Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Cookies Because Brrr It's Cold Out There

It was 46 degrees here the other day and I was freezing. This happened to be on the same day that my husband talked about us possibly moving to Denver, Colorado. Ummmm NO! I looked up on the weather and it said it was 23 degrees and feels like 13 degrees! Really? As if feeling like 23 degrees wasn't bad enough? I can tell you right now that we are NOT moving to Colorado. One of my good friends just moved to Colorado a couple weeks ago and he is constantly posting pictures of shoveling snow. No thank you. I am a California gal and to be honest, I'm ready to not be a California gal anymore, but I most definitely do not want to move to Colorado. I made these winter theme cookies and I used Anita's hot chocolate cookie recipe. They were really yummy and perfect for the cold winter weather.

Winter Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 I started by making a really fun hot cocoa mug cookie cutter to go with the hot cocoa cookie recipe. You could add sprinkles to the whip cream on top or use buttercream icing to make it look extra thick. I really enjoyed this cutter. You can get the hot cocoa with whip cream mug cookie cutter HERE

I love how these turned out and loved the light teal and red together
I made a new hot cocoa mug ornament for our Christmas advent tree using my new embroidery machine.
 I bought my grandson, Aidan, a backpack with a cute polar bear on it and I couldn't help but cookie it. This is such a simple and fun design and I absolutely giggled while making them. This is Pepper the Polar Bear and you can get the cookie cutter HERE

 This was a fun outing to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo with my grandbabies wearing their backpacks from grandma. They are really supposed to be lunch boxes, but my brilliant daughter added straps to make them into backpacks.
I bought my granddaughter, Abigail, the cutest penguin outfit ever and of course, had to make matching cookies. I love this one because it could be made into so many things and is nice and wide for a nice size cookie. This is Percy the Penguin with big scarf & winter hat. You can get the cookie cutter HERE

This has to be one of my very favorite outfits for Abigail
 isn't she just so cute and silly!
 and then I added mittens using my fun mittens on a string cutter that I love so much. Did you have mittens on a string when you were little? I did. It was a great way to not lose them and always have them handy waiting for you inside the sleeves of your jacket. I was not a California girl then. 
This was definitely a New York thing to do :) You can get the mittens on a string cookie cutter HERE

 and then I added in Patty the Polar Bear with thick scarf because she fit so nicely with this collection. She was one of the very first cookie cutters I ever made and I just love her so much. You can get your own Patty the Polar Bear cookie cutter HERE

 and then I bagged up all the cookies
 and tagged them all. Don't forget to download the free printable cookie bag toppers at the top of this blog post (highlighted in yellow at the top).
 I have so many more ideas of cookies to make for Christmas and winter. I wish I had the time to get all the ideas out of my head and into cookie form! I still have 85 more miles to ride for my 2015 cycling goal, but I've put that off until after Christmas because I have to focus on Christmas gifts. And I have 4 more advent ornaments to make, hopefully those will get done in the next few days before the grandbabies come over. My son, Nick arrived home last night from college, so focus will definitely be on family time and trying to get ready for Christmas. How are you doing with your Christmas to do list? It is such a busy time of year. I wish you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

I Love Gingers

I love cookies, but my most favorite is GINGERBREAD! I could eat gingerbread cookies every moment of the day, if only my waist would allow it ;) My son's favorite is gingerbread too. He comes home from college next week and I plan on having huge gingerbread boy cookies baked and ready for us to decorate together. I think that will be such a fun way to start off the holiday season! He was supposed to be coming home this Monday, but it turns out that one of his final exams will keep him at school a little longer, so now we are expecting him on Wednesday instead. He's doing really well in school, but one of the classes - Probability and Statistics is kicking his butt. So if you're the praying type, please send along a prayer for a successful final in that class. If all goes as planned, he should be graduating with his Engineering degree in May. I can't believe how fast these 4 years have gone! The first ornament that I embroidered for my grandkids felt tree was a gingerbread girl with a candy cane. So I wanted to make some fun cookies that would be similar. 

