Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring Baking Fever is Upon Me!

I am ready for SPRING!
The south western slopes of central Missouri have sprouted daffodils. Last week some of daffodils even had yellow buds showing. Unfortunately, the two winter storms we have had also coated them with ice and snow. BUT I am still in the early stages of spring baking fever, all it took was that glimpse of yellow buds. St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and this year Easter is March 31st. I've been thinking about decorating cookies for the two holidays.

 Shamrocks are easy to make with a small heart cookie cutter. Take three small hearts and arrange them as shown below or you can slightly overlap the hearts. Cut a stem from the dough and add it to the hearts. Instant shamrocks! One year I made three 9" heart cakes and arranged them in this way. The stem was a Twinkie that was frosted in green icing with a star tip like the cakes.

Easter will be celebrated with a lamb cake and Easter Egg sugar cookies. Flow icing is a technique that I have been practicing with since last November. I tried it on some Christmas tree cookies with butter cream frosting and it worked pretty well. Last month I found a tutorial, on YouTube, for outlining and filling in cookies with royal icing.  I experimented with making and using royal icing on the Valentine cookies and was really pleased with the end result. My brain is already dancing around ideas for the Easter Egg cookies!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sallee's Six-Creative Baby Shower Themes

I was looking through Pinterest this morning and followed a pin to its original source. Wow, If you are looking for a baby shower theme, then follow the Candy Crate link. (smile) I also have added  some other resources where you you can buy cute and creative items for a theme or get ideas for a theme. Sallee

  • Candy Crate: Baby Book Worm Shower   This party features a  Candy Buffet with a BookWorm Cup Cakes Game Station.

  • Party Themes of All Kinds

  • 80+ Baby Shower Themed Parties Purchase a party theme or browse for ideas. Some of my best ideas come from a catalog, or  looking at pictures. 

  • Pinterest Boards

  • 10 Beautiful Baby Shower Ideas

  • The Baby Zone courtesy of Disney The Best Baby Shower Games This site is a wonderful resource for the mom to be AND party planners.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine Cookie Project

 Sugar cookie hearts waiting to go in the oven. I like to roll out my sugar cookie dough on waxed paper that has been lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Baked hearts fresh out of the oven and cooling while I made icing

Freshly frosted cookies drying on a cooling rack. I used royal icing to trim the cookies. I didn't make a full batch of royal icing. I just halved all of the ingredients and the icing turned out just fine. If you would like to check out the recipe(s) that I used on this project, just click on the two links in this paragraph.

The completed project ready for gift giving.