Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Merry!

Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa Slices

I was so excited when I saw Haniela's post about her sleeping Santas. I love, love to follow her blog...not only is she an incredibly talented baker...but an amazing photographer!  I have been infatuated with Santa cookies this year...and absolutely loved her sweet little Santas.  The colors....their little overalls and their shape!!

I used my large Christmas tree cutter that I got from Copper Gifts this year!  It truly is like my birthday whenever I get one of their cookie cutters in the mail.  Their cutters are durable, beautifully crafted and copper!!  After I cut the dough with the tree cutter... I cut off the base of the tree and used a template to get the shape I wanted for each cookie.  It took a little extra time to hand cut, but definitely worth it in the end.

I had fun taking pictures of these little guys...but oops.... if you look closely... you will see me in the red ball....not a very good photographer!

They almost look like a little santa pizza!

I still have some more Christmas cookies that I never posted....time slipped away sooo quickly this Christmas season.  My littles were sick much of December so I was very behind on my shopping, baking, etc.  Hard to believe Santa will be visiting tonight!  Hope that you and your families enjoy a Magical Christmas and a New Year full of blessings.  

Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 Gingerbread...

The tradition continues...

I had grand plans to design a rather elaborate house this year.... something as fun as last year's sleigh....but..

the littles all decided December might be a fine time to throw mama for a loop and develop a nasty cold/virus....hmmmm.... grand house ended up as a quaint cottage.... very simple....very cozy....very perfect to us.

And a few little gingerbread trees just for munching!  Mmmmm. This year I used a different recipe from one of my favorite bakers.  You can find her recipe here!  Thanks, Glory, for all of your mouth-watering recipes... I haven't found one yet that I haven't fallen in love with:)

Can't wait to share some more Christmas cookies soon....

Friday, December 9, 2011

"Monkeying" Around

When I saw these....

I couldn't resist!

My littles LOVED them!

You can find the tutorial for how to make them here at the Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle! 
Next up....our annual gingerbread adventures!

Monday, December 5, 2011

You better watch out...

You better not pout....

Santa Claus is definitely coming to town!

We have been busy at our house preparing....decorating, baking, and crafting.  

Our "Elf on the Shelf" has arrived and has been having some fun already at our house.  So much fun that the little Missy gets up at 3:45 am just to see what sneaky thing he is up to! 

I was inspired by  A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe when I made these cookies.  Stop by her will be drooling!  Can't wait to share some more holiday fun!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks 2011

It is a beautiful morning here in the Midwest...a perfect day for giving thanks with family for the many blessings in our lives.  I can not even put to words how grateful I am for my husband and my children who make my life FULL everyday.  I am thankful that we are all healthy and that we have the opportunity to live in this amazing Country.  

But I am also thankful for my fellow "cookier's" who share this love of baking with me.  We all may be miles apart...and never see each other face to face, but we are together in some way through email, Facebook, blogger, etc.  So many of these incredible women inspire me my eyes to a creativity I wouldn't have known before, and are always willing to answer all of my questions.  

Thank you to Paula who never fails to leave sweet and encouraging comments on every blog post. She is amazingly creative and super sweet right down to her core!  And thank you to Callye for always inspiring and teaching me.  She is incredible beyond words.  Thank you to Linzy who always helps me with my royal icing dilemmas.  Thank you to Lila Loa for always making me chuckle, and for her fabulous ideas and willingness to offer suggestions.  Thank you to Pam for sharing recipes and ideas so readily, and for her amazing cookies that inspire me to work even harder.  And thank you to Amanda for sharing her beautiful creations, and for her always sunny disposition.  She inspires me not just be be a better baker, but also a better mother; and encourages me to challenge myself in more ways than one.  Thank you, thank you!

And my final cookie for this Thanksgiving came from an idea I found on a flickr photo stream here.  My mouth dropped when I saw them.  I tried to recreate...but I'm still loving hers better:)

Here is my rendition....

Wishing my family and friends and fellow "cookiers" a lovely Thanksgiving and a wonderful Holiday Season!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Not so scary Scarecrows...

Last week... I went to Sugarbelle's website to look at her Indian cookies so I could make some of my own for our Thanksgiving Feast.... I had already made some Pilgrims (still need to post these) and of course I needed Indians to make the cookie set complete.  But when I got to the site... I found her DARLING scarecrows.  I couldn't resist..... as you can see...

I followed Callye's instructions to the T....thank you thank you, Callye, for all  of your detailed instructions!!!  I think the only change I made was the color of the patch on the hat.  

My hand was a little tired after piping the grooves on the hat because I made quite a few scarecrows....and the grooves were pretty tiny...but definitely look just like an old scarecrow's hat!  

These little guys have such personality....Yes... cookies can have personality....:)   My favorite part of these little guys....their sweet pink cheeks!

