September 19, 2014

Painting on a Stamped Cookie

Have I happened to mention how difficult it is to create a "movie"? Just incase I haven't, I would love to share some of my experience on film making.

I start by trying to set my camera up at an angle that I think the movie people watchers would enjoy. This is after I wrestle with the tripod thingy the camera goes on. The tripod has how many legs? Three, yes three legs!! Those three legs cause me an incredible amount of grief.  There are so many levers to adjust to bring it to the proper height. I have finally determined that the height should be all the way to the top for the best possible viewing. Then I have to move this beast to sit beside a table that has four legs.  Once this beast is in position, the camera needs to be tilted down so the movie people watchers can get a sky view of the action. What does this mean? More levers to adjust.

Whew, camera is now on the tripod (sounds like a Star Wars character to me) angled down and ready to go. I now have to pull my four legged chair up to the four legged table and arrange it around the three legged tripod. Oh and I must not forget my own two legs in this process.

Once I'm comfortable I realize that I forgot the Star of my movie. My cookie. I unwind myself from all the legs and retrieve my cookie. Okay, I'm finally ready to go. I maintain my earlier position at the table to only discover that I have forgotten to focus the camera. UGH!! Unwinding myself again, I manage to make the adjustments.

Now that I'm comfortable and the movie has been called to action, I discover the next most difficult thing. Decorating at an awkward angle. I'm used to the "Star" being directly in front of me, not shifted to the side. I also have discover that if I shift my position in any way,  I will accidentally hit the leg of the tripod which makes it appear as if I am in a 4.0 earthquake.

Once the movie is complete, the editing process begins (I probably should save this whole experience for another post). But I will mention part of the editing process is finding the right music. Now I'm a low budget film person. No orchestra can be found on my budget, so I use what I can find. Be happy that it is not just me whistling.

Making a movie is hard. I'm not sure if I will be nominated for any awards this year, but I have sure given it my best. I'm preparing my acceptance speech just in case.

Want to know what isn't hard? Painting on a cookie!!

                                 1. It's EASY!

                                 2. It's FAST!

                                 3. No layering of icing!

                                 4. You can add just a little dimension with a very small amount of icing!

                                 5. It's EASY!

                                6. You get to paint!

                                7. You can go outside of the lines!

                                8. Fixing mistakes is a breeze!

                                9. It doesn't have to be perfect!

                              10. Have I mentioned that it's EASY!

That's just a few reasons why you should give it a try.  Just watch here!!

For more information on Cookie stamping:

Stamping on a Cookie

Stamping on a Cookie Part 1 (this one has a video).

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September 16, 2014

Stamping on a Cookie Part 1


There was a buzz of excitement last year when I shared this stamped cookie on my Facebook Page

Then came the next few stamped cookies:

This little girl happens to be my favorite.

Can you tell that I love stamping on cookies. I even wrote a blog about it last year with a picture tutorial! Well this year, I decided to do a video.  

I'm still working out all think kinks to publishing, editing and being a good song picker outer. But hopefully you enjoy the video and can start stamping on some cookies!!

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September 13, 2014

How to Pipe on a Scallop Cookie Update

Remember that time I told you I got a new camera? Remember when I said I have no idea what I am doing with this camera? Well I discovered that I can take videos with this baby. Soooooooo since I'm practicing my movie making skills, I thought I would share with you a video I did on "How to Pipe on a Scallop Cookie".

If your interested in seeing more videos like this, don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel to stay in the loop. You can click here to subscribe.

I'm sure your asking yourself what is next on the movie reel. Right now I am in the process of making a video on stamping cookies. Pretty exciting right?

Until then.............

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September 03, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Roll Out Sugar Cookie


It's FALL!!! Fall brings so many things.  The changing of the leaves, Halloween, the GoBo! Foundation Bake sale and these cookies!

The aroma that fills your house when baking these cookies is indescribable. Even though it is still in the high 80's here in Illinois, the smell coming from my oven made me feel like it was a cool 70 degrees. Fall, oh how I love thee.

Pumpkin Spice Roll Out Sugar Cookies
                              (printable version)
by Tami Rena’s Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter (or two sticks) - room temperature   
or *cold
1 cup sugar
½ cup light brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
2 tsp pumpkin emulsion (I use Lorann)
2 tsp **pumpkin pie spice
¾ tsp salt
¾ tsp baking powder
4 cups flour

**If you do not have pumpkin pie spice try this variation:
1 tsp ground cinnamon
tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
tsp ground ginger

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  In a small bowl add eggs and pumpkin emulsion, then add to the buttery cream mixture.

In a large bowl add flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice (or variation). Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients.

Slowly add the flour mixture and mix on low until all ingredients are combined.

Divide dough in half and roll between two pieces of wax paper at 3/4" thick. Rolling between the wax paper prevents adding any more flour to your dough. You can sprinkle a very small amount of flour onto your wax paper to prevent the dough from sticking. Just a very small amount. If the dough is too soft, try putting it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Cut into shapes.

Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes.

Let cookies cool completely before decorating.  These taste wonderful just plain or they pair nicely with vanilla/almond royal icing.

* You can use room temperature or cold butter. If your butter is cold, cut it up into cubes and place into your mixer bowl. By the time you have all of your ingredients ready, the butter should be ready to go.

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do! I would love to know what you think.

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May 05, 2014

Paris Theme Cookies and Scribe


I was having one of those horrible decorating days when I made this cookie. I was ready to throw in the towel and just chuck this cookie in the garbage (my stomach). But I was bound and determined to fix the mess that I had created. Since this blog is about my journey into cookie decorating, I decided to take pictures along the way, hoping that my idea was going to be great. Little did I know when I started decorating this cookie, how much I was learning along the way. 

If your ready for some pretty ugly stamped cookies, I'm ready to show you just how I was able to fix them!! You can read all about my stamping method on a post I did called Stamping Cookies.

My project started out pretty flawless.

Then this happened!!!! I might also add here, that the stamp I purchased ended up being a Christmas stamp! I did not discover this until AFTER I stamped it and noticed the word "Noel". Looks like someone will be getting some "Paris" themed cookies for Christmas this year.

Let's try again!

YES!! There is still hope......I think.....

I can now sit here and say that sometimes the ugliest cookie can be fixed and made into the prettiest cookies.  I am now calling this my "Ugly Duckling" story.

What?? You want to know what that tool is at the bottom of the picture? Well I would be happy to tell you. 

That is my very own handmade scribe.  I have opened up an etsy shop where I will be selling these very soon.  Until then, you can always check out my etsy store. See it? Scroll up to the top of this page and look over to your right. It says "My Etsy Store".  There you will see some of the items I have listed for sell. Just click on an item that you may be interested in and it will take you right to my shop. Pretty cool, huh?

I am linking up this cookie at Simply Sweets by Honeybee and Ellie's Bite's Decorated Cookies monthly inspiration challenge. This month is "Paris Theme".  

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