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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fire Fighters To The Rescue - With Cookies

All last week hubby and I were out of town taking our last child to college. He is starting his 3rd year in the Engineering program. We decided to make a vacation of it and see the sites of Portland. The college area is very different than the rest of Portland. It was a VERY busy city. I signed us up for a bicycle tour which we really enjoyed. The tour was led by a girl not much older than my son and yet she was so knowledgeable on all the facts of the city. I absolutely loved the bike tour and so did hubby and son. At the end of our vacation, we helped Nick move into his dorm. I was extremely emotional. I like it when my children are home, but of course our job as parents is to teach our children to be independent and capable and self-sufficient. I'm excited for Nick and I'm thankful that I have my daughters and the grandbabies that are local. Now we are back home and back to cookies. I made some Fire Fighter cookies and had so much fun with them.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Fernando the Fire Fighter available HERE


 Fire Truck available HERE


 Fire Hose available HERE


 Fire Fighter Hat available HERE

Dakota the Dalmatian Dog available HERE


 Fire Pit / Camp Fire available HERE


Fire Hydrant available HERE 


 Fire Boot / Rain Boot available HERE



Some pictures from our trip to Portland
and my inspiration for the Fire Fighter cookies was my beautiful grandson, Aidan with his fire truck outfit.

Fire Fighter blog background for today:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Many Sea Creature Cookie Designs Does It Take To Turn Two

Have you ever gone on a "staycation"? It's a vacation where you stay at home. Everyone told me it would be great. Well I'm here to tell you that those people were LYING. You have visions of staying at home and relaxing and maybe getting caught up on a few projects. Maybe do a puzzle. Go for a walk. Watch movies. Relax and not work. Well I'll be honest with you. A staycation would only work if your family goes AWAY on an actual vacation and you stay home and relax. Instead what actually happens is that you and hubby and son all took a week off work. Every time you unload the dishwasher, the sink is already full with more dishes to run the dishwasher again. Hubby makes stinky bacon every day that stinks up the house. Son and his friends eat all the cookies and you have to hide one just to make sure you get one of the cookies you made. And the cleaning, we won't even talk about all the cleaning with having a house of two men and friends. And stupid you keeps working and cleaning. Staycation sucks. Don't let them fool you. Lessons learned. Go to Hawaii instead of a staycation ;-)

This is the last set of sea creature cookie cutters from Abigail's party. So really... it's an honest question... How Many Sea Creature Cookie Designs Does It Take To Turn Two? How many? A LOT. Yep, a lot. You saw the first set with 7 cookie cutters here and the second set with 6 cookie cutters here and now here is the last set with another 11 sea creature cookie cutters! Yep, that means that there were 24 special cookie cutters for Abigail's party. That's what it takes to turn two years old in style. 

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Bag Toppers HERE

 I love these Sea Diver cookies and have so much fun making them. We used this cutter for a mystery cookie cutter challenge and cookie gals made a bunch of different things with the cutter. I made a Sea Diver / Scuba Helmet. Cookie cutter available HERE



 Then I used my Wave cookie cutter for the sea creature set too. Cookie cutter available HERE


 and then I made Simone the Snorkel Girl cookie cutter too. Available HERE


and Simon the Snorkel Boy also available HERE


and Sebastian the Scuba Diver full body available HERE


 and more Freddie the Fishies too available HERE


 and this Oyster Clam Shell too available HERE


and Goldie the Goldfish available HERE


Stella the Star Fish available HERE


Manny the Manta Ray available HERE


Jenny the Jellyfish available HERE


 Sammy the Shark available HERE


 and Mathilda the Mermaid available HERE


24 cookie cutters
 22 icing colors
 But it was worth it to see Abigail's excitement!
Well that's the last of the sea creature cookies. So now that big project is over, I decided to do another project. I re-organized the play area at grandma's house. I can't wait to play with the babies :-)

Now I guess we need to start preparing for Aidan's 1st birthday!

 Sea Creature blog background. Thank you to Amy of Happy Heart Studios for creating the digital paper pack for me to create it!
The snorkel boy and girl were inspired by purchased clipart from JW Illustrations