Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gingerbread Cookies - My Very Favorite

What is your very favorite kind of cookie? Mine is gingerbread. I am CRAZY over gingerbread. I love the smell of gingerbread cookies as they cool after baking and while they are waiting to be decorated. Yum. I love gingerbread so much that I decided that I need some special gingerbread cookie cutters of my own design. These are not actually gingerbread dough, but I had fun making these.
 I started with a gingerbread house. I have a few gingerbread house cookie cutters, but this is exactly the one I wanted and I'm very happy with it. You can get one here in my Etsy shop.


Then I made Ginny the Gingerbread Girl with bow and scarf. I love her.


 and lastly I made Giselle the Gingerbread girl with apron and bow.


 My son and his girlfriend had a wonderful time making a gingerbread house over the holidays.


 Then after the gingerbread house, they decided to try out decorated cookies and ended up having a lot of fun with my extra icing colors.
 They did a great job and the cookies were super yummy!


 So tell me, what is your FAVORITE type of cookie?

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ice Skating Cookies and Some Hot Cocoa Too

I have a big decision to make and I always think best when I'm on the bike. So yesterday I went for a good bike ride and let my mind run away with my pedals. I decided that being a cyclist probably gives a pretty good idea of what it might be like to be someone suffering with a bipolar disorder. I'll give you an impression of what I mean and paint a picture for you. 

So you start out the day on your pretty pink bicycle thinking that it is such a beautiful day with a delightful cool breeze. The hills are green. The chatter is delightful. Later as you start to work hard, you realize that what you thought was a cool breeze is actually Mr. Wind standing directly in front of you and using all his might to push you backward while you try to turn the pedals forward. And that wonderful cycling buddy that you invited to join you on this casual ride is a Race Across America WINNER and you start to get all in your head about how much you are going to hold this friend back and realize that she's probably riding about as slow as she possibly can while staying upright on a bicycle just so that you can attempt to keep up. But you press on. Then you come upon a hill. Now mind you, this is not "really" a hill, but actually a "bump". But you've already ridden about 35 miles into the wind and you're so out of shape that the bump feels like a mountain. You concentrate on just turning the pedals. Into the sun. With the wind blowing you backward. You're tired. You're hungry. You start to talk to yourself and say What on earth are you doing? Why do you do this to yourself? What is at the top of this hill that you want so badly? You've somehow forgotten how to breathe or at least you're doing the child-birth breathing with your lungs on fire. Then somehow you make it to the top of the hill and you remember that what goes up, must come down. You take a deep breath and you're thankful to get air back into your lungs. Your bicycle starts going with almost no effort on the pedals. The wind goes through your helmet and rejuvenates you. The pool of sweat on your back starts to dry up. Descending is the most wonderful thing and it is your reward for the climb. You get into a nice little tuck and fly down the hill. Again the birds are chirping and you remember that this is a beautiful day. But then.... you come upon another hill. Like I said, being a cyclist must be what it's like to be bi-polar.

I had fun making ice skating cookies and the things that go with ice skating. Like hot cocoa and mittens and such. This was a really fun set and I loved the color combination.
 My favorite in this set is Alexa the winter girl that loves to ice skate. You can get the cookie cutter in my Etsy shop here.

 Cute huh. I made one with a striped hat brim and striped scarf and the other I left plain, but then added yummy sanding sugar to her for some extra sparkle.
 I used to ice skate all the time growing up in New York (when I was very very young), but I switched to roller skating when we moved to California, but I still love both.


 I had so much fun making this cookie cutter of mittens on a string. I posted a picture of just the cutter to see what people thought it was going to be. Several said a cyclist and then someone guessed mittens with a heart in the middle. I didn't plan on it being a heart in the middle of the mittens, but I can definitely see that too.


 Hot cocoa is wonderful for winter sports like ice skating and when it's cold in cycling too. I was very excited to make a cup of hot cocoa with swirls of heat above.


 and this is Ingrid the Ice Skating girl with fun ear muffs and striped socks.

 I added super sparkly disco dust to the tiny bit of her ice skates for them to be sparkly fun.

and I used my Hibiscus flower cookie cutter to make a snowflake

It will be fun when Abigail is older and we can take her ice skating. But Aidan looks like he's ready in his cute winter hat and footies.
Do you like to ice skate?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

An Obsession With Polar Bears

Have I ever told you that I have a total obsession of polar bears? Several years ago, I hosted a birthday party for my daughter with the theme being penguins and polar bears. That is when my obsession began.  I made these polar bear cookies a couple months ago, but with so many cookie projects, I never got to post them. Well last night we actually had snow in California, so I figured it was time to post my fun polar bear cookies. So get ready because coming before you is a whole lot of fun polar bear cookies...

This is Paige the Polar Bear with her profile showing her winter hat and scarf. You can get Paige the Polar Bear to come to your house from my Etsy shop here


and this is Peggy the Polar Bear with Winter Hat with a Wide Brim. 
 I made her first with a striped brim on her hat


 and then I made Peggy with a striped hat too

Then I made Pixie the Polar Bear and she reminded me of a cute little bear that my little granddaughter Abigail would enjoy



and here is Piper wearing a winter hat with balls on the end of the hat


and you probably remember first polar bear cookie cutter that I made. This is Patty the Polar Bear with thick scarf


and here is Penny the Polar Bear with Winter Hat


and since I was on such a roll with making polar bear cookies, guess what I did with Seth the Sea Otter...
 yep I turned Seth the Sea Otter into a super cute polar bear with bright blue eyes. I love him and I named him Patrick the Polar Bear.

then I bagged up all my goodies (there were a lot of them) and gave them as cookie gifts.
So now that you've seen all these polar bears, do you have a new obsession with polar bears like I do?
and baby Aidan got into the polar bear spirit too!


Thank you to Amy of Happy Heart Studios for making me the custom digital paper pack for me to make this blog background today!