Centerpieces for an Engineers Ball

Huh?  When did engineers start having dinner dances?  Apparently it is a tradition for the UB student engineers.  I knew one of the lead organizers and he knew my cookies.  This led to some fun centerpiece karma.  I made cookies for half of the 30 tables as there were about 15 engineering clubs involved… I kind.a added one or two more to feed my own pun addiction.  I have a “pun” problem.  A really, truly, serious problem.

So I don’t have pictures of all of the tables because blithering idiot here forgot the camera when venue set-up time rolled around.  The few I have are from my phone and the quality is not optimal.  I did take some pictures before I left the house.  So here they are!

Such Chemistry between Us (AIChemical Engineers)

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Flying High (Aeronautics & Astronautics) -still favor the “paper” airplane…

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Can We be Civil? (Civil Engineers)

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Saluting Computing (Computing Machinery)

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Power equals I squared R (Electrical Engineers)


Space Cadet (SEDS : Students for the exploration and development of space)

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You Drive me Crazy! (Automotive Engineers)

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Take me to Your Leader (Robotics)

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Science Pun Fun

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There were also cookies for Black engineers, Hispanic engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Sustainable world, Biomedical engineering, Industrial engineering, etc.   Drat.  No pictures of those.  Need to plan more time for photos …


One in a Minion

Despicable Me minions were requested for birthday favors/a party platter, with some female versions included!  Conveniently, Sweet Ambs had just posted a tutorial on minion.making and, if ever anyone knew cookie decorating, it would be the awe-inspiring Amber Spiegel.  So I followed her directions other than also making a female version (birthday girl really likes blue so dresses are blue not the green from the movie), royal icing in my own “eyes,”  and using my own hearts (saying thank you to the guests, etc.).  The bigger minions (from 4″ rounds) all had unique faces but the favor sized (3″ tall rectangles) were the same design.


Step one was flooding the little hearts and letting them dry.  About 6 hours later I painted on the “thx” or “luv” or “Liana.” In the meanwhile, I  did the yellow face background.  I let this dry for 4 hours (Sweet Ambs did not but I had an errand to run.  It worked for me.).  Next was putting on the pants and dresses; I placed the heart on while the icing was wet, basically as soon as the pants on each cookie was completed.  For the dress, I added the dots and bottom trim while the icing was wet first and then added the heart.

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Then I continued following Sweet Ambs directions.  Here’s how they turned out.

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After drying overnight, I put a boy and a girl (or Stewart dressed up as a girl) minion back to back to place in the favor bag.  Added a cute little tag and they were ready for the guests!

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Other Valentines

Just some other Valentines Day cookies…  happy 14th!

A cookie a day keeps the doctor!


Hope there was no bitter in your Valentines Day…


You make me happy…


Did Cupid’s arrow hit the mark?


Cookie stack.


Mixed heart plate.


More conversation hearts.


In the Swim of Things

I am quite familiar with eau de chlorine as both of our daughters were competition swimmers.  And, once you are in the swim world, it is never far away.  At least I have absolutely NO guilt handing a swimmer a cookie.  They are a fit bunch who will burn those calories within the first 25 yards.  I made some traditional, cookies as favors for a swim banquet.  But then I digressed.  A platter for a bunch of gentlemen swimmers who are stealthy like a ninja and maybe, just maybe, caught the water inferences before consuming the “molecules”.  And this week, as college swimmers start the 2014 championship season, I stamped aquatic themed conversation hearts.  I might go as far as to say they turned out swimmingly!


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H2O and ninjas:

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A Geek’s Valentine

Geek. Nerd. Techie. Egghead.  Smart and quirky people warm the cockles of my heart.  There’s a chemistry about them (tee hee).  Here’s to those who claim the nomenclature on Valentine’s day! Um. Please forgive me for sneaking in a Star Wars reference (last photo).

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Conversation Hearts

Traditional cookies designs are not usually my “thing”…  but conversation hearts open up endless possibilities on what to write.  I went with simple food related topics on happy, bright colors.  I didn’t know whether I preferred hand printing with food markers or stamping with “typewriter” font.  Typewriter won the day but I have a few of the other too.


I started by using flood consistency royal icing in deep pink, sky blue, electric green, and white to cover heart shaped cookies.  I let them dry overnight (8 hours- ish) before handling them again.


I mixed a little almond extract with red red Americolor gel and painted it on the top of my rubber letter stamps.  To assure alignment, I Scotch taped the “word” together for even spacing.  I experimented doing a few free hand too; that resulted in an old school, quirky typeface look.


The sky is the limit as to what message you want to convey!  Let me know what works for you?!

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