Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Play Zoombinis and Cookies Too

Have you ever tried to get just the right pizza made for Arno only to have him tell you "Something on there I just don't like!" Or have you tried to find someone that matched a Fleen? No, I haven't gone crazy and you know this if you played the game Zoombinis way back when. The logic based game was made in 1996 and my son and I played it all the time when he was growing up. But when we got new computers, the game stopped working. Sad face! For lots of years, Zoombinis fans begged and pleaded for the game to be re-made. I was one of those fans that held out hope. Well, finally a Kickstarter was created to raise funds to have the game re-created. Along with thousands of other Zoombini fans, I donated toward the Kickstarter program. The new Zoombinis game was developed by TERC which is a not-for-profit company in education. They also worked with FableVision and the Learning Games Network at MIT. We waited in anticipation and the game was finally re-released! I got a free game app from donating to the Kickstarter and I bought one for my son Nick and one his girlfriend and one for my daughter too. So this past month while Nick was home from college, we all played Zoombinis. Well a better description would be that we challenged each other in Zoombinis! We had a race to see who would get all 400 Zoombinis saved. Who won? Well first I'll show you some cookies...

Get the Zoombinis game HERE

 I started by making myself a Zoombinis cookie cutter
 and then I outlined my design

 I had way too much fun making Zoombinis cookies

 and meanwhile Nick and I played and played
This is the Zoombinis icon:

You can get the Zoombinis game on the App store HERE. I promise that you'll love it! and you'll have to let me know what you think of Arno and his desire for just the right pizza!

If you check out the game, you'll have to let me know what you think. It's one of our favorites! Oh and yes, I won. Mellissa got to the hardest levels fastest and she even let my little 3-year old granddaughter play the game! I didn't get to see it, but I hear that Abigail liked the game a lot, but the Allergic Cliffs scared her. Liann was busy with school and work and didn't play very often. Nick played more whenever I started to inch ahead of his stats. But in the end, I finished first. Nick still has some Zoombinis to save and my 400 are safely on the island. Ha!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Construction Cookies to Defeat ALS - Auction Ends Tonight

The baking community is making a stand in the fight against ALS thanks to the incredible Anita of Sweet Hope Cookies. She lost her brother to ALS and she is rallying the community for awareness and donations and support and inspiring each of us to make a difference. Anita challenged 3 bakers to join the challenge and each of those bakers challenged another 3 bakers. I was challenged by Tami of Tami Rena's Cookies and I was more than happy to accept the challenge. So I had fun with it. I love making cookies of new designs, so I got to play and have fun with this challenge. I bought my grandson a construction outfit and decided to make construction cookies for my ALS auction.

Construction Cookie Cutters available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE

 Carson the Construction Worker, cookie cutter available HERE

 Bulldozer, cookie cutter available HERE

 Cement Truck, cookie cutter available HERE

 Crane, cookie cutter available HERE

 Dump Truck, cookie cutter available HERE

 Excavator, cookie cutter available HERE

 Hard Hat, cookie cutter available HERE

 Street Cone, cookie cutter available HERE

 Saw Horse Caution Sign, cookie cutter available HERE

Mini Triangle Sign, cookie cutter available HERE
Construction cookies are all bagged & tagged for the winner of my ALS auction!
My friend Susan was the highest bidder of my ALS auction. She shared the cookies with friends. This photo is my friend Kathy. She said that her father worked at City of Santa Clara for many years so this construction worker reminded her of him.

Do you know someone with ALS? Have you made cookies for the challenge? Have you made a donation this year toward ALS? Thank you for all your support in the battle against ALS!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Train Says Choo Choo and All Aboard

We finally got to go on a train with my grandbabies and if you saw yesterday's blog post, then you know that I used the train with clouds cookie cutter as our mystery cookie cutter challenge game for August. I had so much fun making this set of cookies and cutters. My daughter thinks that Aidan's 2nd birthday party in November will likely be a train theme, so I'm excited to make them again soon too. And we have big news in our family, my daughter will be having my 3rd grandbaby in February. Abigail and Aidan will have a sibling and I will have another muse for my cookies :)

Train Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE

Train with Clouds cookie cutter available HERE

 Train Middle Section Cookie Cutter Available HERE 

 Train Caboose Cookie Cutter Available HERE

 Train Facing Front Cookie Cutter Available HERE

 Travis the Train Engineer Conductor Cookie Cutter Available HERE I just love this guy. I have to make these for my step-father who is train OBSESSED!

 Railroad Crossing Circle Cookie Cutter Available HERE

 Chevron Stripe Cookie Cutter Available HERE

 Mini Square Railroad Track Cookie Cutter Available HERE

I finally got to take the grand babies on the train!

I had so much fun with this set and taking the babies on the train. In addition to my daughter being pregnant with her 3rd child, my niece is pregnant with twins! Our little family is growing SO FAST and so full! So many cookie ideas that I can't keep up....!

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