Archive for January, 2009

Don’t Mess With Texas!

In 2007 my brother got married to my sister-in-law who was from Texas. Through the years that they’ve been together I’ve accumulated several “Don’t mess with Texas” souvenirs including socks, shot glasses, bumper stickers, and key chains. Last year my brother and sister-in-law moved to Texas. This past Christmas was one of the first Christmases in a long time where they weren’t with us. We had to ship all of their gifts to Texas, and in turn a box arrived at our house full of beautifully wrapped gifts. Our family’s christmas cards were wrapped in a pretty ribbon and a Texas shaped cookie cutter! I couldn’t wait to make up some Texas cookies! Here’s the result!

 

Don't Mess With Texas Cookies

Don't Mess With Texas Cookies

Posted by on January 29th, 2009

Winter Carnival

 

My parents church hosted a winter carnival yesterday complete with chili cook off and bake sale fund raiser! There were also lots of games and activities for the kids to play and a live band! I baked up 100 small snowflake cookies that the kids decorated with icing and sprinkles. Yum! The congregation entered 15 different chilis that were then judged by two members of the church and one fire fighter. I made up a delicious chili, and placed 4th out of the 15! Yay! I was very proud, especially since mine was one of two vegetarian chilis! I had many compliments on my hearty stew of beans, peppers and spices, they said that it was hearty enough that they didn’t even realize the meat was missing!

 

4th place Chili!

4th place Chili!

 

 

 

I also baked and decorated a dozen large snowflake cookies for the bake sale. The bake sale was to benefit a local fire fighter who was recently disabled in a motorcycle accident. By the end of the day, over $700 were raised! The bakery where I work also donated LOTS of items for the bake sale. They were so happy to help out because just this past Christmas we had a problem where the fire department had to come and fix a frozen pipe. Our power and water had to get shut off and we had water damage from the busted pipe. If it had not been for the outstanding and quick thinking men who responded to the call, there would have been no way they would have been able to open in time for the holiday. That would mean loosing thousands of dollars, and hundreds of disappointed customers. Some of the men who responded that day were there at the chili cook off, it was wonderful to be able to see them again and thank them for their help! They actually brought 5 gallons of their famous firehouse chili, and they were the ones who placed first prize! I guess if anyone knows how to make chili it would be them! 

 

 

Butter cookies with peppermint icing and blue sugars!

Butter cookies with peppermint icing and blue sugars!

Me and some of the Fire Fighters

Me and some of the Fire Fighters

 

 

 

 

Members of the Fire Department gathered around the bake sale tables!

Members of the Fire Department gathered around the bake sale tables!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by on January 27th, 2009

Patriotic Cupcakes

What better way to welcome a new president into the White House than with cupcakes! I put together some patriotic cupcakes for a get together we had over this past weekend. I wanted to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States! Many of my friends and I turned 18 after the last presidential election. That made this election our first chance to vote. How rewarding it was to have our first election where who we voted for won! Not to mention the excitement of participating in such a wonderful and historic election.

The cupcakes are yellow confetti cupcakes with vanilla almond flavored marshmallow buttercream. SO TASTY! The decorations are store bought sugar pieces. The cupcakes were a last minute idea for the party, or else I would have made up my own decorations!

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Posted by on January 27th, 2009

Pink Anniversary

There are silver anniversaries and gold ones… but pink ones? My grandmother just celebrated her 20 year anniversary of defeating breast cancer. An occasion well worth the celebration. Being just short of 22 years old means that I wasn’t even two when she was going through treatment. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation “Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.” I’m so blessed to have my grandmother here today. My life most definitely would be different if I didn’t have her, she has helped make me who I am today. So this is a celebration to the 20 extra years of memories that we were allowed to have with her. She’s 20 years and counting!

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Posted by on January 19th, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, I know I did! While it was a very busy end of the year, it was a lot of fun. As usual I spent most of my time in the kitchen. This holiday season I was very busy baking up some beautiful Christmas cookies! Check out my Christmas cookies, and my other cookies in my portfolio, or click here. 

One of our family traditions is to decorate gingerbread houses. I’ve been decorating gingerbread houses ever since I was a little girl. My mom and I would assemble the Wilton kits together, she would make me up a batch of icing, and I would go to town with the candy! There have been years where we even baked our own gingerbread houses. Recently we started a new tradition involving my cousins and “adopted” little sister. Since we’d have anywhere up to several gingerbread houses at a time, we gave up on baking our own! This year we had 8 of us decorating houses (including me!) from ages 8-21! Check out the results!

        

For Christmas Eve I baked my family a delicious torte. It was 4 layers of devils food cake with dark chocolate ganache with white chocolate peppermint cream between every layer with white peppermint frosting on the outside! It was the most wonderful gooey sticky mess I’ve ever constructed!

 

Thank all of you, and I hope you have a wonderful safe new year!

Posted by on January 10th, 2009