Archive | November, 2010

Don’t Forget Your Mittens!

30 Nov

The mitten cookies are back, this time updated and, in my opinion, even cuter than last year!

The whimsical patterns and the modern colors make these the perfect gift for anyone and everyone.  Think teachers, co-workers and friends.

If I could find a pair of mittens that looks like one of these, I might just remember to wear them!

Mittens are large cookies and priced at $45 per dozen, $27 per half dozen.  Please indicate if you want one style or an assortment of all three styles.


Charlie’s Trees

30 Nov

I decided quite a while ago that I wanted to go with a completely different color palate for the 2010 Christmas cookies.  And after seeing a cookie in a magazine, I was set on turquoise, red and white.

That said, as I was working on designs, I thought the colors might be too much of a stretch for trees.  After I made the sample set, however, my mom and I agreed – we loved them.

They remind me of the trees in a Charlie Brown Christmas.  No, not the Charlie Brown tree, but rather the other trees that Charlie didn’t like.  The commercial trees.

But, no worries, in today’s world, these are perfectly whimsical and the complete antithesis of commercial!

Trees are large cookies and priced at $45 per dozen, $27.00 per half dozen.  Please indicate if you want one style or an assortment of both styles.

Dove in a Holly Tree

29 Nov

You know all about a “partridge in a pear tree.”  But this year, in the KC kitchen, it’s all about a dove in a holly tree.

Cookie #2 in the Christmas collection is a simple white dove, adorned with a branch of holly leaves.

I love how a dove combines the traditional and modern elements of the Christmas holiday.  And with the neutral colors, these would work for just about any occasion.  Think place cards  for your holiday dinner.  Despite being a cookie, they will surely add a bit of elegance.

Doves are medium cookies and priced at $35 per dozen, $22.50 per half dozen.

‘Tis The Season

29 Nov

It’s true.  It’s that time of year again.  You know, the time to sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (oh, Brenda Lee), the time to watch Elf (one of my personal favorites) and the time to sip a Bailey’s hot chocolate.  The holidays are in full effect, people.

And that means, it’s time to reveal the first of the 2010 Christmas sugar cookies.

“Drummer Boy” drum roll please…

#1 is Santa’s Suit.

This special medallion cookie focuses on the big guy’s famous mid-section.  Or, if you prefer, you can look at it as an ode to today’s Christmas icon.

Wouldn’t these be a cute cookie to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve?

Santa’s suit is a medium cookie and priced at $35 per dozen, $22.50 per half dozen.

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!

27 Nov

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Sorry for delay.  It took me a while to recover from our gigantic meal.  The pie put me over the edge. No really.  Over. The. Edge.

We changed it up a bit this year in our family.  Okay, I changed it up.  I felt we were all old enough (the youngest is now nine) to have one table, to have an actual table setting and to eat at the same time.  With such a crowd and such an age range, we used to sit in various rooms – wherever you could find a seat – rush through a quick grace and eat at lighting speed.  And Grandma ate after we were all nearly finished (by her own choosing, but still).  Well, no longer.

This year I started the change, keeping it simple and organic.

These small flower arrangements were spaced along the table.  I forget where I first saw this idea, but I LOVED it and so did everyone else.  It’s simple, fall-colored flowers in empty pumpkin cans.  Love.

For the place mats, Mom and I cut natural and chocolate brown burlap, which you can find at any fabric store.  We then stamped “Thanksgiving” words along the edge.  For the brown burlap we used gold ink and for the natural burlap we used dark brown.

The last touch was using my leaf cookies as place cards.  The top one is for me and the bottom is for my youngest cousin Michael.  Oldest and youngest grandchildren.  Awww.  Didn’t even mean to do that.

Anyway,  the cookie place cards were actually the only contribution I made to dessert.  Odd, right?!

In any event, I wish you the happiest (belated) Thanksgiving from our table to yours!

Custom Cuts: Vroom… Vroom…

24 Nov

One of my friends from Philadelphia contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I could do some car cookies for his son’s third birthday.  Could I?  Absolutely!

I had a car cookie cutter just waiting to be used.  Plus, with the birthday party scheduled for November 26, it was the perfect way to break out of the Thanksgiving sugar cookie monotony. Blue would be a much appreciated change after being elbow deep in brown, red, orange and yellow royal icing for days.

The theme for the party is Cars.  So we decided on…

red cars, in honor of Lightning McQueen and…

light blue cars, in honor of Sally.

I love how they turned out and am happy to report my friend and his wife received them yesterday… and loved them too!  Phew!

Hopefully they are the perfect addition to what I am sure will be a fabulous 3rd birthday party!!!

I Am Thankful For…

23 Nov

Did you notice anything different in my Fresh Baked Friday post?  Well, if you missed it, here’s a close up…

Thanks to a very generous investor (overly generous, in fact), Kristina’s Confections has upgraded to a 6 quart, bowl lift mixer.  I know, she’s a beauty!

This upgrade came just in the nick of time.  Turns out my old, trusty Artisan is having some issues.  She’s going to have to be checked out by a professional.  I still love her, but I definitely could not have gotten through the Open House prep and the Thanksgiving orders without this new mixer.

So, in addition to so many things, this year I am thankful for my new mixer… and the very generous investor.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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