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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Creepy Crawlers for Halloween - Spiders Cookies and Bats & Cats Too

I've had a cold for the last 5 days, so I've been stuck at home. No cookies. No bike rides. I finally went out for a walk yesterday to work the kinks out from being so sedentary. The good thing about being home and not baking is it's been a really good opportunity to get caught up on watermarking cookie photos and organizing pictures. My desktop had so many things covering it, that it was hard to work around. My office is now cleaned up and my computer is more organized. I'm coughing less and feeling more human again. Glad to be getting over this bug. However, I did make bug cookies a couple weeks ago, spiders to be specific and bats and black cats. I sent these off to the Go Bo Foundation in the fight against Cancer.

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This is Squiggley the Spider. She is my very favorite cookie of all my Halloween cookies this year. A fun spider with a big girly bow. Cookie cutter available HERE 


 This is Wiggles the Spider. I had my daughter name him for me. Cookie cutter available HERE


 and a spooky spider web with a spider made from buttercream icing. Cookie cutter available HERE


This is Baxter the Bat, cookie cutter available HERE 


 This is Carla the Cat. I loved her for a black cat for Halloween, but I'm also excited to make her a "regular" cat too. Cookie cutter available HERE


I didn't have a photo of Abigail or Aidan with spiders or black cats, but I decided Aidan in his Batman outfit would work ;-)


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do The Monster Mash

A bunch of cookie decorators (over 400) made cookies in support of the Go Bo Foundation in the fight against Cancer. In addition to the witch cookies I shared last week, I also made some monster cookies. I really had fun with these and then fun making the monster blog background too. My son is on break from college this week and I'm so excited that he is coming home tonight. I have some really fun ideas of activities and baking and of course, video games. I can't wait to see him tonight! Time to go get ready...

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Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Monster, I named him Tilly, cookie cutter available HERE


 Monster, I named him Harry, cookie cutter available HERE


 Monster, I named him Glop, cookie cutter available HERE


 Monster Eyes, cookie cutter available HERE


And our little monster, Aidan :-)
Happy Halloween!


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Paper and clipart from AMBillustrations Etsy shop

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Which Witch is the Most Witchy Looking

I hosted a cookie play date yesterday at my house. I invited 12 cookie decorators over and asked begged and pleaded for my cookie friend, Laura, to co-host with me and she was more than happy to partner up. I was really, really nervous, but as I got into the preparations, I knew it would be fun. To take the pressure off of me, I decided to make it a fundraiser for the Go Bo Foundation in the fight against Cancer. With all the generous donations from the cookie play date, together we raised $330 to donate and another $150 from a bake sale that I did last week and a bunch of us donated cookies to the bake sale in Wisconsin also. It felt good to do our small part. Like I said, I was super nervous, but Laura handled all the food for lunch and snacks which was my biggest stress point. My daughter made all the cookie dough and icing and coordinated one of the cookie projects. I baked 4 cookies for each participant, outlined some of them and also made about 40 mini cookies that I used as a taste test project. When Laura arrived, we colored all the icing colors needed and everyone started showing up. I was worried that I would feel in the spotlight which I really hate, but it was much more like a bunch of friends sitting around talking cookies. I did a short tutorial on how to use a Kopykake projector. We talked about the difference in working with glaze icing vs royal icing. We did a quilt project to get everyone used to working with glaze. They could decorate their square however they wanted and just needed to fill in the outline section plain. Then we put all the squares together for a quilt. I had some fun ideas of how I was going to decorate my square, but I ended up just walking around and chatting and answering questions, so I just filled my square plain. It was fun to see everyone chatting so freely and having fun. After the quilt project, we also did a simple pumpkin, a more detailed witch and lastly a mystery cutter challenge. Most did a cat, but there were also cauldrons and a fox and raccoon. For the taste test project, I decorated 3 mini cookies for each participant in 3 different colors and didn't tell them which was which. The results showed that glaze icing was the favorite with a close second being buttercream icing and third was royal icing. And onto cookies for this week... Which witch is the most Witchy looking? Do you like fun witches or scary witches?

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 So do you like the scary witches or the cute witches? I love this one. This is Valerie the Witch, cookie cutter available HERE

 The inspiration for this witch came from a new book that I was reading to my granddaughter, Abigail. She was pretty excited to see the witch turned into a cookie!

 and then there's the cute witch, Jessica. Cookie cutter available HERE


 and this witch on broom is Whitney, cookie cutter available HERE


 This is one of my favorites. I bought a craft project for Abigail and it had witch legs with fun shoes and a skirt. You had to take strips of paper to create the witch legs on the craft. I, of course, thought it would make a cute cookie. Witch legs cookie cutter available HERE


 and every witch needs a witch hat, cookie cutter available HERE


 and then I used my bathtub cookie cutter to use as a witch's cauldron, cookie cutter available HERE


I sent all the witch cookies to the Go Bo Foundation for their bake sale in Wisconsin in the fight against Cancer. Here are some of the pictures from our fun cookie play date yesterday. Thank you to everyone that came and donated toward Go Bo!
 This was our cookie quilt project. I outlined the parts with letters and mixed them up and they used this simple square as their practice cookie to get used to using glaze icing.
 This was our taste test project. Glaze came in first, closely followed by buttercream and one person chose royal icing as their favorite.
 Hosts of the cookie play date, Cristin & Laura. I couldn't have done it without Laura and her kind heart!
 Our cookie play tables ready for cookiers to come and play.
 We had a great time together!
and Abigail got to play as a witch too :-)


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