Sunday, July 28, 2013

Superhero cookies for a super boy


A couple of weeks ago, someone posted a picture of Super J cookies on our community facebook page, asking if anyone knew of someone who could make them.   Several neighbors immediately recommended me (wow!  that was awesome, some of them are people I don't even know!  Love word of mouth!).  I reached out to the mom and got some details.   She told me that two of her four boys share a birthday and they were having a joint birthday celebration.  She asked if I could do Super J for Jonah, Super B for Bennett, and comic book style Happy Birthday cookies!    Then, she asked, could I do a second set of cookies they could take to share with a medical team that was taking care of Jonah . . . she mentioned they are spending time in Philadelphia for medical care, and she wanted to take some there.   She asked for more Super J, Batman, and "Thank You" cookies.  No problem!

After Jonah's mom and dad picked up the cookies yesterday, I started thinking more about it.  I had recently heard a family in our neighborhood was going through a tough medical situation and it occurred to me it must be them.     And it indeed it was . . . Jonah has medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor, and is undergoing treatment.   His mom Sarah is keeping a blog at to share their experiences.      I spent about an hour reading it last night . . . wow, what an emotional experience.  They are a strong family!

I was so honored to play a small part in Jonah and Bennett's birthday celebration, and to help thank the team that is helping rid his body of the cancer.    I heard from Sarah after the party, and she said the boys loved the cookies!  Jonah doesn't have much of an appetite right now, and he ate two of them.  I told her with news like that, I'd be happy to make cookies for Jonah any time!

I started this cookie experience to support my Komen 3 Day for a Cure  . . . and one of their mottos is the reason we walk is because "Everyone Deserves a Lifetime".  That's certainly the case for Jonah as well . . . here's to many more birthday celebrations!!

Engagement Party Cookies: Liz & Zach

This was another fun engagement party platter!  My niece and her boyfriend asked me to make cookies for his sister's party.  In addition to the usual assortment, I added wine bottles and glasses since their wedding will be held at a winery next April.  I also included a Steelers logo and a Makers Mark bottle - two of the couples favorite things!

In addition to the party platter, they asked me to make a small gift platter for Liz and Zach.  Here it is - the Steelers jersey numbers signify their wedding date!

Best wishes Liz and Zach!  And thank you for the donation, Milligan family!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thomas the Train and Monster Trucks . . .

A high school friend of mine asked me to make cookies to take when she visits another high school classmate for her son's second birthday.   She told me Carson loved Thomas AND Monster Trucks. 

While at first it sounded like a weird combination cookie-wise (totally not weird at all two-year-old-boy-wise!), I figured out how to make it work.  If you are a two-year old boy, Thomas the Train is one of the biggest celebrities around! I fondly remember all three of my boys being HUGE Thomas fans, so I was really excited when I was asked to make these cookies!    Monster trucks are also fun, and a great excuse to try a technique I've been wanting to try for a while - stenciling!  

I had seen a cool tutorial on (where else) Sugarbelle's site a few months back, and decided this was my opportunity to give it a shot.   I got these awesome tire track stencils from Nicole at Salsa Sweets.  I don't have an airbrush (yet!) so I used extra thick royal icing instead.  I think it worked for the muddy tire effect.  The stencil was awesome, and I can't wait to try more!

By using a similar color palette, I was able to take two very different themes and make them work together!  I was really happy with how these turned out.    Thank you for the donation, Kristy!  Hope you and Annie had a great time together this weekend, and Carson had a wonderful second birthday!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thank you cookies for a gymnastics coach

A great supporter of my cookies and my cause, Cathy, asked me to make some cookies for her to give to a local gymnastics coach who has been giving her girls tumbling lessons this summer.  She asked me to use red and black, and to make some special cookies for the coach's kids, but otherwise left it up to me.   I have been wanting to try some silhouette cookies, so this was a great opportunity to do so!  

Thank you for your donation and your support, Cathy - I really appreciate it!

Lilac cookies

My mom asked me to make some cookies to take with her when she and her brother have a mini-reunion with some cousins they haven't seen in years.  They grew up together in Spokan, Washington, which is known as the "Lilac City."   With that in mind, I made her these lilac cookies to take to their celebration.  I was really happy with how they turned out - I know I'll be making these again!

Thank you, Mom!  And I hope you have a great time with your cousins!

Paintball cookies

This was a fun set of cookies for a party at the local paintball park!  With detailed input from my boys on how to make "realistic" looking paintball splats, I think these turned out pretty well!

Thank you for your donation, Stephanie!  And happy birthday, Jack!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Engagement Party platter

A long-time friend asked me to make cookies for her brother's engagement party this past weekend.   I love adding little personal touches to these kinds of platters so I asked her for some details about the couple and their wedding.   

Once I had the details, I set to work making this platter.   In addition to traditional wedding-type cookies (bride and groom, engagement ring, wedding cakes and bouquets), I added some UVA cookies (that's where they met), some wine bottles and champagne glasses (the wedding will be held at a winery), and a little cartoon of the bride and groom with their dog and cat.   I also included a calendar to save the date!     I hope they enjoyed their party!
Thank you Kristen for your generous donation!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy 13th Birthday Lexi!

The mother of one of my oldest son's classmates asked me to make cookies for her 13th birthday celebration.  She wanted a "favorite things" assortment and an Amazing Race platter for her party.
As always, I really enjoyed making the "favorite things" platter.  This time, it included Lexi's favorite colors (pink, purple and turquoise), her favorite books and movies (Hunger Games and Harry Potter), her favorite accessories (purple chucks and white sunglasses), and her favorite activities (ice skating and the neighborhood swim team).  fun!!

This Amazing Race platter had all the symbols from the TV show.  Lexi and her friends were going to have their own "amazing race" game for her party - hope it was fun!

Thank you for the donation, Stephanie!  How did our babies end up as 13 year olds?? Seems like just yesterday they were starting kindergarten together.

Butterfly Baby Shower

I was asked to make a platter of cookies for a bridal shower, and the customer sent me this picture of the nursery mobile.   The butterflies were great inspiration - I really enjoyed making this set!

thank you for the donation, Kathy!