April 13, 2015

How to Decorate a Cow Cookie

I'm all about decorating easy cookies and I think this cow cookie is not only easy, but super cute!

Before I show you how to decorate this cow, I have a shameless plug. I have been making scribe tools since March of 2014. In May of that year, I decided to start an etsy shop featuring my scribes. I absolutely love this tool. It is perfect for pushing icing into small places, popping those pesky bubbles and doing many different wet on wet techniques. But this scribe tool is not just a pretty cookie scribe. I have used it to serve hors d'oeuvres. Would you believe that my mom uses hers for quilting? Yep, she uses it as a stiletto to help her guide fabric as she stitches, this prevents the fabric from shifting (that's what she tells me anyway). It also helps in turning corners on the fabric, or on edges when appliquéing. Cool, huh? Of course, with any product, you need to make sure if it is used with food, you use it with food ONLY :)

You can order one of these scribes by going to Tami Rena's Designs. If there is a color combination that you would like and it is not shown, please message me and I can work with you on getting the color of your choice. Oh and make sure you go to the bottom of this post for a special offer for ALL my blog subscribers :) Make sure you subscribe to either my blog or youtube channel. Okay, enough about how much you really need to get one of these. Let's decorate a cow!!

How to Decorate a Cow Cookie

I used my gingerbread man cutter and trimmed off a small section of the feet. All credit should go to Cookies with Character on using a gingerbread man cutter. She's one smart cookie!!

Using an edible marker, draw where you would like the horns, inside section of the ear and nose.

Pipe and flood like shown below:  I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, .75-Ounce, Bright White

While the icing is still wet, add the inside section of the ear. Use a scribe tool to drag the inner ear to a point.  For the inner section I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, 3/4-Ounce, Soft Pink

Let this dry for a few hours.

Using Ivory from this set AmeriColor #2 Color Kit, Soft Gel Paste Food Color, 12 Pack, flood the nose portion. (You can get the bright white in this set also).

Immediately add two dots for the nose using soft pink.

Now add the horns using the chocolate brown that you can find in the set linked above:

Since using black icing, you will want this cookie to be dry completely before adding the final details.

Now that your cookie is dry, you can add the eyes and spots using black gel food coloring found here: AmeriColor Soft gel paste Super Black .75 oz. bottle GP101

To make the spots, there is no need for perfection. Drop a couple squiggly lines and fill them in.

To finish this off, use an edible black marker or your Americolor Black gel an add eyelashes:

Draw a semi-circle around the nose:

Finish it with a goofy smile :)

That's all there is to it! Simple as can be :) You can add all kinds of different shaped cookies with black spots to complete your platter.

Here is a video of making this cute little cow:

Guess who is turning 30!!!!! My beautiful daughter :) 

Now for that special offer for all my blog subscribers. Now through Mother's Day you can get 20% off ALL scribe tools. Remember, if there is a color combination you would like, message me so we can work on getting you the color of your choice. To receive your discount use coupon code BLOG2O during checkout.

March 30, 2015

Unable to Sell Cookies

I wanted to take a quick break from some tutorials and offer some suggestions on what you can do if you are unable to sell your cookies. Even if you can sell your cookies, you may have a few extra's that are looking for a home.

I do not sell my cookies. I know, sad right? Illinois does have a cottage law and I have looked into every possible avenue in order for me to sell cookies.  But here is what I have discovered:  every county in Illinois handles this cottage law differently. At least that is what my county tells me. 

Even though I do not sell my cookies, I don't let it prevent me from doing what I love, and you shouldn't either! 

I want to share with you some ideas if you are unable to sell your edible creations. Now you can continue to do what you love. Even if you are just getting started and don't know what to do with all the creations your are making, these ideas will come in handy.

What to do if you are unable to sell your cookies or edible creations

Cookie swaps!!!! That's right, cookie swaps. Find a group of people that share your same passion and swap those cookies. These cookie swaps are so much fun. You are not only able to taste others recipes, you are able to see their decorating techniques. And here is an added bonus: I have formed some pretty amazing friendships during these cookie swaps.

