Monday, January 28, 2013

Play Food

Play food

I made some tiny sugar cookie sugar cookies for you.

Tee-niny!

Yes, I love little and I kinda like to play with my food… But I’m sure you know that about me by now.

And you probably know that I made more than just baby cookies.

They’re cute on their own, but I really needed them to put on display.

Cookie Stands

On these 3-tier sugar cookie dessert stands I made.

EEek! Cookies on cookies. Key-ute.

Making Sugar Cookies

I love sugar cookies since they require a few basic ingredients that I almost always have on hand.

They can be baked in no time – especially with the recipe I’ve been using from my friend Bridget at Bake at 350. It’s been my go-to recipe lately. I love hers because nothing has to be set out to room temperature. And her dough doesn’t need to be chilled before rolling either. Equals Awesome! I hate waiting. So I love this recipe. When the dough comes together it will be crumbly, but don’t worry. Just grab it and knead it a bit and it’s ready to roll and cut. And it lifts beautifully, too.

Here’s Bridget’s recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing on some peppermint cookies I made a few weeks ago. And here is the recipe on her site.

But even better, Bridget has a Cookie Decorating book out. And I’m giving one away at the end of this post. YAY!

Decorating Cookies

Actually, I’m giving away a signed copy of her book, Decorating Cookies. Easy to understand instructions with tons of adorable cookie decorating ideas. You’ll love it.

Skip on down to the bottom if you want to enter. Wheee!

Or if you want to see how I made my cookies stand, then keep on reading. These aren’t in Bridget’s book… I was just inspired by her cookie creations and love for decorating and wanted to share it with you since I love using her recipe.

Hope you like them Bridget! P.S. I need a piping boot camp. I don’t know how you do it.

Rolling Pin

Roll your cookie dough out nice and flat. I used these rubber dough bands to make sure the thickness was even when I rolled.

Cookie Dough

Then cut out circles in graduating sizes. I used 3 7/8, 3, 2 5/8 and 2 1/4 inch sizes.

Cookie Dough

Before you bake, use a plastic drinking straw to remove the centers of each cookie. The straw collects the dough in the center. Convenient.

Freeze the cut shapes for about 10 minutes to help the dough avoid spreading and then bake.

And when they come out of the oven, use the straw again to make sure the holes stay the same size.

Shapes

Use the dough scraps and tiny cutters to cut out shapes for your desserts to go on display.

A piping tip like the one on the right will make circles with rounded tops since the tip is cone-shaped.

Makes great mini macarons or whoopie pies. Just tap the tip on the counter to release the dough.

Cookie Dough Shapes

Lots of little shapes.

Cookie Cutters

Assorted shapes – around 1 inch wide.

Tiny alphabet cutters. XOXO

Graduated ovals – plain on one side and crinkled on the other.

And my favorite – I can’t live without – graduated circle cutters that I used to make the stands.

Graduated Cookie Shapes

You’ll want to use four different sizes to make the 3-tier stands.

Note: For the chocolate cookies, I swapped out 1/2 flour for 1/2 cup cocoa and used all vanilla extract in Bridget’s recipe.

Piped

After they are baked and cooled, and then comes the piping. This always goes smoother in my head than when I actually start piping.

Pipe first with outline icing and then fill with flood icing.

However for these I ended up using a royal icing consistency somewhere in between and piped and filled with the same consistency.

Piped

Ugh – wonky lines. Not what I’d hoped.

So after I filled and before the icing set completely, I piped dots all the way around. Camouflage it.

Much better.

Let cookies dry overnight. And after all the cookie decorating save leftover royal icing in an airtight container or in the piping bag with the ends tied off and cap closed for finishing up the project the next day.

Now comes the fun part.

Decorating

Ice the cakes and decorate!

Easy details for major impact.

Luster Dust

Oh and those macarons, try painting them with a little luster dust.

Just mix some of the powder with a small amount of clear extract and you can paint right on the cookies.

Pretty.

Play food

Pretty dang cute!

Cookie Dessert Stands

And even cuter on display.

