it is that when the older relatives did the same thing it used to drive her nuts. For my dad's entire childhood and much of my life whenever my dad's side of the family had a special meal or someone's "birthday" dinner it was ALWAYS the same meal. To this day this is still his favorite meal and asked for it just this past Father's Day. It's Fried chicken which was coated in flour and fried in a small amount of Crisco in a cast iron skillet, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, etc. You get the idea. The sides may change but never the chicken, gravy or potatoes. It was the chicken that was most important. Now this was not the fried chicken so many think about, it doesn't have the crispy type skin of a that made in a deep fryer. If you've ever had anything made in a cast iron skillet you'll know what I mean. It has it's crispy parts but that's do to a lot of browning. This was always "par" cooked on Saturday as birthday dinners or other special meals were after church on Sunday. What the women would do is place the NUMEROUS pieces of partially cooked fried chicken in a roaster, add a small amount of water and place it in a low and slow oven where it gently "steamed" while everyone was at church. While we would be sitting there eating this delicious chicken dinner, sure as shootin'....one of the older relatives would ALWAYS tell the story of how "Grandpa Garnand" wished the women bad luck with their chicken when they prepared this meal. What he meant by that is he didn't want it ruined, he wanted it overdone so that the meat would fall off the bone. (I must admit it IS good this way). It got to the point that my parents, my brother and I would glance at each other and inwardly laugh because we each knew what the other was thinking.....here we go again! Now, EVERY time my mom or I prepares this meal (I've rather taken over most of the holiday and special dinners) she either tells the story the way the women or my great-grandfather told it or, she tells the story of how the relatives told the story. So......it still never ends. I'm back in the old family homeplace with much of the family furniture, dishes, etc. the way it was during both mine and my dad's childhood. Sometimes it's like going back in time. Anyway, we STILL get some sort of version of this everytime we have the chicken even after 50+ years even though it used to drive even her nuts. She's SO funny. She's never realized what she's still doing. And I bet every time you cross over the river into Oklahoma you or someone STILL starts to sing Oklahoma just like your mom did before you.

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  34. I couldnt love this more... you always do something so special for your mom and it chokes me up!!! The cookie is just lovely and so are you!!!

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  35. Bridget!! Your MOM is Gorgeous, and I say IS…because I can see that she is still alive in your heart, I believe that the love of a mother or a father is infinite and meanwhile we remember them with such love her soul and love are still by our side.

    Your post is so sweet and the cookies are just to pretty. I can really picture her in my mind doing all the things you are sharing with us, and more than that is that when you are describing your mom, I think immediately in the way you are and the things that you do. I thank God that your dad and your mom met once and fall in love, because if it wasn't for that I have never met a wonderful friend as you ARE!!! and Happy Birthday to your mom!!!!

    P.S.Did kiddo's eyes looks like your mom's??

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  36. Your mom was the best! I need to reapply lipstick before my husband comes home! ha. I didn't know that about her. Lots of love to Aunt Gayle.

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  37. Big hugs to you, Bridget. I still commemorate my dad's birthday, too. It sounds like your mom was my kind of lady. You look so very much like her! I love that she reapplied mascara and lipstick before your dad got home from work... reminds me of old-fashioned romance that has all but disappeared nowadays. xoxo

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  38. What a beautiful way to remember your mom and celebrate her birthday! These are so gorgeous!

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  39. Bridget, Your post made me teary. I just love the list about your mom. I bet she would have gotten the biggest kick out of your blog:). You sure do look like her. Your cookies are such a sweet tribute, in every sense of the word, shortening and all! I may just need to make some cookies like this for my mom, Rose (bday July 21)...I am incredulous that she has been gone for 27 years now. XO!

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  40. Yellow roses are my favorite, too....these are lovely, and a lovely tribute to your mom.

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  41. This is a beautiful tribute - your mom sounds like an amazing woman!

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  42. This is beautiful. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to your amazing mom.

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  43. What a touching tribute to your mom, she sounds like a beautiful woman (inside and out)! I definitely teared up reading your post (my fiance is looking at me like I'm crazy for crying over yellow rose cookies!). I feel the exact same way about my mom.

    Your cookies are sensational! Love the tiny one you posted last. too cute!

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  44. I have been following your blog for about 6 months. This is the first time I have cried at a blog post - okay, maybe not the first. I lost my mother 25 years ago and it is all those small things that are so meaningful now. Your willingness to share something so personal in such a lovely way really touched my heart.

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  45. Well you had me crying all over myself. I feel the same way every year it's my dads birthday. What I would do just to have him back for a little longer to talk with him and share some stories with him. My dad was gone 24 years on June 26th and I feel like he was just here yesterday. I'm so grateful that my mom is still around and well.

    This is such a lovely tribute to your mom. I'm sure she was looking down on you. Your cookies are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. I can't wait to try these cookies.

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  47. very cute tribute, had me tear up a bit

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  48. What a lovely post. She sounds like a great person and she definitely had a cool hair. I am shure she's love this cookies.

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  49. Your post made me tear up. My mom is still with me, but my aunt who was my "2nd mom" would have had a birthday party in June. Whether it's a mom or "2nd mom" we never stop thinking about them. The cookies look fabulous.

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  50. what a sweet post B! every time I see a picture of your mom I can't get over how much you look like her. I know she would have loved these cookies, and I hope you could feel her with you while you made them! They are every bit as gorgeous as both of you....inside and out!!

    xoxo

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  51. I love that you post about your mother every year. A beautiful tribute to a much-loved parent. xoxo

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  52. lovely cookies and tribute to your mom.

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  53. Wishing she was here too. I know she would love those yellow roses and be bragging to everyone about your awesome talents as a writer and baker.

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  54. Very sweet post Bridget, I so wish the ones we love could come for a visit! Your mom sounds wonderful and I really do think loved ones are never really far away at all, and keeping an eye out....always!
    Beautiful cookies!

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  55. I love the cookies, but really I love that your mom refreshed her mascara and lipstick before your dad came home. That's sweet!

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  56. Bridget, I don't now how on Earth I missed this special post of yours. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with your readers about your mom. I just LOVE that photo of her! Such pretty eyes, smile and hair. She was (is) beautiful and, I bet, even more beautiful on the inside. I'm sure she would have been so proud to see you become a published author. Hugs and kisses to you, girl! And, happy birthday to your mamma. xo

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