Sunday, December 30, 2012

Traditional?? Bah Humbug!

A few weeks ago I was out looking around at Cost Plus World Market. I saw this really cool jumbo gingerbread man. I figured it would be fun to decorate for Christmas. Well Christmas came and went and there sat my naked little gingerbread man waiting to get spruced up.
 So I thought & thought and the ideas flooded my crazy lil brain with many ideas. I traced him out and then started doodling a cool idea with a Day of the Dead design. I personally have a love for skulls and bright colors. Day of the Dead designs pretty much resemble both that. Google Day of the Dead and you will see what I mean. It's so festive and pretty.
After getting what I wanted down on paper...I went to piping & flooding!
Having the colors already picked out and on paper made it SO much easier and faster! Oh...and I cannot forget to mention his cool pimpin gold tooth. That was a royal icing transfer. I made extra and attempted to wear one but it quickly disintegrated in my mouth HAHA!
The funny thing about this....this gingerbread man does NOT smell like the yummy spicy gingerbread cookie we are most associated with. It smells like a store bought cookie that you don't want to eat that resembles the texture of a thick sponge LOL. So what I have decided to do it let it dry out on a cooling rack then I am going to attempt to put a lacquer varnish on it with hopes to keep him around til next Christmas for a festive decoration. Wish me luck! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HO HO HOme for the Holidays

A group of cookiers got together and decided to do a 'Home For The Holidays' with this HUGE 5"x 9" cookie cutter....Christmas Village Collaboration: With everyone using the same cookie cutter create your take on a Christmas homefront (front facade only) In whatever dough floats your boat.
 My mind was going in a million directions with ideas. I surely did not ant to do the typical fancy Victorian house or the whimsical gingerbread house. Both ideas which I love but I had to be a little different. Going off the path somewhat lol. Summer and Tiki Hut popped into mind and the ideas went from there. Bamboo and straw with strands of Christmas lights, a small totem pole with a Santa Hat and Christmas isn't Christmas without Santa right? The totem pole and Santa are royal icing transfers. Just seemed the easiest way to do those. The straw was done with a Wilton tip #233. The bamboo technique was inspired by SweetSugarBelle. I also painted some brown food coloring on the bamboo to give it some depth. I must say Santa looks to be having a much better time in his Tiki Hut rather than freezing his big bum off at the North Pole! HAHA! 

And for some more fun. Here are the rest of the entries...
from top left and going clockwise:

Jill: Jill FCS
Andrea (me): Cupookie
Anita: Sweet Hope
Georganne: Lilaloa

Friday, December 14, 2012

Deeeeeelicious Christmas Cookies!

This year I decided to not go the route and make all the time consuming tedious Christmas cookies that I wanted to send out to my family. I found some amazing recipes I have been wanting to try for some time and I thought now would be the time to try them. They all are so yummy and all have a unique taste. The Chocolate Mint Cookies are my absolute favorite and the Key Lime Shortbread cookies are my second favorite. So light and tart. Here are the recipes if you ever are in need of a delicious cookie!

Chocolate Mint Cookies: I substituted the candy cane pieces for 1 1/2 cup of ground Andes chocolate mint baking chips.

Key Lime Shortbread Cookies:

Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie Cravings Cookbook

Gold Medal Winners!

Five friends who train together, laugh together, motivate one another. What better name can they call themselves other than the "Gold Medal Winners' I received some photos of the group and tried my best to make each one resemble each other. I must say it was a challenge at first but once I got into the groove I really am happy they way they came out. Also made some fun fit muscle buff bod cookies to go along with the medals.
Wahoooooo!!! Go Team!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


