Sunday, September 21, 2008

How to Make Oreo-Type Chocolate Covered Cookies

GoPlantEarth offers a nice selection of molds for making chocolate covered cookies. This is a great gift for the upcoming holidays and fun for the whole family. You can find the chocolate wafers (both dark and white chocolate) at local craft stores. I've listed links below on where to find these cool chocolate cookies molds on our web site, PLUS an instructional on how to make them.

Imperial Cherry, Awareness Ribbon, Plumeria, Stemmed Rose, Pumpkin, Cross, Bunny Rabbit, Easter Egg, Teddy Bear, Bride & Groom, Double Heart, Large Single Heart, Christmas Tree, Snowman

Remember, these same molds are also ideal for melt and pour soaps. They're a perfect guest size, approximately 2 ounces. We've used this same cookie principle but substituted a layer of chocolate brown soap; then, a layer of white soap frosting (see our video on soap frosting), and a final layer of chocolate soap.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today We Buried My Dad

Today, we buried my Dad. I'm not sure how I made it through the day, but I did. The funeral service was an awesome tribute with over 300 in attendance. As I write this post, I am exhausted beyond words but writing seems to help release some of the grief.

My main concern is my Mom. She will be staying with me for the next several weeks. I don't want her to be alone right now.

Thanks to all my wonderful customers for your emails and prayers. It is so appreciated.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Last Good-Bye

My Dad passed away this morning at 9:05 AM. He did so peacefully and with his family at his side. I am convinced he waited until Sunday morning to make his journey so he could participate in a Heavenly worship and praise service like never before.

Pictured above is my Dad with his 3rd great-grandchild just 2 days before his passing. My Dad was 76 years young.

Many thanks to all of you who have sent well wishes and prayers during this sad time.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time for the Dying

For those of you who follow my blog, you have noted that my posts have been few as of late. As I write this post, my Dad is dying. He is not expected to live for more than a few more days, if that. His system is shutting down organ by organ and our family is taking around the clock shifts to sit with him in these final moments. I'm existing on little sleep, but I love my Dad and feel it is an honor to be by his side in these dying moments.

I have cried more tears in these past few days than any other time I can remember. My heart aches and mourns as I watch this once strong man succumb to bone cancer. I pray that God takes him soon as I can't bear to see him in this state.

For those of you who have never suffered the loss of a parent, it's indescribable at any age. Helping my Mom pick out funeral clothes for my Dad's burial, sorting through a lifetime of photos for the funeral story boards, witnessing my Mom's pain at losing a man she's been married to for 56 years.... it's heart wrenching, but all part of the dying process.

My staff is working diligently to keep orders going out on a timely basis. They have been going above and beyond in helping me through this past week. So, if your phone calls are not returned promptly, or emails not answered immediately, please bear with me. I need this time to be with my family and to mourn the impending loss of a great man.