These were surprisingly easy to make stand up.

Cookie Sticks

Start with using cookie sticks for the support. These are bigger than the lollipop sticks I usually use for cake pops (lower right).

The sticks should be about 6 inches tall for the stands. Buy the 6 inch sticks or cut down the 8 inch.

Use a cookie stick to gently twist through each cookie opening to make sure it goes through before building.

And make sure your cookie icing is completely dry and set from the day before.

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Sugar Cookie Stands

  1. Start with the smallest cookie shape. It should not be iced. Place on a flat surface and then insert the cookie stick. Slide the largest iced cookie on top. Having two cookies on the bottom will give you more support and keep the stick straight.
  2. Cut striped straws into 1 1/2 inch sections. Slide one straw piece over the stick and push to the bottom as a spacer/ledge.
  3. Slide second largest iced cookie on stick until it stops at the straw. Then slide another straw piece on top.
  4. Slide last cookie on top until it stops at the straw. Then slide one more straw piece on the very top. Wrap a piece of washi tape around the straw and cut out a triangle for a cute flag topper.
  5. Note: Not shown. Use the leftover royal icing to pipe in between the two bottom cookies and pipe dots around the centers of each tier to help secure the cookies in place as you build. Attach the desserts to the tiers with royal icing too. Then let dry and don’t move for a few hours. I skipped this step because I wanted to get right to taking pictures.

Sugar Cookie Dessert Stands

There you have it four cookies for 3-tier stands. Bridget’s recipe will make four stands with enough cookies to decorate.

And these can be totally scaled back? Two tiers? Just a cookie plate? Just the tiny cookies? Only one cookie shape? Choose how you want to play.

Cookie Stands

They’d be super fun and totally stand out for Valentine’s Day, for a dessert party or even party favors.

Enjoy!

_______________________

Now for the giveaway!

Decorating Cookies

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Bridget’s book, Decorating Cookies.

  • Just answer the following question and leave your response in the comments section on this blog post.
  • What did you do this weekend? Something fun I hope. I made a bunch of cookies : )
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

 

Thank you all so much for the sweet words on the cookie stands. I really appreciate it. And now for the winner of Bridget’s book.

It’s comment #917 – Becky P! Congratulations and have fun decorating cookies. And swimming too.

 

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Andrea said...

We baked French chocolate sable cookies this weekend!! Delicious! And a little bit salty- sea salt was included :) The book looks AMAZING. I just might sign up for that piping boot camp with you.

January 30, 2013 12:11 PM
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Dana W. said...

Movie night with family. Did some service and then some grocery shopping. Went to church.

January 30, 2013 12:21 PM
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Laurel said...

Love these little cookies! Last weekend we stayed in and made waffles.

January 30, 2013 12:26 PM
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Rachel said...

These are so cute =) Def gonna try this sometime! Also, this weekend I stayed at my boyfriend’s grandparent’s house with him for the first time. We’re only 17 and his parents are very strict so it was a big deal for me to spend the night with his family =) it was great

January 30, 2013 12:28 PM
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Icely said...

I spent the weekend at home doing some homework and watching movies in my pajamas. A great lazy weekend :)

January 30, 2013 12:28 PM
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Janis said...

I was rather busy last weekend baking and decorating. I filled an order for Baltimore Ravens cookies for the Super Bowl. And then I made Valentine cookies, cookie pops, cake balls and cupcakes to display on my website (all of which have been eaten already). I would LOVE to win this giveaway!

January 30, 2013 12:33 PM
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ashley hunlock said...

These are too cute! Birthday party favors in my future I think! This weeknd I took my six week old daughter to church with my dad for the first time and then had lunch with family. It was fun and she didn’t cry one time during the service!

January 30, 2013 12:39 PM
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Becky said...

Nothing much. It felt pretty good :)

January 30, 2013 12:44 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I went home for the week to visit my family. Lots of snow, so a lot of experimental baking!:)

January 30, 2013 12:52 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I went home for the weekend to visit my family. A lot of snow, so a lot of experimental baking!:)

January 30, 2013 12:53 PM
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Erin said...

