Friday, May 24, 2013

Three Cheers for Chocolate

This is a shout-out to Georganne at www.lilaloa.com, who is the creator of this delicious chocolate roll out dough.  I have been a big fan of her lovely cookies, countless tips, witty comments, and tasty recipes. 

I was just so thrilled at how cute these little bumblebees turned out (well, actually big in comparison to the real thing, yikes).  We can thank the cute dashes on the hive to my nephew, Ben!  For those who know me, this is "jump up and down/clap my hands" kind of awesome! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time for the Beach

Although it has been raining buckets the past couple of days, I needed a little something to brighten my day.  My program supervisor (I am a speech/language pathologist by day) retires at the end of this school year and I made her the following cookies to show her "what to do".  The only thing missing is the margarita cookie! 



Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Inner Princess

Having 2 boys, I am surrounded by dinosaurs, Legos, various balls, anything with wheels, and dirt.  I have come to accept that I am outnumbered by boys 3-1 in my house and there isn't much focus on anything girly or pink.

So, I was so excited when a friend asked me to make ballet themed cookies.  In one little cookie I was able to get out my inner ballerina, full of pink and sparkle! 

(platter for the dance teachers)
 
 
(platter for her daughters)

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cookies from the past couple of months

Sorry for the mass posting of pictures to follow, but I figured I would "catch myself up" on the blog so that future cookies/crafts will be current.

*I warn you, I am still working on making my photos look pretty.  Sometimes I remember to take pics before wrapping them, sometimes not.  Sometimes I set a stage, sometimes it is a quick click as I am sending them out!

Between now and the next round of cookies, I promise I will learn a little more about photography (cough, Erin, cough). 


Now lets talk about Birthdays:

Evan's 7th Golf Themed Birthday with Golf/Soccer balls for school favors


 
*Note to self, black icing=black teeth, sorry Moms!

Jack's 4th M&M Birthday


*My favorite is the sassy green M&M with her boots!  All the large cookies were for the friends/family party and the mini's were for Jack's class.

Basketballs/Crosses (combo explained below)



My nephew Chris had his 12th birthday and his brother Andrew made his confirmation, so when they had a combo celebration we had basketballs and crosses. 

Jenn's new little bundle arrived, so of course she needed baby themed cookies!



Get Well Soon/Teacher Appreciation Week


My mother in law had surgery, so I thought apples were very appropriate...as well as some sweets to heal!


Each of my 4 year old son's teachers got a little box of goodies for Teacher Appreciation Week.  They are awesome teachers and we will miss them!

Cinco de Mayo/Graduation Cookies


My niece graduated from college, so we celebrated in the best way we know how!  Margaritas!!! I even rimmed the glasses with some chunky sugar to resemble salt.  Ole!


This is what my kitchen table has been looking like the past few weeks/months.  Well, this is the nice picture after I have cleaned up all the flour, sugar, icing, etc! 


p.s. the awesome basketball plaques were for my nephew Andrew's birthday.  Each plaque has his basketball team logo, and all the players/coaches names on them.  Of course, this is the only picture I have of them completed!!!


Enjoy the eye candy!!!


Monday, May 6, 2013

What is it all about??

Hello everyone!

I started this blog to share my journey of cookie decorating (and other crafts, of course), and maybe a random thought/moment of my day.  I have many thoughts and ideas that ramble through my brain at all times, so now I am sharing some of the madness with you. I know, you are marveling at how generous I am!  So lets get down to business.....


Martha Stewart (sigh, when I say her name I hear the angels sing, do you?) 

I don't know if this is most women, but Martha Stewart is the cause of my need to be crafty, and it started at a young age.  Crochet, cross-stitch, making candles, making soap, beading jewelry, decoupage, card making, cooking, and last but not least, baking.  Although I drooled at the TV, magazines, and computer screen at the loveliness that Martha created (and her 100+ employees, I digress), I cannot leave out the person whom I learned  my cooking and baking basics, My Mom.

 Decorated Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

I have been in awe of those beautiful little pieces of art known as a sugar cookie...not the plain, old sugar cookie sprinkled with red/green sugar at Christmastime, you know what I am talking about. Don't get me wrong, they taste delicious!  But..... I am talking about the precise shape of a desired cookie cutter, covered in a sugary shell of perfection that makes everyone pause for a second, before diving in.  That is my impression of Martha Stewart (minus the jail stint). 

Anyhoo, I have taken many wrong turns over the years and have tried dozens of cookie/icing recipes and I have finally found something that works for me. I finally feel my inner Martha Stewart emerging and I am so excited to get back in the kitchen and bake!

Thanks for stopping by, and check back in for some new postings of recent cookies I have done over the past couple of months!