Wednesday, December 31, 2014
After Bryan's mom passed away in August, it was left to us to clear out her house. In the process of clearing out a very high cupboard in the kitchen I came across an old metal Christmas Tree cookie cutter. I told myself I would make those at Christmas. (which seemed so far away at the time) Now it has come and gone but I did get the cookies made and remembered the sweet lady who's cookie cutter it had been.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
I had the urge to make a gingerbread house. So I decided to make one for Bobbi and the ladies at the salon.
I put the pieces together, let them dry a bit then put the roof on and put icing all over the board I put the house on. Added some paving stones to the front and before I put it on, I "painted" the door with red icing and made it look like wood. I used Golden Grahams cereal for the roof.
a gingerbread mailbox,
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Jayme and Trey got married October 19. They wanted a Lord of the Rings cake. They wanted the ring in it somehow so this is what I came up with.
Monday, October 6, 2014
A couple years ago Bryan gave me a very nice airbrush for Christmas. I admit I was scared of that thing. It just sat in my office and intimidated me. Until the other day when I was using a spray can of food color to spray color onto a practice cake to see how it would look (You will see that later, closer to the wedding) I ran out of the spray can color and we live 20 miles from the store so I had to quit. Then I remembered the air brush and that I had some airbrush food colors. Now, be at ease, I have never used the air brush for anything so it is ok to use for food. So I took a deep breath and plugged it in, filled the paint cup with gold food color and started to spray. OH MY WORD!! It was so easy and fun. I don't think it will replace my decorating the usual way but it adds another dimension.
Today I was messing with it and while I am not confident enough with it to decorate cookies for any special thing I did have a fun time making these and trying things with it.
I decorated some cupcakes that I had extra and made them look like mummies.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
These are so good, if I do say so myself. This was a recipe I found and modified to make them more moist and cake like. Enjoy!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together: 1&1/2 sticks of butter (room temp); 1/2 cup Crisco butter flavor shortening; 1 Cup brown sugar; 1/2 cup organic sugar
Add in: 2 tsp. real vanilla; 2 eggs and 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree
By hand stir in : 2&1/2 cups flour; 1 tsp. baking powder; 1/2 tsp. baking soda; 1/2 tsp. salt; 1 tsp. cinnamon; 1/2 tsp. each of ginger and nutmeg; 1/4 tsp. cloves
This batter is almost like a muffin batter. I used my cookie scoop and make sure to put parchment paper on the cookie sheet. 12 per tray bake for 12 minutes at 375. Remove when done to a cooling rack.
For the icing: cream together 1 (8 oz. block cream cheese); 1/4 cup room temp. butter.; 2 tsp. vanilla; a pinch of salt and 2 cups powdered sugar
I put it in a piping bag and piped it onto the cookies. This recipe made about 62 with the cookie scoop I used. The icing didn't go that far the way I did it. It left about 12 without icing. I put fall leaves sprinkles on them.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
I love love love these little baby food Ball jars!! They are so handy for icing. Each on is 4 ounces and has a wide mouth and a plastic lid. So great for mixing and storing icing. I just know if I fill one with icing that I get about two of my small squeeze bottles filled from one jar. They come 4 in a package and cost about $5 at Walmart. Believe me I stocked up!
That's right. My daughter, Jayme got engaged and their wedding is October 19 so I started making cookies for her special day.
Of course I make cookies for everyone. I sketched out this design from a cookie cutter that I have that is a pickup with a tree in it. So I trimmed the tree off and cut the bottom off the little pumpkin and made it a truck with a huge pumpkin in it. Took a bit of work but worth the end product.
So today I decided to do 10 of the 40 that I need to do.
These made for this event also and also purchased from Karen's Cookies. I just loved the silverware cutters!! Had to have them. I did these yesterday.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
They are so cute!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Banana split shots.
No ice cream needed.
For Bobbi's wedding I'm making the food.
I've been making stuff and sampling ideas.
These will be on the menu.
Step 1: put ganache in the bottom of a shot glass.
Step: 2: put in a banana slice.
Step 3: put a dot of caramel sauce on the banana
Step 4: put in a little bite of brownie
Step 5: put a dot of ganache on the brownie
Step 6: put in a chunk of pineapple
Step 7: put in a strawberry
Step 8: drizzle both with ganache
Step 9: put in a tiny fork
You can get about 40 chunks out of 1 pineapple. 10 slices of banana out of one banana. About 25 strawberries per pound (average size).
I used a 1 inch round cutter to cut 70 rounds out of a 9x13 pan of brownies. (1 box mix).
I used Breyer's caramel sauce (no HFCS)
Made ganache (1 cup cream heated, pour over 1 bag milk chocolate chips stir until glossy. Put in a piping bag).
So for 200 you need:
5 pineapples cut up
20 bananas cut into 10 slices each
About 8 lbs. of strawberries (cut in half if too big)
3 boxes of brownie mix bake each in a 9x13 lined with parchment paper. Use a 1 inch round cutter to cut out 70 from each batch. Dip the cutter into powdered sugar each time.
1 or 2 pouches of Breyer's caramel sauce
2 batches of ganache maybe?
Assembly line the assembly and they go quickly.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
When I saw the boxer cookies posted on Sugerbelle's website, I just knew I had to recreate Bobbi's dogs in cookie form.
I was so pleased at how they came out! Thanks, Sugarbelle for the idea and how to. The tiny ones are from a tiny little onsie cutter that I have and decided to make "puppy confetti".
Friday, May 2, 2014
I feel like we keep having occasions that demand a cookie or a cake. I know I'm not sad about that.
This week Bryan is excited about a new Survivorman 2 part series that focuses on Bigfoot. It starts tonight. We decided to get together with some friends to watch it. So of course I decided to create a Sasquatch cookie.
I started with deciding on a cookie cutter and chose a large pumpkin one and turned it on it's side.
Cut off the stem and that resulted in this:
Next I wanted to have the teeth look real and then I remembered that I had this ice cube mold. I am not sure what made me buy it but I'm glad I did!
I just used a bit of gum paste pressed into the front of the mold about 1 and 1/2 inches across. Pulled it out and let it dry, then painted it with ivory gel paste coloring.
First I covered the whole cookie in a reddish brown color royal icing. Didn't need to be neat. You will see why.
Then I didn't think that was enough so I took a deep breath and used the piping icing to create deep brows, a nose and upper lip. Good so far...
But still SUPER creepy. OH a note about the eyes.
They are half rounds of gum paste and when they were dry I painted warm brown gel paste on them in a circle for the iris then used a food marker to make the pupil then added a couple white dots of icing for the highlight. I let the cookies dry a bit and worked on the green ones you see in that picture. Using a Wilton tip that I have had since 1977...it says #233 on it, I piped "grass" onto the plain green iced cookies.
Let it dry for a bit so I could make a footprint with the side of my hand. IF you remember childhood and using your hand to make a baby footprint on an icy window, that is what I did. Just into the partially dried icing. Here is the result.
A faint Sasquatch footprint in the grass.
Now on to the main character. Wash the #233 and use reddish brown (I used mostly warm brown with a little terracotta) piping icing to make fur all over him.
I kept looking at these after I thought I was done and then got the piping bag out again and added more hair to the upper lip and the bridge of the nose. I am glad I did.
I also lightened up some of the brown and added highlights to the nose. If I do these again I think I would make 3-4 colors of brown all in one piping bag and maybe do the brows in a lighter color.