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Wedding Monogram Cookies

I few weeks ago I got the opportunity to make some monogrammed cookies for a wedding. Simple, elegant, white on white.

Since I do all my piping by hand, I had to be extra careful with these to make sure the monograms were centered and all the same.

I practiced on one cookie over and over (wiping off in between) until I had my spacing right. Then I put little dots where all the key parts of the center W needed to go…

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Then piped on the W, followed by the outer letters.

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The cookies were going to sit next to the cake, so no individual wrapping was needed. This is fine, except I was worried about them getting smashed too much before wedding time. Then I was told they had to travel hundreds of miles away… Eek! Last minute I found these perfect boxes and some bubble wrap and packaged them all up safely. Worked out perfectly!

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Crab Claw Cookies

Every year I bake sugar cookies for the crab feed at my mother-in-law’s church. They host a dessert live auction. My silly grandpa-in-law bids on (and wins) them every year. Haha…

I do something different every time. You can see the past years’ cookies here and here.

This year I was stumped for an idea. UNTIL I went to another crab feed and saw these adorable headbands the volunteers were wearing. They looked something like this. I immediately knew what I was going to make and which cutter I was going to use.

Here is my sketch… Do you recognize the cutter?! It’s a Christmas light bulb!

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I outlined with a thick black line (buttercream)…

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…then filled them in with a dark bright red.

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These couldn’t be any easier. Which worked out well for baking with a tiny baby in the house. More time for snuggles!

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Princess Baby Shower Cookies

These pretty pink cookies were for a friend’s baby shower. We learned she was baking up a little girl when I made these cupcakes.

I made babies similar to these, but knew I wanted her smiling instead of screaming.

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And since she is going to be the first girl baby in our group, and will be SO SO spoiled, they had to be princess themed. Diamonds and tiaras. :) After outlining the tiaras, I painted them with silver luster dust mixed with a few drops of vodka. It turned them from grey to silver. Much more appropriate for princess attire.

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I also threw in some mini hearts because they are easy and good fillers for a party when not everyone will take a larger (normal) sized cookie.

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These were the first cookies I’ve made in a long time, besides my Christmas cookies. (Which, for the record, didn’t get finished… and the ones I did finish never got photographed so they never got shared. Meh.) It felt good to make cookies again, but my skills are definitely a little rusty. I’m not gonna lie – there were a lot of re-dos, and a few tears shed… and my husband standing behind me reassuring me that I’m being too hard on myself and that I’m just out of practice. *sigh* I seriously don’t know what I’d do without him. <3

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Gender Reveal Funfetti Cupcakes

I’m going to start off by getting politically correct. I only named this post “Gender Reveal” because that’s the term everyone uses, that’s how it’ll be searched, and that’s how people are going to know what I’m talking about. People throw around the terms “sex” and “gender” as if they’re the same thing – but they are not.

The correct term for this party should be “Sex Reveal Party” because that’s what you find out when you’re pregnant – the sex of the baby. Sex is literally the physical body parts. Gender on the other hand, is how the person identifies. For most people, their sex and gender are aligned. In some rare instances, the person truly deep down feels like they should have been born with the opposite body parts because they feel like the opposite sex on the inside. Since we obviously can’t tell what the baby’s gender will be while it’s still in utero, we should only ever be referring to their sex.

Anyway….

I got the amazing opportunity to be the baker for a friend’s sex reveal party. Mama-to-be and Daddy-to-be did not even know the sex, so the tech actually sent me an email directly to let me know the color for the big surprise!

I just found the best ever Homemade Funfetti Recipe, and Mama-to-be requested funfetti, so it was perfect! (I’m not going to list the ingredients and directions here since I just posted it, but go check it out if you want to make some awesome funfetti!!)

The best thing about funfetti from scratch is that you can have whatever colored sprinkles you want. I added just pink and blue for these special cupcakes.

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After baking them, I used a melon baller to core out a hole in the top of just 3 of the cupcakes. Then I made my Easy Buttercream Recipe, colored a small amount, and squeeze it into the hole.

