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

Baby Boy Shower

I made some cookies for a baby shower that a friend of mine attended this past weekend. I’m really loving the color of these. This springtime weather we are having lately is very fitting for the pastel spring-like colors!

I hadn’t broken out my sailboat cookie cutter in probably 5+ years, so that was a fun one to make. The teddy bears are easily one of my all-time favorites. I made half the bears with the solid brown flood icing and the other half with different designs using all of the colors in the batch. I know some people don’t like a ton of icing on their cookies, and it’s also fun to play with different designs.

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I’m really happy with how they turned out and it sounds like they were a hit at the party! Thank you, Jennifer! I am already working on my next couple of orders, so you will be seeing those soon. I will be making some for a St. Patty’s Day birthday and also some for Easter.

❤ LL

 

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

My brother is getting married!

I knew I wanted to do something special for my brother’s wedding, but it took me a while to decide on the details. I’ve made cookies for a few weddings, but I wanted to try something a little different. I thought the cursive L would make for cool looking cookie, and I couldn’t find a cookie cutter that shape anywhere. So I actually had this cookie cutter custom made. I took an image of a cursive L and created a shape around it so I knew that it would fit. Ended up with what looks like an amoeba, but the finished product was exactly what I wanted 🙂

The rest was pretty easy. I used some edible markers to write love on the background of the cookies and I used the colors of the wedding (navy blue and gold). I’m really happy with how they turned out. They were the favors for the rehearsal dinner and they were quite a hit! Some people there were already aware of my minor cookie decorating obsession/hobby, but many others had never seen any of them before and couldn’t believe I hand-wrote love on the background of all the cookies. That was actually really easy! I found a few brands of edible markers on Amazon – these are the ones I used.

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20150603_225029 20150603_225250 2015-06-04 11.19.22One mistake I made was starting to write on them too soon. I let the white icing sit for probably 3 or 4 hours and that was nowhere near long enough. They didn’t bleed right away, but the next day, they were a mess. I had to remake quite a few of them. So lesson learned there. The royal icing should really sit overnight before you do anything like that.

The gold L was made by just using some yellow colored icing and covering it with gold sprinkles before it dried. They are the same sprinkles I use for the diamond ring cookies. The mini hearts were just an added touch. I made 4 different designs and there were 3 in each bag (one behind the big cookie that you can’t see). I highly recommend using these treat bags by Wilton. The shape makes it much easier to arrange the cookies and tie them up and they are the perfect size for small favors like these.

Congratulations to Meg & Josh! I’m off to get ready for the wedding!

April showers bring May cookie flowers

So I went months without posting, and sadly without baking much, and now I have 2 posts within a week! First of all, Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! These flower cookies were an order I received from a friend and former coworker of mine for a mother’s day gift for his mom 🙂 Thank you, Mitch!

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Now let’s not forget about the dads. Father’s Day will be here before you know it – June 21st! For all the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill peeps – check out humblymade.com for some awesome locally designed and printed tshirts! My personal favorite:

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❤ LL

Boy or Girl?

It’s been a while since my last post.  It hasn’t been for a lack of baking, I’ve just been trying out a few new recipes.  A couple of them are very much worth sharing:

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies from twopeasandtheirpod.com

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from averiecooks.com

Now back to my most recent batch.  This order came from a good friend and coworker of mine for a baby shower this past weekend.  The mom-to-be has decided not to find out if she’s having a boy or a girl, so we went with both blue and pink cookies.

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Hope everyone is having a great week!

♥ LL

Birthday Cookies – Part II

I know I posted birthday cookies recently – but it sparked some interest, and I was able to get a little more practice making some last week.  My friend, Melissa, ordered some from me – so I was all for trying them out again.  This time I added in some party hats too.  I decided to change it up a bit with the colors.  I also changed the order that I was icing the parts of the cake with.  With the first batch, I did the cake icing first, thinking it would easiest with the sprinkles.  This time, I frosted the two layers of cake, let those dry for a 1-2 hours, then I added the icing layers between and added the sprinkles. Personally, I think these came out better.  It actually looks like icing dripping down the side of the cakes.  What do you think?

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Did I mention how much I’m loving these pans?

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I’m getting excited to start all the Valentine’s Day cookies!  They are up next!  I hope everyone is having a great week!

♥ LL

Super Bowl Sunday

I may not be a huge football fan, but Super Bowl Sunday is great for so many other reasons.  One of which is… the food!  Appetizers and desserts – my favorites!  I decided to whip up some football cookies for the occasion and I even threw in a new recipe I just tried for the first time last week.  Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies.  What?!  I know.  Yes, they’re amazing.  Check out the recipe. Very easy to make.  Little tip – do not over-bake.  They may seem a little soft at 10 minutes, but they’ll be fine after they sit on the pan for a couple minutes out of the oven.

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I’d also like to point out that, as you can, I finally got some new pans!  Williams Sonoma GoldTouch® Nonstick Cookie Sheets!  I love them.  They were a Christmas gift and they’ve made a big difference in my baking – everything cooks so evenly now.  Nothing sticks to them.  And they cool down so quickly.  Highly recommend.

I hope everyone has a great Super Bowl Sunday!  I can’t say that I care who wins, but I will be watching.  And eating 🙂

Until next time…

♥ LL

Celebrating 5 years in Raleigh!

My friends, Tera and Tom, are celebrating their 5 year anniversary of moving to Raleigh this weekend.  They generously decided to throw a party to celebrate with their friends.  They both have been very supportive of me and my cookie business since this started a few months ago, so I wanted to come up with something unique to make for their party.

So walk through this with me:  Tera & Tom = TnT = dynamite/fireworks…..see what I did there?  I tried to find a cookie cutter in the shape of a stick of dynamite.  Not so sure that exists.  BUT I did find something pretty close – a firecracker!  And I threw in some stars with 5’s’ on them to commemorate the year.

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I was really flattered by the response these got at the party.  They were a hit and disappeared pretty quickly.  I even saw people taking pictures of them and with them.  The cookie nerd inside of me was smiling 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking them out.  I’m already working on the next batch – come back soon to check them out!

♥ LL

“Cookie Dough” Piggy Bank

So, when I started this blog, I never thought in a million years that it would spark such an interest with my friends and family.  I have been incredibly flattered and humbled by the response.  You all will never truly know how much it has meant to me.

I thought it would be cute to get a piggy bank to store my “cookie dough”, get it?  😉  I stumbled upon an Etsy shop that featured custom hand-painted ceramic piggy banks.  I emailed the shop owner and told her what I wanted one for and she was so sweet!  I was really just looking for a baking theme.  She not only visited my blog, but she painted the cookies from my posts all over the bank!  It’s really special to me because I remember all of those batches – what event/who they were for.  For example, the hot air balloon is a cookie I made for my nephew’s first birthday party.  The engagement ring was from my very first blog post about my friends Rachel and Tyler.

Long story short, I love it!!!  And I highly recommend her store!   Thank you, Katie!

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She put my name in the rolling pin – look closely!

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Pardon the booty shot

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♥ LL