I am not very fond of silly chain letters that fill up my my inbox and it doesn’t take me more than a few seconds to click on delete…lol

But I got one that I really liked and saved it. Since mother’s day is on Sunday, I feel it’s fitting to share this with you:

The Images of  a Mother…
4 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE ~ Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE ~ Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE ~ That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE ~ Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

Whoever wrote this was a genius! It’s so true and a little funny at  the same time. 
I can completely relate to it… well, up until 25 years of age…lol.

Can you guys relate to it too?

Speaking of mothers, I hope all of you are making some yummy goodies for Mother’s day.

If you still need an idea, you should make these stained glass cookies or better yet, arrange them in a beautiful cookie tree! :D

It’s fun to make and pretty and sparkly to look at ;)

I know … I know… small things amuse me….lol

Don’t you think this would make great center piece too? hehe

Seriously, which mother or grandmother wouldn’t want one of these cookie trees?! :)

To make this cookie tree, you will need the following supplies:

Chocolate sugar cookies
Rolling pin
Big heart cutter
Small heart cutter
Sparkling sugar in any color
Hard candy in any color
Corn syrup
Lightweight ribbon

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Prepare your chocolate sugar cookie dough and roll it out.
Use big heart shaped cutter from the Wilton heart cutter set and press into the rolled dough.

Step 2:
Use the smallest heart shaped cutter from the set and press into the center of your big heart.
Discard this center piece. 
Now, bake these hollow heart shaped cookies and let them cool.

Step 3:
In a microwavable bowl, add some crushed rock candy and a few drops of water and heat for about a minute. 

Step 4: 
The candy will melt and look like this...

Step 5:
You will need to work fast since the candy starts to harden very quickly. 
Add spoonfuls of this melted candy into hollow centers of the cookies.
Make sure your cookies are placed on wax paper. 
Some of my cookies still stuck to the paper. Maybe, next time, I will spray some oil onto the wax paper.
TIP: I have heard that making a stained glass is easier if you place these crushed rock candies in your hollow cookies while they are baking. They will  melt from the heat of the oven. 

Step 6:
If you want to add that extra sparkle to your cookies, then brush some corn syrup or thinned royal icing on the cookie.
Make sure you avoid brushing the stained glass. You don’t want to get it sticky…

Step 7:
Press the cookie face down into some regular colored sugar or sparkling sugar….

Step 8:
And this is what it would look like...
Some sugar granules always end up sticking to the stained glass but we can fix that.

Step 9:
Use a dry paintbrush to brush away all that sugar from the stained glass 
until it looks clean like this.

Step 10:
Since these cookies will be hanging on branches, I had to add some sort of a loop.
To do that, make a small loop out of lightweight ribbon.

Step 11:
Use melted chocolate to stick the loop in place.
Do this at the back of your cookie.
Let it dry for about 15 minutes and your cookie is ready.

TIP: You can make a tiny hole in your cookies before baking them. Then, you can just add some thread or ribbon through the hole rather than doing all this. 

And you are done!

Place some styrofoam inside a pot and stick branches in it.

Hang your cookies on these branches and let light shine through those pretty stained glasses.

That’s all for now.

Hope all of you have a wonderful mother’s day  Smile

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