I celebrated my birthday this week with a sports-themed party as we watch my alma mater take on their rivals (we won)!

January 30, 2013 01:06 PM
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Linnéa said...

I went away for the weekend with my bf and his family :) Hoping he’ll come next weekend away with my family :)
Loved your cookies post!!

January 30, 2013 01:13 PM
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Kaitlyn said...

Well, this weekend I was sick so I laid in bed for most of it :( Haha. Would love to redeem a future weekend by baking some cookies, though :)

January 30, 2013 01:19 PM
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Kat said...

I had surgery on my hand, but it was well needed and wanted. I’ll be able to bake again when it heals.

January 30, 2013 01:20 PM
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Kimberly said...

I enjoyed hanging out with my three awesome kids (two of whom were under the weather) and husband! Your website and everything you do is beyond beautiful. My teenage daughter is a huge fan!!!

January 30, 2013 01:32 PM
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Maddie C said...

Really cute!
Last weekend I had a how I met your mother marathon and made rice crisps!

January 30, 2013 01:34 PM
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Tricia said...

My husband and older son went the Senior Bowl here in Alabama and my baby and I just relaxed around the house. We did stroll over to my mother-in-law’s house after his nap as being outside is one of his favorite things!

January 30, 2013 01:42 PM
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Makenna said...

We took the boys to the (“dinosaur seum!” ) Natural History Museum, went to church, and spent Sunday with the grandparents.

January 30, 2013 01:42 PM
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elenaa said...

I celebrated my 17th birthday this weekend. I baked cookies with m&ms and oreoooss and cupcakes with whiteee chocalatee and sprinkles for my friends :D. We had a blast :D

January 30, 2013 01:43 PM
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Caroline said...

On Saturday, I watched The Three Stooges movie with my husband and 3 girls. On Sunday, we had dinner with my extended family.

January 30, 2013 01:44 PM
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Caroline said...

Oops…failed to enter my email in my previous post.goit it in this time. :)

On Saturday, I watched The Three Stooges movie with my husband and 3 girls. On Sunday, we had dinner with my extended family.

January 30, 2013 01:44 PM

January 30, 2013 01:46 PM
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Marcie L said...

This weekend I spent a lot of time watching my 2 boys play basketball and soccer…and loved every minute of it!

January 30, 2013 01:47 PM
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Kelly said...

We baked cookies and I painted some canvases for my sons 2nd birthday for backdrops. I showed my 3 year old daughter your cookie stands and we are definitely making them next!

January 30, 2013 01:52 PM
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Melissa Wilson said...

I took care of my sick boyfriend and did homework :) I love to bake and give away the goodies and the bite size treats are always a BIG hit.

January 30, 2013 01:59 PM
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kylene said...

ok. seriously, you out did yourself! these cookies are just adorable! (and, as a side note, i’m completely jealous that you have the time to do that!!)
this weekend we had a GREAT time getting to know two couples :) our church did a Look Who’s Coming To Dinner event. people could sign up to “host” or to “visit”. hosts supplied dinner. guests supplied dessert. we did not set a limit to the number of people that could come (the more the merrier!). honestly, it was SO much fun! we had no idea who was coming only the number of people. it was kind of like Christmas!

January 30, 2013 01:59 PM
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Lisa King said...

Me and my boyfriend went to a birthday party for a friend of ours and the rest of the weekend we spent talking about our future and how we are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together. I love making bite size treats they are so much fun to make and more fun to eat!

January 30, 2013 02:01 PM
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Carla said...

Continued unpacking boxes as we just moved!

January 30, 2013 02:02 PM
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Suzanne said...

I took my daughter to a new play place. She loved it and got to finish reading a book. Win win.
I love your ideas!

January 30, 2013 02:02 PM
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Katie said...

I started laying tile on our kitchen floor. The adhesive is kinda like icing, only way less yummy! haha

January 30, 2013 02:13 PM
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NicKa said...

those are adorable!!

this weekend I baked cupcakes and spent some time with my mom :)

January 30, 2013 02:31 PM
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Dawn said...