This past Thanksgiving I baked some cookies with the idea of spelling out the word 'THANKFUL' and make them out to be something related to Thanksgiving. Well Thanksgiving flew by and I didn't have time to do them. So I came up with an even better idea. Make each letter correspond to what I am thankful for. I really am happy how they turned out. Such fun cookies to make.
Here are the individual letters and what they mean to me...
T is for Technology. With today's technology I feel the possibilities are endless. Ive met so many great people over the internet and I am so thankful for them.
H is for Health. Probably the most important to me. It is important to me to take very good care of my health because I feel health and happiness go together! I am healthy and I am thankful for it.
A is for Animals. I have such a big heart for animals. I would do anything for them. I am thankful for all the most precious creatures in the world that make my life happy and enjoyable. ♥
N is for Nature. I love everything about the outdoors. Being outside is like a drug to me lol. I'm addicted to natures beauty and so thankful I can walk outside and see it everyday.
K is for Kindness. I'm thankful for the kind hearts out there in the world. Kindness rubs off on one another and it is truly a blessing to see it in action.
F is for Family. My family means the world to me. I am thankful that we are strong and close. Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who love you no matter what.
U is for USA. I am thankful to live in a country so free and beautiful. I love America!
L is for Laughter. I LOVE to laugh. Nothing is better than Laughing til your stomach hurts. Laughter is truly the best medicine and I am thankful I can voice my laugh whenever I want. HAHA!!

Be Thankful....

Monday, December 3, 2012

Homespun Christmas Tree Cookie Design

I'm sure some of you are familiar with Pam of CookieCrazie. She designed a new chrsitmas tree cutter that you can get over at KarensCookies. I got this cutter in my amazing bag of goodies from CookieCon the beginning of this month. It was so much fun & I got to meet so many wonderful cookie artist.
 Pam asked if many of us would decorate a cookie using her Homespun Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter she designed. I came up with a couple designs and here they are...
And a fancy schmancy group shot together. Just because sometimes things
look much better paired together than sitting there all by themselves....
 Guess this means it is time to get into the Christmas spirit. 
Let the fun begin :) 

You have to check out the others take on the Homespun Christmas Tree Cutter. 
Pretty AMAZING I say so myself.

Pam – CookieCrazie
 1 Ali – Ali Bee’s Bake Shop
2 CeCe – Tactical Baker
3 Laurie – Cookie Bliss
4 Andrea – Cupookie
5 Christine – Sugar Cravings
6 Heather – Sugar Nosh Treats
7 Lorraine – Lorraine’s Cookies
9 Nancy – Seasons of Joy
10 Kim – The Partiologist
11 Maryann – Cookie Artisan
12 Jen – Posh Pastries
13 Jennifer – Cookie Cutter Creations
14 Tricia – The Cookie Loft Girls
15 Elizabeth – Lizy B Bakes
16 Stephanie – Ice My Biscuit
17 Melissa – The Baked Equation
18 Liz – Arty McGoo

Friday, November 16, 2012

Muscle Studly MAAAAAAAN Cookies

A friend was having a birthday and I wanted to make some fun cookies for him. Turning 24 yrs old....oh so young! haha and he is into working out and all that fun manly stud stuff. So I decided to not only make some fun cookies related to bodybuilding but since it is Movember why not incorporate some mustaches into the mix. STUD MUFFINS that's right!
And on to the fun stuff...muscle and buffness! HAHA
And how do you get that awesome buff bod....well by lifting 45 lb plates. Thats right. This is by far the heaviest cookie EVER...
Last but not least a group photo with the muscle stud ...
Happy Birthday!!!
Okay time to go workout now! ;)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mmmm Pumpkin Spice!!

Okay have to try this amazing recipe. It is a pumpkin spice roll-out cookie. It is so delicious. Perfect time of year to make these cookies of pure yumminess. Here is the link to the recipe I found online.... Lifes A Batch. I gave some away and they were a big hit. I will definitely be making these again this year. SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween is in the air! of my favorite holidays EVER. If you are a kid or an adult Halloween is so much fun. The decorations, the candy, the weather, the parties, dressing up....its all fun times! I can remember as a kid going trick-or-treating with my brother like it was yesterday. Decorating Halloween cookies is the next best thing to trick-or-treating ;) Made a colorful fun platter of Halloween madness. Love all the different designs. 
And Halloween would not be Halloween with out some pumpkins sportin their staches.....
Happy Halloween everyone. Be safe and have fun out there....

