04.13.14

Baby Shower Cookies

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Baby Shower CookiesI always wanted an airbrush gun and finally went ahead and invested in one. Lisa “The Bearfoot Baker“s gorgeous cookies inspired me to get one. She also has many wonderful tutorials on her blog on how to use and clean an airbrush. I bought the air brush gun from Karen’s cookies and the stencils from The Cookie Countess. Haven’t been able to stop using those stencils. Design inspiration by Sugared Hearts Bakery. She has an etsy shop and her work is just flawless. The invite The baby faces are my favorite. Which one is yours? . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

04.01.14

Egg Curry

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Egg Curry – recipe adapted from Madhur Jaffrey – serves 3 It’s been quite a while since I posted a recipe. It’s been all about cookies that is, until now. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite cook book authors Madhur Jafffrey. The original recipe calls for lamb meatballs (or “koftas”) to be simmered in this tomato-yogurt curry. But, since my local grocer was out of lamb, I used eggs instead. The gravy is made with caramelized onions, flavorful spices, yogurt, and tomatoes. The next time around I am going to try cooking chicken or goat meat in this sauce. For vegetarians, adding new potatoes would be a great option! Ingredients: 8 large eggs- boiled and peeled . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

03.22.14

“Frozen” Theme Cookies

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I am back after an awesome vacation visiting family and friends in New York and I am ready to decorate more cookies! My dear friend Kim had a frozen theme birthday party for her daughter and I made the cookies for it. I was super excited to make these as “Frozen” is one of my favorite movies and also because I was going to use my air brush gun for the first time. I just made one cookie(Leah cookie, in the middle) using this technique as I quickly realized I needed a lot of practice for it. Snowflake cookies on a cookie stick! I found it a little tough getting her eyes right. This was my first time making a . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

03.09.14

Cookies for February- Dr. Seuss, Bird And Bird Cage Cookies, Bowling Pin Cookies

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Cat In The Hat Cookies, Tweetie Bird Cookies, Bird Cage Cookies, Bowling pin Cookies Cookies I made in the month of February! Cat in the hat cookies made for Dr. Seuss Birthday! Found a free printable on sweetsugarbelle’s site. The printable is by Krista of Cookies with character. The tweetie birds and bird cages were made for a baby shower. The brief was a peach bird with a green cage.I tried stamping the bird but I wasn’t getting a peach colored bird. So I decided to just pipe the bird. Bowling pins for a birthday party. I added a little disco dust on them too! . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

03.05.14

Butterfly Cookies – Hello Spring

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Butterfly Cookies February has been a busy month with a lot of cookie orders. I cannot wait to share some of the other cookies I have been working on. These are extra special since I made them for my adorable niece who just turned four. She wanted “colorful” butterflies. I went with bright, bold colors with a simple marbling technique and she loved them. This was also my first time mailing them and these delicate creatures reached in one piece! Things you need: Sugar cookies AmeriColor Electric Colors green, yellow, purple, pink, blue and super black 15 seconds Royal icing in the colors above Piping tip 2 I started by outlining the butterfly. I worked with 6 to 8 cookies . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

02.28.14

Ruffle Cake – Happy Birthday!

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Ever since I set my eyes on this cake on sweetapolita’s blog, I have wanted to make it. And what better time to make it than for my daughter’s birthday. It’s girly, fun and dramatic! My daughter had 3 options to choose from swirl cake, rose cake or a ruffle cake. Pat came the answer, “I want a blue ruffle cake, mommy”. I wasn’t worried about the cake part, I went with a rich, Devil’s chocolate cake from Sweetapolita. But the icing for the cake is what was making me nervous. It’s a Swiss Meringue Buttercream made by heating egg whites and sugar on a double boiler to 160 F, then whipping it to make a meringue and finally . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

02.20.14

Bake Party-Cookies And Desserts

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Bake Party This last weekend my little angel celebrated her birthday! Just cannot believe how fast she’s growing up. She was keen on having a cupcake decorating/bake party. There were 17 of her friends that attended the party and it was held at home. I began planning by first selecting an invitation. My daughter loved this one and best of all, it was free! Then I started planning the games and activities they would do and this is what we came up with (lot of inspiration from Pinterest). I set up stations where the girls decorated their aprons with fabric markers, chef hats decorated with cupcake liners and stickers ( for some who wanted to write their names too). The . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

02.09.14

Valentine Cookies

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Valentine Cookies I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy Valentine’s Day. I have been so excited to make Valentine cookies, I bought tons of stickers, stamps, decorative wrapping paper as sources of inspiration but ended up making these simple marbled hearts. I simply fell in love with the vibrant contrast of colors. They are super simple to make, hence not at all time consuming and yet have this sweet “Wow” factor. For a detailed tutorial visit sweetambs. Every year on Valentine’s day, the PTA at my daughter’s school organizes coffee and desserts for the teachers. It’s a whole day event. This year, we are also doing a raffle. There are lots of fun prizes and one . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

01.31.14

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chicken Noodle Soup- Recipe by Ina Garten, serves 6 I did add additional chicken stock to this pot after the picture was taken. I do prefer a lot of broth in my chicken noodle soup. Sorry I have been missing for almost two weeks. Just recovered from a cold and sinus infection. I am all upbeat and ready to cook! Since it’s been so cold lately, I decided to make this comforting chicken noodle soup. Roasting the chicken breasts in the oven, chopping a few vegetables and throwing in the egg noodles with store-bought chicken stock makes this soup easy to prepare and delicious! I used to make chicken stock at home but realized it was a very expensive affair. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

01.10.14

Monkey Cookies

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Monkey CookiesThese monkey cookies would be super cute as birthday party favors. I made them for a teacher who gave these to her kindergarten class, welcoming them. These are one of my favorite! Ingredients: Sugar cookies royal icing Brown piping icing – for nostrils and smile 15 seconds brown flood icing 15 seconds Ivory icing- 15 seconds red icing- flower template 15 seconds pink icing – for flower template and monkey ears 15 seconds black icing 15 seconds white icing- eyes Flower transfers- template from bearfoot baker Eye transfers- template from bearfoot baker Method: Cut out the the monkey shapes by using a 3 inch round cutter. Cut out another small round, make in half and attach the semi . . . CLICK TO READ MORE