Saturday, May 12, 2012

Winnie The Pooh Bear Cookies

My youngest child will be graduating high school two weeks from today. Two weeks. My youngest child. It still hasn't really hit me. It seems to come in little spurts. I think God knows that's all I can handle. Tonight my daughter and I went to a party supply store and bought a bunch of graduation party supplies for my son's graduation. I was so happy and excited as we found special party items and clappers and banners. Then I picked up these really cool clingy sticker things that I could put on Nick's car and on his bedroom window. And then I CRIED. In the middle of the store. Cried. My poor daughter. She must be so embarrassed to go anywhere with me! But... thankfully she gets me. And thanks to everyone that has left comments and sent me emails reminding me to get waterproof mascara. I'll be ready. No one will want to sit next to me at the graduation ceremony, but I'll be ready to watch my baby boy walk across that stage in cap and gown. How exciting!

A friend asked me to make honey jar cookies. It got me thinking of my obsession with Winnie The Pooh when my kids were younger. Look at that tiny little Pooh Bear I'm holding. What an amazing 18 years it has been.
So for Nick's graduation announcement, I added this. I can't read it without crying, but it is my sentiments to Nick exactly.

So back to the cookies. I made the honey jars using a cookie jar cookie cutter from CheapCookieCutters.com and I made the Pooh Bear cookie from one of my very first cookie cutters from many, many years ago. I believe it was a Williams Sonoma set.
I have the whole set Winnie The Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet cookie cutters. Hopefully soon, I'll get them all posted.


Congratulations to Nicky!

This weekend I'm working on a ton of cycling cookies for National Bike Month and then starting next week I'll be in a flurry of graduation cookies. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Game Night Cookies and a Group Project

My cool friend, Nicole of Sugar and Stitches invited me to join in a group project. She wanted us all to make game night cookies. This worked out PERFECTLY for me because this past weekend was my mom's birthday and she rented a beach house for everyone to come and play games together to celebrate her birthday. So Game Night cookies couldn't have been a more perfect fit! Make sure to scroll to the bottom and click on the different links of the others playing along in this project.

My mom LOVES the game Rummikub and my niece LOVES the game Apples to Apples and the game UNO and my daughter and I both LOVE the game Phase 10, so I made several cookies of games that we enjoy playing together. I made these on chocolate chip cookie dough which made it quite a bit more difficult to design from my Kopykake Projector. They are FAR from perfect, but I know my mom will love the chocolate chip cookies.








Thanks for inviting me to play-along Nicole! Now make sure to check out all these other cool game night cookies! It was fun to play with you all!

  1. LIFE and Jenga by Nicole, Sugar & Stitches
  2. Skip-Bo by Cassie, Creations by Cassie
  3. Candyland by Tara, The Shaky Baker
  4. Card Games by Cristin, Cristin's Cookies
  5. Magic: The Gathering by Jennifer, Not Your Momma's Cookie
  6. Mouse Trap by Sherrene, The Sugar Tree
  7. Trivial Pursuit by Heather, Twins Plus One Goodies

Happy Birthday Mom!



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Monday, May 7, 2012

Animal Print Cookies and a Gift

I received a wonderful gift from a fan of Cristin's Cookies. Remember the other day when I told you that Yvette of CutnTiedByRedYvette sent my son a blanket to take away to college? How super thoughtful is that! Well in that package, there was ANOTHER special surprise. I was so excited that I had to make cookies :-) So I made some zebra print cookies and leopard print cookies.
Leopard print cookies against a light pink background
Leopard print cookies against a dark pink background
Zebra print cookies with two different pink backgrounds
Now ready to see the inspiration that these cookies came from? Look at this amazing gift from Yvette! It is soooo me!
See why I just HAD to make cookies! How fun is this incredible blanket! I love it! Thank you SOOOO very much Yvette for your incredible thoughtfulness!
and I have to end with a picture of my babies and soon-to-be grandchild! SOOOOO excited! Aren't they so gorgeous. My kids adore each other and I'm so incredibly blessed.
 Look at that grand-baby coming along! I can't contain myself!!!

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Smiley Face Cookies and a tired body

40 miles on the bike times 4 days = .... yaaa you would think it equals 160 miles, but really it just equals pain and sore muscles and exhaustion! Don't believe me, well let me paint a picture for you. I get back from my bike ride and I feel good that I was able to fit in a work-out ... until I take those two tiny steps down from my kitchen to my garage and those two tiny steps make me think that my legs are going to break off! Yep, that's how I feel. Yesterday I got rained on during my ride, not much, but enough that it was hard to see through my cycling glasses with water drops covering the lenses. Today the wind was blowing against me so hard that I was actually proud of myself when I was able to go 13 mph! It's hard to get back to exercise after too much time without it. But there's good news. One is that I've lost 4.5 lbs in 4 days. And even better... I get up every morning, and though I'm sore and tired, I'm ANXIOUS to get my stuff done so that I can go for a bike ride! And the best news is that it WILL get easier.