Gingerbread Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 I started by making a gingerbread girl with a big bow and a yummy candy cane. I named her Ginger. You can get the cookie cutter HERE
 I always like to outline my designs in black for two reasons. One is that I love the way it makes the design pop or stand out and the other is that it makes it easy for others to utilize the design whether they choose to outline or not. It is easy to pop the tutorial card into my Kopykake projector or to download it onto my iPad for use with my Pico projector. See at the top of each blog post (highlighted in yellow) to download the tutorial cards for your own use with these cutters.
 I gave her sparkling sanding sugar on her bow. I flooded the rest of the cookie and let it dry and then lastly I did the bow and used a new paint brush to brush away the excess sugar.
Gingerbread makes me drool! I'm excited to make some more next week when my son is home from college!
 and this is the little gingerbread girl ornament that I embroidered. She was my very first ornament on my advent tree.
 This is my felt advent tree. I put each design on tan felt so that it could resemble a cookie tree. The grandbabies came over yesterday and had so much fun taking out the ornaments from the pockets and hanging them on the buttons. I have to get busy in finishing up the rest of them before the grandbabies come back!
 Memory making.
What are some Christmas traditions that you love to share with your family?

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

B Is For Ball - Sports Cookies for a 2nd Birthday

My little grandson turned 2 a couple weeks ago. He is starting to say more words, but he was really silent for a very long time. With Abigail as his big sister, he really didn't have much need to talk! One thing that he has said from very early was "BALL". He is such a ball guy. So when my daughter set out to plan Aidan's 2nd birthday party, a sports ball party was the obvious choice. Well, at least it was obvious until a couple weeks before the party and he said choo-choo constantly! But the party supplies were already purchased at that point, so the ball party was a go. I had a circle for the basketball, baseball and soccer ball, but that was about it. I attempted to keep it simple by just having two cookie cutters for each of the four sports being represented. See below for what I came up with...

Sports Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
Would you believe that I didn't have a football cookie cutter? I thought everyone had a football cookie cutter. Well, I didn't. So I made one. My favorite is the football guy in helmet. I named him Fuller the Football guy and I made a new football helmet design too. I'm feeling very ready for the Super Bowl now ;) The brown of my icing on the footballs got blotchy with butter bleed. I think because we had a storm coming so humidity was high. I'm pretending that they are just sweaty looking from the athletes ;)
 This is Fuller the Football guy. I was especially happy with how he turned out. You can get the cookie cutter HERE. Don't forget to download the tutorial cards at the top of this blog post.

 and I made a new football helmet design. You can get the cookie cutter HERE

 and since it turned out that I didn't have a football cookie cutter, I made one. It is a nice size for a good size cookie. You can get the cookie cutter HERE

 See the butter bleed on the brown football and the grey helmet face mask? We don't have humidity in California, we are in a drought after all, but we had a lot of humidity before a storm and I ended up with butter bleed on these football cookies. Since it was out of my control, I decided it's a natural sweaty look for the athletes ;) Yep, that's it.
All the cookie decorators hate to make soccer cookies, but I actually really enjoyed these. I loved the new net that I designed and using my Pico projector (or Kopykake projector) made these really easy to do. 
 I love this new soccer net cookie cutter. You can get one HERE

This was so much easier than I imagined it to be. Those that use royal icing, will have no problems. I use glaze and there's no way those lines would hold up with my glaze icing, so I used buttercream icing to make the tiny lines of the soccer net. It turned out to be quite simple. 
To make the "grass", I used this ChocoMaker candy shred while the icing was still wet. 

 and onto Basketball cookies
 I made this fun new basketball hoop cookie cutter and it made such fun and nice sized cookies. Everyone loved them. You can get the cookie cutter HERE
 I started with the black basketball outline and let that fully dry before adding in the red outline details. 
 After the cookie was fully flooded, I let it dry several hours (or overnight) before I added in the white net details using buttercream icing.

 and lastly Baseball. I had so many ideas of baseball cookies, but like I said, I was trying to keep it simple since I was working on 4 different sports at once. I knew that I had to include the baseball itself, so I decided on a baseball boy to go with the ball.
 This is Wayne the Winter Child cookie cutter and I changed him into Wayne the Baseball boy. Cookie cutter available HERE

 and then I bagged up the cookies for the party
and I made my grandson a sports shirt as a gift. 
 Seriously though, could he be any cuter?! Happy 2nd birthday Aidan!
 and I made myself a girly football shirt to wear to the party
 and when I got home, I cleaned it all up. Don't you just hate that part? For me, the worst part of the big cookie projects, is not the clean-up, it's making all the cookie dough! What is your least favorite part?
Happy 2nd birthday to our little ball boy, Aidan!

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