So what happens when you realize they're not enough hours in the day?
Your cousin gets very, very simple 1st Holy Communion cookies.
I know I can do something much more elaborate, something much more decorative, but the bottom line (and I have to remind myself of this often)....is that these are cookies. They will get eaten. I am my own worst critic.
The major redeeming points for these rather plain cookies is they're pink and personalized and sparkly and I'm pretty sure that won over my cousin.
P.S. The girl who ordered this cookies from me was the 50th liker of my facebook page. She won a dozen cookies from me all the way back in September! I'm so happy she finally cashed in on her winning and let me make bird cookies!
After all, a bird on a cookie is worth two in your belly!
Last weekend, I saw some adorable bowtie cookies posted on Lone Stars and Stripes facebook page. I shared them on my page and jokingly asked who wanted to give me an opportunity to make some bowties.
Little did I know someone would actually take me up on my offer!
Now, I don't have a bowtie cookie cutter (although, I may definitely have to purchase one!). I had to hand cut each cookie, which I don't mind taking the time to do. What I do mind; however, is the uneven and not very smooth outer edges of the cookie. Most people probably wouldn't even notice, but my slightly over detailed, OCD self can tell the difference between hand cut cookies and cookie cutter cut cookies.
While I used the same basic argyle style and gray, blue and green colors, I changed the finishing details in white icing. I absolutely love how simply changing the application of the white icing changes the entire look of the cookie.
And of course, you know no baby order from me would be complete unless I threw in some onesies.
I kept the onesies simple this go round.
I loved the colored onesies with the white piping and simple bowtie accent to tie in with the theme.
I have to admit when I got asked to make Monster high cookies, I had no idea what the person was talking about. I agreed anyway.
Then I looked up Monster High.
And immediately..."What the heck have I done?!"
Thank goodness the person mostly wanted the skulls!
I thought like a pre-teen and tried to figure out what I would want. I knew I'd want to see the characters...but my not so pre-teen self was not up to attempting all those icing colors. Sometimes simple cookies look so much nicer.
So I printed out the coloring pages for each character...stuck them in my KopyKake...paid homage to my KopyKake and got to work.
(totally kidding about paying it homage...I try not to let it know how much I worship it. Can't have it getting an ego on me!)
Anyway...I threw in some of the Monster High Crest and called it a day.
I've been so busy these past few days, I haven't even had the chance to get on my computer!
And that's super busy, because I LOVE my computer.
Anyway, I made these penguins last week. The birthday boy loves penguins and this was a Madagascar themed birthday. Because I've already made generic penguins, I wanted to make Madagascar penguins with a special message for the birthday boy!
God has not blessed my husband and I with our own children, but I am mommy to four four-legged furbabies. Although, they didn't get me a card or make me breakfast in bed! And I do enjoy being a second mom to my four little sisters; though they might tell you otherwise.
And, I'm very, very lucky to have such an amazing Mom. At one point my mom (and dad) had a kid in preschool, one in elementary school, one in middle school, one in high school and one in college!
Most all of my friends are mommies and I long ago gave up on sending out individual mother's day cards to them. I'd be broke!!! :)
I have mixed emotions about this Hallmark holiday. Just like I do with Valentine's Day and Grandparent's Day. I'm a firm believer in making every day count and letting those you love in your life know it each and every day.
My college roomie asked me to make some Mother's Day cookies for some very special ladies in her life and at church.
I played around with some designs, threw in a few flowers and used some spring colors.
Happy Mother's Day to ALL women out there. Whether you're a mom to your own children or furbabies. Whether you help nuture and mother children in your church or at school as a teacher, or as a volunteer or to your nieces and nephews or even to your angel babies.
If you know me at all, you know I love Penn State.
My parents grew up 45 minutes away from State College and my aunt and uncle live in Bellefonte which is just outside of this fantastic college town. Did you know on most football game day Saturdays State College becomes the 3rd largest city in Pennsylvania?
One set of my grandparents held season tickets to the football games for 20+ years. The other set for 30+ years. It was a rite of passage to attend your first Penn State football game in my family. I often joke that Virginia Schools don't know what true tailgating is. Fancy dresses, you UVAers??? please. (please note, that was said in good fun.)
My mom and most of my aunts and uncles are Nittany Lion alumn. My sister #3 just finished her junior year at Dear Old State. Sister #3 is in the Silk Line in the Blue Band. From the end of August through November, I spend as many weekends as possible in Happy Valley.
So, when I received an order for PSU graduation cookies, you know I was over the moon excited!!!
Cookies AND Penn State!!!
Plus, it was good practice for the cookies I'll have to make next year for Ally's graduation.
(Fun Family Fact: My cousin Jayson, just got accepted to Penn State. Awesome job, Jayson!!!!
We're hoping he makes the Blue Band so Ally and he will have one year together!)
Don't laugh at the pictures below. I was channeling my inner Glory of Glorious Treats and tried using props.
It was in this HUGE building and was called Life Gymnastics.
And by HUGE, I mean...it was in my 6 year old mind. In reality, it was a building in a strip mall.
But I loved it.
We did cartwheels and flips and backhand springs.
Okay, okay...the other kids did backhand springs...not me.
I was never a fan of the balance beam, but I did love the uneven bars.
The very, very best thing about Life Gymnastics was it's huge foam pit. You could practice whatever move you wanted or even spring from the vault....without the fear of getting hurt. Right into a pit of big foam blocks.
Of course, 'swimming' your way out totally sucked.
And if you were lucky enough like I was, your parents let you have a birthday party there.
My 6th birthday party was there. Wanna know what made it even more awesome???
It was New Kids on the Block Themed.
Joey and Jonathan (in doll form, of course) sat on my cake.
Who's got the Right Stuff?
It was wonderful and glorious and I'm pretty sure I haven't done a cartwheel since then.
Although, I did prove this past Christmas that I can still do a pretty mean headstand.
But that's another story.
My 9 year old cousin is in a Level 4 gymnastics class, which sounds really serious to me.
Afterall, She does have an official uniform.
They have a state meet this weekend and these cookies are for her team.
I wrote in pink just for my cousin. She loves, loves, loves pink.
Good luck Sammie!!!!!!
Oh and just in case you're wondering (which I know you totally are), I did finally (20 years later) get to see my loves on stage. Twice.
Bet you didn't know I could make gymnastics and New Kids on the Block tie together, huh?
Silly you, I can make just about anything tie to NKOTB.