Our family returned home after a week in San Diego!

January 30, 2013 02:56 PM
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Ciniya cruz said...

I went shopping at babies r us to buy a new double stroller for my twins. It actually was pretty fun wheeling them around in different strollers throughout the store. :)

January 30, 2013 02:59 PM
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Alyssa Russell said...

I made chocolate whoopie pies with cream cheese filling :) yum!!!

January 30, 2013 03:04 PM
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Ann N said...

My weekend always consists some sort of physical activity such as yoga, cardio classes, weight training…always fun!! But not as fun as baking of course :)

January 30, 2013 03:04 PM
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Gupse said...

Made peanut butter blossoms for my hubby. resisted the urge of eating the whole batch!!

January 30, 2013 03:09 PM
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Denna said...

I LOVE those cookie stands! Brilliant!
These weekend I played “school” with my kids, and sneaked in some chore time in the “school” time!! :)

January 30, 2013 03:12 PM
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jennifer said...

What a great alternative to the mini cake! how cute would these be as teacher gifts, on a coworker’s desk or the centerpieces at a tea party?

LOVE

January 30, 2013 03:48 PM
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Liz said...

I planned out a Mickey Mouse cake for my son’s first birthday party next month!

January 30, 2013 03:56 PM
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Monette said...

I went grocery shopping! :)

January 30, 2013 03:58 PM
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bianca @ sweet dreaming said...

i hung out with my boyfriend and did homework. exciting life of a college student!

January 30, 2013 04:01 PM
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Jenn said...

Baked some cookies and tried out some Pinterest recipes! :)

January 30, 2013 04:03 PM
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Katie said...

Unfortunately, I was sick! So I watched movies and slept most of the weekend, which was the perfect medicine for an overachiever like me!

January 30, 2013 04:15 PM
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Sumaya said...

cleaned out my garage!

January 30, 2013 04:16 PM
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Michelle said...

Planned the menu items we are bringing to the Super bowl party we are attending (chicken lettuce wraps like the ones at PF Changs and football shaped cookies) and went to my boys’ hockey games.

January 30, 2013 04:18 PM
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Jess said...

I babysat my friends’ boys for the weekend so they could spend a weekend on their own.

January 30, 2013 04:22 PM
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Kate said...

I spent the weekend painting at my brother’s new house. Baking would have been more fun. :) Love the tiny cookies!!
Kate

January 30, 2013 04:30 PM
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Jackie Bywater said...

Bridesmaid dress shopping for my sister’s wedding…I deserve a cookie or three!

January 30, 2013 04:37 PM
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Jackie said...

What did I do this weekend? Hoo boy…. I ran a Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) game, and it was CRAZY. I had so much left to do at the last minute — much of it involving food prep for the game! I churned out these adorable little mini chicken-pot-pies on the morning of the game, to go with the sushi and stuffed shells that my boyfriend did most of the work making. I got about an hour and a half of sleep on Friday night, and then my car wouldn’t start, so one of my staff had to come rescue me and take me to the game, which ran until about 9 or 10pm.

Wow, sorry for the essay. Yeah, I had kind of a busy weekend. >_<

January 30, 2013 04:41 PM
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Michelle Torres said...

These cookies look super yummy. I can’t wait to make them…. Thanks for the chance to win the book. This weekend I relaxed at home with my new baby :)

January 30, 2013 04:41 PM
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Becky said...

Hung out with old friends! We watched hours of Dr. Who, made our own sonic screwdrivers, and ate way too much! It was great!

January 30, 2013 04:54 PM
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abbie said...

You are amazing! Youre so talented! :)

http://shinebrightx18.blogspot.co.uk/

January 30, 2013 05:03 PM
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Valeria Adamchick said...

Love them!!! This weekend I baked your comfort cookies because I love them! so delicious!

January 30, 2013 05:11 PM
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Heather H said...

Well, since it is raining I was all over Pinterest, doing schoolwork blah, dealing with work, and chasing the 2 year old around the house. And wanting some sugar cookies! nom nom nom

January 30, 2013 05:11 PM
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Helen said...

