Thursday, November 29, 2012

Keep Calm

The “festive holiday season” can be stressful.  All the cooking, baking, shopping, anticipation … can make it difficult to sit back and remember that the holidays are about family and friends.

I do some things to try and “keep calm” which include preparing stuff in advance (like my husband’s snowball cookies), shopping in October (yes I’m done) and using ingredients like William-Sonoma’s Handmade Peppermint Snow because the snow is so much easier than crushing your own candy canes and for whatever reason, don’t ask me why, hand crushed candy canes are simply not as perfect as this product.

I love the way these cookies came out.  They are keeping me calm.

What do you do to stay calm during the holidays?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Little Black Dress

Do you have to go to a corporate holiday party? Do ya wanna go?  Are you wearing black or red?  Are you wearing anything as tasteful as these cookies?

I originally got this cookie cutter to make a classic LBD for a 1962 party -- but realized it would be perfect for holiday party dresses.  

Now I'm thinking of a job in fashion design -- now I'm thinking I wish I could sew.

Let the festive holiday season begin!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just SAY IT in Cookie

When anyone says “Just SAY IT!” it is usually followed by something you don’t really want to hear.

In this case though, it is followed in cookie – so it is just want you want to hear – something sweet (even if it says something not so nice;). I have made these Thought Bubble cookies before but I could not resist sharing these because I just loved the way they turned out. I can't help notice the difference in the quality of the cookies -- not sure if it because I'm getting a little better at decorating OR if it is my favorite PME 1.5 tip that makes lettering WAY easier.

These cookies were for my sister-in-law’s 50th 35th birthday.  We really did want to wish her all the best so came up with all kinds of fun birthday greetings like:

  •  Happy Birthday!
  • ·      You Look Marvelous
  • ·      Skip Around The Room
  • ·      WOW!
  • ·      This is What 35 Looks Like
  • ·      HB2U HB2U HB DU HB2U
  • ·      & on & on
I keep thinking of more and more ideas for this thought bubble cookie cutter.  I’m thinking they would be great saying Thank You, Love You, Will You Marry Me?, etc.  I would love to make these cookies as placecards for a fun party – “You’re At Table #1” or “Shelly, Sit Here!”. 

What would you like to “say in cookie”?