Party like it’s 2015!!!

Happy New Year!

I wanted to put up a quick post of my latest batch – and first batch of 2015!  I was asked to make some cookies for a party to match the black/white/gold decor that also incorporated chevron and polka dot patterns.  It was a new challenge for me, which is always fun.  As much as I loved making all the Christmas cookies this season, I was ready to change things up a bit.

I decided to go with the gold sprinkles that I use for the diamond ring cookies.  I highly recommend these sprinkles over regular sanding sugar.

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Chevron Cookie

Chevron Cookie

Chevron & Polka Dot Cookies

Chevron & Polka Dot Square Cookies Chevron & Polka Dot Circle Cookies

 I’m really happy with how these turned out.  It’s not something I would have thought to try on my own, which is what has made this blog so great for me.  I’ve been able to share my creative outlet for those that are interested, and in return you have presented me with challenges and suggestions to try new ideas.

Until next time 🙂

❤ LL

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I think I’ve officially become a cookie elf for the season and my kitchen has turned into a cookie factory!  I’m not complaining 🙂  I am very humbled by the many requests for Christmas cookies that I’ve received this year.  I say it all the time, but I really do have the best friends and family a girl could ask for <3.

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I would write more, but I have to get back to work!  I hope you are all enjoying the season!  Happy Holidays!

♥ LL

So Much to be Thankful For

Cheers to my favorite holiday of the year!  What’s not to like?  Spending time with the ones we love while eating some ridiculously delicious food.  I have so much to be thankful for this past year – creating and maintaining laurenscookiejar.com is one of them!  I’ve had a passion for baking since I can remember, so creating this blog has been a lot of fun for me.

I made A LOT of Thanksgiving/Fall cookies this year.  I’m really flattered that my cookies will be on some tables (other than just my own) for this great holiday!!  I also made some for the Thanksgiving Potluck lunch at my office.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are as fortunate as I am to be surrounded by your nearest and dearest!!!

Thanksgiving Cookies

Turkey Cookie

Maple Leaf Cookies

Acorn Cookies

Leaf Cookies

Squirrel Cookie

Happy Thanksgiving!

♥ LL

Happy Halloween – Pumpkin Chunkin’ Style!

I work for Atlantic BT in Raleigh, NC.  When we aren’t working hard building websites, we organize some pretty great cultural events.  One of my favorites is the annual Pumpkin Chunkin’.  We get all of our employees, their friends/families, and our clients together every year to eat great food, enjoy some delicious beverages, hang out, check out the creative pumpkin carvings from the employees – and of course then launch those pumpkins from a giant trebuchet across the parking lot to see which one will fly the farthest.  And even more entertaining – which one will barely make it out of the contraption.  It’s always a good time, rain or shine, and luckily we were blessed with some great weather this year.

What great event is complete without some fun cookies?!  I started my blog just about a year ago, but I didn’t make any Halloween cookies last year, so this is my first time posting them.  I really had a good time with these.

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I had fortunate enough to have some family members who are not only very supportive of my time consuming cookie habit, but they also like to help out 🙂

The cookies were a hit at the party, and from what I gather, they seem to taste pretty good too.  Win-win!

My pumpkin carving didn’t win any awards this year, but I still think he’s cute enough to share here.  I was inspired by my nephew, Jack.  I sent a pic to my sister up in Ohio and Jack ran into school all excited to tell his teacher that his LaLa made a Curios George pumpkin!  I’ll take that over a trophy 🙂

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Happy Halloween everyone!

❤ LL

She Said Yes!!!

I know it’s been months since I posted last.  I don’t tend to bake a lot when it’s 90 degrees outside, but I’ve been itching to bet back in the habit lately.  And boy did I have a great reason to get back to it!

Another engagement between two amazing people, Andrea and Justin, who just happen to be great friends of mine!  Now that he has proposed, I can finally say that I was so excited to get to be a small part of proposal.  Justin is easily one of the most thoughtful guys I’ve ever met, and he cooked up quite a surprise weekend for Andrea in Asheville, NC.  I got a message from him that started like this…

So I hope you are able to keep a secret because I am going to let you in on a big one. I am getting ready to propose to Andrea. And I need a little help from you to set the stage….

I froze.  I work with Andrea and she sits pretty much right behind me.  I wasn’t sure if she was there or not when I was reading the message, but I also know I am horrible at containing emotion on any level and I was not about to ruin this surprise, so I just didn’t move until she left the building.  Which luckily was only 10 minutes later, ha!

