Monday, February 1, 2016

Girl Birthday Cookies For a Special Gal

In March last year, our 13 1/2 year old sweet Boxer dog, Eddie, passed away. He was such an amazing part of our family and we were very literally broken people after he passed. We went online to Nor Cal Boxer Rescue to see about adopting a rescue dog. It said on the website that applicants would be contacted within 2 days and we waited over a week and heard nothing. This broke us down even more. We are really good doggy parents! It turned out that the Boxer Rescue contacted us right away, but for some odd reason, their emails were going into my spam folder. I never had things go in spam and that week, even my friends emails were going in spam. So we were beyond thankful to hear from them and we went to a foster family to meet Kobe. The foster parents were Tom & Kat and they had been taking care of Kobe until he found his forever home. I knew that we needed a cuddly dog and was anxious to see if Kobe would fit in our family. Tom & Kat had two other Boxer dogs that were their own and they were doing the usual Boxer antics in jumping around and being excited that someone new was in their home. Kobe just sat down next to me and put his paw on my knee. Yep, I fell in love. Truly in love. Kobe didn't have an easy life. We don't know exactly what he's been through, but he has several scars, missing half his teeth and has had a few foster families. Well even with that, he's the most cuddly dog we've ever had. He never does anything wrong and he snuggles in super close. We absolutely adore him. We are so beyond thankful to the Nor Cal Boxer Rescue and to Tom & Kat for taking care of Kobe until he became a part of our family. These people have hearts of gold for doing all they do to save these dogs and give them a better life. Kat had a birthday last weekend and I was excited that Tom ordered cookies for her party because it meant that he got to come see Kobe and he was SOOO excited to see his foster dad again! I made extra designs of my birthday cookies so that I could take a platter picture of them together and then forgot to take the photo!

Birthday Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Kimberly the Girl with Cupcake Cookie Cutter Available HERE



Confetti 1 Cookie Cutter Available HERE 

 Confetti 2 Cookie Cutter Available HERE


 Candle Cookie Cutter Available HERE



 Cupcake Cookie Cutter Available HERE


 Party Hat Cookie Cutter Available HERE


 Present Stack Cookie Cutter Available HERE

 I used a Wilton tombstone cookie cutter for these

 Birthday Cookies bagged
 This is Tom, Kobe's foster dad. Kobe was so excited to see him again!
Did I mention that Kobe likes to get really close when he cuddles?! I ADORE this pup!

Happy Birthday to Kat, Foster mom to Kobe!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Get Outta Here and Go For A Hike

Several years ago, before I got my bicycle, I used to hike the hill near my house. It is about 7 miles long and really steep. I went to the podiatrist one time and the doctor took one look at my black toes and she said "you hike the SCV hill". I guess the blackened toes was a common issue for those that hike this hill. I rarely hike anymore as I prefer to be on my bike, but a good friend of mine loves to hike and she goes to many different and interesting places. She invited me to come along, so I made her some fun hiking boot cookies. I added in chocolate candy rocks to the bag with the hiking boot on top. I loved how they turned out!

Hiking Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 I love this hiking boot cookie cutter and how fun the cookie turned out. You can get the cookie cutter HERE
 Notice that I outlined a jagged edge to the bottom of the hiking boot. This is optional of course, but I thought it made it look like a real hiking boot.
 I found these chocolate rock candies at a few stores and they gave such a realistic look for hiking
 Cookies bagged up with the "rocks". How fun!

