Be Mine

A healthy dose of Colorado’s history circles around miners.  Some became quite wealthy and you can still visit their homes today (ie- the unsinkable Molly Brown.  Actually, she was never called Molly until the movie; she went by Maggie or Margaret.). You can also tour the Colorado School of Mines impressive gem and mineral collection for free (and I have).  So when I hear, BE MINE, I don’t think of the usual Valentine.  I went for a more literal interpretation.  Courtesy of those beautiful, rugged Rockies (filled with all kinds of “rocks”), I give you a gem of a valentine… And thank you Neil Young.  Can’t get that song out of my head. Cute presentation thanks to BRPBoxes!

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Star Wars Valentine

Let the 2016 valentine season begin.  First up is my ode to Star Wars 2016.  It’s a War on word play.

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Stick It.

I try to come up with new and fun ways to approach birthday party cookies.  What better time to put a cookie on a stick (well, heavy paper straw to be exact) than when asked to coordinate with a Lacrosse theme?  I created a “field” by cutting out styrofoam sheets to fit in a cake box, covering them with simple construction paper (totally not to scale but I was limited by box size).  I then baked the 20 stick heads, based coated the first side white, and let dry overnight; I used the double sided Rainbow Dust pens to ink in the outline and associated netting.

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okay- it’s winter.  Everything starts looking like snowflakes.

I flipped the heads over and used thick royal icing to set the straw on the back side of the cookie.

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After an hour or so, I coated the second side with 10 second icing. I toyed around with inking in the nets on the back  as well but 1) decided it looked cleaner without, and 2) decided these were labor intensive enough already. I also made a net cookie for either end of the field.

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Top view of the field; lower left corner shows the cuts I made to prep for inserting the straw.

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Take home favors were also requested- jerseys out of a chocolate cookie.  Just a simple hand painted and stamped jersey with a few penned in accents.

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