Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cookie Decorating Party

Recently, I hosted a cookie decorating party for a few friends at a local bakery. I always admire the look of beautifully decorated cookies but mine never seemed to turn out so well. 

The baker had everything set up for us on a work table and it was fabulous to be able work and decorate without any clean up. Tiny tubes of royal icing made it easy to make squiggles and lines on the pre-cut cookies. 

We each started out with a plate of cookies. After a quick tutorial and some great decorating suggestions, we were on our way to making beautiful cookies. 

One of my favorite techniques was with sugar. I piped icing to outline or fill the cookie and then dipped it in a plate of sugar to get a great coating. The lips were my favorite! First I piped the outline of the lips and then dipped it in sugar. After it dried for a while, I filled in the rest of the cookie with icing and then dipped it again in sugar. Here are a few of the cookies I decorated. 

My friends and I had a blast and spent hours decorating cookies, talking, and enjoying coffee and tea. My friend Patti made these cookies. 

After our cookies were packed and ready to take home to our favorite valentines, we enjoyed some cake from the bakery. The three layer chocolate and almond cake had a raspberry icing in the middle. So delicious. 

A cookie decorating party is a fabulous idea for all ages! My girls were a little bit jealous that this was an adults only event. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fire in Ice

Mother Nature is taking us on a wild ride this winter. But this weekend, we enjoyed temperatures in the 40's that felt practically balmy after braving sub-zero weather. We attended a unique event called Fire in Ice. Beautiful ice sculptures delighted guests in the historic district. 

Tory Burch...on ice

My princess in front of the Enchanted Castle

Cupid is aiming his arrow!

The angel at my church
Hot cocoa warmed up cold hands at stations throughout the historic district. My girls burned their marshmallows perfectly before making the s'mores at several other points around town. 

Meanwhile, today I'm on the way outside to shovel snow. I have to keep a path clear in hopes that some packages will arrive from the UPS man or by postal delivery!


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