First Post!

8 Jan

It’s kind of funny starting a blog, knowing that there aren’t any readers yet.  So to whom do I write? (and do I need to use perfect grammar, or not?!)  I guess I write to all of those who will find us along the way. I’m so glad you found us, and I hope that you’ll enjoy reading my posts and be inspired to try some fun new things in the kitchen.

I guess a little “About Me” might be nice. My name is Karen, and my husband Mike and I run a little online cookie supply shop called Karen’s Cookies. I love the art of the decorated cookie, and most of my posts will revolve around that subject.  As much as I adore decorated cookies, I also thoroughly enjoy many other types of baking, so you will see posts on other subjects sprinkled in. I’m sure that drop cookies, pies, pastries, cakes, breads and other goodies will find their way onto the blog occasionally. (Oh, and since I have a store, and because I can, I’m sure that giveaways will abound!)

This is me at the shop. It's probably the last picture you'll ever see of me. Cookies are much more exciting!

I started a blog several years ago when we opened our shop. My pictures were horrible.  Beyond horrible. UG-LY. I would show you one, but they have long been deleted and (hopefully) forgotten. One of my favorite things about blog hopping is the beautiful photography, and my own blog certainly wasn’t delivering.  So I kind of gave up, while still wishing I could create a fun place to share my kitchen adventures. Recently Mike and I got to talking about giving it another try. He taught me what he knows about macro and aperture and shutter speed, and we’ve invested in some decent lights for the kitchen.  So far the results have been fun and exciting! Hopefully I can keep all the camera settings straight and continue to improve my skills with time.

Thanks again for stopping by! Feel free to comment, make suggestions, or just say  hi. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Baking!

Karen

33 Responses to “First Post!”

  1. Aimee January 10, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    I love that you have a blog. You have given me the nerve to try and decorate cookies. I have had this on my bucket list for A LONG time now. I have 2 little boys that love to eat cookies, why not make them cute. Love your videos and store. Kudos to you for living your passion. I can not wait to try your heart cookie techniques.

    Aimee

    • Karen January 10, 2011 at 1:48 am #

      Wow Aimee! How did you even find me? You’re my very first comment, and probably my very first reader (besides my mom and my friend Rachel!) Send me your email address and I’ll send you a “prize” for being my first commenter. :D Thanks!

      Oh– edited to add my email: contact at Karenscookies.net

      • Aimee January 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

        WOW.. what a first post prize. Thank you so much. It was so KIND of you. I can not wait to try out my new goods.

        Thanks again
        Aimee

  2. Pam (aka CookieCrazie) January 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Yippeee……Karen is blogging. I’m so excited. I just found this. Funny…..I was looking at the stats on my blog and one of my refer-ers (is that a word?!) was this blog. lol

    I’m so happy. Hey…..would you do a guest post on my blog. I just did one on Haniela today. I’d love to do one on you. please, please please??? :)

    Karen…..you never cease to amaze me. All the things you guys do for cookie decorators……love it!

    Can’t wait to see what you do next.

    Oh….and please show us your set up for photography. That is one are that I’m lacking. I don’t want to spend a ton of money…..but I want my cookie photos to look excellent.

    Hugs to you, my friend…….welcome to the blog world. :)

    • Karen January 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      Pam, it’s funny how you found me, because that’s exactly how I found you, too! :D You were a referer (I think that’s a word, but the spell-checker doesn’t!) to my site.

      I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into here… I spent hours getting posts ready yesterday. Will I get faster?? The cupcake frosting post took FOREVER (it will be up shortly), but I guess it’s especially long. I need to stick with decorated cookies!!! :D If I keep taking this much time, I’m going to have to sell the business and give my kids to the orphanage.

      I’d be honored to do a guest post on your blog! Let me know what I should write about!

      As soon as I learn a little bit more about the photography (still having some issues!) I’ll do a post where I show you my set-up! :D I actually just bought a lighting set-up, but I’m sure you could rig one up yourself by looking at it.

      Anyway, thanks, Pam!! Glad you found me! :D

  3. Liz January 11, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I am sooo excited to have found your blog! I love making decorated cookies and your website and videos have been such an inspiration. I have a lot to learn and can’t wait to see what other great tips you are going to share!

  4. Natalie Byrd January 11, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Hi Karen, I’m so happy to see your blog, I used to have a blog too, but my husband accidentally deleted it… maybe some day I’ll give it another go. But anyhoo, glad your blogging, you and Mike are wonderful and I always look forward to your post on CookiersRUs.

    • Karen January 26, 2011 at 9:08 am #

      Natalie, how does one’s husband accidentally delete a whole blog?? Yikes! That actually sounds like something I would do. I guess I’d better be careful!! :D

  5. Bea @ CancunCookies January 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Welcome to blogging, Karen! I love your work, and all you do for us COOKIE people… can’t wait for all that you have to share with us…

  6. Lauri January 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Congratulations on the new blog Karen! Everything looks amazing and fantastic! You really do make it all look so easy (and scrumptious)!

    • Karen January 12, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks, Lauri! It IS easy! :D You can do it!

  7. Katie Troumbley January 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Yay, Yay, Yay!! I love your blog! How fun, and exciting to see all your amazing creations! I look forward to learning from you yet again my friend!!

