June 28, 2015

our fourth of july celebrations

Before I start baking for next weekend, I looked back at pictures of our past July 4th celebrations . . . at least things seem to be improving!

Last year was a summer themed 4th of July cookie platter . . . mostly copied from the Block Party cookies I made the week before:


The cousins enjoying “ice cream cones” . . .


2013 - a 4th of July birthday platter for my friend's son's 6th birthday party


2012: lots of “dipped” mini-star cookies with sprinkles and festive ribbons . . .




2010 was a year of cupcake wrappers and sparkly decorations . . . starting with breakfast blueberry muffins & chocolate milk:

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and then multi-colored birthday cupcakes for Aunt Jamie's July 3rd birthday . . .

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and a sleepy kiddo on the drive home . . .


In 2008, it was unevenly stacked birthday cupcakes for Aunt Jamie made by the sweetest 2 year old baker . . .

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Fortunately, we've come a long way from only having themed cupcake wrappers!

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June 26, 2015

stock the bar - bridal shower

These are some last minute bridal shower favors I made for my cousin's "Stock the Bar" themed bridal shower last weekend!  

These adorable polka dot straws that I picked up for the mimosa bar ended up being the color inspiration for the whole shower . . .

My new Stencil Genie was delivered just in time . . .

I think I LOVE the polka dots!  Something tells me this stencil might as well stay out . . .

June 22, 2015

baby bumble bee shower favors

I made this bumble bee baby shower cookies for my good friend who was hosting a baby shower for her sister in Wisconsin.  

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new airbrush and stencils . . . 

Packed up and ready to be "carried on" to the plane!  My friend flew this almost dry cookies to Wisconsin for her sister's baby shower!

June 3, 2015

oscar statues (take 2)

Oscar cookies for a 40th birthday . . . the statues were standing on a piece of cardstock that said "Fabulous and 40" to give them a little extra stability!

I would have never agreed to make 25 3-D cookies if I hadn't already tried these for our school auction a few months ago and had some hope of them standing up!   

hile the basic cookie was identical, I think the shiny gold shimmer on these made a world of difference!  

Just a few notes I wish I would have taken the first time around . . . 

(1) Bake all Oscar cookies first and let them harden overnight before standing them in a round cookie base. I had quite a few Oscars break in half because they were just too soft!

(2) Make the round base cookies big enough!  Bake them on the 2nd day so you are ready to insert the harder statues into a soft base and force it to fit!

The best part of this round of cookies . . . I finally ordered my new Christmas present (yes, it's May!) and it arrived just in time to use to add "gold shimmer" to the Oscar statues!

I have so much to learn, but so far I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my airbrush!

Lots of Oscars drying . . . 

Trying to figure out what bags to use . . . (and super excited to find another reason to use the custom Oscar cutters I had made for our school auction!)

Finally, all packed up and ready to go!  

A picture from the birthday party . . .

And why not set up "target practice" with a  leftover cookie for some boys that were dying to try out the new airbrush!!!

Forget the shimmer!  The boys chose the brightest/darkest colors possible.

The real masterpiece . . . poor Oscar!

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