Monday, October 31, 2011

Spiders and Halloween

Today is Halloween! Do you love the creepy spider blog background today? Me too, even though I HATE spiders. I don't know what I'm going to do when Nick goes away to college and I lose my spider killer! I haven't even gone to buy candy yet. After an insanely busy volunteering weekend, I'm trying to get somewhat caught up on things. I will be ready in time for the cute little goblins to arrive this evening. I will, I will... Do you know Sue from Munchkin Munchies? I haven't met her yet, but I consider her a friend through our online baking connections. She is a California gal like me and she made these really cool spiders for Halloween using her candy cookie cutter, so I followed along. Thanks for the great idea and inspiration Sue!
 Maree Truelove made me this awesome personalized clipart character for Halloween and I attempted to make her into a cookie.
I wasn't too happy with the witch face. She is so beautiful on Maree's clipart, but it was difficult to get the detail on a cookie, but I was glad I tried and will try again.
 I also made some more ghost trick or treaters. I'm very happy with these. I made the eye holes a little bigger than I did the last time which helped to not get air bubbles around the eyes. This adorable design is from Susan at The Painted Cookie. I love the matching clipart that I found for it too.
 I also made a few more witch heads. I think these are really fun. I wish glaze icing would stand up more for her curly hair, but it's fun anyway.
 Here's the latest collection and I'm officially done with Halloween cookies. I have a big desire to make more pumpkins now that Sugarbelle gave great ideas on how to make definition between the sections of the pumpkins, but it's time to move onto Fall cookies. 
Up next are leaves, acorns and squirrels. I also have more cookie cutters coming from and too so I can make more Thanksgiving theme cookies too. Excited....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hand-Drawn Halloween Cookies

I found this super cute clipart and bought it with the specific purpose of using it to guide me in making these specialty Halloween cookies to send to a friend. I thought they would be really fun, but alas another friend of mine desperately needed cookies for a family get together and I just couldn't say no. At least I got to take a few pictures before they were gone. 

I worked at a volunteer event today from 8am-10pm. Yep, 14 hours volunteering. My feet hurt, my back hurts and I am exhausted. The cool thing though is that I had a wonderful time and it felt so great to be of service. It was for a very worthy cause and I met a bunch of wonderful people and got to see a bunch of people that I think the world of and some I haven't seen since last year. The event really couldn't have been better and I feel truly blessed and honored to be a part of it. I have one more volunteer event tomorrow (only about 5-6 hours) and then I get to make field hockey cookies. I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. What do you think of a cookie challenge? I think we need one for the fall.... 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mad Scientist Halloween Cookies & A FREE Printable for Cookie Tags

I've been wanting to make Scientist cookies for a very long time and they are just perfect for a Mad Scientist theme for Halloween! I bought a great set of Science cookie cutters from and some fun Science clipart from MareeTrueLove and this is what I came up with:
I found this scientist on the cover of a coloring book at Target and that's when the science cookie obsession started. I knew I had to make him into a cookie!
Then I also made these science lab flasks. The cookie cutter comes like the one on the right, but I decided to make a bunch of them with a bit of an explosion and I used a small fluted circle to add extra dough to the top of the flask for a puff of smoke on top of the flask.
Then I did the same thing with the Science test tubes by adding a bit of dough on top for a puff of smoke exploding out of the test tube.
Then I also made some Science beakers
and I was excited for this fun idea of having a jar of eyeballs
and another size jar of eyeballs too
and some more science items like a radioactive sign
 and an Atom
 and biohazard too
 and this sign of Toxic Caution. How weird is it to write that on a cookie?!
To go along with these science cookies and for those of you making science cookies, I made...
a free printable for you to use for your own cookie tags! Just click on the picture below to download your own copy.
I have a few more Halloween cookies that I made this week. Pictures coming soon. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Cookies So Far and a few more coming

It's been a busy week of lots of Halloween cookies and I still have a few more to finish decorating. Here are the ones I've decorated so far:

Today I'm working on some hand drawn Halloween designs and some scary scientist cookies for Halloween too. My favorites are the ghosts, all the witch cookies and the caramel apples. Which is your favorite Halloween design so far?

Monday, October 24, 2011

My New Personalized Witch Clip-Art

I don't have any new cookies today although when my son gets home from school, I'm going to bribe him with a cookie to see if he will help me make a video for y'all. Getting back to the basics will be the theme this week. In the meantime, I wanted to show you my new PERSONALIZED clip-art that I bought from Maree TrueLove. If you email her at: you can buy your own personalized witch too!

Do you love it? I'm SO excited about my new witch...!!! I added the cookie and also the name on her hat, but Maree did the rest - even the pink hair!

I hope you're all baking cookies and enjoying your day. We had a crazy busy weekend and I'm trying to get caught up on a few things before making some cookies tonight. By the way... my son hit the send button on all his college applications last night! How exciting is that!