We had “dinner club” with 4 other families…always a blast!

January 30, 2013 05:14 PM
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Jenette said...

drove to a casino just a few hours out of town for a couple friend’s birthdays. SO much fun!
I’m still recovering. ;)

January 30, 2013 05:25 PM
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Ardy said...

I volunteered for our church’s youth girls retreat. It was very fun and rewarding to spend time with these young ladies. This would be a fun project to do with them one day! Thanks for the inspiration!

January 30, 2013 05:37 PM
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Carol Achziger said...

Cute cookies and cookie stands!! I spent the weekend between finishing up some work, finishing the installation of a new closet organization system and cuddling with my dog who had been on a visit with my Aunt for over a week! I missed that little cutie pie!

January 30, 2013 05:38 PM
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Kristina said...

Oh my goodness, these are the sweetest little cookies ever. My love for miniatures is on overload!!! I worked a lot this past weekend, but also had a chance to make some lovely chewy almond cookies with dark chocolate sprinkles. Mmmm…I wished they were still around…. (;

January 30, 2013 05:44 PM
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Linds said...

It was my fiances birthday this weekend and we went out for dinner and a comdy gig on Saturday and then had 12 people over for dinner and a showing of the Goonies on Sunday. We cooked loads of different curries for everyone to share – it was great!

January 30, 2013 05:47 PM
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Michele A said...

I actually went through my baking supplies (sort of spring cleaning) and realized that I have over 200 cookie cutters-including some treasured tin ones from my grandmother. Cant wait to start baking.

January 30, 2013 05:48 PM
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elissa said...

These are so cute!

I visited my parents last weekend – they just got home from a two week vacation in Mexico and I missed them like crazy!

January 30, 2013 05:57 PM
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Cecilia said...

So fun! I went snowmobiling with my hubby!

January 30, 2013 05:58 PM
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MJL said...

We were very low key this week end..We live in “Snow” country..and it snowed all weekend!!

January 30, 2013 06:04 PM
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steph said...

With all the leftover pumpkin I have, I made pumpkin pancakes for brunch. So incredibly delicious and filling!

January 30, 2013 06:15 PM
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Lauren said...

I spent time with my Boo and kids – breakfast at Jamba Juice, fought the masses at Costco, and then enjoyed a quiet evening at home watching a movie. It was perfect!

January 30, 2013 06:20 PM
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Heidi said...

I went swimming in a warm, indoor pool and then got a pedicure!

January 30, 2013 06:21 PM
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Joe said...

A good friend of mine came to visit this weekend, and we spent our time decorating my apartment and eating out at delicious restaurants! Not a bad weekend, if you ask me.

January 30, 2013 06:22 PM
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Heather S. S. said...

We prepared for my daughters birthday and practiced making her yummy cake!!

January 30, 2013 06:24 PM
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Marzie said...

This past weekend I started parent and child piano/keyboard lessons with my daughter, did a bunch of arts and crafts with her, and also made some homemade tortillas and Menudo. Basically spent a while lot of quality time with my amazing husband and daughter!

January 30, 2013 06:31 PM
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Claire said...

I threw a tea party this weekend!

January 30, 2013 06:41 PM
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Janet said...

Hice un flan de cafe..y te felicito pir tu pagina esta bella. Me encanta

January 30, 2013 06:57 PM
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Judi said...

My husband and I went to a black tie event. Fun to dress up! My husband looks so good dressed in a tux. The event was at Terranea Spa Resort and the food was delicious

January 30, 2013 07:03 PM
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Barb t said...

Tried to leave a comment before the deadline. I was at a scrap booking weekend all weekend preserving memories!!!

January 30, 2013 07:15 PM
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Leslie Proudfit said...

This weekend I made caramel sauce for the first time, but I burnt it. In spite of that, I couldn’t stop tasting it; even burnt it was pretty good!

January 30, 2013 07:16 PM
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Rose said...

I made six different types of cookies. I love to bake on cold winter days.