So to cheer myself up and keep myself going, I've decided to post smiley cookies today. A friend of mine asked me to make these. I used the Smiley face cookie cutter from CheapCookieCutters.com. This cutter is pretty cool because it does the work of taking out the smile and the eyes for you. You just use it as a regular cookie cutter and then when you lift up the cookie (before baking), the little eyes and mouth fall out and leave those empty. The cookie cutter measures 3.5 x 3.5.
 I added in some peace signs too

For this one, I used the same cutter, but instead of cutting the cookie, I used a regular circle cookie cutter and then used the smiley face cutter to make an impression on the cookie so that I could keep the eyes and mouth intact.
Ok, one last bit of fun... every work-out that I do, I enter on Plus 3 and I earn money with every work-out that is given to the charity of my choice. A bunch of my friends are on Plus 3 also and well, you know the boys, they love to compete. They are always egging me on making sure to beat me. Well this is a very rare occurrence, so I had to show you. :-) Notice the GIRL at the top of the leader board. Ha! It will change tomorrow I'm sure, but it's fun while it lasts and you can bet those boys will bust their bum to get ahead ;-)


Have a great day everyone. I have REALLY fun cookies to show you tomorrow and my present from Yvette!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Playstation Controller Cookies

I made some Playstation Controllers cookies for a friend celebrating her son's 10th birthday. I have lots of video game cookie cutters (Playstation, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 64 and X-Box) and I love them all. How can you not own video game cookie cutters when you have a video game geek enthusiast for a son! My son plays video games every chance that he gets, which isn't too often considering his schedule, but seriously he's addicted! So I always love it when I find others that share the joy of video game cookies for their child! Happy Birthday to Walter!




Look at birthday boy, Walter, and even Mario eating one of my cookies!


 Wow! Look at all these tv's set up with games. This would be my son's version of HEAVEN!
 Fun party!
I'm off for a bike ride and then I have a bunch of cookies to finish decorating. I hope you're all having a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Works For Me - Turn Table and some Patriotic Cookies Too

Today lets talk about a couple things that WORK. Okay I'll show you some cookies too. My mom asked me to make cookies for a political meeting she was hosting. So even though it's not July 4th, it IS an election year, so I made cookies that look like it should be Independence Day.

I made about 40 of these flags, but they were pretty easy and went quickly.
Okay if you're all filled up on cookies, lets talk about what works. A bunch of people asked me about my turn-table after the Arty McGoo video. Well I just recently bought a custom turn-table that I'm just in love with. It came from Paul of Paul's Specialty's on Etsy. I am so in love with my new turn-table. It is a custom 8" cherry wood turn-table. I have a couple Wilton turn-tables, but as you'll see in the video, I found them too large and would constantly have to move my cookie. My new turn-table is perfect!
I have to warn you, my usual videographer (Nick) was not available. I was multi-tasking... here's a picture of my work area with my new turn-table too.

Another thing that works for me is that I started buying my confectioners sugar and flour in BULK. I've saved a lot of money and even saved time because I break it up into re-usable bags of exactly the amount that I need. No more messy measuring. Well... there is the day of measuring the bulk bags...
 If you know me, you know I get a little nutty over messes in my house. This was a difficult day for me ;-) but well worth it!
and lastly - for today... I bought TWO Pearl Izumi cycling jackets that I've been wanting to show you. One in pink and one in lime green and I switched the arms on both and now I'm IN LOVE with my new cycling jackets. Doesn't this look much more like a Cristin kind of jacket! 
I did another bike ride today. 40 miles. I'm really trying to get back in shape for my son's graduation. And just to feel strong and healthy again too. No big snakes today, just some quail and more squirrels than I would like to deal with. Oh and some guy that as I rode by, he yelled out "yaaaa!" I was pretty glad that those pink pedals were turning quickly to get me out of there. It's been a long time since I've done a long ride and I've really been missing it! What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

Coming up next - more cookies and another surprise from a fan... Oh and I forgot to mention that today Cristin's Cookies hit the mark of 2,000 fans on Facebook! Wow! I'm so humbled and grateful for your support and friendship!

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