  8. Georganne January 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Ha ha. I love the very first posts of a blog! There is something special about writing for an unknown audience. I love it. I love all your cookie things, and I can’t wait to see what your blog will bring! (And your pictures are fantastic!)

    • Karen January 12, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      Yeah, I sat there for quite some time wondering what to say in the first post! Ha ha… It’s all a little easier from there! Thanks for visiting!

  9. Emily January 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Your blog looks amazing! I love the layout and colors but I’m mostly drooling over your photos! If it’s not top secret, I’d like to see more of your set up/learn what kind of camera you have. Goodness I have a lot to learn. Sorry if I commented too many times. :)

    • Karen January 12, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      It’s definitely not top secret!! Come over anytime and I’ll show you. I’m in the kitchen all week baking, so I’ll be around! (As long as you don’t mind the mess….) And you can comment as many times as you want!

  10. Wendy Scarbrough January 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Great blog Karen and so exciting!! I love the cupcake blog as I made cupcakes a lot before I found you and the others in the cookie forum! I can’t wait to try these flavors! I always made the ordinary choc, vanilla and yellow varieties with a really nice whipped icing but NOW….well… I think I will knock a few socks off my family members come Easter (our next get together!)

    • Karen January 12, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks, Wendy! I was thinking as I made all of these that I really need a party to cater or something, because I think a cupcake dessert bar would be so fun to make! (And then I wouldn’t be the one eating them all….) I bet you could flavor up your current icing with some of these ideas too, if you don’t want to switch icings.

  11. Karen January 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Ok, I think I’m going to have to stop responding to each post individually. I’m starting to get lost!! :D Thank you to all of you for your kind comments!! I really appreciate your thoughts!

  12. Lindy January 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Hey girl! So happy to see you blogging! Still wish you had a family blog so I can keep up with your cute kids – they are growing too fast! Thanks for inspiring me in sooo many ways! So wishing you were MY next-door neighbor so I could pick your brain every day! Love ya and keep up all the cute work! :) Lindy

    • Karen January 26, 2011 at 9:07 am #

      Hey Lindy! We actually do have a family blog– I’ll email it to you. Thanks for always being such a great support!

  13. Lorna Putman January 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    So glad you are doing a blog. I just happened to find it and I know I will be hooked forever looking at your creations. Thanks also for your tutorials. So very helpful. Please keep them coming.

  14. Mireia January 20, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Today I discover your blog, it’s a lovely idea!! Congratulations for all your works, tey’re great!!

    Kisses from Spain!

  15. Kim January 21, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Just saying hi! I am one of your newest followers! Found you by CookieCrazie post today. I am just a hobbyist but I am really getting into cookie decorating so I am excited to follow (and shop!)

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  16. Leanne ( Grozzie11) January 22, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Thanks for taking the step to give the blogging a go again.

    I LOVE your shop, you have so much fabulous stuff I cannnot get in Aus, so Thanks to both you and Mike and for your inspirational ideas. Hopefully I will get better at new designs myself. I also love your forum and would be lost without it.

    THANK YOU BOTH…. Now back to do some shopping …

  17. Leanne ( Grozzie11) January 22, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    me again, I forgot to say OMG how do you do it…
    Blog, website, flickr, shop, forum and then there is the whole time consuming cookie making and decorating… you amaze me :)

  18. Ariadna January 22, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Hi Karen!!! I am glad to discover your blog, I love your shop and tutorial… so from now on will love also hear from you in the blog… :)
    Thanks for everything!!!

    I am from Spain, I can´t buy as much as I wish for the big cost of the “shipping”, but always with the new things you have I am saying…. “I want it!!!” .. :)

  19. Trish January 23, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Karen,

    I just love your shop and your twitter and now a blog? Amazing! I had not found you on facebook prevoiusly but now I have, and I LIKED you, too!
    If I were to win the $100 gift certificate the first thing I would buy is the Wedding Cake Cookie Decorating Kit, I have had my eye on that for a while now ;)

  20. Amy S. January 23, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Just found your site today via youtube- so excited! I’ve always been intimidated by these sort of sugar cookies but I really want to learn how to make them. I watched all your videos! I will be placing an order soon!

  21. Chari January 23, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Enhorabuena por tu blog, me encantan tus explicaciones y tus vídeos. Desde ahora te seguiré en tu blog!!!

  22. Julieanna January 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I am enjoying your blog….from the beginning!!! Your cookies amaze me, they are almost too beautiful to eat. Can’t wait to see what comes next. And thanks so much for the tutorials and videos, they help so much for the cookie challenged.

  23. Karen January 26, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Ok, I’m REALLY bad at responding to everyone’s comments, but I want to thank you for all of your encouragement at the beginning of this blog adventure. Thank you thank you thank you thank you for your thoughts!!

  24. Jennifer February 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Karen, I have learned so much from your videos and tutorials. I found you via You Tube video on cookie decorating. Last night I copied your Valentine heart cookies and gave them to the teachers at my daughters preschool, and we ate a few ourselves. They turned out beautiful and it was easy. Thanks for helping me look like a pro, like you :-) Now I’m addicted.

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