Monday, June 30, 2014

A Bit of a Fixer Upper!

Well we just bought a house so cookie making will be on hold for awhile!  It's a bit of a fixer upper, but that's a minah thing...I love those little trolls!  Just to give you an idea of what I mean by fixer upper, here is the bathroom.         
Pretty awesome huh? There is a sliding door thing on the shower that is also lime green. It doses have this pretty door on the "garage" that my sister in law likes.
We are very happy though because the fixer upper also came with 13.5 beautiful acres.  There is a whole forest for our little one to explore.  We went to the circus yesterday, it was amazing.  This a a circus where all of the performers are kids and the money raised goes to charity.  I think our daughter is ready to enlist!  It is called Circus Smirkus maybe they will be coming to a venue near you! 
 Cute little bugger!
I love all of the bright colors and clean lines, maybe I will be making some cookies after all! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Painting on Cookies

Well summer is in full swing, we have even gone to the beach already! Kids love the beach which means I love the beach! They just play in the sand and run away from waves the same way kids have been playing on the beach for decades.  

I had started this collection of Juneau cookies on a very Jueauish day, that is to say dark and rainy!  Then we left for the beach and when we returned it was beautiful and sunny so the cookies took a sunny turn. 
The fly fisherman is my husband.  I painted this cookie from a painting I painted in Juneau when we were too poor to actually buy decorations for our apartment.  His arms turned out a little short in this one, sorry babe! It is a little bit harder to paint with food coloring than actual paint! 

I found these beautiful raspberry colored sprinkles at a nice grocery store a few towns over.  They have been sitting in the cupboard for awhile so I finally decided to use them.  I love the chevron pattern that has become so popular lately so I decided to try my hand at it!
I just piped on white royal icing in a chevron pattern and then dipped the cookies in the sprinkles spread out on a plate.  It smushes the pattern down a bit so you have to do some touch ups with a toothpick. 

Happy decorating!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Today my daughter and I painted egg wash on strawberry cookies.  It is so easy and kids love it!  After you cut out the cookies just paint them with an egg wash mixed with a little food coloring.  You don't need much of it so divide a whisked egg mixed with water between several different bowls and mix in food coloring.  My daughter is five but I am sure older kids would love this as well.

My daughter learned that it is difficult to add detail.  Her Black dots didn't really look like seeds!

She painted and repainted this foot several times.  I do not recommend trying to wipe off the egg wash from the cookie!
Here is the finished product.  These are great for kids because there is no pastry bag full of frosting to contend with.

These blue and white cookies were fun to make, I love the contrast of the two colors but they did not really turn out the way I had envisioned.  That happens a lot with cookies!  It didn't help that my husband thought all of the roses were pigs.  After he said that it was all I could see in the rose cookies...guess I need to practice my roses!

Happy Summer!!!!