Cinco De Mayo Round-Up

Cinco De Mayo Cookies

Since I got into the cookie thing I've been a little obsessed.  So much so, that anytime I had company I would find a way to direct the conversation toward cookies.  Next thing my poor unsuspecting guest knew they were looking at photo after photo of decorated cookies on my laptop. The great things about blogging, is I don't have to do that anymore. Almost everyone who comes here does so willingly because they want to look at cookies. So, … [Read more...]

Icing Bottles {WFMW}

Icing Bottle with Couplers

I get probably 3 emails a day about my cool little bottles.  "What are they?", "How do they work?" and   "Where can I get them?" are the most common questions. So, today I am going to show you my cool little bottles and tell you where to get your own. I pretty much use three different types of bottles.  A regular old Wilton candy bottle, and small and large bottles that are made to be used with couplers. For those of you interested in … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Cookies

May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  It's also Mother's Day Week, which leaves me with twice as much work because my mom IS a teacher! Seriously, I'm not kidding.  She was my computer teacher in high school.  Don't get any ideas about free rides.  She might have been the meanest teacher I had.  Made me sit by her and threatened to make me sit in the hall when SHE made me giggle {true story}.  At the risk of being disowned, I cannot … [Read more...]

Citrus Slices and Wedges

First of all I need to Nation, under God.  Today is a day of thanksgiving.  It doesn't quite feel right to celebrate the death of another human being, however, in this case, I am thankful that this monster will never have the opportunity to hurt another person with his EVIL...On a lighter note, lets talk about cookies.  I have been making citrus cookies since I saw this amazingly inspiring set by one of my FAVORTE cookie … [Read more...]

Royal Follow-up

I thought it would be good to kind of summarize yesterday's theories, and to put up a few photos of pretty cookies to make up for the ugly ones from yesterday. So, here's what we came up with.  Overall, I am leaning toward overbeating as the cause of my mishap. However, a few other common denominators of this kind of disaster are: excessive amounts of icing color, particularly red, black, and browns inadvertently contaminating the … [Read more...]

Royal Icing Disaster

One of the BIGGEST complaints about royal icing is that it can be a royal pain in the wazoo. The royal wedding fever completely missed me until yesterday morning.  I was too busy to even think about it.  I had a simple cookie design that I wanted to try as a gift for one of my childhood friends that I hadn't seen in fifteen years.  She was coming to town, and I wanted to make some special cookies for our little reunion. Since the initial … [Read more...]

Chips and Salsa Cookies {Tutorial}

Cinco de Mayo is kind of a big deal where I'm from.   There are all kinds of events in all of the surrounding communities to celebrate.  There are festivals, music, and my favorite, Mexican food! I decided to celebrate cookie style.  I've posted these cookies before, without instructions and received several inquiries about how I made them curved. So, I thought I'd show y'all before the big day! Since I knew I would be making these more … [Read more...]

My #1 Fan {WFMW}

*This post has been edited from the original I am sad to say my WFMW tip resulted in the demise of an old beloved friend, Fanny, who until yesterday, was nameless... RIP, Fanny, 2001-2011 When I first posted this I used pictures of my old fan, which was what I called "dirty" as in scuffed and gray from 10 years of use including painting {which explains the light misting of Berkshire beige}, outdoor barbeques, garage sales and more.  He … [Read more...]

Angry Birds Part 2 {Yellow Bird}

If that's not really his name, I'm sorry.  I was serious when I said that I've never played.  I let my son pick the next to be posted, and he chose yellow, because he thought we should save the best {red bird} for last.  So, yellow it is.For this little guy, I used a Hershey Kiss cutter I got from Hobby Lobby over Valentine's Day...if you don't have that one, just use a balloon and lop of the bottom or you can even hand cut if … [Read more...]

Royal Icing 101 and My Favorite Recipe


  [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:15]   Have you ever heard the saying, "All roads lead to Rome"?  It basically means that there are many different ways of doing things, but in the end, they all have the same result. This is the note on which I'd like to begin, and by the end I hope it makes sense. When I first began making cookies, I didn't really do a lot of research.  I'd read a magazine article that said I needed meringue powder, … [Read more...]