Decorated Partridge in a Pear Tree Cookies

I thought about going out shopping today. But not in the kind of way that would ever lead to me changing out of these yoga pants or actually putting on sneakers. It's possible that I would be willing to wear sandals. But only if it was already 4pm and we had no more milk or diapers or toilet paper and my children needed cough medicine. And also if my house was on fire and the only way to save it was to get in line at Radio Shack. I could do it then. Otherwise, I'm just going to sit here and bask in the joy that is knowing the CHRISTMAS SEASON IS REALLY TRULY AND FINALLY HERE!!! We're going to eat soup today. And simultaneously listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies while desperately trying to detangle ourselves from the mountain of Christmas lights gnawing on our legs because we were hoping to figure out which one of those hundreds of bulbs was the sell-out. Because THIS YEAR will be different. This year we're actually going to fix all those lights fr

How To Make Ruffle Flowers

You guys. It's almost Thanksgiving. It's like...getting the turkey out of the freezer and trying to find the pie tins close. And re-evaluating my decision to make stuffing from actual bread because I don't want to get my kids bundled so I can go to the store and buy celery close. And digging through the basement cupboards at 11pm because I just realized I have no idea where the table cloths are and then starting the laundry at 2am because I finally found them in the Halloween box and for some reason they are covered in glitter and olive oil close. In case you aren't sure... that's pretty close. At this point, I'm going to make a crazy wild guess here and say that if you didn't already plan on making these before's probably not going to happen. But I really wanted to show them to you. and you can make them for any holiday. Or for any occasion really. They would be the perfect "Thanks-for-helping-me-move-my-couch-I'm-sorry-

Decorated Berry Pie Cookies

I'm kind of a "from scratch" food maker person. Like, if I could grow wheat in my backyard, I probably would. And then I would grind it up into flour and make noodles so that I could make noodle soup. But I would buy the chicken. Because... eeww. Chickens smell. And I have a little yard. It's only big enough for wheat. And tomatoes. And also an apple tree. I make food from scratch for two reasons. And neither of them are good reasons.  The first reason is probably obvious... I don't ever listen to what people tell me to do. I'm pretty sure that my own way is better. Boxed brownies? Eh. I could probably make them fudgier. ( What? I'm insane. It's not even possible. ) The second reason is even worse. I never plan ahead and I hate shopping. So like, let's pretend that last week I had a bunch of friends come over to decorate cookies. (Yeay!!) And that morning I decided that I wanted to make a giant sandwich to share. Of course, I don't have a

Challenge Yourself! Everyday Monsters Round Up and Winner!

Remember these guys? Just a random handful of cutters turned into monsters. You know, no big deal. The challenge for this fall was to turn some stray cutters into monsters. And you guys made some AMAZING creations!!! Let me show you some of my favorites!!   I love the bright colors and fantastic textures of these little round monsters from My Cookie Crumbled ! And what's NOT to love about these gorgeously colored and fantastically created monster letters from Yankee Girl Yummies ??!! And as much as I don't like "creepy" in any way at all ...these incredibly designed and executed monsters from The Cookie Architect aren't letting me look away! They fill their cutter space perfectly! All these cookies from Sister Teresa's Cookies are super clever...but that little boot monster guy has completely stolen my heart!! I consider myself to be somewhat of a cookie cutter crackerjack...but I had to check Stephanie's blog - If You Give A Ner

Challenge Yourself -- Use Unconventional Colors

Yeay! It's holiday cookie crunch time! That means two things -- 1. You have ZERO free time for some crazy challenge. 2. You are going to be sick out of your mind of the color red in a few months. Don't worry. I've got you covered on both counts. This winter's challenge is to use unconventional colors for a holiday set of cookies. You can enter as many different sets of unconventional color as you like. Just make some new cookies and link up between now and January12th for a chance to win. And what is it that you desperately want to win? Trust me... it's a good one. It's a whole PALETTE of compressed luster dusts !!! It's genius and beautiful and I want it and I want to share it with one of you!! So get to making some unconventional colors and linking them up! ** If you live outside the US and are willing to split the international shipping costs with me...then by all means... link up for your chance to win!** An InLinkz Link-up

An Inside Look at "You Can't Judge A Cookie By Its Cutter"

Have you guys seen this book all over the place? ME TOO!! And ever since I first saw it a few weeks ago, I've had exactly two thoughts running through my head. 1-How have I not known about this before now?? and 2-THIS IS GENIUS! I WANT TO SEE WHAT ELSE IS INSIDE!! So you can imagine I was pretty well out-of-my-mind excited when Patti from Baked Ideas told me she wanted to send me a copy! (I was going to say I was "stoked" but does anyone even know what that word means anymore?) But then the worst thing ever happened. (Not *actually* the worst, but at least semi-not desirable.) My children saw the book as I was bringing it in. And there are 4 of them and only one of me. I had to wait my turn. Seriously. I was trying to poke my head over their shoulders, but they were pretty well huddled around this thing. Finally, I put in a very educational and socially appropriate cartoon to distract them. And got my first glimpse at all the fun designs! There are 25 chapte

Quick and Classy Turkey Cookies

I kind of make a lot of turkey cookies. If there was some kind of Code of Cookies and they put a limit on the number of different kinds turkey cookies that a person should make in their lifetime, I probably would have already broken that code. And then the Round Table of Cookie Decorators would have to cast me out. And I would run away clutching my PME tips to find a cave to live out the rest of my days, eating only root vegetables and blemished fruits. And still I would find a way to make more turkey cookies. And not because I even like turkeys. Because I don't. Not even a little bit. They are actually quite repulsive to me in every possible way -- 1. They are birds. Birds have feathers. I hate feathers . In fact, I LOATHE feathers. 2. They make crazy noises. I hate crazy noises. 3. I don't eat meat. 4. That *thing* that hangs off their beak. Eeewww. Right? 5. All those actual feathers means crazy complicated cookie designs. And THAT, my friends, is why I make a ji