January 30, 2013 07:37 PM
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Janet said...

I made a carrot cake and decorated it with my husband’s name and some curly q’s. Thanks.

January 30, 2013 07:42 PM
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Emilyn said...

I went and visited my best friend for the first time in almost six months =)

January 30, 2013 07:56 PM
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Bob said...

Too cute!

January 30, 2013 07:56 PM
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Kirsty said...

Enjoyed Australia Day with my two daughters, hubby, my dad and his partner – what a cute book!!! K xxx

January 30, 2013 08:00 PM
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Kelly said...

I worked on getting ready for a convention in May that I am a vendor for. so I worked on getting play food made.

January 30, 2013 08:05 PM
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sabina king said...

You never fail to inspire the creative juices, very cute cookies. I actually baked the chocolate “just a cake” and some pink lemonade cupcakes for my daughters birthday then we had an all girl sleepover and ate the leftovers for breakfast!

January 30, 2013 08:20 PM
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Joyce said...

Soooo CUTE! This weekend, I actually made a chocolate dirt cake with my best friend :)

January 30, 2013 08:25 PM
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Melissa said...

My taxes. Glad to have them done.

January 30, 2013 08:28 PM
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Jessica said...

Genius!

January 30, 2013 09:08 PM
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Mary said...

I made a cake with my daughter, took her to see the circus and did a little housework. Fun weekend!

January 30, 2013 09:18 PM
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HeatherU said...

These are adorable! I drew a self-portrait that didn’t look anything like me.

January 30, 2013 09:40 PM
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brenda said...

love them! I actually celebrated my older sisters b day and got the surprise of a new baby boy in the family!!!!!!!

January 30, 2013 09:41 PM
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Chris said...

I hosted a party for about 50 people including kids and my cake pops was a huge hit. By Monday, I had FB messages asking me to bake some for their daughter’s birthday!=)

January 30, 2013 09:45 PM
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Donna Pound said...

I love these adorable cookies!
This past weekend? I planned my daughter’s 14th birthday party!! FUN!

January 30, 2013 10:12 PM
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Ava H. said...

I made a chocolate cake, vanilla cream filling, and almond frosting. Then, I made purple and white marshmallow fondant and decorated it covered in fondant hearts! It was my first time working with fondant, and it was really fun! I would love to start baking cookies more, and trying to use royal icing… it looks so pretty! :)

January 30, 2013 10:24 PM
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Dunia McMaster said...

Still with my 90 year old mom,on holiday, when I heard I’m going to be a granny again! But when I told my daughter-in-law she eas pregnant last year she said no, my son phoned me all excited. Now I’m going to make these for when I go back home coz I’m certain itz a girl – I got 3 sons and 1 grandson:-) thank you soooo much, itz so cute and different!! :-) Dunia

January 31, 2013 12:25 AM
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Sinead said...

These are almost too cute to eat – such a great idea :-)

January 31, 2013 06:33 AM
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Angie said...

You are a genius! SO CUTE.

February 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Anna said...

So cute! You could make them out of fimo for a dolls house too!
Anna
thedustyatticblog.blogspot.co.uk

February 3, 2013 08:09 AM
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Bellenza Bistro said...

Can’t get over how darling these are…and how unendingly creative YOU are!

February 5, 2013 01:49 AM
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marga vazquez said...

Look what I made inspired by yours…

http://elfestindemarga.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/galletas-de-corazones-decoradas-con_4.html

February 5, 2013 05:00 AM
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Nancy said...

Dang, you make the best-looking things! So precious. I love reading your blog to see what you’ll come up with next.

February 8, 2013 01:17 PM
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Giorgia said...

I always find your creations amazing!!!

February 10, 2013 08:50 PM
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Mary kessari said...

I love them!! It’s perfect!!

February 13, 2013 09:05 AM
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Mindy said...

LOVE the 3 tier sugar cookie stand. What a great idea!!! This year for Valentine’s Day I am taking my daughter on a date to Disney on Ice while the boys (daddy and son) bond.

February 14, 2013 08:59 AM
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