Sunday, January 31, 2010
The Colts will be a winner next Sunday...but I'm talking about another winner.
A few years back when Joan was researching icing for cookies for her niece's wedding, she decided the perfect icing was color flow. It is, we like it, have never used anything else. We have to buy our color flow from Michael's, it's not cheap, and we can't decorate without it. There have been many times I have gone to decorate cookies and realize I'm out which means an unplanned trip to the store.
I follow a blog, Cookie Crazie, check her out at www.cookiecrazie.blogspot.com. She does the most absolutely gorgeous cookie decorating I've seen. She uses an icing that contains Karo syrup. I tried it on these. I'm very happy with the results. The color turned out perfect (I couldn't have achieved this dark color with color flow). This icing dries with a nice sheen. The texture is slightly different than color flow, so next time I'll thin it a little so it looks smoother.
It still has to pass one final test--does it freeze well? Time will tell, but I'm guessing a winner!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
While taking orders for Valentine's Day, I received an order for a Birthday bouquet and a cheer bouquet. I've been wanting to make snowflakes. I usually take the cookies that need writing on them to Audrey because she is much neater. This time I thought that I will never get better unless I practice, practice, practice! It was stressful, but I think it turned out OK. Stay tuned for the cheer bouquet and for flooded hearts for Valentine's Day.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I was searching for a new and exciting cookie recipe and ran across this.
It's from The Pioneer Woman. If you haven't visited her, you must. Not only is her life interesting, she has wonderful recipes and a new cookbook, which of course I have and you are welcome to borrow. You can find her at www.thepioneerwoman.com. (Sorry, I'm having trouble inserting a link, you'll have to cut and paste or type it in). This particular recipe is from her Tasty Kitchen and you can find the link through her site.
The verdict: I love cheesecake, but I like mine plain, no fruit or flavoring, so I thought these were just OK. My husband thought they were delicious. My kids won't touch them with a ten foot pole. I had my youngest son critique them based on the picture from Tasty Kitchen compared to how mine looked. He said "Yours are messy, I hope you're not selling these!"
I'm giving lots of these away, so if you are a recipient, please feel free to post your opinion here. And don't worry, I'm not out of the sugar cookie business, I'll bake some of those this evening after the Colts win!!!!
Monday, January 18, 2010
And that's just the beginning.
I baked and decorated 82 of these beauties this weekend for the upcoming "holiday". I especialy like the smaller ones with the scalloped edge. By the way, the heart plate is from Walmart ($1.50), and I bought a few smaller ones there for a buck.
Need cookies? Place your order early (like Rodecia did), as these are some of our most popular. They will disappear quickly.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
We are often asked where we get the cute containers to put our cookies in. The answer isn't simple. A lot of thought goes into container purchase--size, shape, cuteness, and of course cost.
In general, we don't spend more than a dollar on a container. After all, we are donating them. We have been known to spend more on something special or on something we know that we'll get back. Many of our customers will return the nicer containers so they can be reused.
We shop at yard sales, dollar stores, Big Lots, Target, Walmart, Goodwill and Salvation Army. There are bargains to be had everywhere.
The cute chicks came from Goodwill and will be perfect for Easter Cookies. The stack of red tins I got on clearance at Walmart after Valentine's day last year for 50 cents each. Many of the pots that we buy at Goodwill and Salvation Army are FTD and Edible Arrangement containers.
Today I bought the square heart decorated and purple striped ones from Target. I can't wait to start filling them with Valentine cookies!