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I wouldn’t consider myself a conspiracy theorist, but what do you think the chances are that this winter’s freakishly cold temps and heavy amounts of snow are all masterminded by Disney’s marketing department as a tool to promote the movie Frozen?
Think about it.
Just…. think about it.
We’ve seen it three times. In the theater. Do you know how expensive it is for a family of four to go to a movie theater? The soundtrack is on in the car. Every time we get into the car. And last week, when we dropped Ben off at daycare, we got out of our car as another father and daughter were opening their car door. And guess what was playing in their car.
Still think it’s a coincidence?
I know I’ve got Frozen on the brain! When I was brainstorming ideas for this month’s Inspiration Challenge (cohosted with Melissa at Simply Sweets by Honeybee), I couldn’t help but think of the movie where only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.
If you haven’t seen the movie, you may not get this (but I can’t imagine you haven’t seen it….). At one point, Anna asks Kristoff if he’s some sort of “love expert”. He replies “no, but I have friends who are.” So I made Kristoff’s friends. The love experts.
If you saw the movie, you get why I wrote “Sven’s friends”. If you didn’t see it, just go on thinking it’s a typo. Then go see the movie. It will also explain why the love experts are rocks.
I’m not a cake pop maker. Cake pops and I have a love hate relationship. I love to eat them, hate to make them. These are Oreo truffles. A thousand times easier, and OMG, drop what you’re doing and shove three in your face amazing.
- 18 Oreos
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- candy melts (to get the grey, I used 1 cup of pure white and 1/4 cup of black)
- Crush those Oreos into teeny tiny crumbs.
- Mix together the crumbs with the cream cheese until the crumbs come together and a soft dough forms (I found it easiest to use a hand held mixer)
- Using a tablespoon sized scoop, form the crumb mixture into balls and set aside.
- Melt the candy melts together as per the package instructions.
- Drop a ball of crumb mixture into the melted candy coating and roll it around until it’s covered. Slide a fork or slotted spoon under the ball and lift it out of the coating. Gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl to shake off the extra candy coating.
- Set the ball on wax paper. Sprinkle with green coarse sugar or sprinkles. Allow to harden completely.
This makes about 18.
This is what Kristoff’s friends really look like. If you’re more into cookies. I didn’t make a tutorial, but I used a Hello Kitty face cutter to make them.
Now, head over to Simply Sweets by Honeybee to see the gorgeous cookies she made. I “LOVE” them! And make sure you add a link to your love-themed project to her Linky Party. And start thinking about March’s Inspiration Challenge: The Sky.
If you like this, you may like
- Love Cookies
- Roger and Jessica Rabbit Cookies
- Star Wars Valentines Cookies
- Marge and Homer Simpson Cookies by Simply Sweets by Honeybee
- Nerdy Valentine Cookies by The Cookie Puzzle
- “Love Muffin” wrappers by Mighty Delighty
One thing that will get you out of a blogging slump is a phone call from your sister-in-law! She called me for advice on making Cat In The Hat cookies, and it just so happened I had advice on making Cat In The Hat cookies ALREADY sitting on my computer! Photos edited and ready to go! Like….. from months ago!
Here’s my advice. Pull out your Fourth of July cookie cutters. If you want a Cat Hat that is the PERFECT size for a platter of cookies, use your flag cutter trust me. Cut out a flag, then use the round part of the flag pole to trim the long part of the flag pole. Like this:
Next it’s easy to use red and white (both one step- or 20 second consistency) icing and make wide horizontal stripes up the height of the “hat”, make sure to start with white on the bottom “brim”. Let these red and white stripes dry for several hours, or overnight. When they are completely dry, use a black food color marker to sketch in the details in a Seuss-like manner.
Wendi (my sister-in-law) only asked for the hats, but if you’re wondering, the green ham is a mini pear cutter, and the fish are painstakingly hand drawn. Also, Thing A and B, in this case refer to the birthday boy’s big brothers. It wasn’t a mistake :)
As I sit here writing this the snow is coming down outside. Our schools closed from Monday Dec 23rd until today. They went back today, January 2nd, and they are already almost promising that the schools will close tomorrow for weather.
Do you have ANY idea what my house looks like after the kids have been home that long? Or how desperately I need the few days to put it back together?
Strangely, it at least comes at a convenient time. January’s inspiration theme is “Warm and Fuzzy” and the warmest and fuzziest things I can think of will probably be stuck inside my house tomorrow.
My kids in their fleece PJs. Is there anything cuter than warm, fuzzy, fleece feety pajamas? I will definitely need therapy when he grows out of them. She’s already decided that she doesn’t like the feety parts. She won’t even sleep in socks. Or wear them in the house. Or even outside if she can get away with it. That’s why the little bitty icing toes. But she has cute toes so I can get past the no feety thing.
So tomorrow, you’ll find us eating popcorn
Tonight my kids will be sleeping with those warm and fuzzy fleece pjs inside out.
Fortunately I got a sneak peek at Melissa’s Warm and Fuzzy recipe and I made sure I have all of the ingredients for tomorrow! I’ll be making that for sure! And pondering next month’s challenge: “Love”. Awwww.
