Archive | January, 2011

Food Coloring Markers Winner

28 Jan

Thanks to all who entered!  I purposely didn’t announce this giveaway anywhere. I’ve been announcing on facebook and twitter, etc, when I have a giveaway, but this time I wanted to see who my blog followers were. There’s a bunch of you! Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how much it means to know you’re out there reading.  Also, thanks for all the dinner ideas. I got recipes and everything!! You all are great cooks! I can’t believe what people are eating for dinner. My family got tacos one night and pizza the other. But I’m totally going to refer to this post for my dinner planning!

Ok, the winner of the markers is Katherine from The Yellow House Cakery. Katherine said:

Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches are on the menu at my house!

Mmm… sounds good to me!  Congratulations, Katherine!! I’m sure you’ll put your markers to good use. I’ve sent you an email, so check your box. If you don’t see it, please email me at contact at KarensCookies dot net. We’re having very frustrating email issues (which is not good for a web business!! Grrr…)

And speaking of that, Bea from Cancun cookies– I still have your party cutters but haven’t heard back from you on your shipping address. I’ll email you again today, so watch for that, or send me an email.

Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend! Hope you can do something easy and relaxing this weekend. That’s what I’m hoping for!! :D

Food Coloring Markers

26 Jan

So I made the postage stamps in my Valentine set and piped on the cancellation lines:

But I wasn’t crazy about them, and thought that using a food coloring marker would actually look more like a cancellation stamp. But then I thought that I would probably need all of the decorations to be flat in order to do that, so that’s when I did the top right stamp. I just added all the decorations while the base glaze was still wet so it would all settle in nicely.

Very simple design. They don’t have to be fancy at all. Especially since you’re going to draw over the top of it.

Ok, so I was totally going to Photoshop this cookie. Because look:

I was trying to hold the pen with my right hand and take the picture with my left hand. That doesn’t work, by the way. So then I tried holding the pen with my left hand and taking the picture with my right hand. That didn’t work either. So I had my daughter hold the pen. Um…. that REALLY didn’t work! She ended up drawing all over it. So I had to use a damp paper towel to rub off the markings, and there were some smudges left over. So I was going to Photoshop the smudges off. But I decided to keep it real. Hey, have you ever seen stamps after they go through the mail? They’re all smudged up. It adds to the look….right?? :D Just a little plug to say that if your cookies aren’t perfect, that’s ok!

The finished product. Smudges and all.

I love using the food coloring markers. There are so many possibilities. Do you have some of these?

I’ll give a set of 2 black Gourmet writers to one lucky commenter. Please only enter one time. Just post and tell me what you’re having for dinner tonight because I need ideas. :D I’ll choose the winner using Random.org. Enter by midnight Thursday, January 27. I’ll announce the winner Friday morning.

Have a great Wednesday!

Hearts and Flowers on Chocolate

25 Jan

I had fun playing around with some Valentine’s Day cookies. This was an experimental batch of chocolate cookie dough. All I did was substitute 1/2 cup of cocoa for 1/2 cup of the flour in my regular Rolled Sugar Cookie Dough, which is what Pam does with her recipe.  I thought it turned out great. The only thing I’m not sure about is whether they are as sturdy. I had a few of them break on me while I was decorating, which is pretty unusual. I guess it makes sense that they would loose a little bit of stability by substituting cocoa powder for the flour, because you’re loosing a little bit of the gluten, which is kind of like the glue (glue-ten!) that holds things together, but I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference. They weren’t super brittle or anything, and maybe I was just extra butter-fingery (what?? My spell-checker says that’s not a word!) the day I did these. I wouldn’t put it past me.  But anyway, I think it was a fun change, and I LOVED the contrast of the red, pink and white against the dark cookies.

These daisies are super-simple. I just outlined in black, filled in white and added a colored “button” for the center. The buttons caved in a little bit, which sometimes happens when you’re using thinned-down MPB. I didn’t mind it at all on these, though. I think it adds to the look. Also, you’ll notice that my petals are uneven in both size and spacing, but I think it adds to the charm! Don’t worry about getting them too perfect.

Some cute little hearts using marbling and feathering techniques. If you didn’t catch our Valentine Hearts post, go check that out for more instruction.

More hearts in a more stylized shape.

Hugs and Kisses! I had a red one too, but it broke so I had to eat it. I really love this cutter.

I told you earlier that I have a square cookie obsession, so when I was baking up this batch of cookies, I did some squares without really knowing what I was going to do with them. I thought maybe I’d spell out L-O-V-E, like I did with the S-N-O-W in my winter post. When I got to decorating, I realized that the small crinkle squares looked kind of like stamps, and Valentine’s Day is all about love letters, so I tried some stamps. The two with the “cancellation” lines on them were done with just a writing tip and black MPB, but I’ll show you in tomorrow’s post what I did later that I liked much better.

