Cookie Camp!

6 Oct

I’m back from Cookie Camp! I’ve actually been back for a few days, but when a mom goes out of town for five days, it seems like there’s a lot of catch-up, plus I’ve just been trying to get my head back on straight. Sometimes that takes me a while. So anyway, sorry for the delay.

Cookie Camp was great! I met lots of wonderful people– many of whom I knew a little bit before from emailing and blog-stalking, but it was great fun to meet them in person and talk cookies (and other stuff, too).

I told you I would take lots of pictures, and I did take some, but they are TERRIBLE.  So I had to pick out the best of the bad to share with you. I’m so sorry. Someday I’ll learn to be a better photographer.

For our first challenge, we were given 5 cookies– a cupcake, teacup, butterfly, car, and a (somewhat funky) Easter chick. We could decorate them however we wanted. I was blown away by the talent and creativity. I hope you can see enough detail in these pictures.

Here are the teacups:

Crazy, right? I mean, the creativity was astounding. I loved the jellyfish, done by Cancun Cookies (Bea). Can you guess which one is mine?

(butterfly- top right corner)

Here are the cupcakes:

It’s a cupcake, people! We were supposed to vote on our favorite and the winner got a prize. How do you pick just one of these?  Can you guess which one is mine?

Beaver- top right, second row. I started doing the beaver and then glanced over and saw Callye (Sweet Sugarbelle) doing an animal of some sort too. I almost changed what I was doing because I knew she would do it so much better. Hers was the gray cat, and it won. :D I knew it!!

Here are the cars:

You have to remember that we were in the sticks– no cell coverage, no internet– so no referencing any kind of pictures or clipart or anything. Amazing!!   Can you guess which one is mine?

The Cookie Police.  I stared and stared at that cookie, trying to come up with something besides a car, and just couldn’t. And then look what the other ladies came up with!

The funky Easter chick:

There are no words. Seriously, the cuteness!  The flowers in the basket were so pretty, and done by one of my favorite cookie bloggers, Cookie Crazie (Pam). She is the only one that uses glaze for her cookies, and what she does with it is AMAZING. It was fun to watch her work.  Any idea which one is mine?

The elf. Not my favorite work. But the shape fit pretty well! I LOVED what people came up with for these.

And last but not least, the butterfly.

I told you before I went that I was nervous about being around these amazing decorators, and I was serious. Once I got there, I was even more nervous because they are SO talented. I could have sat and watched them decorate for days. Any guesses on which one is mine?

The trees with the bears. Did you know there were bears up there at camp?? We even saw one of them. I guess there’s a daddy bear and a baby bear. We just saw the baby bear and we made a lot of noise so we wouldn’t have a run-in with Daddy.  So they were the inspiration of my poorly executed bears! :D

You know when you see awesome food blogs and you wish that you could taste the beautiful delicacies that they showcase? Well guess what? I got to taste a Glorious Treats cupcake! Glory has been an inspiration to me since I found her blog several months ago. I love her style and her beautiful photography. She made some cupcakes just for me!

Ok, fine. It wasn’t just for me. It was for everybody at camp. But that included me, right? :D The cupcake was just as delicious as I imagined it to be, and now when I read her blog, I will just drool even more. Here she is baking the cupcakes, while chatting with Pam.

Two of my favorite bloggers in one spot. Callye was actually right there, too, but the picture was not flattering and I didn’t want her to kill me, so I cut her out of the shot. You’re just going to have to believe me that she was there. Really! I met her!

It was great to learn from the best. I learned more about how to think outside the box, and I came home re-energized to try new things with cookies. I’m in the middle of a project right now that I’m excited to share with you. It is thinking outside the box and inside the box, all at the same time!

That was cookie camp in a (big, long) nutshell! I’m glad I got to go! I hope you can catch some of the inspiration by looking at all of their cookies.

(P.S. We also did a group project where we decorated a cookie “neighborhood” together. My pictures of those cookies turned out way too bad to share, so I’m going to have to ask permission to use somebody’s pictures. I’ll post or link to another blog soon, because those turned out really cute, too!)

