I am planning to make homemade delights to give as Valentine's Day treats this year.*
While not giving away too many secrets to those who may be recipients, I will say that these delights involve icing.
When we were growing up, Mama was quite the cake decorator.
I am borrowing her icing set.
As many of you probably know, Ateco is still a leader in the field of cake decorating tools.
Many of their products are still made in the U.S.A.
Here is a peek inside:
I have become charmed by her set.
I love that the tips are scratched....
and a little stained by the coloring she has used over the years.
I love seeing her handwriting, and knowing she was so studious in her effort to learn the craft.
On the outside of the box, she wrote her maiden name.
I picture her as a young woman of 19 or 20, carefully saving her money to pay for a cake decorating class. Her quiet anticipation of discovering something new. Something about this mental picture touches me deeply.
I picture the many birthday cakes she decorated for us, using these very tools. Sometimes, as an adult, I will recall something Mama did when I was a child, and I will be hit with the realization of how hard she worked to make things special for us. Always with a giving heart.
My favorite cake was a likeness of Strawberry Shortcake...it must have taken her hours.
Mama is a person who knows how to make everyday things extraordinary.
She creates beauty in the commonplace.
I can't wait to use her icing set.
*contains spoilers...The Weather Man may not want to read any further until after 2.14.2013.