New Years Eve Cookies
I seriously can not believe it is in the end of the year. I love making New Years Eve cookies. After the craziness of Christmas passes, you would think I would not want to see another cookie for quite awhile. After all the Christmas cookies are delivered, I take a week off and go snowboarding with my son. It is our yearly mother and son trip. Once our trip is over, I am normally itching to get back into the kitchen. I decided this year that black and gold are the theme of our New Years Eve cookies. While it seems good in practice, black is a very tricky color. I am not a fan of putting heavy dyes in my royal icing. What to do with these New Years Eve cookies? Dark chocolate to the rescue. You can not go wrong with chocolate, ever. If you need a chocolate recipe, we posted one for the Great Food Blogger cookie swap earlier this month.
Yesterday, while I was shooting the pictures for these cookies, I got tagged by the ever talented Christina, over at Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe. What did she want to know? Eight things. Eight things people might find random or did not know about me. Well, why not share them in my New Years Eve cookies blog post.
- Most people would describe me as outgoing, but in reality I would love to be a hermit. I would love to just stay in doors, learn not to talk so much, and create new recipes.
- Most people would describe me as creative and would like to shoot me when I say I am not. I am creative in a way people don’t often think about. Most people equate creativity to those who can draw free hand or make things on a whim. I am not that type of creative. I can see things in my head but I definitely need patterns and help creating it. Thus, creativity is not easy for me. It takes a lot of time. My doodles are of stick figures and ampersands. Speaking of ampersands. I love them.
- I think espresso makes everything better. Even New Years Eve cookies. If it is not liquid espresso, then powdered will do.
- I have an unnatural fear of the dentist, which even that is an understatement. No dentist has ever harmed me, but at 40 I am still petrified. For example, 3 years ago I did Invisalign. My Invisalign treatment has been over for over a year, yet I still have the buttons on my teeth. I am too scared to go get them off. I go and get my cleanings but you can leave me and my buttons alone. My husband is really hoping that in 2014 I will get them removed.
- I love studying the Scriptures and spending time in discipleship with young women. Helping women understand the truth and live it out is a passion of mine.
- Now, I hit number six and I am stuck. So I am grabbing a life line and asking my husband what he thinks. He said, “I don’t think most people know that you are funny.” He thinks most people would view me as serious. I am both types of funny. I am really good and doing dumb stuff and I am also good at sticking my foot in my mouth, both of which, are humorous to watch.
- Every time my husband and I leave a dinner party or a friend’s home I will always analyze if I talked too much. I love to interact with people but at the same time I don’t want to dominate a conversation. One day I will master the skill. One day it will not bug me.
- I love listen to sermons while I decorate cookies. Most people would say they love to listen to music. Learning while decorating is super relaxing to me. Strange I know. The only time I listen to music while decorating is during the holidays. I love putting Rudy, Pirates of Caribbean or Robin Hood on Pandora. There is something fun about swashbuckling tunes while decorating.
I hope you have a very wonderful New Year celebrations with your family. I would love to hear something funny about you.
Cheers! Thank you for letting me share my New Years Eve cookies and a few tidbits about me.
Christmas Cookies and a Cutter Giveaway
I can’t believe we are just a couple of days away from Christmas. This year blew by in a flash. We have packaged up the last of our Christmas cookies today and we are finally on vacation for a week. It’s been an amazing year. We have been a part of so many special occasions and celebrations. I wanted to share a few of our favorite sets of Christmas cookies that we created this year and one special winner will be the new owner of an awesome set of cookie cutters designed by Cakes by Ximena.
This Christmas I decided it was time to get over some of my cookie making fears. I am truly bad at having to create people and animals. I am so thankful for the reindeer tutorial Krista, from Cookies with Character, created for a guest post over at Sweet Sugarbelle’s. I started seeing the cutest reindeer pop up all over social media sites. Normally my animals come out looking like some GMO experiment gone wrong. I have now come to grips that if it is supposed to look realistic it’s not my kind of cookie. One of my friends called my reindeer a Mooseer a couple of years ago!I decided to let go of my animal cookie making fears and give this funky reindeer a try for some of our Christmas cookies. I am officially in love with our new fun reindeer which I am sure is going to become a classic.
