Going to the Chapel

Last December I made a bunch of diamond ring cookies for my sweet friend who was getting married.  I managed to fly them home, decorate them, and take turns at about 5 miles an hour all the way to the party!  They were my first go at a diamond ring cookie.  There are so many others out there (there’s really only one cutter that EVERYONE uses), but I thought the swirls were cute.Since it’s wedding season, I’ve been testing out a few other cookie ring looks!  I’ll share those soon!

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Pot of Gold

When I started making St. Patrick’s Day cookies, I realized that despite my Irish maiden name, I knew very little about Leprechauns. After doing the slightest bit of research, I realized my love for shoes must be genetic!  Who knew the little guys were cobblers in Irish folklore?

According to Wikipedia:

The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release.

Inspired by my new found information, I made up a few Pots of Gold for the holiday!

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Luck of the Irish

This time last year, I was getting ready for the wedding of two of my favorite people!  This year, I worked up a St. Patrick’s Day cookie collection for a family friend.   It was my first shipping adventure (a post to come on that soon!) and was the largest order I’ve made to-date.  I decided to build my confidence with a tutorial from Sugarbelle on these little leprechauns!  They had so much character and personality!  I really enjoy making “people” cookies.  The Eskimos were so cute and now these guys make me chuckle!

Here are the lucky little lads in all their glory:

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And every leprechaun needs a rainbow to follow:

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Saturday I will post what was waiting for the Leprechaun cookies at the end of the road!

Eskimo Kisses

These little gals are the second part of the winter set.  I think they turned out adorable.  It was my first effort at skin colored icing, and I think it worked!

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And the whole set:

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In other news, I’m getting things set up to sell my cookies.  Since I went to business school, I feel like I’m “not ready.”  There’s no formal business plan on paper.  I dont have everything set up perfect.  Who’s my exact target market?  How do I price and promote my cookies?  What’s my capacity to bake a week?  So many unanswered questions, but as I’ve said before, I’m just going with it.  I’m getting a federal tax id, having Brent help me set up the business, and printing the required legalese on my cookies just in-case.  I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I figure if I work hard enough, I can make that happen!  I’ll keep journaling how starting a (very) small business is going.  For now, I need a stiff drink to quiet all those questions in my head!

Baby It’s Cold Outside

We are having unusually warm weather here in Denver.  I like the drive minus snow, but do enjoy waking up to a neighborhood clean, white, and fluffy with snow on a Saturday!  Though it’s not the Arctic, my kitchen got a little bit of winter wonderland this weekend with penguin cookies.  There’s a whole set that I will show tomorrow, but for now, these little guys are full of character: IMG_8164

In this one you can see a bit of the others in the set!

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Thanks to Sugarbelle for the inspiration.