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Now, Sea Here!

Oh, I crack myself up! Can you hear an older man sternly saying that title in your head like I can? Can you actually HEAR it?!

“Now, see here!” (Yes, I’m really giggling over here at the puns!) :-D

Seahorse & Seashell cookies.

A couple days ago, my sweet friend Patricia asked me if I could make some last-minute cookies for a special dinner she held two nights ago. I said, “Sure!” right away, not even knowing for certain what design she might need! (A rookie error, by the way. Please be smarter than me!) But she sent me a photo of some invitations she was creating from Pinterest, and I had enough to go on for some simple, elegant seahorse & seashell cookies.

Sea?! ;-)

Seahorse & Seashell cookies.

The seahorse cookie cutter is a ginormous one that I’d never gotten to use before (it’s about 7″ tall). I found mine in a clearance bin at Macy’s last fall (really!), but you can also purchase one HERE online. I think mine must’ve already been squished a bit before I saw it, as my seahorse isn’t quite so chubby; rather, he’s a bit leaner, or possibly, not as pregnant?! ;-)

To decorate the cookies, I took inspiration from the gorgeous seahorses over on Sweet SugarBelle, tweaking them a tiny bit only to reflect the different cutter used, as well as the invitation that Patricia had sent me. They were quickly done, and I think I finished 20 cookies in less than 2 hours – amazing! And let me tell you, folks… THAT is the kind of “last-minute” order you really want! ♥

Seahorse & Seashell cookies.

Dad, You Are Fan-tache-tic!

I know, I know… it’s way too late for these Father’s Day cookies. Believe me, I really do know! However, a certain well-meaning true friend of mine is always bullying encouraging me to update my blog more, and this time, she struck me a deal I couldn’t refuse.

Father's Day cookies.

You see, while decorating cookies at night, I’m usually all alone. And to keep myself company, I watch shows on Netflix. Recently, I began watching the entire series of “Family Ties” (yes, circa 1982, but I was only 3 years old then!), which I’d never seen before. It is SO GOOD! Seriously, I thought it might be cheesy to watch now, but it’s just not – not at all. Aaaaand, I can imagine that if I had only been in middle school or high school in the early 80′s, I might’ve had a serious crush on a certain Alex P. Keaton, too! ;-)

Father's Day cookies.

So back to that deal, right? You see, “Family Ties” has made me both laugh & cry so much in the recent weeks, and I’ve been sharing these moments with my friend. She doesn’t remember the episodes very well, so I’ve been encouraging her to re-watch the series with me on Netflix. And she agreed! Here’s the catch: she’ll watch two episodes for every one new blog post I write!

Father's Day cookies.

So, although I could or should probably start with my latest work, I’ve got the Keaton family on the brain now, and the only correct choice for me was to feature these funny Father’s Day cookies I made & taught in one of my “Batch Basics” cookie class in June. Mustaches & ties… get it?! :-D

Father's Day cookies.

And if you know me well at all, you know I love puns. I think the gals at my class really enjoyed this sweet message as well, and I hope you enjoyed seeing these cookies, even if several weeks late. Now if only Netflix would add “Growing Pains” to their streaming queue… ;-)

Father's Day cookies.

P.S. – Time to tune in, C! ;-)

2014 Valentine Swap!

Do you know what cookiers love more than ANYTHING else in the cookie world? Can you guess? It’s receiving cookies from other cookiers! ♥

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

So I asked a bunch of my cookie friends if they would like to participate in a Valentine Swap with me… and a bunch said yes! I spent the next four weeks in giddy anticipation, ready & excited to start receiving all of their beautiful cookies! And oh my, but they did NOT disappoint!

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

Now, as the boxes began arriving, my “cookie room” started to become a disaster zone. It was all worth it, though! My husband helped me on the final night of packing, and we decided to sort out the cookies on the table (with all the leaves in for length!) to start an assembly-line process for packing. Even still, four designs’ worth of cookies would not fit, and they are in boxes on chairs next to the table. See?

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Then we carefully packed the cookies in bubble wrap in sets of 2, and I nestled them back into shipping boxes for each cookie girl. We also made up 3 surprise boxes for a few dear friends who weren’t able to participate at this time. Honestly, we were all so much more excited about those girls getting their boxes of “cookie love” than we were about having the cookies ourselves! (The cookie community is really sweet, y’all! ♥ )

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

Here’s a few more sweet group pictures:

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

Now, if you’d like to see more, you can check out this slideshow for close-ups of each cookie design. You won’t want to miss it!

Also, be sure to check out all the cookiers on Facebook, too!

Tami – Tami Rena’s Cookies
Shannon – Artfully Delicious
Kris – So Cute Cookies
Nicole S. – Sweet Temptations by Nicole
Heather S. – SugarNosh Treats
Stephanie F. – Ellie’s Bites
Alyse – B.E. Sweet Treats
Kimberly – Barefoot n’ Baking
Monica – Cookie Cowgirl
Penny – Lucky Penny
Jill – Custom Cookies by Jill
Cheryl – The Sugared Apron
Lisa – Sweetsicle Bake Shop
Jennifer – One Kookie Cookie
Heather H. – Twins Plus One Goodies
Natalie – Sweet Shop Natalie
Stephanie S. – Sweet Creations by Stephanie
Michelle – The Cookie Cutters
Sarah – Sarah’s Sweet Shoppe
CeCe – Tactical Baker
Nicole C. – Life’s a Batch (that’s me!)

Chesty’s 1st Birthday!

When I first received this particular cookie request, Christine said she needed cookies for a baby’s 1st birthday. I was thinking of Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse, or bright primary colors and baby animals. I asked her for a theme and possibly even some pictures of her baby for inspiration.

Imagine my complete & utter surprise to learn that the theme was “Marines,” and that the baby was a bulldog puppy named Chesty! (Yes, after the Marines’ official mascot, Chesty.) Well, that required switching gears, for sure! ;-)

Chesty Cookie assortment.

I did my best to make Chesty come alive with icing… and that was tricky since I don’t know much about dogs either! (Cats are a different story, ha.) And Christine sent me a picture of her puppy, so I incorporated that in a special way – with Chesty popping out of a birthday cake!

Chesty cookie.

I learned a bit about doggy coats, too. In doing so, I tried to recreate the “brindle” look onto parts of Chesty, too:

Bulldog cookie.

And then, by very specific request, Christine wanted a cookie with Chesty wearing a Marines uniform – just like in this official photo. I did my best!

Chesty cookie.

But look at that cute puppy face! ♥

Bulldog cookie.

Now, the cake cookie is missing a tiny detail that packs a big punch. I didn’t even realize it until I was taking photos of the cookies, and by then, it was too late. But look at the uniformed cookie dudes in THIS POST, and then tell me that it doesn’t look a bit “off” without the belt?!

Chesty Cookie assortment.

*sigh* An honest mistake. :-(

Chesty Cookie assortment.

To finish out the set, I added a few personalized bones, some camouflage bones, and a couple of paw prints.

Chesty Cookie assortment.

So… a Marine/Puppy/Birthday ccookie set. And that wraps up what was definitely the most “unique” cookie request I received from 2013! ;-)

Semper Fi! (said with cookies)

Last year, my friend Nicole contacted me with a special request. Her oldest baby was set to join the United States Marines, and she needed cookies for his send-off party. We met as Air Force wives, and although it was the “wrong” branch of service, I was happy to oblige. I was also obligated to shed just a few tears with my friend in the process, too. ;-)

Marines Cookie Assortment.

Now, this post is looooooong overdue, because Jacob has now been a fully-fledged Marine for over 9 months!

Marines Cookie Assortment.

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