Things are still looking a little quiet on the cookie front this week.
I took a few last minute orders, which luckily I can fit in due to trying to space my time a bit more constructively!
First up we have a whole lot of minis, in yellow and blue for an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Event.
Kristy ordered a dozen of each in white chocolate flavour, cup cakes, teacups and tea pots. I also threw in an extra 6 cupcakes for a good cause :)
Kristy is a good customer of mine, she also runs That's Beautiful
(find her on FaceB
ook too!) gorgeous unique bouquets incorporating baby gifts and other beautiful things!
This was one of the "last minute" orders, 2 dozen Lady bird cookies in white chocolate to match the birthday girls cake.
Renee is also another good customer, I have now made birthday cookies for both her little girls and a cookie card for her hubby!
another "last minute" order, One Direction edible image cookie card in Chocolate flavour.
These guys seem to be one of the most requested edible images at the moment. Every time I post a pic on FB, I get another order for one! (Maybe I should do that more often??? LOL)
Port Power themed cookie card with matching small cookies (See below), made for another very good customer Philippa.
There is also a bouquet of flowers, but I can't post a pic just yet as I am not sure that the recipient has received them. I will just add it to next weeks round up.
I also made up some samples for Angel Ashes, who are donating cookies to a great event coming up next weekend. but You will have to wait until then to see them. :)
Last week was crazy busy!
5 doz assorted 80's themed cookies, had so much fun with them though, luckily for me the customer had emailed me photos of exactly what she wanted, makes my job a lot easier :)
The Rubiks cube was a bit of a pain, as I don't currently own a cube cutter,so I traced an image from my laptop and hand cut all 12 of them.
I delivered these, which was cool for me as the address was right around the corner from the house I spent my first few years in growing up, the park and playgroup I used to attend, so many great childhood memories!
I also had the pleasure of making up my first "party package"
this one was an "Alice in Wonderland" theme,using the same designs from the last Alice set, but also 2 dozen minis and a cookie card to match.
I had so many ideas for the cookie card, there are so many things I wanted to put on there, but keeping it relatively simple is the key..not sure I succeeded there, but I still was pretty happy with it. The customer loved it ad thats what counts..right??
also had 3 cookie cards to do, (all up 4 if you count the Alice one as well!) All Birthday ones with different themes, flowers,beach and Gummy Bears (remember them??)
I tried for a water colour sunset look on the beach themed one, I think it worked, I showed my Dad when he came over for dinner, he laughed, which dismayed me a little, Dads are not supposed to laugh at their daughters creative endeavours! But he is the Artist, I have a few ideas on how to do it a bit different next time.
I also had my Sister in Law to be's "Bachelorette Party" to attend on the Saturday evening.
I made cookies of course ;)
Dickie Bickies and purple corsets.
I ran out of time to do any fancy detailed piping on the corsets so whipped out my trusty FooDoodler edible ink pen
and just drew on the details of the bustier, lacing and ruffles, they would have looked a lot better if I had the time, but...next time.
I haven't had an order for the corsets yet and I am hanging out to do some fancy pants designs with them (Hint, hint!)
Had a great night, my SIL booked a room at the Largs pier hotel,we did it up with some naughty balloons, and decorations, she had made some personalised martini glasses for all the guests, so we arranged the cookie bags in the cups for the girls to take as they arrived.
We had dinner at the restaurant, then back up to the room for fun and games,cakes and more drinks.
I had to leave then (looong drive back home!) as it was the Jmans Birthday celebrations.I missed out on the charcoal roasted yiros meat (even though I made the tabouli and set everything up before I left!) but I did get to do the cake for him, which I even made the day before too.
coffee and pecan torte (4 layers) with coffee and maple butter cream, topped with pecans and drizzled with milk chocolate.
The Saturday before the baby shower was my younger brothers, Girlfriends 21st Birthday.
Seeing as I was baking anyway, I decided to cut out a big round disc of cookie dough and ice a special cookie just for her.
thats the finished product,all wrapped and ready, I had to make a bit of an emergency patch job on it as Jbaby thoght it looked rather good too and tried to swipe it off the table, it fell out of his mits and smashed the star off it...Don't think it looks too bad though...??
My brother and his fiance are expecting a baby in september, I was asked to help organise the baby shower. My food contribution was to make some decorated gingerbread babies.
Three days before the big day, I started to panic. SOOOO much to do!! I waited till Jbaby was in bed for the night and then renewed my relationship with my beloved Kitchen Aid, mixing up the gingerbread dough. I needed around 150 biscuits, so I made up 3 batches. During the mixing of batch no.2 I realised I had run out of ginger, oops! So one batch became honey spice instead. gotta love the improvisation!
All three batches were wrapped in plastic and chucked in the fridge, a rather bad idea I realised the next day when trying to soften the now rock hard lumps of cookie dough.
I managed eventually and in one night cut and baked 50 odd gingerbread babies, 50 odd next size up ginger bread men and 50 odd hearts. All now just waiting to be iced.
The next night I started my production line of icing, first outlining and then flooding the biscuits with white royal icing, I had spent most of that day trawling the net, looking for inspiration on design ideas and came across so many wonderful (mostly American) sites all about icing and decorating cookies. The best thing I found was a recipe for the royal icing using egg white powder or meringue powder (known here as "pavlova magic") I went out and bought some and gee, I was impressed!
I iced all of these using either baking paper cones or small freezer bags as my piping bags, I eventually enlisted the help of the Jman and my parents to have the biscuits all ready by the Sunday afternoon. My father got quite carried away with the decorating and even at one point made some "mardi gras" ones, with studded briefs and o's for mouths (hope no one was offended!!)
I spent a good half hour Sunday morning packaging up the bickys in little cello parcels with ribbon, forgot to take a pic of the finished products though (D'OH!!)
Quite a few years ago now, I thought I would give making Gingerbread a try, for Christmas, to give as gifts. (I could blab on about how I wanted to make a special effort for those I loved etc, etc, but truth be told I being cheap!)
The Gingerbread was a success, as were my goodie baskets, they quickly became a "tradition" of sorts, which sees me every week before the 25th December, sweating it out in the kitchen, mixing, baking, decorating and then packaging the goods. Jman would roll his eyes at me as he swiped yet another biscuit, pudding, or truffle from the piles of unwrapped treats. "why the hell do you do this to yourself?" he would ask,at around midnight, waiting for me to, once again to come to bed. Every year, I would answer, "I enjoy it!" and I did, still do.
The thing is that come Dec 2008, I had a 6 week old baby to contend with. I tried, I really did, I managed to mix and bake...that was as far as I got. I took a basket of un iced gingerbread men and assorted shapes wrapped in a tea towel to my Mothers that Xmas.
Dec 2009, I only made one large batch, I mixed, baked and iced, but I was showing off for my Mums Group, hehehe!
The left overs made it to my Mums place.
people have always commented on the amount of time and effort that goes into making these treats, it is just lucky that I do enjoy it, otherwise I would not bother!
his coming Christmas I won't be doing any of it due to a family reunion being held in Darwin, I am actually very disappointed about this.