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Since I was topping these with white frosting, and I didn’t want the color to seep into the white and ruin the surprise, I left them to crust over a bit while I went to Michaels. :)

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Then I just piped swirls on the tops and sprinkled the tops with colored sugar.

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Mama-to-be and Daddy-to-be each got a special cupcake with the color hidden inside.

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The 3rd cupcake with the color was mixed in with the rest of the cupcakes and randomly distributed to their party guests. One lucky guest got the surprise center cupcake announcing to everyone that they’re having a BOY!!

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These cupcakes were super fun to make and fun to be able to know before the excited parents to be!

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I posted the cored-out cupcake picture above (without the color) on my Instagram to tease the Mama-to-be, and just said something like “Making gender reveal cupcakes” …. and I didn’t even think about it but everyone thought it was MY reveal! Haha, nope – sorry guys, mine is going to be a surprise when Baby comes!!!

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What’s It Gonna Bee? [My Baby Shower]

My mommy is AMAZING. She threw a wonderful baby shower for me a couple weeks ago. When trying to find a good and easy theme, I stumbled upon “What’s It Gonna Bee?” on Pinterest. Usually this is used for gender reveal parties, but since hubby and I aren’t finding out the sex of our little one, we thought the theme was perfect.

Here is the invitation:

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I made the treats. People were kind of freaking out that I shouldn’t have to make the desserts for my own party, but I feel like it would have been more weird to come to a party for me and there not be Carrie’s Creations cookies!

I fell in love with this photo a while back, and if anyone knows who it belongs to please let me know! I saved the photo from a google search to my phone and the uploaded that to my Pinterest board later… but I have been unable to find it since to give credit to where credit is due.

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I was unable to find a cutter in this shape, but I did find this cutter made by Cristin’s Cookies.

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I modified the inspiration picture above to fit Cristin’s cutter shape, and I have to say – I think I like it better!

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I outlined the whole bee in black, then filled in each section one color at a time.

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In addition to the cookie favors, I made cupcakes. Lemonade Cupcakes to be exact – some of my favorite, and they fit with the warm weather (hottttt weather actually) and the yellow theme.

Here is my inspiration picture, also found through google searching, and also without proper credit.

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I had a hard time finding little bees for the tops. I eventually stumbled upon these sugar bees at Layer Cake Shop, and they were perfect! I piped the frosting using a basic round tip to mimic the hive look, without overdoing it on the frosting.

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(this shirt I made/wore)

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(the table centerpieces I made)

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(the drink table)

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(the fruit salad a family friend made – her sex vote is girl btw, haha…)

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(some of the other foods served, and the little tags I made.. they’re hard to see but each tag has a little bee on it similar to the centerpieces)

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(and one of the games we played… everyone got to make their guess, and we will just have to wait and see who gets the closest!)

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It was a great shower and thank you to Mommy, Sandy, and Ann for helping out!!

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Cowgirl Cookies

These cookies were made for a very good friend of mine. We’ve known each other since 1st or 2nd grade. A couple years ago I “introduced” her to a coworker of mine, and they are set to be married in September!

(I’m hoping I can make it to the wedding, it’s 4 days before my due date! Either this baby needs to come pretty early or on time or late for me to be able to make it. Luckily it’s in town so even if I’m still carrying baby I should be able to make it!)

Anyway, these cookies were for her cowgirl themed bridal shower. The wedding colors are orange and deep royal purple.

Here is a pic of the invitation:

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I liked the brown, so I decided to go with that for my accent color on the boots.

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There are three kinds of flowers going to be used for the wedding: orange gerbera daisies, orange roses, and (my favorite!) tiger lilies. Unfortunately I don’t have a cutter for a tiger lily, and my only rose cutter included a stem and leaf and I didn’t want to have to mix green as well… so I went with the ever easy, ever stunning gerbera daisy.

Instead of outlining the whole flower ahead of time and filling each section individually, I decided to do the whole thing, then add the outlines afterward. I did every other petal, then came back and added the remaining petals. I used a boo boo stick (a toothpick would work) to smooth together the touching petals, then added the yellow center at the end.

