Saturday, June 29, 2013

US Marine Corps cookies

I was asked to make a platter of cookies to honor a retiring USMC Lieutenant Colonel, who also happens to be a family friend.   I really have a lot of respect for all members of the military - it takes so much dedication to devote your career to our country!     I wanted to make this platter really special, and in doing so made my most elaborate cookies yet - the USMC emblem and a piece of the Marine Corps officer's uniform.  I was really happy with how it turned out, and hope Sal's friends and family did too!

Thank you for your donation, Tara.  And thank you for your service to our country, Sal!  Welcome to civilian life :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Horse birthday cookies

I was asked by a friend to make these cookies for a little girl who has had a rough year.   She gave me free reign on design, but gave me some information to work with .  She told me that Allison loves to ride horses.  She also told me that her favorite color was pink, but she recently changed it to sky blue because that was her dad's favorite color.   Allison's father very unexpectedly passed away recently, and she and her mother were coming to visit my friend's family during the week of her birthday.   My friend wanted to do whatever she could to brighten Allison's birthday.   With that kind of background, I was determined to make a very special birthday platter!
I am grateful once again to Callye (otherwise known as Sweet Sugarbelle) for her incredibly helpful tutorials!  With her virtual instruction, I made these adorable horse faces from a flipflop and star cookie cutter - how fun is that??
The best part of making these cookies was meeting sweet Allison in person.  She came with my friend to pick up the cookies and seeing her face light up when I showed her the platter made my whole day!   A tray of cookies won't make her stop missing her dad, but it did bring a smile to her face.
Thank you for the donation, Hillary!  And thank you for asking me to be a part of a special celebration.  You are a good friend to Allison and her mom!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Welcome Home Grayson: Adoption Party cookies!

I was honored to make a set of cookies to take with me to a very special party.   A wonderful couple in my neighborhood recently adopted a sweet little boy from China.   Gigi and Tony are such great parents already, and I loved being a part of their celebration!

Gigi kept a blog of their preparations for Grayson, their trip to China, and their welcome home.  This blog gave me so much inspiration for these cookies!     I loved the wallpaper featuring the Chinese symbol for "love" so I had to cookie that.  Then of course the all-American baseball and football themed bedroom they lovingly prepared for him inspired the sports cookies.  Finally, there is SO much love for Gigi, who is a beloved kindergarten teacher at my kids' school, I had to fill the platter with lots of hearts.

As I have said before, my FAVORITE part of making cookies is seeing a happy customer enjoy them.  Grayson held on to his cookie for a little while before finally trying it hesitantly.   Once he did, he was hooked!   What a sweet little boy.

Some of Gigi's dear friends planned this party, and they did such a great job.   Our friend Amy dreamed up this adorable cake - she had the bakery write "We Found the Missing Piece" on top of the cake, leaving enough room for a special cookie she asked me to make - a heart puzzle with the names of this new family all together.  LOVE THIS IDEA!!  

The lovely dessert table.  Such a sweet display!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pink & Grey baby shower cookies

Pink and grey baby shower cookies for a soon-to-be born little girl named Lily!   Thank you for the donation, Janell! 

These were fun to make . . .  Those "L" monograms remind me of a certain TV show from my childhood!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

School's out for Summer!

It's the last day of school around here!   I made a couple of sets of cookies for a customer to share with those special people who help care for her child.   I have been wanting to make the adorable school bus cookies I saw on Loren Ebert's the Baking Sheet blog for a long time . . . when Denise asked for cookies for the school bus drivers and aides that help her child get to school safely, I knew it was the time!  These were a lot of fun to make - I made a few extra for my own kids' bus driver too!  I would love to make these again in the fall, they would be perfect for back to school celebrations (but we aren't thinking about those now - it's the last day of school!!)

Denise also asked me to make cookies for her child to take to an end-of-school class celebration!  Here's a whole class of students and their teachers!

Last but not least, Denise saw the puzzle cookies I have made several times for Matthews Meerkats team for the Autism Society of Central Virginia 5k run.   She wanted some of them for her child's autism classroom teachers . . . perfect excuse to use my favorite little Dollar Store jars!  She sent me this cute picture of the jars with the teacher cookies - what fun presentation!
Thank you for your donation Denise!  And have a great summer everyone!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Graduation, round 2!

This past week was a big one for high school graduations!   I made several sets for graduates - I love all the different colors and variations on the theme!
The first set (above) was for Chase, who graduated from Robinson High in Fairfax.   He's headed to my alma mater, William & Mary, this fall on a baseball scholarship.   It was so fun putting the college logo on the baseballs for his platters.   Congratulations, Chase!  Thank you for the donation, Amy!

This platter was for Lauren, who graduated from Battlefield High School in Haymarket.  Congratulations, Lauren!  Thank you for the donation, Cathy & Don!

Here's another Battlefield platter (boys wore purple, girls wore white!).  Congratulations, Tyler - and thank you for the donation, Karen!

Finally, I made this platter for James Austin, who is in the first class to graduate from Patriot High School in Nokesville.   Congratulations James Austin, and thank you for the donation, Tracy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A different kind of Girl Scout cookies!

It's that time of year . . . graduations, promotion ceremonies, team parties, and celebrations of all kinds!      One of these celebrations is one I fondly remember from my own childhood:  bridging from Brownie to Junior and Junior to Cadette in Girl Scouts.  As the mom of three boys, I don't get to experience these things with my own kids, so I was thrilled to be asked by parents from two different troops to make cookies to help their girls mark the achievement!

As you can see in the top picture, the cookies for that troop were personalized for each girl!  The troop leader sent me hair details and eye color for each of them . . . I happen to know a few of these sweet girls too, so I hope I captured a bit of their personalities in their cookies.  Thank you for the donation, Kristine!

This troop of Girl Scouts included girls bridging to Junior and to Cadette.  I had a lot of fun researching the sashes for each and making them as detailed as I could (considering I was working with a two-inch royal icing sash!)   I heard the girls enjoyed eating them almost as much I as I enjoyed making them!    Thank you for the donation, Tammy!

Update:  Look at these awesome pictures I got from some of the girls' moms!   This is the absolute best part of decorating cookies:  seeing the smiles they bring!     I love seeing Hailey and Meghan holding their "mini-me" cookies!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wildflower wedding

These are a few of the cookies I made for a friend of my mom's to take to a bride's breakfast next weekend!   The wedding is at a B&B in Oregon, and is going to have lots of wildflowers.   This was such a fun assortment of cookies to make!

While I usually don't ship cookies, I am doing it this time since it's for my mom's friend.   I carefully packed them up in bubble wrap and they are off to Nevada first, then they will be hand-carried on to Oregon.  My fingers are crossed they make it safely!   Shipping cookies makes me nervous!!

Thank you for your donation, Sandy!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Baseball Cookies

I can't believe my twin nephews are turning TWELVE this week!  They are fun boys, and they LOVE baseball!   They each have their favorite team, Phillies for Austin and Yankees for Logan.   I made each of them their own box of cookies to wish them a happy birthday.  

Happy birthday boys!  Hope you like your cookies!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bookworm Cookies!

I loved having the opportunity to make these little bookworm cookies twice in the past week!   I made the set above for a school librarian who is taking some time off from her job for the next year.    The other set (shown below) was for my sister-in-law, who is an elementary school librarian.  She asked me to make some cookies she could give her parent volunteers to thank them for all of their help this year.

I used this excellent tutorial from one of my favorite cookie artists, Sugarbelle!   As always, her clear directions and photos made it easy to turn out beautiful cookies!

Thank you for the donations, Lynette and Kristy!