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A Priceless Reaction

Posted by Anne Yorks on Saturday, May 22, 2010

Making and decorating cookies is my passion in life. I love mixing, chillin', rolling, baking, mixing, decorating, drying, and then more decorating. The process is lengthy, so to do it day after day, I think I must really love it. 

One of the reasons I love it so much is because of this...

Is he excited for that cookie, or what!?!?


I thought I was the only one that was this moved by cookies. I'm so happy to see that someone else loves them as much as me.

One of the reasons this little boy is so excited is because he is born to be a firefighter, just like his grandfather. And he loves his special firefighter badge cookie!!

Do you remember me mentioning Ted and Sharen Reigh from Reigh Enterprises (a printing and embroidery company)? A while back they ordered salamander cookies. Not the original Sal cookies (click here). Those were ordered by Salamander Magazine. But new Sal cookies for a local reading competition. 


They wanted Sal with glasses ... it was my idea to add the book... see?


The reading group loved their cookies. Sal is just so darn cute and smart. Did you know he's a card-carrying member of Mensa? Yep, he is. I'm a card-carrying member of Cookie Mensa. It exists, don't worry, no need to rush and Google it. Just take my word for it.

So anyway, this Sal cookie was the birth of my new friendship with Ted and Sharen. 

They run a business called Reigh Enterprises. I've ordered a bunch of Flour Box shirts, etc from them. They do a really great job and the prices can't be beat. They ship all over...so you don't have to be local to order. I still need to take and show you pictures of all my Flour Box items. I just haven't had a good hair day in forever. *wink wink* I promise to show you the loot soon...in the meantime, here is a sneak peek!!

The messenger bag I ordered and LOVE:


And you may remember our new bear 'Flower'? 


He's now part of the family!


Not only have Ted and Sharen done a fantastic job on the items I've ordered, but they also have surprised us with quite a few bonus items along the way...like Flower.

And, did I mention that Sharen made herself a few FBB logo shirts?!!? She did! Every time I see her she's wearing one! How cool is that? She told me she wore it to Wegmans and had two people ask her if that was a local business. She's even advertising for me!

So you can imagine how much I wanted to do something special in return to say thank you. During our first meeting I remember Sharen telling me a little bit about how they started their business. Ted is a retired volunteer firefighter. He served for 30 years in the King of Prussia Fire Department, including a stint as the assistant fire chief. Talk about dedication, 30 years! Their grandson (pictured above) loves everything firefighter! Ted and Sharen wanted to get their grandson a 'Future Firefighter' t-shirt made with his name on it. But, they couldn't find a company that would make just one shirt. So, they took matters into their own hands and set up shop. They now make orders that are shipping nationally and internationally and it all started with that one firefighter t-shirt!

I knew what I had to do. I searched high and low for the perfect firefighter cookie cutters and found some great ones on Ann Clark's website. I found out from Sharen the King of Prussia's company number...#53.

And then, I got to work. I made a fire truck, badge, hat and hydrant! 

     

     

Here's the full set.

In hindsight, I wish I would have put a few of these in with the order...


Next time. :-)

When I delivered the cookies to Ted, he said, "I just got chills when I looked at these cookies!" I just wanted to give him a big squeeze! He was so cute!

I actually made these cookies the same week as the nurse cookies. It was fun to make something special to honor those people that give so selflessly every day. Firefighters and nurses are the true heroes in life. 

Then Ted and Sharen being the wonderful grandparents they are, shared the cookies with their grandkids! 

I guess if I ever have a unmotivated feeling about decorating cookies I can just look at the picture of Ted and Sharen's grandson and remind myself of why I love to make cookies. It's all for the smiles!

Have a sweet day!

Anne


P.S. In case you have any printing or embroidery needs, you can contact Ted and Sharen of Reigh Enterprises at 814-355-0069 

or reighent@aol.com. They are located in Milesburg, PA. 

6 comments

  • Khouloud

    Sep 19, 2012

    Dianne, thank you for this lesson in life. I have been saendded by the actions and re-actions of the man that gave a program that lifted me up in so many ways only to turn me down every time I tried to share or give to the community. My profile still stands but it’s lost like a needle in a haystack. The challenges I did, the stories I shared, the advice I inspired many with are now just a memory. The countless hours I gave freely to encourage people to gain their happiness and meet their goals were acknowledged and appreciated by so many, yet to Bill Phillips and many of the Champions I was not in the place I should be. I had to continue to work on myself and made to feel I wasn’t good enough to give advice or create and lead a group. I can’t tell you how many times I was told that I had to learn compassion and give unconditionally. The lessons I learned in life as a foster parent caring for 22 children in 15 years gave me the heart of compassion and the ability to love unconditionally. It took a while but I realized that while I was trying to become what Bill Phillips and Carolyn thought I should be I was missing out on enjoying the wonderful life I already had. Coming to terms with the knowledge of understanding and knowing my own true self and realizing my own self-worth was the best transformation I could have ever made. I no longer search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it was already in my own back yard.

  • Yesenia

    Sep 17, 2012

    131If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earenohps, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

  • Paula

    May 23, 2010

    I absolutely love everyone of your cookies! These latest ones are fantastic, love the firefighter hat especially. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog. I very much appreciate it and that because you did, I got to visit you here. You have a new, very admiring follower of your work, both baking and writing!

  • Khouloud

    Sep 19, 2012

    Dianne, thank you for this lesson in life. I have been saendded by the actions and re-actions of the man that gave a program that lifted me up in so many ways only to turn me down every time I tried to share or give to the community. My profile still stands but it’s lost like a needle in a haystack. The challenges I did, the stories I shared, the advice I inspired many with are now just a memory. The countless hours I gave freely to encourage people to gain their happiness and meet their goals were acknowledged and appreciated by so many, yet to Bill Phillips and many of the Champions I was not in the place I should be. I had to continue to work on myself and made to feel I wasn’t good enough to give advice or create and lead a group. I can’t tell you how many times I was told that I had to learn compassion and give unconditionally. The lessons I learned in life as a foster parent caring for 22 children in 15 years gave me the heart of compassion and the ability to love unconditionally. It took a while but I realized that while I was trying to become what Bill Phillips and Carolyn thought I should be I was missing out on enjoying the wonderful life I already had. Coming to terms with the knowledge of understanding and knowing my own true self and realizing my own self-worth was the best transformation I could have ever made. I no longer search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it was already in my own back yard.

  • Yesenia

    Sep 17, 2012

    131If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earenohps, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

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