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I love how simple and fun these turned out to be!

For the party I also made cupcakes. The bride requested chocolate and funfetti cupcakes. I frosting the chocolate cupcakes (recipe here) with bright orange roses.

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Masquerade Cookie Pops

These are in the running for my favorite cookies I’ve ever made.

An old coworker asked for cookies for a Masquerade themed party. My husband suggested putting them on sticks as cookie pops so that they would be more realistic as masks. What a perfect idea!

I made them extra thick to hold up on the sticks, then iced them with a similar technique as these Fall Leaf Cookies. Except this time I couldn’t dunk them in a bowl because of the stick, so I had to work on a flat platter instead.

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Each cookie came out completely unique in color and swirl.

Once they were dry, I piped white designs on them. I love the way the white popped against the bright colors. Each one had a unique design on it as well, because I just “winged it” for each one.

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Once they were all ready, I bagged them individually to be given as favors. I’m so glad she liked them as much as I did!

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Little Lady Baby Shower Cookies

A photographer friend of mine wanted some cookie favors for her sister’s baby shower. It’s going to be a girl, and the theme was “Little Lady.”

Here’s the invite, isn’t it adorable?!

Anyway, her and I agreed to do a “service swap” and she will be doing my maternity photos in a few weeks when I feel good and BIG. :)

We decided to do chevron on some onesies, and pair them each with a perfect little pink bow. I’m obsessed with my little bow cutter!

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I debated how to do the chevron design, because I wanted it clean and not a ton of outlining throughout. Especially since I outlined in pink. I decided the best route would be to go with a stencil.

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Unfortunately, I could not find a stencil! If I had planned ahead I would have just ordered one online, but seeing as chevron is so “in” right now, I thought I wouldn’t have a problem finding one.

I ended up buying stencil templates and making my own. I found a pattern online and printed it out, and my wonderful husband cut it for me with an x-acto knife.

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Then I just laid it across the cookies and sprayed it with Wilton color mist. Since the stripes had to be grey, I used black color mist and just did a light coat. (Obviously if you have an airbrush that would be better.)

Turned out better than I thought! The key was to spray exactly downward, and not at an angle – otherwise the spray snuck under the stencil and the design got a little blurry.

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Here are a couple that I sprayed a little too much and got too dark…

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And these are the last 2 that I did… the spray was running out and it started to get blotchy and messy on my poor cookies. Luckily I had made extras, so these were eaten. 1 can of color mist will cover about 50 3″ cookies like this. I’d say if you are doing exactly 50, opt for the 2nd can. You don’t want to end up with this at the end!

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Here are all the cookies bagged up and ready to go for the party!

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**A few other tips if you’re going to try this:

- Either do it outside or clear a large space. The mist gets everywhere. I’ve done it outside and it was windy and that wasn’t ideal either. Pick your battle I guess.

- Every 2-3 sets of cookies, wash and dry off the platter and stencil. You don’t want leftover smudging the next cookie.

- Make extras so you can test in the beginning, throw out any blotchy ones at the end, and play around with different shades of mist.

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Thank You Cookies

I was given free reign to make some simple Thank You cookies for someone. I had been craving summertime, so I went with bright & cheery summer colors.

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This is another new font I’ve tried lately. I like it because it’s cute and easy without being too cutesy. If that makes sense.

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Graduation Cookies 2013

These high school graduation cookies were made for Jayla. School colors were purple, black, and white. I tried to do less black and more of the other two colors because sometimes too much black icing scares people. :)

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I have been practicing using different fonts lately. This is one of my favorites. :)

Since I do everything freehand, this post by Lizy B helped me a lot!

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Do you follow me on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest?

For anyone who has missed it on Instagram, here is a little pregnancy update. :) The pup likes to be in all my photos!

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The turquoise wall behind me is the baby’s room. We’re not finding out the sex, so we wanted a bright neutral color that we can add to later. All of the furniture will be white.

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