Happy St. Patty’s Day!

I received a request to make some Shamrock cookies for a birthday party this week. I made some solid green ones last night and felt like they needed a little something extra. I needed something that was not going to take too long to dry because they needed to be ready the next day. Typically, if you use sanding sugar, it helps set the icing faster. I’m hoping they are happy with the results. I’m loving them! Happy Birthday to Lyon and Thank you to Stewart and Kristen for the order 🙂

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Next up – Easter eggs! Doesn’t it feel strange to have these two holidays so close together? I am really loving the warm weather we have already here in NC. I can never get enough of the sun. Here’s to hope

❤ LL

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Tyler’s Dirty 30

My friend (and one of the sweetest guys I know), Tyler, turns 30 this week. I was fortunate enough to celebrate with him, his beautiful wife Rachel, and a bunch of his friends in Asheville, NC over this past weekend. I have been dying to visit Asheville since I moved to North Carolina! What a great reason to finally go.

Rachel asked if I could make some cookies for the weekend, and of course I was happy to. Considering what I knew what we would be partaking in most of the weekend, here is what I came up with and the process from the beginning of the design to the finished product:

The cookies were a big hit 🙂  I’ve also gotten several orders in the past week, so look out for some more posts. I have a unique order I did around Christmas that I need to dig up the pictures for as well. Better late than never right?

I know it’s been several months since my last post – sorry about that. I bought my first home last September and I’ve been a little busy furnishing/decorating/painting – so so so many DIY projects. LOVING it! I may post some stuff on here about them just because I’ve become slightly obsessed.

❤ LL

Hilton Head Island Lighthouse

I was asked to recreate the lighthouse in Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island for a very special occasion.  I was flattered, and could definitely not say no.  I have visited this lighthouse countless times in my life, as HHI is not only my favorite vacation spot, but I also was fortunate enough to live there for a few years.

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20131231_115748  I had to modify the cookies a bit once I cut them out of the dough because my lighthouse cookie cutter has a house on the bottom  Good idea to keep in mind that you can always alter the shape of your cookie if your cookie cutter doesn’t match exactly what you’re looking for.  Another example would be the diamond ring cookies.  My cookie cutter doesn’t have a hole in the  middle, so I used a separate circle cookie cutter to alter it.

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Until next time…   🙂

♥ LL

 

Love is in the air

Happy Saturday everyone!

I got to try out my skills on some more diamond ring cookies, thanks to an order from my awesome friend, Andrea.  I have to say, these are some of my favorite ones to make.  I changed them up a little bit from the original batch I did in an earlier post.  I was able to find a small circle cookie cutter that fits perfectly inside the diamond ring cookie cutter.  So you’ll see that the ring itself is thinner this time – making the diamond stand out a little more.

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Thanks for checking out my latest batch!  I’ve got lots more to come 🙂

♥ LL

New Year’s Eve

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!  I have been in Ohio visiting with my family for Christmas, but I still managed to whip up a batch (or 5) of cookies while I was here.

I just wanted to share a quick post of some cookies I made this weekend for New Year’s Eve.  I had a couple helpers this time – it was a lot of fun!  Thank you to Courtney and Megan (and of course my lil nephews Braden and Jack)!

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I am currently working on another batch of another shape/design I’ve never tried before. I have a few orders to get done this week before heading back to my day job. Hopefully I’ll get those posts up soon!

♥ LL

Cookie Exchange In Chagrin Falls!

Cookie Exchange In Chagrin Falls!

My awesome sister, Courtney, brought my cookies to a cookie exchange with her friends this weekend in my home town of Chagrin Falls, OH. She made such a beautiful display of the cookies, I wanted to share and to also say THANK YOU so much to her and to everyone for the kind words. So glad you enjoyed them!

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Now Dasher, Now Dancer, Now Prancer, and Vixen!

Now Dasher, Now Dancer, Now Prancer, and Vixen!

I am in heaven working on all my Christmas cookies. Had to share these. They are currently my favorite. Yea, ok, I say that a lot and it may change in 10 minutes. Happy Holidays, friends! ❤

Let’s get this party started!

Tis the season!  My baking has shifted into high gear for the holidays.  The cookie nerd inside of me could not be happier 🙂

I stocked up on a few supplies last night….

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Here’s a small sample of some I whipped this week…

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I’ve been very flattered by the requests I’ve had from friends and family lately for orders of Christmas cookies lately.  Thank you all so much for your support.  I am sure I will post more Christmas pics before the month is over.  This is also the time of year I get to make my very favorite – GINGERBREAD!  Maybe this weekend?  Stay tuned – lots more to come!

♥ LL

Can you match this bedding?

This batch will look a little familiar – considering I used a picture of them as the background for this blog when it was originally launched.  I actually made these cookies a couple years ago, but they are still one of my favorite batches to date.  (I probably say that a lot.)  But these were rather unique.  A friend of mine approached me about making a custom batch of cookies for a baby shower she was attending for a coworker.

She sent me links to the bedding that the mom-to-be had registered for and asked if I could use the colors and at least one of the shapes in there as a guide.  Here are the pics I was given:

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I knew the colors would be pretty easy to match, and narrowed the shapes down to the leaf, the owl, and the frog.  I got really lucky and happened to find an owl cookie cutter that was very similar to the owl in the bedding.  I have to be honest though, I didn’t have a lot of confidence that I’d be able to make them look like the owl on those sheets.  Fingers were crossed big time on these…

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Side note:  I’ve learned a few random things since starting this blog and posting these pics:

  1. I desperately need new cookie sheets – mine are looking pretty sad
  2. My photography skills are lacking (but you get the point)
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Like I was saying – I’m a horrible photographer, but this one makes me laugh so I had to post it. I love how every owl looks he’s looking in a different direction. Kinda creepy.

Special thanks to Lindsey for the order for these cookies!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  I will be working on Christmas cookies very soon, but I have some other ideas in the mix for this month as well.  Suggestions always welcome!

♥ LL

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

I love love love this time of year!  I love to eat, I love to cook, and obviously I LOVE to bake.  I already started listening to Christmas music yesterday.  Yep, I’m that girl.

I couldn’t wait to get home from work last night and get going on the icing of my Thanksgiving cookies.  Last year was the first year I tackled some fun designs on the turkeys and I was anxious to see if I could pull it off again.  I may or may not have spent almost 5hrs on them last night, but I made 80 cookies!  Hopefully our guests will like them  🙂

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Naked cookies = my canvas

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(Nerd Alert: This is where I start getting excited!!!!)

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Shout out to my beautiful sister, Courtney, for inspiring the tie-dye turkeys!

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Sending Thanksgiving wishes your way!!!  I hope that each of you is as fortunate as I am to be blessed with amazing family and friends that make the holidays so special, and really give us something to look forward to celebrating.  I’m SO thankful every day for the family I was given, and for the extended family I have chosen with my close friends.  You all know who you are!

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my blog.  I hope you come back again soon!  Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

♥ LL