You would have thought that by getting unlimited wifi at home my blogging might have increased. As you can probably tell, that did not happen. I have realised that I don’t do internet at home. When I am at home and Little OL is awake then I will spend the time playing with her. If she is asleep then I like to do something a bit more creative.
My latest obsession – cookies! I am going to blame Hayley for this. After she posted her delicious condensed milk stamped cookies I realised I needed to try them out. And then I realised that I also needed one of those stamps.
So, in the past couple of weeks I have made Hayley’s condensed milk cookies, a short bread biscuit (stamped), a white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie and a chopped nut and choc chip cookie.
I have also put back most of the weight that I lost!
Little OL has also discovered the joys of licking the spatula! Hmmm cookie dough.
For all my saying “I hate Pinterest” I do spend a remarkable amount of time on it and have found some quite fun ideas. One of them was cake stands made from candle holders (or glasses or terracotta pots or basically anything). I had two candle sticks that I found in a second hand store for R1 each, obviously to good to let go and I knew that some day I would find a use for them.
When I was getting ready for Little OL’s party I remembered them, as well as a post I had found from Sugarbelle via Pinterest. All I needed was some spray paint and a little bit of time. Finding the time on a day that was not windy proved to be teh hardest part… do you know how windy it is in PE in February???
I sanded them down a bit, washed them and then sprayed each one with a different colour. One thing I will say is that my spray painting skills are seriously lacking! I am however happy with the end result, if I turn them around and face the drips away from me. Instead of glueing the plate to the top I just used prestik.
I liked this idea better as I can now use different plates depending on the occasion, or what I plan on putting on them.
Add a plate and done! So easy.
For Little OL’s party I stacked them up and put the cookies on them. I am really happy with the way they turned out.
All in all I was very happy with the way everything turned out. I made almost everything, including the cake stand that the cookies are standing on… yip you read that correctly. I will share details shortly.
I cannot believe my daughter turns 2 this month. Time really has flown.
Over the past two years she has grown from a tiny little baby to a very independent little toddler. She does not like me to do anything for her. This includes dressing her, brushing her teeth and hair or feeding her all of which poses a bit of a problem as she has not quite mastered them herself yet. She has mastered the art of undressing though – which also poses a bit of a problem. Thankfully it is summer so most of the time I just let her run around with nothing on.
For her 2nd Birthday I have decided to do a Teddy Bear’s Picnic party. I love organising parties – which was probably just as well in my last job seeing as I was an events co-ordinator…
Anyway – in my quest for ideas I have come across some fantastic sites. I found a tutorial on making a plastic icing teddy bear – which I attempted last night and am so impressed with myself. The tutorial is fantastic – so easy to follow (and remember)
I also came across this site for this woman in Durban and her company Cupcake D’lights who decorates the most astounding cakes and cupcakes. She is a pure artist. Her enchanted garden cake is just absolutely unbelievable. Wow.
So I decided to try something different with my iced sugar cookies – to paint them! I have seen it around and thought I would give it a try. We have our art class end of year party this weekend – our theme was Berthe Morisot.
I did not enjoy it and they did not come out the way I wanted.
I believe that this is because of a few reasons, firstly I don’t usually paint with water colours and this would be done in that style. Also this artist used oils so it was difficult to copy. Secondly I found that the colour bled into the icing.
The other thing I think is that the taste of the food colouring would be too strong if you ate them (which I have not done yet).
I think I will stick to the more conventional way of decorating sugar cookies, line and flood with royal icing. I really enjoy that.
Here are pictures of the three I tried next to a copy of the painting I was trying to copy. I think the one of the little girl with the red hair came out the best – the others are shocking!
One of my friends asked me to make some biscuits for her daughter’s first birthday party – it was ladybird themed. I jumped at the chance – anything to be able to make the biscuits but then not to have to worry about eating them.
Although the party was a Ladybird theme, she was not going big on the ladybirds. She found some photos online of biscuits with ladybirds on them and asked me if I could copy them. I also made some extra white ones with pink dots and then some pink ones with white dots.
I think they come out pretty well (even if I do say so myself).
The first photo is the biscuits in location at the party. My sister -in-law took the photo as I did not even think of it. I was so glad she did.
The rest of the photos I took at home before I took the biscuits to my friends house.
Here are my latest biscuits. I made them as a thank you gift for my mom! I would never have survived last week without her. My nanny was not able to come in, and without my mom I would have been really stuck. I had to go to Cape Town on business on Tuesday – Granny’s ROCK!
Here is a picture of my latest cookie. The picture is our company logo. I thought I would give it a go, it is our annual board meeting early next month and thought it might be funny to give eveyone cookies with the logo on at tea time. But figured I had better practice first.
The did not come out exactly how I was hoping, but generally I am quite happy with them. The consistance of the icing worked well, and the Africa’s looked great. It was when I put the oval shapes over that the problems started. Next time I might try starting with that. Also the blue is supposed to be navy – but after using nearly a whole bottle of food colouring I decided I liked the colour the way it was (read as: I was not going to waste any more colouring on a trial cookie). So if anyone has any tips on how to get a nice dark navy without using a whole bottle of food colour all suggesting would be greatly appreciated.