Friday, November 11, 2011

Back into the Mix!

It's been a busy summer, but now that our 2nd Team LUNA Chix season is in the books I can turn my attention to my next season - cookie baking!  My end of summer baking endeavors have been few and far between, but the gears have already shifted and I project many a sleepless night between now and December 25th!

I had to work all the kinks out of my rusty baking routine in a hurry with the return of a cookie mosaic for our Team LUNA Chix end of season fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund (in case you couldn't tell!) A great evening of Wine & Chocolate at Freedom Run Winery (with chocolates compliments of Sweet Jenny's of Williamsville)...seriously, who needs cookies when you have wine & chocolate!

and far too long before that there were Teacups and Butterflies for an late summer bridal shower ....and sadly,  now I'm all caught up!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Latest Edition for a New Addition

A new first for 'custom cookies.'   Not only on the decoration, but on the cookie itself - all individually hand-cut from a cardboard template - thank goodness there were less than 3 dozen, but still no easy task.  These came in the midst of a busy week or might have gotten a bit more into the details - but all in all they came out pretty true to form.

They were sent off to Ohio for a baby shower, in case that wasn't obvious enough.  Congratulations to Laura & Tim Favaro - it won't be long now!
Hand Cut "Sweet Lambies" to imitate Pottery Barn's Nursery Decorations

Perhaps I took a bit of poetic license with some, but still who would know? :)
I think this version came out best.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Graduations Galore!

Caps & diplomas were definitely the order of the day for the end of June ... actually still working on a few - but had some fun doing high school and college cookies for friends who also generously donated to the Ride for Roswell and the Breast Cancer Fund - yet further proof that Cookies Can Change the World! :)

For the culinary school grad, just a little pressure here, but there were Chef's Hats & Whisks & Cupcakes - oh my!

The finished Product - worthy of a 'Top Chef!'

Penn State in the Fall, anyone?

Nittany Lions, if you use your imagination!

For the Lewiston Porter High School Graduate - love the simple, contrasting colors - makes my job easy!

Alfred State colors make it look a little like Easter, or maybe that's just my interpretation of them!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cookies for Good People

I had the opportunity to do some cookies for the local UCPA and of course I have a hard time saying no - especially when the request comes from family!  My brother Mike and his wife Mary have done an aweful lot to support me and help me out throughout the years, so when Mary needed cookies for a 'Staff Appreciation Gift' at Niagara Children Education & Treatment Center (Niagara Cerebral Palsy's Education Division) it was obvious I'd say 'Yes.'  (even despite the 'true to family form' of giving little to no notice - so just a hint there folks - help me out with a bit more warning next time - and yes, that includes you Ann... and Nick .. and Krystal! :)  At least it lets me lay blame for my lack of blogging on the proper guilty parties!

Anyway, I don't think all the employees were female but I was in pink mode, so my apologies to the men!

Around the same time I put together another mosaic that was requested for a luncheon honoring the "Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am" and I thought the design was simple enough to look really good.  The more I do them, the more I'm enjoying making the mosaics, here's the finished product

Sunday, May 22, 2011

While I was at it

 Couldn't resist adding a few dozen cookies for the Team LUNA Chix Cupcake Run fundraiser.  I don't bake cupcakes - but who's to say it can't be cupcake cookies instead? Don't worry, no one got short changed, Sweet Sixteen Cafe provided plenty of cupcakes for all - the cookies were just a bonus!

Bake for Roswell!

Had a busy cookie week since along with the cookies for the benefit I did cookies as a "favor" for a Wedding shower (Congrats to Erin & Jon!).  They were fun and bright and colorful and it was my pleasure and I'm super appreciative for the donation to my Ride For Roswell Fund!
The setup ....getting ready ...
The finished product ... cute!
Sneakers as requested - very appropriate for Erin

Sneaker detail - I'm sure these'll come in handy!

Every Little Bit Helps ...

 Doesn't seem like much, but was able to drop off a  few hundred cookies today for the dessert table at the Fox Szatkowski Benefit in Lockport.  Young Fox Szatkowski has been diagnosed and undergoing treatment for Stage IV Wilm's Tumor - a childhood cancer effecting the kidney and other organs.  I'm hoping they had a successful event as they're trying to raise money to help support Fox's treatments and his demanding daily living requirements.
Basket for Auction - a promise of Good Cookies to come!

Green Ribbons representing Kidney Cancer 

Lots of Old Fashioned Molasses Cookes

And even more Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies