Party Animal

I have a confession. Our eldest turned 25 this week.  Holy time passage!  Look away for a moment and our babies are adults!  Tori has found that lovely balance between working hard and keeping things playful and in perspective.  But, um, the girl does know how to rock a celebration.  With that in mind, I give you her ‘party animal’ birthday set. Hope all your birthday wishes come true, Tori!

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Very Oh-MINION-ated

A million more minions. OK.  Not a million.  But many.  Party apparel and blue-green dresses were requested for this young lady’s birthday party.  Packaged as favors (see previous Minion posts for bag and tag look), these girls held their thanks close to their hearts.

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Hi(gh) from Colorado

No longer in the “empire state of mind”, we’ve adjusted in to a different “state of being,” our Rocky Mountain high…  truly, it makes a difference being a mile (plus) above sea level.  It has taken me 3 solid months before I could hike the mountains without huffing and puffing.  And I don’t mean THAT kind of puffing.  But hey, altitude or attitude- you pick.

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I have seen quite a few new “stores” that I did not find in New York.  Some of them inspired the cookies below.  My Colorado cookie recipe has remained the same; no new ingredients have been added.  I feel like folks here having the munchies is good enough for my business…. 😉

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Lobster Award

wpid-wp-1428028557165Ah shucks.  Totally surprised and pleased to be nominated for the Lobster Award (er, Liebster Award) by Art of Food Puns ; it’s a sweet way of spotlighting small, newer blogs. If you are a fan of puns, please check out Art of Food Puns! Full of chortling out-loud, clever word play.  Hurray for another person who believes that it’s totally okay to play with your food!

Here are the questions they would like us to answer:

1. What’s the most delicious food/meal you’ve ever eaten? Who made it?

When I was etty betty, I liked my mom’s spaghetti.  Is that alright already?

2. Name your favorite vegetable.

Lettuce live with peas and hominy (ok, maybe not hominy but definitely lettuce and peas)

3. What inspired you today?

Guiry’s- the art supply and paint store.  And my children.  Always my children.

4. Give us a pun! 

Lettuce Romaine friends, oh kale yeah!

Per the pass-it-on protocol, here is the blog I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award. I am off-topic as he is not a startup blog and has quite the huge following… but you really have to check his material.  So, so brilliant. Really, really:

Wrong Hands (the incredible John Atkinson)

If we nominated your blog and you would like to participate, 1.) link the person who nominated you (that would be us) to your blog post, 2.) answer the questions given to you by the nominator (us again), and 3.) nominate other bloggers for the award who have fewer than 200 followers. Also, 4.) create questions for your nominees to answer and 5.) let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Here is the questions we would like YOU to answer:

1. What made you start to draw?

2. Who influence(s)d your ‘pun’ery the most?

3. What/Who makes you laugh the hardest?

4. Give us a pun!

Rustic Rabbits

I really liked the shape of these cookies.  A cross between folk art and primitive design, I wanted their shape and texture to stand out.  I drew the bunny outlines on card stock and then hand cut them out of dough by tracing the shape with a sharp knife. The color was a mix of Americolor warm brown and black. I flooded the whole cookie with 15-20 second royal icing, waited a minute, and then stippled the whole surface with scrunched saran wrap to achieve the texture look.  While the base icing was still wet, I stuck in the whiskers (shredded wafer paper). Once that had dried completely, a black dot for the eyes was added and I shaded with watered down dark brown and a paint brush. The last addition was the painted pink blush for the ears and “cheeks.”

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I had a few spare blank cookies left from another order so I added a different perspective rabbit and a carrot for this last pic.

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Take a PEEP at this EGGStravaganza!

Who said you can’t play with your food?  Apparently, even religious holidays are not “sacred”???  And so it goes for Easter 2015.  First an EGGStreme play on that Easter staple: the simple egg.  Next I am YOLK-ing around with those wondrous little marshmallow fluffs they call Peeps.  Sometimes our ‘peeps just steal the show!?

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Peep Show (a 5×5″ double layer cookie!):

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