This blog has been sorely neglected over the summer. But I was baking! Following is a quick trip through my summer baking sessions - and it's not even close to all the cookies created in the little blue kitchen:
Gearing up now for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! How did summer fly by go quickly???
May has been a busy month for me as a cookier...there is so much going on in this last month of spring. Besides graduation, baby showers, bridal showers, and birthday parties, there is the sweet holiday of Mother's Day. A co-worker of mine asked for a tray of cookies for her mother:
This is a mix of flowers with a few butterflies and some leaves mixed in. Simple, soft colors.
I almost forgot I had a blog except that, lately, folks have told me they've been looking at the photos on my blog! To say I've been busy baking is an understatement. Studying other cookiers' techniques has improved my ability and technique, and I'm appreciative of those who post tutorials for the rest of us to use for learning and practicing.
Following are several photos that Hubby took for me over the past few months:
There are other photos, and many, many cookies baked and eaten since last September. I'll try to do a better job of posting.
I saw a tutorial by Marlyn at Montreal Confections that I couldn't wait to try -- my opportunity came when a friend from church asked me to make a tray of cookies to deliver to one of our local schools for a teacher appreciation event. I tried Marlyn's method of making transfers for the owl eyes and loved how easy it was - AND the cute effect it had on the cookie:
The orange pumpkins really stood out against the purple owls and made a very eye-catching tray. I needed a 'banner' cookie, so I used my Wilton comfort grip oak leaf cutter to cut a couple of cookies to write "Teaching is a Hoot!"
This is one of the best cookie sets I've ever done, and it was a lot of fun to design and implement.
I had two cookie orders this week, and both for little boys' birthday parties. The first request was for dinosaurs for a 5-year-old:
Fortunately, his mom provided a photo to me of the party plate and napkin so I could try to match colors - and his favorite color is ORANGE!
The second order was a Cookie Monster theme to fit in with the overall theme of Cookies. I had bought the cookie cutters for Cookie Monster and Elmo a few weeks ago, just to have on hand for 'someday':
These turned out so well, I couldn't believe it! My only boo-boo was when I messed up the street sign - I only intended to put Easton's name across the bottom but I was looking at "Sesame Street" and began spacing out the letters from the middle. After I had written the E-space-S-T, I realized what I was doing and had to change my plans. Anyway, I hope Easton enjoys these on his special day tomorrow !!!
I'm not sure why we associate apples with teachers...apples keep us healthy? when we are healthy, we learn? teachers help us learn? Anyway, apples represent one of those signs of Autumn and is a favorite symbol of the season. I was asked to prepare a couple dozen cookies for the daughter-in-law of a church friend to present to her son's preschool teachers. There were two trays, very similar:
I hope the teachers enjoyed these as a 'sweet' beginning to their new school year!
and with it comes SEC football - in particular, Tennessee Vols football! To celebrate, and because it was my turn to bring breakfast treats to Sunday School, I made a tray of football cookies in vanilla and chocolate to accompany fruit and white powder doughnuts:
Included with the traditional orange and white was the new color of smoky gray [the Vols have new uniforms this year]. I'm very fond of the gray! The stadium is from a design courtesy of Ali at Ali Bee's Bakeshop. Not as cool as hers, but it will do.
So, in case I don't get around to it again....GO VOLS!!!!