How are things where you are? Warm and fuzzy fleece feety pjs? Or itty bitty exposed toes?
Is it just me, or did 2013 go by really fast? I only just stopped accidentally writing 2012 and now I have to get used to writing 2014.
Ellie and I have started a new hobby together. She wanted to make a scrapbook (mostly including notes from me and her friends) so we bought some supplies and started our “Smash Books”. They are so easy to do. I have just been collecting pictures, making some notes and attaching everything with washi tape. I used to scrapbook (back when I had one child and didn’t make cookies in all of my spare time!) and this is a little different in that there isn’t any pressure to make a beautiful layout for every picture. I’m sure there wasn’t pressure before either, at least none that I didn’t put on myself. And of course, if you want a beautiful layout of every picture you can do that in your smash book too!
Anyway, I had a point. The point is that I decided to make a book for every year starting at 2013 (I’ll try to work my way back too at some point) and I’ve been going through all of the pictures I uploaded in the past 12 months. 2013 was a great year! We didn’t take any big trips this year, but we had lots of fun day trips to Philly, Hershey Park, NYC, the beach…. Ellie performed on stage- one of eight children chosen to sing a song from Wicked on stage among a lot of Broadway stars! Ben went from two to three and hit a bunch of milestones. Bryan finished year one (and a half) of graduate school! I joined a few Facebook cookie groups and made a bunch of friends. It was a pretty good year! So I made some sparkly cookies to celebrate!
I made the numbers by making royal icing transfers and covering them with disco dust while they were still wet. The icing was thick enough that they dried within an hour or so, and they were pretty sturdy so I was able to finish them pretty quickly. I did have one number break as I moved it over to the cookie, so I found an easier way to do it and I thought I’d share.
- Take your transfer and flip it over.
- Pipe icing on the back side in the same color as your base coated cookie.
- Turn your cookie over and press down veeeeeerrrrryyyyy gently onto the transfer.
- Flip the cookie back to the right side and admire the cookie you made while knowing that you found a way to attach a slightly delicate piece of icing with minimal movement and chance of breakage.
Obviously this doesn’t work for all designs. On the 2014 cookies, there was too much chance that the numbers wouldn’t line up right so I had to do it the old fashioned way and pick up the transfer, pipe icing on the back, carry it over to the cookie, turn it the right way, place it onto the cookie, and press down gently. I broke two this way and covered my hands in silver disco dust at the same time.
I hope you had a wonderful 2013, and that 2014 is even better!
Happy New Year!
The past few days have been relatively slow considering the time of year! I had a chance to play around with the appearance of my blog. Since I use WordPress’s free blogging services, I don’t have too many options when it comes to design, but I really liked how easy it was to customize. If you are thinking about blogging, but you don’t know where to start, this is a great option. With Bryan (still) in school, and trying to stick to a budget, it’s really worked for me. And I’ve heard that when you are ready it’s easy to switch over to a self hosted site.
Anyway…. I promised cookies. (But if you get a chance, take a look around and let me know what you think!)
I didn’t make too many different types of cookies this season. Just the few that I’ve already written about here, here, here, here, and here. (OK. That’s a little more than a few.)
I did make some others and I thought I’d share in case you need some last minute inspiration, although I don’t have step by step photos or even a good completed picture.
These were some easy treats that can certainly be thrown together at the last minute:
Snowflakes can be done quickly using the same color to base coat and pipe the details (or skip the base coat entirely and pipe your design directly on the cookie). Serve them on platter of chocolate chip cookies , because, why not?
Cut your gingerbread dough into sticks instead of shapes and dip them in chocolate. Add sprinkles to make them really irresistible.
So there are a few last minute ideas for you!
I hope you enjoy :)
Like this Santa sled from the Santa/sled/reindeer three pack. To me it looks like an old fashioned candle holder and I thought those would make some cute place card cookies for your Holiday table. So, roll out your dough, and cut out the sleds. Cut out a candle and use the candle cutter to cut a notch from the sled. Place the candle inside and bake the cookies. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
- Gold icing in piping and flood consistency (This is a mixture of Americolor egg yellow, and Americolor gold)
- Red icing in piping and flood consistency
- Green very stiff icing
- Gold airbrush color, Gold luster dust, and/or Wilton’s Color Mist in gold. (Optional)
- Yellow Edible Glitter (Optional)
- Out line the candle holder in gold and the candle in red.
- Flood the candle holder and allow it to dry. Flood the candle and allow the whole thing to dry completely.
- When you flood the candle, you can either flood the whole thing, then after it dries, add dripping wax details. Or you can flood it in sections to add dimension.
- Using the gold piping icing, add a flame, and immediately pour on a little edible glitter to make the flame sparkle.
- Use gold piping icing to add scrolls and a name (or message).
- If you want, spray lightly with gold airbrush color, Wilton Color Mist in Gold, or brush with gold luster dust.
- Use the very stiff green icing and the red piping icing to add a little sprig of holly.
So, it’s getting close to Christmas! Five more days! What’s on your wish list? Are you baking anything I should know about?