Holidays and birthdays are another great way to practice your decorating skills. Your family will be so impressed! Take cookies or your edible creation to any event. It can be a cookout, holiday gathering, birthday gift, baby shower, baptism or anniversary. Just be warned, you will be expected to bring your creations to ALL upcoming events.

Organizations and Auctions are probably my favorite way of sharing my cookies. Cookies for iPads and the GOBO! Foundation are some of my all time favorites. Just go to their Facebook pages and make sure you "like". You will be able to see when the events are being held and donate.

But please do not limit yourself to just these two organizations. There are so many great causes out there. A lot of these organization have bake sales with items that are donated. Become someone who donates to these. Help them raise the funds they need.

Contact a church in your area and see if they are having a bake sale where you can donate your creations. Schools sometimes have "silent auctions" to help raise money. I was recently involved in a silent auction for someone who was in need of medical expenses. I donated a set of cookies to be auctioned. I can not begin to tell you how wonderful it makes you feel on the inside, to know that you have helped in some way.

Random Acts of Kindness is another of my favorites. There is always someone who needs an extra special something. Give someone a smile. I guarantee your creation will be the smile they needed that day :)

Thank you or a Just Because, can also be considered a Random Act of Kindness. Has someone done something kind for you and you don't know how to repay them? There is nothing that says "Thank you" more than something you created.

These are just a few of my ideas for being able to continue to create cookies and not being able to sell. Do you have any ideas you would like to share?

March 27, 2015

Using Frosting Sheets without a Printer

How many of you out there want to try frosting sheets, but do not want the added expense of buying a separate printer? Please don't get me wrong, I don't want to take away what awesome things you can create using printable images. Last year I made cookies for the Celebrate Life Project using my printer and frosting sheets. I shudder when I look at those cookies now.

I have seen some beautiful cookies using frosting sheets and a printer. But for some reason I always seem to have problems with my printer printing those beautiful images. So there it sits, unused. To top it off? I have several boxes of frosting sheets waiting to be used. 

Last week one of my youtube subscribers asked if you could use embossing folders for frosting sheets. WHAT?????? I NEVER would have thought of that!!! So I quickly decided to give it a try and share my results. 

Now before I go on, I have to say that I was feeling pretty lazy and did not want to make a batch of cookie dough for one cookie. This is where the Notta Cookie comes in handy!! Even if I did decide to make a batch of cookies for this project, this cookie would have taken me less than 30 seconds to decorate!! SCORE!!!

How to Use Frosting (Icing) Sheets without a Printer

Start out with some icing sheets. I purchased mine from Icing Images. You can purchase regular sheets, rectangle sheets or circle sheets. The circle sheet circles can come in sizes from 1.25" - 8". The one I am using for this project is a 3" circle.

You will also need an embossing folder. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, but I'm sure you can find them in any craft store in the paper isle. Just make sure that your embossing folder is used with food only. We don't want any cross-contaminiation going on. 

Peel the frosting (icing) sheet from the plastic backing (sorry for the blurry pictures).

Lay the frosting sheet inside the embossing folder.

Under the embossing folder place a Cook's Kitchen Non-Slip Utility Mat.  You can use this mat to prevent the plastic embossing folder from slipping around when you begin rolling. Otherwise, you may be chasing that plastic folder all over your counter or work surface.

Using a rolling pin and your super human strength, begin rolling on the top of the embossing folder. You will need to press and roll very firmly.

Open the embossing folder to reveal your impression :)

Use petal dust to really make that impression pop! I used Petal Dust Moss Green and Petal Dust Mushroom.

At this point you will need to pretend with me a little. Pretend this is a cookie that has been iced and completely dry okay?

You will need to brush the service of your dried royal icing with water. Notice the water droplets on my notta cookie? Just trying to keep it real here.

Place your icing sheet onto the wet service and press until it adheres.

To make sure your icing sheets edges do not lift, add a border to the side.

You can stop here, or you can add some extra details to the icing sheet itself.

These frosting sheets taste yummy and it's a super fast, easy way to decorate a beautiful cookie. All without using a printer.

You can also watch me use the embossing folder for this cookie on youtube!

Now if you will excuse me, I have some more embossing folders to buy!!!