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Tulips, Roses, and Daisies ... Oh My!

posted Monday Feb 28, 2011 at 07:43 PM by Anne Yorks — 5 comments

It's the start of March and that means Spring is on it's way! Is there any better feeling than knowing that the nice weather is right around the corner?

Luckily, my first week of March was FILLED with lots of yummy flower cookies. I'll be adding a few new collections to the site under a new category called, wait for it ... Flowers. I know, so unexpected. I think flower cookies are great for almost any occasion.

Here's a peak at what's coming... a box of assorted flowers like ...

Pink roses with gorgeous green icing leaves...

White Daisy Cookies with a yellow center and pink accents.

and bright beautiful red Tulips ...

Here is the collection all together.

Last week I also made a bunch of daisies...these daisies with the blue accent are for a super cute collection I made for a photo shoot for One Sweet Party. I cannot wait to show you the feature cookies. They turned out so great.

Then there is a Daisy Cookie Collection ... with pink, yellow, and white daisies. So sunny and so happy.

Here's the full collection called, Everything's Coming Up Daisies.

I made a bunch of Secret Keeper Girl 'ruffle' daisies. These are so big and beautiful. Especially if you love icing just as much as me!

I also made more than 200 mini daisies in pink, yellow, purple, white and aqua. That's a lot of minis!! But they are so cute and you can just pop them in!

Did you know that Yellow Roses are a symbol for friendship? 

And Pink Roses are great for just about anything...especially love!!

I decided to offer the light pink roses with the dark pink detail. I love the contrast.

And since Spring is just around the corner...the Spring Fever Cookie Collection will be back out on the site very soon! This one was very popular last year...it has a little mix of everything from flowers to watercans to springy bugs!

More fun cookies to come...

Have a sweet day,


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Dessert Diet

posted Saturday Feb 26, 2011 at 02:23 PM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

This morning, I baked a bunch of cookies - especially flowers!! It felt so springy! I can't wait to share a few new photos soon.

Baking all those flowers reminded me that I had yet to share the photos from a recent set of cookies for a Bridal Shower with a luau theme. The bride-to-be requested lei cookies, flip-flop cookies, and hibiscus flower cookies.

Before starting the cookies, I prepped the mini flowers I would need for the leis. The lei cookies just so happen to be one of my favorites, so I was really looking forward to this order. These mini flowers can be made in advance, and should be since they take at least a full day to fully dry. Then they peel right off the wax paper.

They are tiny, but they've got a lot of cute power.

And they are the perfect flower for the cookies ...

The color scheme for the party was pink, blue, and green! So bright and fun!

The hibiscus flowers and flip-flops coordinated with the lei cookies.

Working on all these sweet treats makes me very hungry for my own. I don't get sick of eating cookies, not ever, but I do enjoy a little variety in my dessert life.

So on Valentine's Day, I discovered my husband prefers blondes. Actually, he prefers Blondies. Phew. Good for me. 

Since Topher is allergic to chocolate (crazy, right). I hunted high and low for the perfect sweet treat for our Valentine's dinner. I found an amazing Blondie Recipe on www.Bakerella.com. This just happens to be my favorite website and blog ever. Bakerella is so amazingly creative, sweet and fun to follow. She's on twitter and facebook too, and has a book (and I finally got a copy).

Click here for the Blondie Recipe with Maple Butter Sauce. We were not disappointed.

Also on Valentine's Day, my little girl and I hosted a small pizza party for a few of her friends. We kept things simple, pink plates and pink daisies.

We also made Valentine bags for each of the kids. We put a few treats in the bag and all the friends brought a Valentine to share with each other too.

We did NOT plan for a dessert becuase of the treat bags. Thankfully my good friend surprised us with heart-shaped Krispie treats. There is nothing yummier than a gooey, marshmallowy treat!

You might think Valentine's Day would have done us in for sweet stuff. But no, we were back at it the next weekend. Topher is our wonderful breakfast maker! He loves to make pancakes, Dutch babies, waffles, and POPOVERS!

Mmmmmm. Popovers are my favorite! He has tried a few variations, but this recent one takes the cake. He made a sugar-crusted popover. Oh, baby! I definitely married the right guy!

Well, we were almost sweeted out, but our friends were coming over for dinner for the first time. I really wanted them to enjoy the little dinner party I was planning, and I felt I absolutely needed something yummy at the end. Of course, I found myself back on www.Bakerella.com looking for another yummy treat. I found these lemon bars and my little helper and I whipped them up. They were so easy and so yummy!!