Today... I ventured away from cookie baking to whip up the sweet potatoes and apple pie for our Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow...

Here is the pie before it went into the oven...

And a picture (from my phone) as soon as I pulled it out of the oven....

Hoping that it tastes as good tomorrow as my kitchen smells right now!  I promise to share the Pilgrim cookies...real soon:)

Friday, November 18, 2011


I have seen so many fun Autumn cookies this Fall... so many creative spins on the "usual" Fall cookie.  I really wanted to not overlook the Thanksgiving holiday this year.  It seems that we go straight from Halloween and right into Christmas and almost tend to "skip over" Thanksgiving.

I have soooo much to be thankful for this year.....I don't have to wait for Christmas to receive gifts...because they are already here in my lap.  God has answered my prayers in more ways than I can count this past I am definitely counting my blessings...and really trying to give this Thanksgiving holiday the credit it deserves:)

I have a lot of cookies to share....but these were some of my favorites this season.  When I saw them on LilaLoa, I was dying to make some of my own....I always love me some gooood chocolate cookies....I like plain sugar cookies...but really I'm a chocolate kinda gal.  Thanks LilaLoa for the inspiration, and for all the chuckles I get when I read your's a fun read every time!

Check back later this weekend for some more Autumn inspired treats:)  Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baby Bottom and Bath Bash

Doesn't a "Baby's Bottom and Bath Bash" sound like so much fun??? I was thrilled to make these cookies for this darling themed shower.  What a fun way for friends and family to meet Mr. K.  

When I received the request... I immediately remembered a post Sweetopia had published with a VERY similar cookie. amazing "Cookie Queen" created this design and even made the cookie look almost "stained glass-like" to better resemble a bath shower.  You can see her incredible cookies from this post here.

To make these cute rubber duckies... I did make a paper template... I was too nervous to attempt piping the duck's body on white with black frosting without having a guide.... so I made a template from Marian's design and traced with a food writer before I piped.... I really wish I would have taken pictures of the process... It would have been a good time.. :)

The bubbles I made with royal icing on wax paper.  I made all different sizes and colors and let them dry.  Then I sprayed them with a pearl spray... it was sooo fun and gave the bubbles just the right amount of sheen!

I also used a few sugar pearls to add some different textures.

And because I don't have a bib cutter that I love... I just used a few different circle cutters to create a small little simple bib.

Congratulations to Mr. K's family!  Thanks for letting me create a sweet treat for you:)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Turkeys on the brain and a revelation....

Every year the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving seems to just slip away ever so quickly.  I know the next few months will be busy ones at our I wanted to get some Thanksgiving cookies in before all the holiday craziness sets in.

I remember seeing these turkeys last year when Bridget posted them here.  Love how she used various cutters to make these little guys.

I made a few changes and used a few different cutters...but followed the general idea.  The result: sweet little turkeys for my sweet little ones.  Not too big...not too little.

I opted to use a small oval cutter at the bottom to form the base of the body and the feet.

Lots of piecing together to make these gobblers...but not too difficult and definitely a fun change from your standard turkey cutter!  Thanks for the idea, Bridget.... and if you haven't been to her blog stop by for a looksie...Her blog has had a "facelift" and is cuter than ever.... and this amazing lady is busy writing a book...which I can't wait to get my hands on!!!

I took lots of pictures of these little guys...just love their fallish colors!

And next... the revelation....

In addition to the turkeys... I wanted to make some owls....I had bookmarked these over a year ago when Linzy made them.  I have a thing for owls...and for birds...not real ones...just pretty decorative ones.  I was so excited to make these....

until... I realized I would have to conquer the eyes...GULP....  The puffy whites with black on top have been giving me troubles lately....those pesky little craters.  I want that puffy look but can't seem to achieve it without getting those craters as a result.  This go round I tried adding black sugar pearls rather than adding black icing to the middle...but still to no avail... when I added them when the white was wet...they sunk in too far...and when I added them to a dry white....the white cracked when I pushed them in... UGHHHH

I did not want to post these...and I admit... I did throw a few of the really bad "eye" ones away..tsk, tsk, tsk.  I was frustrated.  Mr. B kept telling me... "They're just cookies!!!"  It took me a while to come to terms with that...but yes... he is right.  So...the revelation:  It is OKAY to accept imperfection.... and now that I have kids I realize that even more.  Sometimes I see my daughter getting frustrated with a picture she is making, and she will simply throw it away.... I am always shocked because all of her artwork is so wonderful to me.  I am trying to teach her that everything doesn't have to be perfect...that there is beauty in everything.....but then I see myself getting upset with my minor cookie imperfections.... Hmmmmm... "Practice what you preach, Mama!!"  It's funny how much parenting can teach you about yourself.

Okay...I'll get off my soap box... these little guys aren't perfect....but they have character....and I'm pretty sure those "cratery" eyes will still taste darn good!!!!