31 Responses to “Cookie Camp!”

  1. cookiecrazie - Pam October 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I love reading about camp. It takes me back there so quickly. I will always hold these memories in my heart forever.

    What a pleasure to finally meet you, Karen. You are as delightful as I had imagined…..and we’re friends forever. :)

    Thanks for mentioning me.

    P.S. You really sell yourself short. Your cookies are absolutely amazing!! You are in the same league as all the other queens. Our styles are all different…..but that does not mean we aren’t as good as someone else. (BTW…..I’ll need this speech shared with me sometime soon…..so have it handy for when I’m down on myself!) That mountain cookies with the bears was FABULOUS. Your creativity astounded me. As you said, we had no help from Google, clipart……nothing. So for you to come up with the things you did was wonderful. Go Karen! I think you are AWESOME. :)

    • Karen October 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      Awww… thanks Pam! It was so fun to meet you! I felt like I already knew you before I went, but now I really know you! :) Thanks for the encouragement about the cookies. It’s easy for me to feel inferior next to you ladies! But I did come back ready to try new things and keep up with my blog better. You all set the bar pretty high!

  2. Rachel October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    It looks like it was so much fun! I’ve never seen so much confectionery talent all in one place! Like Pam said, each person has her own style, and it’s neat to see how creatively each cookie can be decorated. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

    • Karen October 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      Rachel, thank you for reading my adventures. You’ve been my cheerleader since the day I put this blog up, and I want you to know how much I appreciate you! <3

  3. patricia rolon October 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    thank you for share all your pictures from the camp awesome,

  4. Vanilla Bean Baker October 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I think all the cookies are as wonderful as all the talented bakers and decorators attending this camp. Looks like it was a lovely time in a lovely locale. I don’t know if I could think on the fly like you all did, especially with a group of other bakers in the same room. I’m normally all alone when I bake and decorate :) Thanks for sharing your camp experiences with us.

  5. Gina October 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    You all are soooo talented. I wish I could think of great ideas like that. Glad you had a good time and keep the pictures coming!

  6. Cristin (Pinkie) October 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    I chose my favorite of each of the cookies before I read your post of who had done what and the Cookie Police was my favorite for that section. I loved it! Super cute! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible cookie camp experience with us! I’ve been sooo excited to hear about camp from all those that attended. Seriously sitting on pins and needles waiting for all the cookie greats to get back from camp! I love all the photos. I can’t imagine being in a room with you all. I would be so nervous that I don’t think I’d even be able to speak! Thanks for the photos and sharing your experience! It was really fun to hear about it!

    • Karen October 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      Thanks Cristin. I’m glad you liked my Cookie Police! :D You know, I was nervous to be around these ladies, but they are about as down to earth as they come. It was fun to be there and learn from them! You wouldn’t be nervous for long.

  7. faithy October 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Such a great post! I enjoyed reading it and looking at all the photos! You all must have had so much fun! The cookies that all of you did are so amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Yael October 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful time! All of your works are an inspiration and|I thank you for sharing. Maybe someday I’ll even get to participate!

  9. The Partiologist October 7, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Karen – I really love all the cookies you created this past weekend! You are a very very talented artist!!!

  10. Margaret October 7, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Karen, I loved seeing your post and your cookies too! They are all beautiful and I bet you all had a hard time choosing only one! Welcome bake oops back!

  11. Nani Mosteo October 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Thank you very much for sharing your fantastic experience! How I wish I had been there, only to see so much talent assembled!
    I love your creations, you have an unmistakable style.

  12. Bea @ CancunCookies October 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Reading about this AMAZING experience bring those cherished memories back. I loved meeting you in person! I didn’t mention that last Winter I showed Myri your great saran wrap tip video, but I must confess I’d never used it before (I’m a bottle girl you know, hehe). I tried it at CC and LOVE it!!! Cleaning up is a breeze! Miss you!