If you like lemon flavored treats...this is the one for you! Click here to view the recipe.

At this point, you might be concerned about my diet. I don't encourage indulging like this all the time, but with moderation (I always share our leftovers with my mom), I think treats can be thoroughly enjoyed. Plus, I should mention I eat a salad every day. We usually have a traditional garden salad with lots of veggies with our dinner. But we also enjoy Greek salads too!

I also enjoy making very veggie side dishes. One of my favorites is this Maple Roasted Vegetable dish. 

I have posted this on the blog before. If you think you don't like Brussels sprouts, I dare you to try this dish. It's so amazing. Here is the link to the original post. The recipe comes from a Wegmans magazine. My mother-in-law made it for Thanksgiving one year, and it has been my favorite ever since.

What dessert recipe is your favorite? I'm always looking for new ideas, so feel free to post a link in the comments area. I'd love to check it out!

Have a sweet day,


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On a Journey

posted Monday Feb 21, 2011 at 08:36 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Seems like my family and I have been on a journey this year. 

I made a bajillion Valentine's Day cookies (that's just an estimate of course). 

So many lovely cupcakes...

and hearts ...

and lovebugs...

and owls...

We've been making many trips to Hershey. During one of the trips I took my little girl to Chocolate world. We took the tour, watched the 3-D movie, and enjoyed lunch in the cafe area. Oh, and of course we bought a ton of chocolate and world's longest Twizzlers for Topher.


We went fishing (in the bathroom sink). I was desperate for ideas that blustery day.

We've been on a lot of outdoor explorations in the snow. We like to hunt for icicles.This is of course when I'm not building snow castles for the snow princess. I'm the snow monster that loves to attack with snowballs. (In case you're wondering, we don't wear our tiaras in the snow.)

We also like to make snow angels. 

From snow angel to sleeping angel ... playing in the snow = AMAZING naptime!! (wouldn't those butterflies on the sheets make for a great cookie design?)

So it was good timing that I got an order from the Journey Radio Station (out of the Pittsburgh area) for their one-year anniversary! I was honored to create a logo cookie and a foot step thank you cookies for their special supporters and volunteers.

Here is their logo.

And here is the cookie version (they requested just 'The Journey' on the cookie) ...

This order sneaked in right before Valentine's Day. I had my hands full getting these done just in time to start the V-day orders!

The colors matched the radio station's colors. 

They were all packed up and ready to go be enjoyed.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area and are interested in checking out The Journey, visit their website at www.thejourneyradioministry.com. They have listener information, a blog, and plenty of resources!

That's all for today. We've also been on a dessert journey...but I'll save that for my next post!

Have a sweet day,


PS - I never did get a chance to write a post about the organizing project I did in my house. I just didn't have time. But, I did want to let you know that cleaning up has it's rewards. I found my long-lost 'Official Etch-a-sketch Club Member' patch and this .... 

My ticket to the December 11, 1990 New Kids on the Block concert. My mom was a very brave woman to take me to that concert! I still have (and occasionally use) my souvenir from that day - an NKOTB pillow case.


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A Not-So-'SECRET' Giveaway!

posted Tuesday Feb 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM by Anne Yorks — 6 comments

Have you met the Secret Keeper Girl team? These ladies put on the hippest, grooviest, wildest show for tween girls I have ever seen. I had the pleasure of enjoying their show in State College last August with my 10-year-old niece. Visit their site at www.secretkeepergirl.com for fun games, a cool blog, books and activities for tween girls, and an SKG tour calendar!! Plus, you can learn exactly what a Secret Keeper Girl is!

Here is some exciting news ... Secret Keeper Girl and Flour Box Bakery are partnering together to offer a super sweet collection of cookies perfect for any Secret Keeper Girl or SKG Party!! There are THREE new SKG cookie collections now available on www.flourboxbakery.com. Click here to view the collection page.

Plus, to kick-off this amazing partnership, we are giving away some FREE COOKIES! 

How can you win a box of these delectable treats?  By posting a photograph of a craft that you made with your daughter (or a special friend/niece/grand-daughter) on the SKG facebook page. (click here) Post your craft photo with description by February 22nd. The winner will be announced on the 23rd and the cookies will ship to you and your little girl that day!! 