The other cookies that I try to stay away from are people. I have never created an elf, nor have I ever wanted to. But then Klickitat Street created the cutest cutters. I took a deep breath and said let’s give this a try. Well, I shouldn’t really say us. I gave these cookies to my awesome assistant, Hayley to create. Doesn’t she do an awesome job? I love her artistic ability. She is one of those natural artists. I, on the other hand, am one of those “wannabe” artists. I have to work really hard at it.
This set has to be one of my favorite stories. A mom emails me a week before Christmas, and asks if there is any way that she could order a cookie set? Her daughter has asked for cookies for Christmas. We were completely booked, but how could I say no? Most little girls are asking for Barbies or dollhouses but not Isabella. She wanted Christmas cookies.
The other fun set we were able to create, was for Amaya. She is Juju’s Tutus sweet daughter, who if you are reading this my husband is still waiting for his “pirate tutu”. If you are in need of an amazing tutu for your little girl you must pop over and see Julie’s Facebook page. For her sixth birthday she had a Disney Nutcracker themed birthday tea. Take a moment to pop over to KSL photography to see the beautiful party.
Last but not least, it is time for the giveaway. I love these Helvetica cutters from Cakes by Ximena. If you are still hunting for a gingerbread cookie recipe, you should pop over to our post from Thanksgiving, where I share our Spicy Orange Gingerbread recipe. Every time I post a picture using these cutters I get a ton of requests of where they can be found. Well one lucky winner will get one this Christmas along with a dozen salted butterscotch cookies.
I want to say thank you to all who take time to read my blog and follow us on the various social media sites. I have had so much fun interacting with you and getting to know some of you. I hope you have a very merry Christmas with your families. Good Luck!
Vintage Snowman Cookies for Desserts for the Deserving
A simple act of kindness can brighten anyone’s day. That is what I am hoping for these simple snowman cookies for my recipient of the Desserts for the Deserving initiative. Desserts for the Deserving was established in 2011, by Amanda Rettke from I am Baker. It was created with the sole purpose of bringing people joy. It is a non-profit movement where bloggers, bakers, crafters, and all forms of creative people offer up time and resources to bring strangers joy. I am hoping that my snowman cookies will bring a smile to my recipient’s face.
Normally, our gifts go out during the summer time. I was so excited this year to find out that it was going to be during Christmas. What a fun time to send an unexpected gift? I love that a simple random act of kindness can brighten anyone’s day. The other day, a stranger was in the drive thru line at Starbucks. The car in front of them had paid for their drink. The only distinguishing mark on the car was an Ironwood CrossFit sticker. The woman went on Facebook and sent a message to the owner about how hectic her life has been lately and what a wonderful pick me up the cup of coffee was for her that day. A simple cup of coffee or latte. Probably about $4.00, brightened someone’s day. It’s just that simple.
As the weather turns chilly, our attitudes do not have to. When you are waiting in long lines, try to remember the workers at the stores are doing the best that they can. A kind word, a gracious response even if they are short with you can extend grace to another. It starts with you and me. The other day a friend on Facebook has asked, “do manners still exist?” Even if it seems that manners are disappearing from our society. We can have them. We can teach them to our kids and we can model for our kids through our actions.
One of the neat things about being involved with Desserts for the Deserving is to read the nominations. Friends, family, co-workers and neighbors nominate their friends. My nominee is known for her kindness and care for others. She has been experiencing difficult times and loss, yet in the midst of it all is a testimony of generosity. While my gift of cheery little snowman cookies is small, I hope it brightens her day. Just like she has done for so many around her.
So take a moment today or this week, to slow down. Enjoy the simple things of life. Buy someone a cup of coffee. Let someone go in front of you in line. Give a kind word to an overworked and probably very tired retail worker. You never know, what a simple act of grace can do for someone else.