Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

Hope this day is all that you would hope it to be- whether you are in it for love, hate, or simply the massive quantities of candy.  Sorry for the late posting.  I realize that it is almost

ValenTIME…  This is FOURm me TWO you.

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Our daughters are amazing young ladies; they are the BALM diggity! Here’s how I let them know.

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Okay, I am not KITTEN around anymore. These were for my cat loving friend.  My take on the retro ‘smitten kitten.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Love you to the Moon and Back

I don’t exactly know who coined the phrase “love you to the moon and back”.  The earliest I remember was when the nutbrown hare said it in the 1994 book “Guess how much I love you.” Sidebar…can you believe that book is 20 years old?   Anyway, I have extreme adoration for this phrase because I associate it with my sister.  She ends her emails with M&B and whispers it in your ear.  My sister is the kind of sister that everyone wishes they had.  I am one lucky girl.

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The large cookie is  7.5″x 7.5″ .  I free hand cut this from the dough.  I also did not have a big enough cutter to make the quarter earth so I used my trusty trifle bowl.  Hey, whatever works, right?

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I first decorated all of the shapes that would create the top layer.

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The bottom cookie took 8 ounces or so of royal icing to completely coat (and I had to momentarily stop about half way through, thus the lines in the dark blue.  darn.  It’s all about the icing consistency- should have made it a little thinner.)  While this was still wet, I put the top cookies in place and dotted the stars.

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I piped in the arrows with royal icing after the base dried about 4 hours.  Colors used were AmeriColor deep pink, sky blue, electric green, and royal blue (with a touch of black for background). It fits perfectly into a 8×8″ box to ship to my sister!  Thank you kolettehall for the free printable!

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My Punny Valentine

What exactly is a normal person?  I’m still waiting to meet that normal family or witness that normal life.  Thank goodness no 2 people think alike. How boring this world would be if we did?

So, I’m going to embrace the fact that my brain function might be considered abnormal.  Might?  How about we give it a classification of atypical and call it a day?  Here is how my mind intertwines with valentines.

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I choose you.

DSC_0556Top row cookies pay homage to Buffalo, NY. We like things spicy 🙂  The next several designs came to mind while listening to Usher’s song Scream. You’re hypnotic, magnetic…

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DSC_0555And lastly, in cahoots with some fruits… also my version of Valentine nutrition.  sigh.