Here are the super cute cookies that are now available by Flour Box Bakery. The 'classic' Secret Keeper Girl Cookie Collection includes 3 large purple butterflies, 3 large 'ruffle' daisies, 3 Secret Keeper Girl logo cookies, and 18 bite-sized colorful daisy cookies.


Are you hosting a Secret Keeper Girl tea party? This is one of the many fun mother/daughter ideas from the SKG books! Maybe a set of SKG tea party cookies will make your party a little sweeter!! This collection includes 3 colorful teacup and teapot sets (a total of 6 cookies), 2 SKG Logo cookies, 4 medium daisies, and 6 bite-sized daisy cookies. 

I used bright colors for these cookies - just perfect for any Secret Keeper Girl!

I have saved my favorite SKG collection for last...the Secret Keeper Girl Pajama Party collection. These cookies were inspired by the performance I enjoyed at the SKG LIVE Pajama Party Tour last August. I remembered super funky green googly-eyed slippers from the show, and of course had to include those on the pajama cookies.

This collection includes 4 Secret Keeper Girl pajama sets, 2 large ruffle daisy cookies, 2 large purple butterflies, and 2 Secret Keeper Girl Logo cookies.

I think you can see the slippers a little better in this photo - so cute!

And of course, a Secert Keeper is so sophisticated that she would totally have her jammies monogramed!

After looking at all these cookies photos, are you ready to win some FREE COOKIES??  Don't forget to post your craft photo on the SKG facebook page by February 22nd.

If you're looking for inspiration on craft ideas...check out the book, The One Year Mother/Daughter Devo written by Dannah Gresh with Janet Mylin. It's a devotional for moms and daughters that will strengthen this special relationship daily, expand scripture knowledge, and build a stronger relationship with God. The book also addresses topics like self-esteem, modesty, handling emotions, and living the faith. Plus, some super cool crafts are mixed in with the devotionals!! It's an amazing book! Check it out!

Have a super sweet day!!


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President Obama Cookies

posted Wednesday Feb 02, 2011 at 10:36 PM by Anne Yorks — 14 comments

Please ... before you read this post, please keep in mind that these are not political ... they are just cookies. Just flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. That's it. : )

With that said...

It's kind of cool when the President comes to town. He is here today at Penn State to visit research labs and deliver a speech about energy efficiency. I am not one of the 1,000 people that will not attend the speech. Too bad, because I would have loved to give President Obama a cookie gift, of course. 

Thankfully, I did get an order from a member of the Centre County Democrats. I decided to make the Obama 'Horizon O' and a portrait cookie of Obama. I hope they enjoy these cookies ... and if the Leader of the Free World gets a sugar craving mid-speech, hopefully someone will pass him a cookie (and milk too). Can you imagine if that would happen? That just makes me smile thinking about it.


There seems to be so many preparations that come with a visit from the President. Sections of campus will be closed off today and certain roads will also be closed. Air Force One will be landing at our local (small-ish) airport. The landing and take-off are closed to the public. What a shame. I would love to see that plane. My mom TiVo'd a special on the history channel all about Air Force One. Not a bad way to travel.

I am excited for Topher (my husband). He will be part of the crew that will be televising the event on the Big Ten Network. I usually watch most things Topher works on, and I'm definitely going to check this out! It's on today, LIVE, at noon on the Big Ten Network.

I enjoyed making the portrait cookie. I did the base white layer first, then went back and added the face detail, piping and flooding the different areas to get Obama's face. I found this image online. It was similar the image that was used on Obama HOPE posters.

I love red, white, and blue - so I had fun making the Obama 'O' cookie. I always get a little nervous with light and dark colors next to each other because they can run together and bleed the colors. I did the white icing first and let it dry for an hour or so. Then I went back and did the blue and let that get dry. The red was the final color added to the cookie. I am normally very careful with my cookie work, but I really took my time with these cookies, out of respect for the President, of course.

Maybe President Obama needs a White House Cookie Girl? I'm available. I would be happy to make cookies for special events or visiting dignitaries. Wouldn't it be cool if the United States had a 'Cookies for Peace' campaign. I think cookies and milk maybe could solve the world's problems. 

"Hey Iran. Grumpy today? Feeling like persecuting the innocent or taking advantage of neighboring countries? Here, have a cookie and some milk from Meyer Dairy." 

And then there was peace : )

Ahhhh, if it only it were that simple.

God Bless America,


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