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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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mystery Cookie Cutter Revealed

A couple weeks ago, I posted a Mystery Cookie Cutter Challenge for some fun during the summer. The goal was to make a cookie using whatever design you saw in the mystery cutter. Normally we have 12 participants to keep it manageable for me with all the photos and emails and such, but it turned out to be a rough summer to play. We had almost 12 sign up to play the mystery cutter game, but there were illnesses and summer children issues, so we only ended up with 5 in our final collage. So I want to thank the 5 that participated and of course, I full understand the others that weren't able to play this time and hope they can join us next time. It was so fun to see the photos coming in and what everyone came up with!

1. Mandy M.
2. Liz W.
3. Danielle Z. & Oakley
4. Barb N.
5. Cristin S.

I just love to see the creativity of the designs that everyone came up with! Each time I received a photo, I giggled in delight and oohed and aahed!

I saw a train with clouds. I have wanted to take my grandbabies on a train for as long as I can remember and this summer, I finally got to do it! We had so much fun on the train and I finally had an opportunity to make train cookies (more coming tomorrow). I thought the design of the cutter looked so fun that I thought others would come up with fun ideas too. So it made a perfect cutter challenge.

#1 Mandy of Baked Sunnyside was the first to submit her photo with her scary and ghoulish BOO cookie using the design of the cutter perfectly with pumpkins and ghosts and spiders. I absolutely giggled when I saw the creativity that Mandy came up with in her design!

#2 was from Liz of CookiesToGo and she saw a train too and used her design to make a Puppy Express with two adorable puppies on top and big orange wheels on the train. This was just too cute!
 #3 came from Danielle and her 3-year old son, Oakley. Like me, she saw a train with clouds in her design! I bet her son had so much fun seeing this fun train come to life in cookie form!
 #4 came from Barbara of Sweet Designs and wow! The incredible detail and beautiful flowers! I'm a girly-girl, so you can imagine how this cookie spoke to me! Absolutely beautiful!
#5 was my cookie from Cristin's Cookies. I ride my bike by Vasona Park often and hear the train choo choo and I've wanted to take Abigail and Aidan on it for so long. I was pretty excited when we finally got to go on the train, so I made this design and the cookies for my grandbabies to hand out cookies to their friends that joined us on the play date.

Thank you to everyone that joined in our Mystery Cookie Cutter Challenge. I hope to do another one very soon. Tomorrow I will post the full set of new train cutters.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

She Said Yes

It is the time of year of wedding bells and walking down the aisle. I've made a lot of wedding dress cookies in the last couple months. One of these days I want to make a whole set of new wedding cookie designs, but for now, my wedding dress cookies are always a big request during the summer months. 

Cookie Cutter Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Wedding Dress Cookie Cutter Available HERE
 I like to do all 6 designs with my wedding dress cookie orders. When you're working on so many white cookies, it helps to break up the monotony by having several designs to work on.

Have you made wedding cookies this summer? We've had such a hot few weeks here in California. White decorated cookies are nice because you don't have to worry about the sun fading the color.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cookie Fun At The Aquarium

Now that it's summer, I'm trying to spend a little less time working and a little more time with family. So my daughter scheduled a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with some of her friends and I tagged along. I decided to bring some cookies for my grandbabies, Abigail and Aidan, to give out to their friends. I sent them a photo collage of a few cookie options that they could choose from and I agreed to make what they chose. I kept my fingers crossed they wouldn't choose a clown fish although I knew full well that they would! Yep, you guessed it, Aidan chose a clown fish. Abigail chose a sea turtle which is one of my very favorites. I knew that Aidan could wear the clown fish shirt that I brought home for them from Cozumel, so I quickly ordered a new outfit for Abigail with an adorable sea turtle on it and I got started on the cookies. The picture on Amazon showed very subdued colors and even though I really wanted to make bright pink and bright lime green, I subdued the icing colors to match the outfit. Well wouldn't you know it, the outfit arrived the next day and the colors are shocking bright. We had a lot of fun at the aquarium and giving out cookies to the docents that donate their time at the aquarium.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Sea Turtle Printable Cookie Tags HERE
Free Clown Fish Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Taylor the Sea Turtle Cookie Cutter Available HERE
 I normally outline all my cookies in black because I really like the way the colors pop with an outline, but I wanted these to match Abigail's new outfit. I use buttercream for my outline, so this was a lot of icing colors to make, but she loved them.
 Then I filled all the areas with my glaze icing.
 and of course clown fish cookies for Aidan
 Clyde the Clown Fish Cookie

 Clean up for this project was a bit of a bear for only 12 cookies. I think next time, I'll just have the kids choose one design :) 
One of my favorite sea creatures!
I can't take a selfie for the life of me and certainly not while balancing 35 pounds in front of me! But we had fun. That's what counts right?!
 The kids favorite display at the aquarium that has the clown fish in it.
We had fun giving out cookies to the kids friends and to the docents at the aquarium.
My two favorites at the aquarium are the sea turtle and the penguin with a close third being the sea otter, although I really love them all (jelly fish, octopus, and sharks too). What is YOUR favorite animal at the aquarium?

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