Squatty Pumpkin Decorated Cookies With a Scallop Cutter

Not to brag or anything, but I'm REALLY good at starting things. I'm like a Starting Things Superstar. When I want to do something or something needs to get done... I just go for it. I say... why waste time? Push that start button on the microwave. Don't just stand there trying to decide if it needs 20 seconds or 37 seconds to warm up enough to not be a popsicle but not so much that it turns into molten lava in your mouth. Just press start. Your kids are going to need your desperate help finding their shoes before it's over anyway. And then you'll be under the bed wondering who gave them that battery operated hamster when you discover 7 years worth of laundry that never got washed which will remind you that you're actually out of laundry soap because you never remember to put it on the list...but you have a coupon...if only you could find it...and then it's 3 days later and you realized you never did get to eat that food in the microwave. So really...jus

Evolution of a Poppy Cookies

Sometimes I get a little wrapped up in cookies. Sometimes I can't stop thinking about them. I'll be walking through the grocery store and notice a snowflake pattern on a box of cookies and then completely zone out trying to remember if I have a cutter that would work for that pattern while simultaneously planning 4-5 more designs that would complete the set perfectly. I end up at home 20 minutes later with 3 jars of sweet pickles, Ajax and a bag of Cheetos that my daughter swears I just bought for her. I mean... sure, you could use the word "obsessed" if you wanted to get all detailey and accurate. But really, haven't we all been there? The poppy cookies I made for Veteran's Day have been living their own life this week. They kept me up at night and made an awful mess of my house. And they would not stop talking to me. They just didn't come out right the first time. But I couldn't decide what was wrong with them. My head said everything...bu

Fantastic Find Friday -- Silver Sprays

Oooh. It's been awhile since we've talked about fun new cookie products! And that's been all my fault. Because there is some really cool stuff that has come out this year. Let's back things up a little though and talk about silver sprays today. If you don't have an airbrush, you can still get a metallic finish on your cookies by using an edible silver spray. I tried out the Wilton silver color mist and PME lustre spray. And I've got to tell you... I was a little surprised! When I sprayed the PME silver -- I wanted to EAT IT. It smells amazing! The other surprise is that neither of the silvers are actually opaque. I had some blotching on my cookie (due to an experiment in blotching!) and neither of the sprays covered it. Wilton Silver Color Mist $3-$6 (Find it online HERE ) Pros:   You can find this pretty much everywhere crafts are sold.  It's cheap. It's a true, light silver color. Cons: It smells like spray paint.  At only

How to Make Decorated Poppy Cookies for Veterans Day

  I don't know what it is like to go to war. I've never done it. But I know what it's like to love a soldier. To sit with them as they sort their belongings into piles and carefully pack and re-pack that green bag. To walk with them as they cross a bustling parking lot and toss it on to an already full truck. I've watched them trying to stay busy in those final hours before boarding a plane. And I've walked away, willing myself to look back, but knowing I would never figure out how to start breathing again if I had to force myself to turn away one more time. I've seen the inside of hours that never go away. Months that never end. I've read letters and written letters and stayed up all night hoping for phone calls. I've listened to half details and tired conversations that end abruptly. I've spent my life praying that the change in his voice, that edge, wouldn't always be there. I've been to those homes. The ones where they aren't c