As of this afternoon: First bike ride in about 5 weeks! Now that college stuff is done, hopefully I'll be able to fit in a little "me" time now and then. Sightings today: dead tarantula, LIVE snake, poison oak and a motorcyclist that looped me and on the 2nd time around, while I was climbing at 17% grade, he waved to me. Kindness makes everything, even climbing, easier :-)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wow MORE Halloween Cookies and Yes Another Free Printable for Halloween

Last night we went to a wedding for friends. It was gorgeous. The couple looked so happy. The groom cried - twice. He got choked up when he saw his bride walking down the aisle. He shed a few tears during the ceremony and then he cried during the mother/son dance during the reception. Why is it that men don't show these emotions more often? I soaked it all up. I cried when he cried. I thought he was about the coolest guy ever. I just love that stuff when a man can show he's a true man and actually does have emotions. Love it. Wish more men would get a clue about this. It was a 3-hour drive to the wedding and another almost 3-hour drive back home. I'm tired and slept late, missing the chance to join the club bike ride today, but it was worth it. Today I'm showing you the last of my halloween cookies. I had many more thoughts of halloween cookies rambling in my head that I wanted to make, but I ran out of time and cookie dough. 
 Halloween Trick or Treaters. I love these. The cookie cutter is from and Susan of The Painted Cookie gave the cute idea of how to decorate them. I added the wording trick or treat to personalize them as my own and added a couple of eye lashes to the one with pink pants because you know, even girls can be spooky ghosts ;-)
 Caramel Apples are just perfect for halloween. Nick likes the one on the left with tons of sprinkles. I like the one on the right with less sprinkles because you can see the gooey looking "caramel". I added a nice big popsicle stick to these big apples and of course matching cookie tags.
 I was really surprised that no one came up with this idea yet for halloween cookies. I love watching the cookies posted by my other cookier friends and getting inspired by their incredible ideas, but haven't seen this idea come through yet. I made these pumpkin candy holders (remember from when you were a kid?) out of simple circles. 
 This idea came from the incredible SugarBelle. She made a whole tutorial for us on how to make these fangs and scary lips. I added outlining to them to personalize them a bit and thought it made them look extra creepy. 
 I found the bamboo sticks that Sugarbelle recommended on Amazon. She recommended breaking off the sharp tip, but I don't seem to have her strength because I couldn't get the darn tip off and since she has little ones and has that concern, I couldn't imagine my 17-year old playing swords with his cookie stick ;-) I used Royal Icing to hold the bamboo stick in place on the cookie nice and tightly.
 Even at 17-years old, I can get my little cutie to hold up a cookie stick face ;-) Amazing what cookie bribery will do!!!
 and then just to enforce his testosterone, here he is attempting to look very scary and creepy. Yaaa right Nick we believe you're a big scary monster, hmmm....
 Scared black cats for halloween
 and lastly I made a couple of push pop cookies using candy corn colors.
 and as promised here is your free printable for today with cookie tags matching the cookies above. There is an extra "wolfie" as the last tag for Susan of The Painted Cookie because she made these super cool wolfie cookies this year for Halloween. I have to buy that cookie cutter for next year. Those were cool. Just click on the picture below and it will take you to where I store all the cookie tags that I share with you. Then you can download your own copy, personalize it if you wish and print them out. Cut and attach to your own cookie bags for halloween. Enjoy!
Did you get all the cookie tags for halloween? There are more on yesterday's post. Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Halloween Cookies and another FREE Printable

I tried to find a spooky blog background for today's post, but the bats were as scary as I could find. For those of you that read my blog updates via email, you miss out on seeing the change of blog backgrounds with every post. All you have to do is click on the link in your email and it will bring you to the actual blog rather than reading the post in email. Your choice, but yesterday's witch legs background was pretty darn cute ;-) So today I did spooky cookies. I also want to give a shout-out to Georganne at LilaLoa. These cookies were all done in CHOCOLATE cookie dough. Those of you that know me, know I am not a chocolate fan, but my kids are. My son says they taste like a delicious tootsie roll. My daughter hasn't been over yet to try them, but I can promise you she will love them. Okay... I even have been eating one of the cookies the last couple days. They really are good! Check out LilaLoa's blog for her recipe.
 Haunted House
 While visiting colleges last week, I really didn't like one specific city, but we went walking around the city and found a Sur La Table (my mom's favorite store) and I found these great cookie cutters. Okay I like that city a little bit more now.
 These were supposed to be Zombies, but when I looked up zombie images to get inspired, they were all bloody and icky and girls with pink hair and live in a rose colored world, really don't do zombies. So I made them into mummies instead. I was tempted to put pink on his cheeks, but I knew you'd laugh so I showed restraint.
 Can you guess what cookie cutter the middle mummy is made from? Yep a simple gingerbread boy. Go make him now....
 And Dracula. I think next time I will make Sugarbelle's cuter Dracula's (can't seem to find that right now, I think she did them as a guest post on someone else's blog). At least I got to try out my new cookie cutter. Sorry no blood dripping from his mouth, but at least I again restrained from putting pink on his cheeks ;-)
 Skulls with crossbones. Yep, I had to make a pink one. Sorry.
 And one lonely coffin for the full halloween effect.
 Since I'm not a big chocolate fan, I used two of LilaLoa's chocolate cookies and put my favorite butterfinger ice cream in the middle. Um yaaa... heaven! Nick had one with mint cookie ice cream in the middle of two chocolate cookies, but he ate it so fast, I couldn't get a photo :-)
 And here's your free printable to match the cookies for today. 
and I just realized that yesteday's witch printable wasn't linked to Sorry! You people have to tell me when I mess up! Here's that one for those missed it yesterday and I also fixed it on yesterday's post.
and the previous day of halloween cookie tag printables too just in case you missed it:
Tomorrow we have more halloween cookies and another printable to match the cookies too. Stay tuned.