January 28, 2013

Giddy Up

Doesn't the hobby horse just make you want to say "Giddy Up!" ? 

In our younger years most of us had a hobby horse in our arsenal of toys, I know I did. 

I love using royal icing with fondant accents.   The horseshoe is all royal icing, sprayed with 
Duff's Graffiti spray (although I do now own Duff's airbrush that will do the same thing)
and topped with a fondant flower. 

When doing royal icing transfers make sure to give them 
about 24 hours to dry before peeling them off the wax paper
I always make extra pieces because you will break a few

January 15, 2013

Mystery Cookie Cutter Challenge - January 2013

Around the 1st of the year I saw a post from Cristins Cookies about a cookie cutter challenge and immediately went to her Etsy shop  and ordered the mystery cutter. Cristin has a 3D printer and makes the cutters herself.  She has others for sale in her Etsy shop, check them out.. they are easy to use and make a nice sharp cut.

It was fun to come up with ideas.  I saw a vase with flowers, Leprechaun, magician hat with a bunny coming out of it and my husband saw  Betty Bop or Hello Kitty.  There were 9 of us cookiers that took part in the challenge.    I will admit I felt crunched for time but that's how my schedule usually is.  I was only able to complete one design in the time frame so the Leprechaun idea is what I went with.  I think he belongs with #7.  Wouldn't that be a cute St. Patrick's Day cookie set using the same cutter? I think so, maybe I'll have time to make some up come March. 

Be sure to check out the other cookie pages! They all do amazing work! 

Cookie Cutter Challenge – mystery cutter – Jan 2013

#7 Channing of The Cookie Master  
#9 Cristin of Cristin’s Cookies  

January 14, 2013

Steeler's Cookies

It's no secret that my brother-in-law, Nick, is a huge Steelers fan so for his birthday 
I cut out some jerseys, helmets & footballs.  I shipped this set of cookies along with his son's 1st birthday cookies.   Took them 20 days to get to China but they said they were still tasty with a few casualties.  Fortunately my sister has no problem eating broken cookies :) 

I will admit the Steelers emblem made me feel challenged but in reality it was so easy.
I used the "wet on wet" method and piped a drop of red, yellow and blue inside the white circle.  I then took a toothpick and drug out each corner so it would look like a diamond.  
Fast & easy... just how I like it.     

I'm sure they had black mouths after 
eating this cookie

Happy Birthday Nick! 

January 13, 2013

Sal's 1st Birthday

They say time flies when you are having fun.. 
It sure does!   It is hard to believe that my nephew, Sal, was born
a year ago today! 

So happy to meet "The Boy"

The first 5 months of his life I spent as much time as possible with him & my sister
before the moved to China in June 2012.    Now I visit with them via Skype & thankfully my sister is great at emailing me movies & photos so I get to watch him master new skills.   I will be visiting them this spring & am looking forward to my trip. 

I shipped cookies to China for his 1st Birthday Party along with non-pareils & a "1" candle for my sister to make him a birthday cake.  He did a great job smashing it and shoving as much as he could in his face until he tried to throw it and then they decided he was done :)
Happy 1st Birthday Sal! 
We LOVE you!

January 4, 2013

Christmas Jars

I'm a little late in posting this, my intentions were to have it posted 2 weeks before Christmas but that didn't happen.  This would work for any holiday, you can use jars, terracotta pots, baskets or buckets.  We used 1/2 gallon huge mason jars that we found at Orchard Supply Hardware. 

 Each year I make handmade gifts for friends & family. I am part of an amazing online group of  "cookie ladies" that share the same love I do for decorated cookies.  We share tips, post pictures, share ideas and have become a tight knit group over the last 6 months.   One day there was a post about cookie jars and I knew they would be a perfect gift to give this year.

I mentioned the cookie jar idea to my friend Kim on our aftework walk one night.  We teamed up with my Grams and each of us baked 2-3 different types of mini sized cookies so we would be able to fit 4-5 dozen in each jar.   Kim made her Grandma's Spritzer Cookies & Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Grams made Amish Sugar Cookies, Ginger Snaps and Oatmeal Raisin, and I baked cut out cookies to make each jar festive (see below), Chocolate Chip Oatmeal & Snickerdoodles.   We all made about 600 mini cookies but were afraid we didn't have enough to fill our 28 jars.   When we finished we actually had more than enough and filled a few quart jars with the "leftovers".      Working as a team made this project so fun.   We all baked at home and then got together on the 16th of December to stuff our jars.  It took us about 2 hours to fill 28 jars full of a mixed variety of cookies.   
6-7 decorated cookies went in each jar
Each cookie was 1.25" in diameter

We hit Michael's the day after Thanksgiving 
and found a great selection of Christmas ribbon

Homemade tags made the cookie jar complete

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas 
A Happy New Year! 

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