Wind in the Willows Gala

The Denver Children’s Museum recently had their fundraiser gala and Jaala (Jaala’s Party Pantry) pulled together quite the event based on the book Wind in the Willows !! She thought the main characters come to life on a cookie would add a sweet touch. I tried to keep the personalities of each character in mind when designing the cookie.

The bold and fabulous Mr Toad:

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These cookies took some time (understatement of the year) but when you have a design in mind and they are going to a great cause… Some day I will make myself do simple designs.  But not today. To give you an feel for how a cookie comes to be, here are the steps for the rat (after baking, base flooding, and air brushing the cookies) ….

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The Marvelous Mole:

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Last but not least, the Badger:

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Bear in Mind

Theodore R M was born on February the 11th! Happy, healthy babies are a great reason to celebrate! These cookies are for a bit belated baby shower celebrating Teddy (that’s what they are going to call him!). Naturally, a teddy bear theme was perfect for the occasion.

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The teddy bears (panda bear cutter from Bobbi’s Cookie Cutters) started with a base coat of brown. Using Lila Loa‘s book for guidance, I mixed chocolate brown with purple to achieve the desired color.  Once that was dry, I dabbed on some spots of same color icing and stippled with a stiff brush to achieve the “teddy bear texture.”

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I let that dry for 1 hour and added the arms, nose and feet. After drying overnight, I stippled the arms and added hands.

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Simple eye and nose details were added last, along with the rosy cheeks. The flower was made using  wafer paper and a Martha Stewart (I think) Recollections punch (from Michaels).  I painted them silver with a blue center (to match other cookie highlights ).  Flowers were incorporated to match the invitation.

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The stencil airbrushed on the 2 other cookies can be found at Killer Zebras.

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Train of Thought

The theme for this 2 year old’s birthday was vintage trains. I used ivory Americolor gel as a base, letting the cookies dry overnight.  I started by airbrushing the blue stripes on the vintage train cookies.  I then “aged” all of the cookies by using a stiff brush and terra cotta dry powder, applied randomly around the edges of the cookies. You could also use a light airbrush coat instead.

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The rest of the decorating involved royal icing, stamps, and those Rainbow Dust edible pens! I’d CHOO.CHOOse these cute designs for any train themed party!

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Ready for pick up!

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Scout’s Honor

Connor is loving the scout life.  I think the pinewood car derby has been his favorite activity so far. Snacking on cookies, however, rates pretty high up there too. 200 scout cookies were created for their bridging up celebration.DSC_0025.jpg

To make the cub scout cookies, I started with transfers: I piped the white icing outline of the wolf head (printed out appropriate sized images on a 8×11″ sheet and put a clean/washed acetate sheet over top).

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Once the white icing had dried overnight (10 hours), I used edible markers (Rainbow Dust) to mark in the wolf face.

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I flooded square cookies with yellow and, while the icing was still wet, placed the transfer in the corner. Again I waited for the cookie to dry overnight before using the same edible blue marker to write “cub scouts” (mimicking the cub scout logo)and adding the blue royal icing outline and fleur de lis.

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While those were drying, I flooded the circles white (yep, let them dry overnight). The next day I took a red edible ink marker (my trusty set of Rainbow Dust markers) to draw the outline and details of the boy scout logo. To get a cohesive look for the set, I used the same color of blue royal icing to give dimension to the scouting eagle!

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I also added some “down by the river” (theme for the night) cookies- but I forgot to take pictures of them!- and some cookies with scouting activity themes (camping, campfires, knots…). Kept that blue icing going!

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Here is our awesome scout Connor! Best photo of the blog because he is in it!

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Go Plaid and You Won’t be Sad

This holiday party was non denominational, with no jolly old elf or reindeer to be included. The invite was all about the plaid with decorations including sprigs of pine and pine cones. Oh and, um, moose and squirrels were involved. Not in a relationship like Bullwinkle and Rocky or anything.  Just in a woodlands creature sort of way.

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Lil Pumpkin is Sweet as Pie

My niece was trying to decide on the theme for her November baby shower. She was wavering between “Lil Pumpkin” and “Sweet as Pie”; well, why not both? Orange streamers and little baby pumpkins were strewn like confetti around house. Pies from her favorite local pie baker, Mom’s Apple Pie (boy, were they scrumptious), were the centerpieces of the dessert table.  And, of course, there were as many MMB cookies as I could carry on the plane. (Seriously, the DIA security folks don’t even bat an eye at my copious amounts of cookies anymore.) Here are some of the cookies that were plated for the dessert table. (Kaleida Cuts for the win on the wonkie onesie cookie cutter).

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And these bad boys were bagged and tagged for the favors.  (yep, it’s a boy…)

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Geek is the new Chic

I am so happy for Katherine- that she is graduating from high school and heading to Pitt to study neuroscience.  But, dang, she is the youngest of the swim kids with whom our children hung out! All this growing up is happening!  An era of chlorine is over (I mean, even Michael Phelps is retired now). Yikes!

In any case, it was one last graduation set to make.  I made two platters: one focused on the nerdy inclinations and the other on her future university, Pitt.

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For the Geek inside us all (okay, maybe not ALL of us), I focused on some biological responses.  #nerdsrule #chemistryiseverywhere  Those stamped clever/nerdy sayings came from pencils I bought from Newton and the Apple.

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But my favorite was the Myelin sheath dress.  (I try to come up with my own clever creations whenever possible.  I think this is another Mama Mayer original.)

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Lastly, here are a couple of close ups for the Pitt cookies. I have a thing for puffy cookies….

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