Hmmmmmm. No wonder I love this place so much!
posted Friday May 07, 2010 at 09:43 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments
posted Thursday May 06, 2010 at 08:16 AM by Anne Yorks — 6 comments
A luau is a Hawaiian feast. So I guest this post is all about a cookie feast at a bridal shower.
A few months ago, a customer contacted me about a bridal shower she was throwing for a friend. This was one organized client. She already had a theme, party colors, and a few games planned. I loved her! Plus she called 3 months in advance. It was good she did, because she wanted some specific cookies and it allowed us the time to plan out each one.
She wanted to order a little something special for the guys that would be at the party. So we decided to make the blue and white Hawaiian shirts. I was able to 'double flood' the white into the blue to create the flower look. I think this was my customer's favorite cookie. I really liked it too. Here's a closer look. How fun!
My client gave me stationary that showed the theme she was looking to create. From that, we got the idea to incorporate a hibiscus flower into the cookie scheme.
I actually didn't have this cookie cutter, but since we were planning so much in advance, I was able to order it. It wasn't easy to find, but I finally did get onto a site that carried the shape i was looking for. I had not ordered from this site before, and I don't think I will order from them again. After three weeks of waiting, no cutter arrived. I called to check in and they said they were having problems with their system. They asked me to call them back three separate times. And they were SOOOOOO cranky. Ugh. I am not a fan of the crankies. So, finally they tell me it never shipped and it was going to be a while until it was going out. Not good news since I needed it the next week. I finally insisted on talking to an owner or manager. The owner got on the phone and told me that he would send it. Did I mention everyone was so cranky. I felt like being cranky too. But I didn't go there.
Two days later the cookie cutter arrived, but they did not pay for the postage completely. I had to pay more postage!! Did I mention that I had already paid (with shipping) more than $20 for this one cookie cutter? I wasn't happy at all.
This is why I try to stick to my regular sites: www.karenscookies.net, www.foosecookiecutters.com, www.coppergifts.com, www.annclark.com. I have NEVER been let down by any of these companies. As a matter of fact, they continue to inspire me with their excellent order process. It's a pleasure working with them.
After all the hub-bub, I was really pleased with the hibiscus flower. It was a fun cookie to make ... and anything bright pink is good in my book.
The next cookie I did for the shower was a flip flop. I had done these before. They are a part of the 'Life's a Beach' cookie collection. I just love making flip flops.
The other cookie in the order was a starfish. Each starfish cookie was decorated with edible pearls, 16 to be exact. I use a tweezers to place the pearls on the cookie. It's a time consuming process, but I think the results are wonderful. I also use a lot of these pearls on wedding cake cookies. They just really dress things up.
I have saved my favorite cookie for last. The Lei Cookie.
I premade the candy flowers for the lei in advance. I then made a round cookie and decorated it with with white icing. I really wanted the flowers to pop out from the cookie. My customer wanted this cookie for the prize for the games. This 'Zack loves Stephanie' cookie was just an extra. The actual cookie for the client read, 'You Got Lei'd at Stephanie's Shower'.
I hope you enjoyed this collection as much as I enjoyed making them! I'm actually in process of creating a few 'summer' items for the Flour Box website as a regular item. I definitely think I'm going to add a few of these cookies!
Have a sweet day,
posted Sunday May 02, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments
I'm so happy to be back in Happy Valley. In case you're just tuning in, I spent the past week in New York City. The City. It's a wonderful place to visit, but there is no place like home.
All in all it was a great trip for our family. We accomplished what we set out to do. Plus, I did work in a little time for cupcakes! My cookie trip got postponed. Due to heavy, standstill, car honking traffic, we cancelled the trip to the cookie shop.
We were stuck behind this...a big ole pig butt.
And, I'm not kidding, just moments before I snapped this picture, there was a rickshaw in front of us. I was just too slow to get the photo with the both of them. The rickshaw sped up faster than the car traffic. Only in NYC, I guess.
So with a big pig butt in the way, our trip to the cookie shop was pushed off to another day. I wasn't all that disappointed to miss the cookie shop because I had already enjoyed the best cupcake ever.
It came from Two Little Red Hens.
I picked out a red velvet cupcake (upper left), carrot cupcake (upper right), and a vanilla with buttercream icing - tinted pink. Each cupcake was $2.75. What a deal!
I got the pink cupcake for my little girl.
It was so rich and dense that I only gave her a small sliver. Then I thought I'd better try it for 'quality control'. It was AMAZING! I hate to admit it, and this might put me in the running for worst mommy ever, but I ate the rest of her cupcake. It was that good. I felt a little bad afterwards. But did I mention how good it was?
My mom enjoyed the carrot cake cupcake and gave it two thumbs up. Toph devoured the red velvet and said it was great! I want to go back to Two Little Red Hens everyday. Plus, did I mention I got to witness a legitimate NYC argument? It wasn't soup nazi or anything. A customer wanted to order a cake for the same day. She just didn't get the 3-day advance rule at the shop. She went around and around and around. I enjoyed every moment. I smiled just like a good tourist does. I wished I had taken a photo. It was good stuff.
So lots of traffic and a few cupcakes later, it was time to head back to Happy Valley.
Upon returning home, I was greeted by a package from Reigh Enterprises. Sharon and Ted Reigh run the business providing all sorts of printed and embroidered items.
I had ordered a few things with the Flour Box Bakery logo. I am not disappointed! I loved EVERYTHING! I'm working on getting some photos to share with you...but I did take one to show you. Sharon popped a little surprise in the box for my little girl.
I can't even tell you how excited we were to meet the newest family member. My daughter named her new bear Flower.
Here she is with Flower in her big girl bed on our first night home. Ahhhh. There's no place home.
Okay...I've got a serious amount of cookies to decorate. So this post is ending. But, I promise some great cookie pics are coming.
Don't forget, Monday, May 3rd, is the Mother's Day order deadline. You can check out the cute collection of teacups and teapots here.
Have a sweet day,
P.S. I'm pretty sure we could solve the world economic crisis if the following fine was actually enforced. Don't Honk. $350 Penalty. Ha. Someone has a sense of humor.
posted Tuesday Apr 27, 2010 at 02:21 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments
posted Saturday Apr 24, 2010 at 08:32 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments