Updated: Jun 23, 2020

Hey there, I know it may seem like I haven't been #baking and taking #pictures much. Maybe I haven't been doing enough. A few months ago my life was turned upside down and I have been struggling to figure out what the right thing to do is. My mom says that I tend to jump into things without thinking them through. I'm not entirely sure that is true, I do think things through, using my brain to rationalize everything but, there is such a thing as overthinking which I tend to do and then there is the other side of me that just pushes all rational thought aside and jumps in with her heart. It is my heart that usually wins hands down. Unfortunately, the rational side of me has decided that my heart has had enough. So I'm going to work hard on doing the right thing and concentrate on me, baking, and


Ok, so that is as deep as I will go into my personal life. However, I have been pretty busy with my family these days. I recently made some delicious cutout cookies with my cute adorable grandson, Alex. I made the dough and he helped me to cut and sprinkle the cookies with all kinds of colors. We had a great time together! The recipe for the cutout sugar cookies came from this cute cookbook that I found at the library, #MasterChef Junior Bakes! Go check it out at your #library. For those staying home due to #Covid-19 there is an ebook version available online!

With Alex as my little helper, I let him choose what #cookie cutter we were going to use and I pulled out a bunch of different colored #sugar #sprinkles for him to sprinkle onto the cookies before baking. I put aside half of the dough for him to use and kept the other half to make the Tulip shaped cookies for myself.

When you are ready to begin rolling out the dough and if you use the recipe in MasterChef Junior Bakes!, you should only keep out the dough you are going to roll out and put the rest into the refrigerator, because it tends to soften up fast. Here is another hint for using this recipe, it is more fun with a 3 year old to help you.

Hello, I thought I would explain to you a little bit about who I am before I jumped into the story about the cake in the picture below. I have so many titles, I am a #Library Circulation Manager, a #Photographer, a #Baker, a Mom, a Grandmother, a dog mom and a wife. In my position as a Circulation Manager, I threw together a little #retirement party for one of my managers, Kim. It was her last day with us and because of the #Coronavirus, we could not give her a proper retirement party with everyone who works in the library. We were only able to celebrate with a minimum of 10 people, actually there were only 9 of us present to celebrate her retirement. We all wore our masks and stayed 6 feet apart during the little party, fearful of the possibility that anyone might carry the virus there was no hugging at all.

It was a very sad day, my coworker and friend was retiring and she was unable to say good bye in person to everyone she had worked with over the years. Another coworker decided to post pictures of everyone on the staff all over Kim's cubicle. It turned out really cute with colorful streamers and pictures of every staff member who works at the library. I picked up a cake for the celebration, from Victoria's Cakery in Fairfax. This cake lived up to its name "Heaven" . A vanilla layer cake with a delicious raspberry filling in the center, covered in white chocolate icing! This cake, a favorite of ours, is absolutely delicious and it wrapped up this bittersweet retirement party like the ribbon around the cake.

My best #friend from the fourth grade ordered some of my #homemade #Oatmeal Moon Pies from me recently. She has eaten the cookies before so she knew how good they were. She contacted me and said hey Jackie, would you make some of your delicious homemade Oatmeal Moon Pies for me? I said sure, how many do you want and when do you want them? Originally we thought we would be able to meet half way between our homes so that I could give them to her. Well, that did not happen. She lives in #Haymarket and I live in #Spotsylvania, we are about an hour and a half away from each other. So, I decided to take the #cookies straight to her door. It was a beautiful drive, and I should have stopped along the way to take #pictures.

Well, I dropped the cookies off and because of the stupid Coronavirus, I could not give her a hug! We had to stay 6 feet apart. We chatted for a bit before I left her and as soon as I arrived home, she had posted this awesome video of herself eating my homemade Oatmeal Moon Pies. I loved the #video so much that I wanted to share it with you all. I love her enthusiasm for life.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I have enjoyed it!