Thursday, October 4, 2012


I am here to share a story. A story how people can come together. Come together for the love of one another. People from all over the world reaching out to help. Putting their hearts out there to help out a boy named BO. BO Johnson, the 13 year old boy lost his battle with leukemia on Friday Sept 28th. BO has moved on to a brighter side and leaves a community full of love, kindness and warmth for one another. BO's words.... 
“Love each other, help each other, have your neighbor's back. If you see someone in need ...even a stranger...reach out and help. This world can be a better place if we care and help each other.”

Door County, Wisconsin is graced with the color orange. Friends, families and strangers coming together with happy hearts and arms wide open. Coming together in honor of BO and what he stood for. 

I am happy to be a part of such an amazing bake sale that will be taking place in Fall Fest, Sister Bay, WI October 12 - 14, 2012. Many cookie artist from all over the world are donating cookies to raise funds for GO BO! Thank you Jill for your help in organizing such a wonderful event. I know it will be a huge success. 
GO BO! Bake Sale
Fall Fest, Sister Bay, WI
October 12 - 14, 2012

Here are some links to some of BO's story...
GO BO!!! ♥

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!

Ive always wanted a Chia Pet but never had one for some reason. I think this year I will head down to Walgreen and get one. During the holiday season these things are overflowing at the local drugstores HA! Anyways just having some fun with cookies!!!

Made some fun Corona and lime cookies. I'm not a beer drinker so beer cookies is about as close as it comes to beer for me ;) Hope everyone had a fun weekend!! XOXO

Monday, August 27, 2012

Play with your Food!

I recently did a very fun project with some fellow cookie friends. Play with your Food! Picking a game and making it edible. Fun right? I think so. I picked Hungry Hungry Hippos. I used to play that game til my hand hurt when I was a kid haha.  Okay on to the project....

Started off baking the base and the sides. Then flooding the top of the base and both sides of the sides.
Then using royal icing to "glue" the sides down to the base. I also flooded the tops to hide the cookie part.
Flooding both sides of the Hippo cookies. Attaching and holding them into place with royal icing added to the 3D effect I wanted to achieve.
I used white Sixlets candies for the balls. They were perfect! I got a 1 lb bag online and they were so yummy I think they only lasted about a week lol. 
Every time I see these cookies I have the Hungry Hungry Hippo theme song in my head haha. Don't go looking for it because it is the kind of catchy song that will be stuck in your head all day!

Wanna see more????
Please go check out some creative, most spectacular Play with your Food entries.
Be prepared to be AMAZED!!!!

Paper Dolls - Arty McGoo
Flip Book - Cookies With Character
Word Search and Cross Word - Palestine Painted Cookie
Cards and Poker Chips - Mt. Lookout Sweets
Cootie - Kookie Kreations by Kim
Scrabble - Flour Box Bakery
Candy Land - Life's A Batch
Pin The Tail On The Donkey - Sweet Tweets
Twister - Jill FCS
Dominoes - Sweet Dough
Wooly Willy - Oh, Sugar! Events
Words With Friends - The Cookie Countness
Miss Pac-Man - Flour-de-Lis
Hungry Hungry Hippos - Cupookie
Marble Maze - Oh Sugar! Events
Fisher-Price Classics - SugarBelle
Monopoly - TLC (Trinnie Loves Cookies)
Horseshoes, Jacks, Marbles, Pick Up Sticks - Sweet Hope Cookies

So FUN and so many memories. ♥  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

California Loooove

Wow it has been a while since I posted last. Kinda took a break from cookies. I think I was getting a lil burned out there for a bit. My passion for cookies is getting lit again with the fire so with that being said I made some fun California and peace sign cookies. I love LA!!!
PEACE from the WestSiiiiiide my friends ♥