The “little help” he needed was for me to delivery a surprise mystery package to her without her knowing where it came from.  It was a box filled with some hints for an upcoming weekend – including one saying she needed to pack a bag and request off October 10th from work.   I am a horrible liar yet somehow pulled off quite a show when she asked if I knew where the box came from that magically appeared on her desk.  Who me?  No, Andrea, I have no idea how that box magically appeared on your desk once you FINALLY left for a moment to run to the bathroom 😉  (Thank you to everyone on our side of the building that didn’t rat me out btw)  Now I just had to keep my mouth shut for 3 more weeks.  No. Big. Deal.  What?!

Their weekend was a great success and these two lovebirds are going to tie the knot!!!

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But first, how ’bout some custom cookies from ♥♥ Yours Truly ♥♥

Gold Diamond Ring Cookies

Gold Diamond Ring Cookies

Andrea/Justin Heart Cookies

They met and fell in love in Raleigh – and got engaged in Asheville – see what I did there? 😉

North Carolina Cookie

Andrea & Justin's Engagement Basket

Wishing these two all the very very best and a lifetime of love and happiness!!

Hopefully you will all be seeing a lot more from me soon.  I want to make some Halloween, Fall, and Thanksgiving cookies, so check back soon!

♥ LL

Shower Time!

I know haven’t posted in a while.  But that’s just because I was saving up for an extra special one. Two of my favorite people are getting married!!!  Yes, I’ve told you all this already – Rachel and Tyler.  I made some engagement cookies for them last year.  Well this past weekend, I threw the beautiful bride a shower.  So of course I found a way to work some cookies into the party 🙂

I am posting a bunch of pics of the party as well because, well, why not?  I had the best time planning it with my mom and I am pretty proud of how it turned out. Rachel already has such a beautiful theme for her wedding, so I just went right along with it.

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Cookie Favors!

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So I tried to make these lil signs look like chalkboards to match the theme

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Mimosa Bar!!!

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Watermelon Mimosa – Highly recommend

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Big thanks to everyone who came and joined us yesterday.  And thank you to Rachel for allowing us to host.  Love you!

Until next time…

❤ LL

 

 

 

She Sells Sea Shells

I was able to try out another new cookie cutter this week – the conch shell!  I had a sea shell cookie cutter, but hadn’t used it in a few years.  I was asked to make shell cookies for a rehearsal dinner for a beach-themed wedding and I wanted a couple of varieties of shapes.  Since I had never made the conch shells before, I wasn’t sure how I was going to decorate them, but it kind of evolved over a the course of a few days.  I kept adding a little more detail until I was happy with the way they looked.

So they started out like this…

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I’ve made these sea shells before, but I forgot how much I like them 🙂  I was sticking to all pastel colors, and I tried to keep them in colors that would compliment each other since they were going to be packed in pairs and tied with navy blue ribbon.Image

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I even threw in a few of the octopus cookies for fun 🙂  How cute is that lil guy all wrapped up?!

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I know that’s a lot of pictures, but these cookies were a long process.  I really enjoyed making them.

I love love love summertime, so these summer-themed cookies are just the best!

Until next time…

 ♥ LL

About Time!

About Time!

Just a quick post to say a very special THANK YOU to my awesome friends, Andrea and Justin, for giving me this adorable octopus cookie cutter!!! I was very flattered that they thought of me when out of town and picked up this lil guy. He’s a great addition to my collection. Justin was also really impressed with how quickly I put it to good use!

Sweet Summertime

Helloooooooo friends!

It’s been way too long!  So you know that part on my About Me where I said I started this blog to motivate me to bake more often and stop being a workaholic?  Well I haven’t been doing an awesome job of that lately, so I’m going to try to fix that.  Luckily I’ve had a few people contact me recently with orders, so that will keep me going.

So this batch was thanks to my awesome friend, Andrea.  She ordered them for a birthday of a friend of hers for this weekend.  They are celebrating on Ocracoke Island!  So she asked for beach themed cookies. I haven’t done anything like that in a few years, so I was pretty pumped.  Plus she asked for really bright colors.  So my canvases and color palette looked a lil like this…

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I even had a request the next day for some cookies for a client at work, so I made some more 🙂

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I hope these cookies make you smile 🙂  And I hope you all have fun plans for this Memorial Day weekend!  Get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

Until next time…

❤ LL