    • Karen October 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      It was so nice to meet you, Bea! Thanks for being such a great cookie friend! And thanks for killing that horrible spider, too! :D I’m still having nightmares about the spider!

  13. Colleen October 8, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Your cookies are just as wonderful as anybody elses! Great job, Karen! Cookie Camp sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing the experience and I cannot wait to see more blogs!!!

  14. Thamara De Jesús October 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Where is the Cookie Camp? It is every year? Everybody can go?

    • Karen October 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      This was the second time they’ve had it. They keep it pretty small because it’s in a very remote place in Tennessee. It’s hard to arrange transportation for everybody, etc. It would be fun to have a bigger one, but it would be a lot of work to plan. Maybe sometime!

  15. Chapix Cookies (@ChapixCookies) October 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Thank you so much Karen for doing this post, I enjoyed it so much. It was amazing to meet you in person and an honor to share room with you, you are a very special lady! Thanks to your saran wrap tip video my hands are not so harmed anymore, I never thought that I would be able to meet you someday!
    I’ll treasure the cookie cutter you gave me, it was like I was receiving the guitar from a Rock Star! :D
    Hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to see you in some other time :)
    Hugs & kisses from Mexico!!

    • Karen October 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Oh Myri! You’re so funny! The guitar from the rock star?? YOU were the rock star! I came home and showed my husband pictures of all of your cookies on Flickr. I could have watched you for hours and hours and not got tired of it. Your cookies are so unique and completely adorable. It was a pleasure to meet you!

  16. Karen October 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Every time I start replying to individual comments, I feel bad that I can’t respond to everybody. Thank you so much for all your comments! I really appreciate everybody’s kindness!

  17. Nicole (Life's a Batch) October 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    I absolutely LOVED seeing all the cookie creations! I also called my husband in to see, for last summer, I bought that same car cutter but had no use for its intended shape. I made a snowman holding his teddy bear! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/navygreen/4981174733/)

    • Karen October 10, 2011 at 6:16 am #

      CUTE! See, I would have never seen that. I’m starting to think outside the box more and more, but I’m still not very good at it. I’m hoping it is an ability that can be developed. It’s such a great skill to have. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. SweetSugarBelle October 10, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I thought you were the BEST at seeing outside of the BOX! I loved every single cookie you made. I had a hard time picking, but the trees and bears/butterfly was in my top three! I had a great time meeting you, and I LOVE you even more for cutting me out of a bad pic…I’m not fond of being in pics, anyway, LOL =) I cannot wait until we do it again. Hanging out with other “cookie nerds” is my idea of a GREAT time!

  19. A Dozen Eggs October 10, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Karen, you’re crazy!! Your cookies were so great! I loved the bears, so clever. I thought it was very difficult to come up with ideas on the fly, and I was intimidated too.
    Great post, and it was so great meeting you!
    xo
    L

    • Karen October 14, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      Hey Laura! Thanks for visiting my blog! Your comment got caught by the spam filter for some reason, so I’m just now seeing it. It was such a pleasure to meet you!

  20. Sharon Gibson The Plaid Cookie October 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Wow Karen,you are one of the greats. Who taught us how to saran wrap our frosting?? Who showed so many other tutorials?? You are one of the teachers most of us newbies follow. I loved this post, and all the pics and the way each lady created her cookie. I want to go to cookie camp!!! I want to learn to think outside the box a little more. That’s so awesome.

    • Karen October 14, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Sharon, you’re so sweet! Thank you so much! I’m so glad I’ve been able to teach you some tricks of the trade! :) I hear there is another “Cookie Camp” type event in the works. I’ll keep you posted!

  21. Kerry Phillips October 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these awesome “outside of the box” samples! You must have had soooo much fun and I’m a bit jealous right now, but I’ll get over it…LOL! Please “like” my page BE{Creative} if you have the chance…Mahalo

  22. Brenda byrd June 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Are their any classes at cookie camp which help you improve your decorating skills

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