Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Love Birds For A Wedding with a STAMP

One of my cookie friends, Krista, of Drawn With Character, is making her artistry into stamps! They are available for purchase through Whimsy Stamps. I bought the Love Birds stamp and the Two Peas in a Pod stamp. My friend Anita of Sweet Hope Cookies used her big heart to come up with a fun group activity and invited a bunch of cookie decorators to participate to show Krista how much we enjoy her beautiful work. We all bought the stamp we wanted to work with and each made various projects using the stamp. Since my niece, Nicole, just got married a couple weeks ago, I decided to make a couple projects with Krista's love bird stamp.

The stamps can be used with an un-inked stamp pad with food color added to be used on a cookie or with a regular ink pad for cards or other craft projects. Each stamp also comes with a drawing to show the image.
 So I made this love bird cookie for my niece and her new husband, Christian. They just got married a couple weeks ago and these cute love birds made me think of them. I bought a big bag of multiple colors of feathers for the backdrop. Hint... if you're working with artificial feathers, don't bother vacuuming BEFORE the project. Messy little suckers!
 and then I made this framed project using various cardstock and piecing it all together and added a few of those blue feathers.
Just a fun little project for my niece and to support Krista's beautiful artwork.
You should head over to Sweet Hope Cookies Give-Away. It is a phenomenal prize package and even includes cookie cutters from Cristin's Cookies! Just click on the photo to be taken to the give-away. Enter by Friday afternoon!
Here are the love bird cookie cutters included in the give-away from Cristin's Cookies
Thank you Krista for sharing your gift of drawing talent and thank you to Anita for sharing your big heart and letting us all join in the group flash mob. I was out on a bike ride the other day and this song came on my iPod and it made me think of Anita and her big heart:

Maybe she's an angel
Sent here from Heaven
And she's making certain you're doing your best
To take the time to help one another
Brother are you going to pass that test
You can go on with your day to day
Trying to forget what you saw in her face
Knowing deep down it could have been her saving grace
What if she's an angel


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I'm BANANAS For You

My son's birthday was on Monday. He turned 21. 21... I can't believe my youngest baby turned 21. Thankfully he didn't go out drinking even though he is of legal age. What did he do? He connected with his girlfriend online and they watched a movie together and ate BANANA cookies. Yes. Banana cookies. My son and I are both freaks over banana flavoring. And it has to be the fake banana flavor, not like banana bread or yucky stuff like that. When I tell people we love banana flavoring, they think I'm weird. But you know what, they probably think I'm weird anyway, so I'm okay with that. Have you ever had a banana flavored cookie? Or a banana snow cone or how about a banana slushie or even those banana Runt's candies? Say yes to any of the above and you're alright in my books.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download  Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
Okay so you want to know how to make banana flavored cookie dough? Doesn't this look pretty? And it smells DELISH! 
 Here's what I did. I bought a cute little pink food processor, yup just to make these cookies for my sweet boy. And I bought a BIG bag of banana candies. I didn't know how many I would need, so I bought this huge bag. You can get them by typing banana candy into Amazon and choose what will work for you. I'll tell you that I did NOT need this many and I've already made this cookie dough twice and still have a lot of banana candies.
 I ground them up to dust. Be careful when you lift the top off. It's like a cloud of banana scent. My first batch, I added too much banana candy, I think it was a full cup and I added it with less flour and kept the regular amount of sugar. Mistake. Although my son will tell you it was NOT a mistake because he loved them. You'll see why this didn't work in the next photo.
 As you can see in this photo, the first batch of cookies was too sticky. The edges were messy and the cookies were difficult to handle because of all the extra sugar from the banana candies. So on the second batch, I kept the regular amount of flour and added less sugar. You can get my banana cookie recipe HERE
 Single Banana cookie cutter available HERE



 and a full bunch of bananas, cookie cutter available HERE


 and a peeled banana, cookie cutter available HERE


 This is Mandy the Monkey with Bow. Cookie cutter available HERE


 and this is Marcy the Monkey with Flower. Cookie cutter available HERE


 and of course I had to make a boy monkey for my son and his name is Matt the Monkey. Cookie cutter available HERE


and just because I'm bananas over my son, Nick. I made this one too.

and then I packaged them all up and sent them off to college. Although first I ate one. Or two. Okay I saved a few of the cookies.


2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup ground to dust banana candy
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp banana extract flavoring
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour

Mix together the butter, banana candy dust and sugar for 3 minutes until thoroughly mixed. Add egg and extracts and mix for another 3 minutes. Add in baking powder, salt and flour and mix just until combined. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.

This picture of Abigail & Aidan is quite old, but it cracks me up to see her face saying "what's wrong with you?" and they are both in monkey outfits :)


Okay so now tell me, do YOU like banana flavored treats? I really want to know if I'm the only one. I know my friend Nicole likes them! More banana flavored treats coming soon.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Basketball, Field Hockey or ?

My office is almost all cleaned out. After Nick being home for a month and lots of cookie and baking and a whole bunch of playing, there were piles and piles of "TO DO" stuff in my office. It was so out of control, that I set up my computer in another room to get the necessary stuff done since I couldn't find a usable work surface in my office. Crazy. So I'm really proud of myself that all this week, I've hunkered down and worked and worked and worked. The negative with that is that means I've had NO time for me. No bike rides. No relaxing, no me time. So my office is organized and work done, but I'm bloated and grouchy from sitting on my tush all week. Thankfully I'll be going for a long bike ride tomorrow and that will remedy all. In the meantime, I made some field hockey cookies. I have a sleeveless jersey (actually it's a cheerleader dress) that I've been using for field hockey cookies, but it's too narrow and you know, we like big cookies here. So I made my own design of a sleeveless jersey that works great for field hockey and basketball and what else? Tons of stuff I'm sure.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Sleeveless Jersey is great for field hockey or basketball or? Cookie cutter available HERE



 and I used a circle cookie cutter for the "puck"



Do you have your very own cheerleader for your business? If not, you really should. They can be paid in hugs and snuggles and just look how cute they are in their very own Cristin's Cookies cheerleader dress?! I feel a strong urge to squeal when I see this photo :) I know, I know. I MUST make cheerleader cookies.
 and little Monster Aidan with his beautiful mommy too

Now to finish that boring office work... is it actually possible to ever get caught up?

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