Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter 2014

When I purchased this set of cutters, I thought I would KISS (keep it simple .  .  .) for Easter and make it a "Peep Year."  However, as I continued to shop I kept finding cute new cutters to add to my collection, bloggers kept posting creative ideas, I found cookie inspiration everywhere.  .  .  so much for KISS.

This year's collection includes some annual family favorites and some new designs.



This new "Chubby" Bunny cutter turned into several different looks as a result of inspiration found in a variety of places:

  • Bunny with egg was inspired by a little bunny I have had for years
  • "Peter Rabbit" and friend are based on Montreal Confection's tutorial
  • Bunny with carrot was inspired by a decoration I saw at a local store


 The "Floppy-Ear" Bunny cutter has been in my collection for years, but I have never used it.  I was not happy with my first design (left), but the second one (right) made me smile :)




This common cutter is another one that I have had for years and never used until I saw this cute rabbit design posted by Haniela.  Michelle at MakeMeCakeMe also posted a very creative tutorial using this cutter.

I first made the bunny with carrot ears as part of a thank you gift and I thought the design was so cute that I used a smaller cutter for the cookies in my family Easter collection.  I also used this cutter to make the lamb cookie by chopping off the ears and turning the cutter upside down.

The lamb looks a bit like a puppy, but I think it is pretty cute compared to one that I saw in a popular store for $7.95 each.


Cookies on the left were on sale at a popular kitchen/home decor store

 Last but not least, can there ever be too many carrots in my collection?  The kids always joke that they can have another cookie because they are "supposed to eat their vegetables."
The two on the right and the "mini" are my favorites

I have accumulated a number of carrot cutters over the years.  Some are too fat, some are too thin.  This year I think I finally have found some favorites!

Visit SweetSugarBelle for an easy tutorial on Polka-Dot carrots.





Carrots in all shapes and sizes































Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Some Bunny Wants to Say Thank You



My wonderful, sweet Mother recently broke her pelvis and had to visit the emergency room twice within a week.  Fortunately, she received wonderful medical care from the emergency room staff and is now on the long road to recovery.  This collection was a thank you gift for all the great doctors and nurses who treated her with patience and compassion.

As always, I must give credit to the great bloggers who share their creative designs:
1.  Montreal Confections
2.  Haniela
3.  SweetSugarBelle

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kendall's 16th Birthday


 Congratulations!  Today is your day. . . 

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!*

Kendall is a"glamathlete."  A girl who loves to compete, has broken so many bones I've lost count, plays hard, isn't afraid to sweat, then puts the uniforms aside, dresses up and WOW!  
Even at a young age, Kendall loved her bling!


                           

Do the boots look like Britney's?
At the age of two, Kendall stood on my coffee table in her cowboy boots and performed her version of "Oops, I Did It Again." I suspect that she will roll her eyes as she reads this reminder of her performance.


She loves her shoes!



You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own.  
And you know what you know.  
                                
And YOU are the gal who'll decide where to go.

One of the places Kendall decided to go was to the neighbors' houses to borrow their dogs.  She walked them, bathed them, and played with them, until she convinced her Dad that they should have a dog of their own.
 
 
Sisters
You'll look up and down streets.  
Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, 

"I don't choose to go there."  
With your head full of brains 
and your shoes full of feet, 
you're too smart to go down 
any not-so-good street.







There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.  
There are games to be won.
And the magical things 
you can do with that ball. . .



 

So many fond memories of a very special great-niece! In addition to cookies to remind you of events in the past, I included 16 candles on your cake and snowmen cupcakes in honor of the  record-breaking snowfall, cold temperatures and school closings that have been part of your birthday month.


Oh, the places you'll go!
 

Just remember that no matter where the road may take you, it always leads back to a loving family!


Distance and conflicting schedules sometimes requires meeting "on the road" for cookie deliveries, but it's just another place to go. . .
Love, hugs, and cookies for your special day! 
 
     
*Excerpts from, "Oh, The Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss.













Sunday, January 26, 2014

Leann is Six

Thanks, as always, to my wonderful friend, Donna, for the creative writing



 It's always interesting to see what cookie designs the little ones will request for their birthdays.  This year, Leann (LeLe), asked if I would make mice cookies.  We had a special day together last spring when I was a guest in her preschool class and we brought mice cookies for all of her friends.

LeLe has been a HUGE fan of puzzles ever since she was a toddler, so she requested mouse puzzle cookies for her party.  Since I made snowman puzzle cookies for her birthday last year, I detect a birthday "tradition" might be developing.

Sure hope this cute little cat is
happy with her birthday treats.


Love, hugs 
and cookies
for your 
special day!







Puzzle Cookies Past and Present

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Oooh, Baby!

Baby cookies from cutters that I have never used before.  The one on the right was intended to be a snowman cutter until a friend suggested that it would make a cute baby face!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'Tis the Season. . .


This year I decided to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the season with family and friends.  As a result, all of my good intentions to make a lot of new and different cookie designs will have to wait until next year.  Instead, I opted for traditional Christmas colors, design favorites of the family and some cutters that I have had for years but never used.

I did complete a few orders for friends.  .  . a dozen for Kathy and Joe to send to their friends in Iowa, and a few good men for Lyn to give to some committee members at school.  I changed the beard from last year and opted for a humorous tag.



















I chose Mrs. Claus as the design for the Our Lady of Victory Women's club.  Once again, I revised the design from last year and followed SSB's tutorial to use a Halloween skull cutter in place of my round design.  Mrs. Claus' tag said, "Behind Every Good Woman.  .  .", but I forgot to take a picture of it.





It is somewhat of a tradition that I add a new and different Santa and Reindeer each year, so I added two new cutters to my collection. 















This year the great-nieces/nephews
will find personalized stockings on the dessert table.






Finally, for just a bit of fun, I trimmed my Santa cutter and created Snowbird Santa.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween 2013


I always have fun making Halloween cookies and every year I try to do some new and different designs.

LilaLoa's  car cookie has been so much fun since I first attempted it in August, that I knew I wanted to create a Halloween design using her tutorial.  Then when SugarBelle introduced her school bus cutter, I decided to try a front and back view of a car.  I trimmed the top of the bus so that it would look more like a vintage car.




Last summer I found these cutters on sale and although they are much larger than the cookies I usually make, "cookie cutter" + "70% off" was too good to pass up.  I used one to make treats for Mary Grace's birthday party, but I wasn't sure if I'd ever find another use for them until Ali Bee posted a design for a ghost and a vampire.



Since I purchased an extra set of cutters for my cookie friend, Donna's, birthday, I knew I had to try these designs.  I really like Dracula, but I think my ghost looks like the Michelin man dressed up for Halloween.  





                       Trick or Treat!