Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spa Day!

Since my daughter's Brownie Troop had money left over at the end of the year from their cookie sales, the girls got to choose a fun way to spend their extra earnings.....After some brainstorming...the troop quickly agreed on having a SPA day....a short afternoon of manicures,...foot soaks, and pedicures.  

When I heard about the SPA day... I knew immediately which cookies I wanted to bring for the occasion.  I had seen these very similar cookies here....and was instantaneously head over heels in LOVE.  Loved the sparkles...loved the jewels, what girl wouldn't?  Kathryn Collins, of, Hey Cookie was the master mind behind these cookies, and graciously shared with me where she found these lovely edible gems...after I had no luck finding them locally.  I took her advice and ordered these amazing little edible decorations here....

Halfway through my cookie making .... I realized I had run out of the Rainbow Disco Dust.....tsk, tsk, tsk..... (And of course these cookies would have not been the same with out that fancy schmancy.... bling!) So I headed to one of our local baking stores to pick up some.....and to my great surprise I noticed...they too carried these beautiful edible gems.   So I bought more....larger ones than I had originally ordered!   Guess I'll be well stocked in that department now!

I had fun with the sparkle on these cookies....and I think I am still finding remnants of Disco Dust in my kitchen....but boy did I have a time with those craters forming on the nail polished part.  I wanted to make the nails a little more raised...and either my 20 sec  frosting was too thick or there is just plain too much HUMIDITY in Kansas because after about 15 minutes of dry time under the fan... I those sneaky craters would start to sneak up on me...and only on some fingers...ARGGG!

Luckily I was able to catch it early and get rid of the majority of them.

I took pictures in different light because the shimmer from the Disco Dust seemed to show up a little better under certain lights.

My only regret about these cookies was that I wasn't more creative in my use of color on the nails....because when our troop left the Nail Salon today... I don't think one girl left with nails that were all one color.  Alternating color schemes seemed to be most popular!

Most chose at least two alternating colors on their nails AND toes.  It sure was fun watching them kick back and soak those cute little toes of theirs.  I hope they enjoyed their day of relaxation and their sweet little treats!

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I was REALLY late preparing for Father's Day this year....I had planned on making some Super Hero cookies for the Super Daddies and Grand-Daddies in our lives....but time got away from me...

So when I saw the tutorial for these on Lizy B's blog.....I knew they were the perfect solution!  Perfect for my own Daddy who wears a tie to work everyday and perfect for our Mr. B who would rather eat a tie than wear one!!!

Lizy was featured on SheKnows.com, where you can find the full, very detailed tutorial for this... along with a ready to print template for cutting out the tie!  So sweet of her to offer such detailed instruction, and what a fun idea to be able to give a life-size cookie tie as a gift!! It fit PERFECTLY in a tie box!

Of course you could always customize the tie with whatever colors suit the Daddies in your life....but I happen to love blue and orange...so we went with it!!

Hope all of you were able to spoil your Daddies with something sweet and fun this Father's Day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

30th Birthday SURPRISE

I have gotten really far behind on my cookie posts....

It might have something to do with the fact that ALL of the littles are home for the summer....

Or perhaps it might be because of the amount of time I'm spending in physical therapy from the hamstring/hip injury I've acquired possibly caused by lifting too much of my 31- pound 16 month-old.  Not gonna complain though...because it is 31 pounds of pure SWEETNESS (except when he is pulling all nighters while battling those new teeth he is cutting:)....and I know before long...he won't want me to hold him like he does now... So for now... no complaining:)

Just a few good excuses as to why blogging has become low on the list of priorities:)

Anywho....this fun set of cookies was for a sweet friend who was throwing a SuRpRiSe birthday party for her sister-in-law.  The only request was for "pink" and "black" "30" cookies:)

As you can see... I am still working on mastering those little "fluffy-parts" on the party hat.  I used a #233 Wilton tip....but some of the icing just kept blending together when I pulled away.  I have read that plastic #233 tips sometimes work better than the stainless ones to help with this issue...but I have yet to find any.....Would love to hear y'all's suggestions for making this easier...maybe it is more of a RI consistency issue...

Sugarbelle was the real deal behind the design of these cookies...she made some very similar cookies for Cookie Crazie's 4th Birthday Celebration.  You can see her pretty set here....

Lots more to share this coming week....from Father's Day to birthdays and even a little Spa Party! Happy Weekend!