 The trail my friend, Susan, took me to ended up being a place that I've ridden my bike up. But I never knew that back behind the spot we normally stop at, has some hiking trails that go up into beautiful areas! I had so much fun!
 Me and Susan on our hike

So do you like to hike? Do you wear tennis shoes or hiking boots?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bicycle Cookies for A Bike Club

I'm sitting here with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Did you know that chocolate is good for muscle recovery? I just got back from a bike ride and I'm freezing. I have one of those Keurig coffee machines that make one cup at a time. But I don't drink coffee. Ever. Even if I'm up working on cookies until 4am, no coffee. I figured out that coffee makes my heart go a little bonkers. It actually feels like my heart is going to jump out of my chest. So, no coffee ever. I'm hyper enough as it is. But I have a Keurig. Why, you ask. For hot cocoa. Just for hot cocoa. Weird huh. You would think I'm a chocolate fiend, but I don't even like chocolate. Well, except for Georganne's chocolate cookies. But a steaming cup of hot cocoa after a bike ride... yum. You can feel the heat going down into your stomach and it warms you up quickly. I know, I know, I should be a tea drinker. But yuck. Don't even get me started on tea. I made these bicycle cookies for my bike club that was having their end of year party. 

Bicycle Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Bicycle Cookie Cutter Available HERE



 I made this bicycle sign for in my office. I love it!

 So do you start your day with coffee? Do you drink hot cocoa after a good work-out? I highly recommend it. Supposedly it helps to recover muscles. Good excuse right?
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rain, Hail, Snow - in California!

I went for a bike ride one day and thoroughly checked the weather report before I went. It said 10% chance of rain late in the afternoon. So I went early enough that I would be fine. I got about 25 miles from my house and felt the first sprinkle. I thought it was fine. Well within a matter of seconds, the sprinkles turned to HARD RAIN and that hard rain then turned into HAIL, huge hail, something like I've never seen before. I've heard of hail and major storms coming on within a moment's notice in parts of Texas. I've never seen anything like this in California. It was intense! I did everything I could to just hold a straight line and get to shelter. The hail and hard rain was pelting my bare legs so hard that my legs turned bright red like someone was repeatedly slapping me with all their might. I could barely see directly in front of me with how hard the downpour was. Everything was flooding in a moment's notice. There was absolutely nowhere for me to go. It took me forever to go just a mile or so since I couldn't see and I was worried that my bike (with skinny tires) would fall over. I got to the first part of civilization that I could find which had a 4-way stop and a small fruit stand. There was nothing else within miles. I stood at that 4-way stop and pulled out my phone to call my husband. I saw that he had already called numerous times to find me. I was standing under huge power lines, but honestly there just wasn't anywhere else to go. Suddenly I heard someone screaming and whistling to get my attention. It was the owner of the fruit stand. He was waving me in. They brought me to their office where all the workers were standing huddled around a heater. I apologized for dripping all over their floor and thanked them profusely for saving me. They were just the nicest people ever. My husband came and got me and drove me and my bike home. As we were driving, I saw the most amazing site. Snow. Seriously?! The entire hills near our house were covered in snow in just those few minutes that the storm came on. Keep in mind that we are in the Bay Area of California. We don't get snow. Well it turned out that it really wasn't snow. It was hail, LOTS and LOTS of hail. So I made cookies for my saviors at the fruit stand. 

Rainy Day Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 I made a bunch of rainy day cookies for the farm stand people that saved me from that ice storm. 

 This is the picture that was on our local news from the incredible ice/hail/snow storm! This all came on within a moment's notice!
 I took this photo as my husband was quickly driving me home. I was shaking from being frozen through and through. The ice was everywhere in our area.
 Picture of the storm that came on so quickly.


You can get the rainy day cookie cutters HERE This one is Dudley the Duck
 Petunia the Puddle Jumping Bear cookie cutter HERE
 Nice sized umbrella cookie cutter HERE
 Rain boot (also a great fire fighter boot) available HERE
 Rain Drop cutter available HERE
 Cloud cookie cutter available HERE
 Lightning Bolt cookie cutter available HERE
 Shooting Star cookie cutter available HERE
 Sun cookie cutter available HERE
 Rainbow with Pot of Gold cutter available HERE

 Ice Storm in California
Do you get these kind of storms that come on quickly where you are? I haven't seen another one before this day or since then. Thank you to the fruit stand people! You were my angels!

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