Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Witch Leg Cookies

Happy Halloween!

Do y'all ever feel like you are one person trying to do the job of fifteen people?

Well that's the story of my life. I try to do too many things at one time. It's as if I think I'm a super hero or something.....I did think I was Wonder Woman when I was little. Maybe it just stuck with me. 

I had all intentions of posting this tutorial before today, but it just didn't happen. Better late than never right?  

I just love witch legs. I think it's the striped tights, I'm not sure.  I think my four year old feels the same way because she is a witch every Halloween.  Always a different we can get new striped tights I'm sure. This year we wore purple, last year it was green. 

She told me she likes being a witch like her Iya (grandmother)......We tease that she is a witch all year round. It's our little joke with her grandmother and we all have fun with it......Iya too. 

To make these cookies you will need:

black royal icing
orange royal icing
green royal icing
colored non perils

outline cookie with black royal icing and a #2 tip
then with 20 second orange royal icing fill cookie leaving a gap before the black outline
let dry 

Next using 20 second green royal icing add legs
 add black stripes using a #1 tip and black icing. Do this while the green icing is still wet.
 Next add shoes 
 Then add the first row of the ruffle skirt 
 After first layer of ruffles are dry, add the second row.
 When the second row of ruffles are dry add the top row of ruffles.
 fill in the gap between the orange and the black outline with black royal icing
 while the black royal icing is still wet add the non perils
When the icing is dry, shake off the excess.
 allow cookie to dry overnight.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween. What did you or your kids dress up as? I went as an overworked mom of

Now it's time for me to go through my children's candy and make sure none of it is poisoned. To do this with great accuracy I must eat the candy.

HEY.....I gotta be sure it's safe. Right?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

Halloween is tomorrow! I can't believe how fast it snuck up on me. I'm just getting back to cookie decorating and Halloween is already here.

I wanted to make some Halloween cookies but didn't have a lot of time. Do you know how many diapers you change with a newborn? It's crazy...and with a boy you do double because he will pee on you as soon as you put the new diaper under him.....SERIOUSLY!

So between diaper and wardrobe changes we don't have time for cookies that take forever to decorate. 

Most techniques I learned when I first started cookie decorating were from The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle.  That is where I learned to make pumpkins with texture.

Not only can she transform one pumpkin cutter into different shaped pumpkins, but she gives you a step by step on giving them that extra texture. She really is a genius in the cookie world. You can see her tutorial here on the great pumpkin makeover.

For my pumpkin cookies I did Sugarbelle's step by step tutorial and then I added a little spider accent.

The spider makes the pumpkins a little spooky. Just wait for your pumpkin to dry then add the spider body with a #2 tip and the legs with a #1 tip and black royal icing. Super simple.

What Halloween treats have you all been baking up?

Slade's Birth

I'm sure many of you have wondered where the heck I've been. Well a lot happened during the birth of my baby.  It was one of those times when things just didn't go according to plan.

On September 18th I went in for my scheduled c-section. I delivered a baby boy weighing in at 7 lbs 10 oz and 21.5 inches......this was my biggest baby believe it or not.

 Isn't he a cutie?

He had a little trouble breathing and went to the nursery for a few hours. No biggie. All was well and they brought him back to me later that evening. 

All of my other angels stopped by to meet their new baby brother. I really make cute babies don't I? I don't mean to brag, but they are all so adorable. I now have four girls and two boys. 

Eva is 2 1/2
Phoebe is 4

Paige is 13

Rebekka is 16

         Morgan is 19

The picture above is my son thanking Jesus for FINALLY giving him a brother. Having four sisters can't be easy on him. 

No really....can you imagine how he feels?

I on the other hand was not well. I was bleeding way to heavy and after a bit the doctor knew surgical measures had to be taken. After a D&C the bleeding still was not under control and I had lost a lot of blood. The doctor rushed to speak with my husband and informed him a hysterectomy had to be done in order to save my life. The surgery was done. I was in the ICU for a little over a day and was given 5 units of blood and a few units of platelets. 

I went home a few days later to recover. 

When I first got back I lost all interest in everything.....even cookie decorating. That was hard to believe. But after a while and a few hormone adjustments later I'm back and feeling like my old self again. 

I'm finally able to move around the house pain free and enjoy life again.  My new baby boy is such a joy and I spend most of my day just holding him and enjoying what a blessing he is.

This weekend I actually got back in the kitchen and made cookies! I was so excited.....I was like a kid on Christmas morning. It's the little things in life right? 

So expect to see some cute cookies this week. 

For now you can look at my cute baby boy. Isn't he adorable? He is now six weeks old and growing way too fast. They really do grow up too fast. 

Can someone work on a way to make time stand still? If anyone does, please let me know. I'd love to stop time. 

Slade is 3 weeks old here