LADY-BUGGED

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I have a confession. You know those cute little black-spotted friends that you used to catch in the schoolyard and try to raise as pets by keeping them in jars filled with grass clippings and poked with holes? You know–ladybugs? Well I just have to lay this out there before I share these photos: ladybugs lady-bug me. No, they don’t just bug me–I have a legitimate fear of ladybugs. A fear that often results in tears if said ladybug is within close proximity to me (an embarrassing, but true, fact).

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But I have another confession. Despite the fact that these cookies are ladybug themed, these are probably some of my favourite cookies I have ever done. They are far to cute to induce any sense of fear and are the perfect way to celebrate a first birthday. Regardless of whether the real thing lady-bugs you or not.

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A LESSON IN QUILTING (WITH COOKIES)

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Quilting is something I’ve dabbled in. I’ve realized it takes a lot of patience. I’ve also realized that patience is something I do not possess.

But quilting with cookies? That is something I can get on board with. These cookies weren’t hard to do. In fact, the hardest part was figuring out how to arrange them into a decent-looking little quilt to photograph. It was actually really hard. And looking at it now, I cringe because it isn’t very balanced and a legititmate-real-life-pro-quilter-extrordinare would probably ream me out for repeating patterns too close to each other or having too much of one colour in one section. But it’s cookies, so who really cares. This little cookie quilt will probably get ripped apartĀ much quicker than it took to putĀ it together anyways. At least in my house it would.

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I love when people ask me to make really personal cookies that reflect their personalities. I also love when people ask me to make cookies that involve fun little patterns and colours. But let’s be honest, I just love when people ask me to make cookies. Period. Any cookies.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Celebrating Earth Day With Cookies

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Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. (Mahatma Gandhi)

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I made a few cookies in celebration of Earth Day. Let’s appreciate this beautiful earth for what it is–a gift to sustain us. Now let’s return the favour and do our part to sustain it!

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

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One batch of sugar cookie dough makes about four to five dozen cookies (depending on the size and shape, of course). Quite often, I get orders that only require using a portion of the dough, so I have gotten in the habit of freezing the leftovers. I don’t know why I didn’t do it before–it makes for some very easy treats when needed in a pinch. Yesterday, I was informed that we were going to be celebrating a new friend’s birthday, so I pulled out the dough and baked up some of these little cowboy (girl) boot cookies. The birthday girl loves country music and is quite the mechanical bull rider, so cowboy boots felt like the right fit for celebrating her. Plus, how cute are they? I couldn’t resist!

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In other news, I finally got a new mixer! I’m working on launching my baking business and this was my first official purchase. I had quite the time choosing a colour, but after much contemplation and input from anyone who was willing to give an input, I went with my gut and settled on “Pear”.

I am obsessed.

Happy Friday, everyone!

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Cookies

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Have you ever read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books or even seen the movies? They’re geared towards a younger audience, as the story follows the experiences of a scrawny middle-schooler named Greg Heffley, but I can’t deny that even my friends and I had a few chuckles when we watched the films.

When I was asked to make “wimpy kid” cookies for a boy’s birthday party, I was incredibly excited. These cookies were such a pleasure to make. I made four dozen in total–two dozen with the cartoon version of Greg Heffley, one dozen reciting the “ZOO-WEE MAMA!” line, and another dozen that read “Happy Birthday”. It was definitely a treat to work with this fun and playful theme!

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Thanks for the order, Andrea! I hope that Evan had a wonderful birthday party!