Fun mix! I’m still kind of a sugar cookie purist, but this opened my eyes to the possibilities of chocolate!

$100 Gift Certificate Winner!

24 Jan

Ok, this was amazing. First of all, THANK YOU for the wonderful response to this giveaway. I enjoyed reading your thoughts, and you were all so kind to Mike and myself.  I wish I could give everyone the gift certificate. But the good news is that I’ll be having tons of giveaways, small and large, so be sure to check back often.

The winner of the $100 gift certificate was Linda (from Georgia with “sweetmemories” in her email address).  Here is her post:

If I won the giveaway, I would buy squeeze bottle with couplers, writing pens and emulsions/flavorings… after I squealed loud enough for you to hear me from Georgia!  Thank you for everything you share and the time you take to help others.

And I think I just heard a squeal from Georgia! :)  Linda, I sent you an email, so check your box and write back to claim your prize! (or if you don’t see the email, just send me an email at contact at karenscookies dot net)

Congratulations, and thanks again to all who entered!

Coming up next, some fun Valentine cookies…

Blog Ribbon Cutting

21 Jan

Well, I’ve been blogging for almost 2 weeks now. I decided to wait to see if I could really keep up with it before I had a big “Blog Grand Opening” celebration. I think now is as good a time as any! Thanks to all of you who found me early on and encouraged me to continue. I really appreciate the encouragement, and it has helped to renew my commitment to keep going. Thank you!

So, for my first big giveaway, I’m giving away…

a $100 Karen’s Cookies gift certificate!

You can buy a lot of stuff with $100! You could buy…

these...

or these....

or this...

or this....

Or these....

Or these (for Valentine's day coming up!)...

or these little cuties...

or a couple of these (have you tried them? They're awesome!)...

OR all of the above and still have a few dollars left over! Of course you can come up with your own mix of fun stuff. Whatever strikes your fancy!

The rules:

You can enter up to TWO times. For the first time, just post a comment and tell me the first thing on your list to buy if you win. If you’ve already been to our site lots of times and know exactly what you want, that’s great. If you’re not sure yet, or don’t know exactly what we carry, hop on over to Karen’s Cookies and see what we have. Then come back and tell me what you like.

For the second entry, you can “like” us on facebook. If you already “like” us, just comment here on the blog and tell us that. If not, head on over to our facebook page and click “like”, then come back and tell us that you did it.

Please keep your entries to two. I’ll choose the winner by using Random.org. All entries need to be received by midnight mountain time on Sunday, January 23. I’ll announce the winner Monday morning.

Good luck, and have a great weekend!

Party Set Winner

21 Jan

Thanks for all of your comments, and the birthday wishes for Shannon! I’ll make sure she gets on here and reads all of your good wishes! :D  From reading the comments, it sounds like there were a lot of birthdays this week. I was tempted to pick someone who was having a birthday, but went with the old Random.org route. That’s always safest!

The winner of the party cookie cutters is Bea from Cancun Cookies! Congratulations, Bea!! Send your mailing address to me (contact at Karenscookies dot net) and I’ll get them sent right out!

Another (big!) giveaway coming right up….

Party Time!

19 Jan

About the same time that we got the Jungle Pals cutters that I showed you before, we also got these fun party theme cutters:

I still had some chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge so I thought I may as well try these guys out, too! Here’s what I came up with.

Presents

Party Hats

Cakes. See the one on the left? I was trying my best to be asymmetrical, because I'm always way too symmetrical. I ended up with asymmetrical symmetric lines. I tried.

Cupcakes!

My favorite was the yellow one.

I liked the swirls, which were inspired by Brenda’s super cute swirly cupcakes. I can’t do them quite like she can, but I thought it was cute anyway!

And the red one has potential. My black frosting was a little too thick so my outlines were kind of rough. If you ever run into that with Meringue Powder Buttercream (or Royal Icing, for that matter) don’t be afraid to add a few drops of water to thin it down a bit. You’ll get lots smoother lines. I did end up adding some water, but not till after I did this cookie:

See how the lines (around the cherry especially) are kind of bumpy and rough? That’s from the frosting being too thick.  Just a little FYI.

Some groupings:

I wasn’t too excited about the pink set, and I couldn’t put my finger on why. I think I just figured it out. I don’t think I like the black outlines with them. I tend to default to black outlines because generally I really like that style. I like the cartoon-y coloring-book type look. But I don’t know about black with the pastels. When you try this at home, go for a white or grey outline.

And you ARE going to try this at home, right? Because if you do, you’re going to need the cutters. Comment on this post by Midnight tomorrow (Thursday, Jan 20, which happens to be my sister’s birthday- Happy Birthday Shannon!!), and I’ll pick a winner at random to get the cutters.

Thanks for reading!

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