April 19, 2014

Celebrate Life Project

Celebrate Life!!!! That's right, let's celebrate. 

Anita of Sweet Hope Cookies, this is all for you. So many people have come together to show you some much deserved love.........in cookie form. If you don't know Anita (GASP), please, please go to her blog and see what she is all about. She honestly lives to inspire. She is truly one of the most caring and generous cookies I have ever had the privilege to meet. So when I was asked to be part of a collaborative effort to "Celebrate Life" for Anita, I was so overjoyed!

Do you have someone in your life,  who is your hero, someone who inspires you, who you are proud of, or even someone you love?  When this question was asked to me for this project, I found myself wondering who *my* hero is and who inspires *me*.  The fact that this project is right before Easter made it work out perfectly for me.

So if it is alright with you, I would love to share my heroes, the people who inspire me, the people I am proud of and the people I love.

The reasons I chose each of these may seem pretty obvious to some of you. But I would love to introduce you to these people and tell you why I chose them.

Dad & Mom: 

Other than the fact that they are my parents. I would also classify them under each of the titles I was given.  While I was young they protected and loved me. Even as an adult……..they still protect me and I think still love me. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past December. 50 YEARS!!!!! They have inspired me by teaching me forgiveness.  And guess what? They make me proud.

Bob (honey, bobaroo)- My husband:

Bob came into my life after being divorced for 3 years. Ashley was 13 and Brock was 11.  I don't think it would be an understatement if I said my kids hated him. They treated him with respect, but there is no doubt in my mind that they grumbled under their breath. Bob showed my kids love, support and encouragement through the years, even though he knew the way they felt. I chose Bob as my Hero. Any man that can come into a woman's life and help raise, love, support and encourage her children, deserves a medal of honor. I am pleased to say that today, my children have grown to look up to Bob. They call him for advice on repairs and he is the Grandpa to our amazing grand kids whom he adores. 

Bryan & Ashley - aka - My daughter and son-in-law: 

My daughter has shown me what true love is. I never knew the love of a child until I had her. My reason for choosing Bryan and Ashley is because they make me proud. Ashley started college her Senior year in high school and graduated with her Marketing degree after attending college for 3 years. Her senior year of college we spent planning her wedding to Bryan. Bryan graduated from college with his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry (smarty pants, right?). This makes me proud. But do you want to know what makes me the proudest of all? The fact that they are truly wonderful parents to my Grandchildren.  When I say my daughter is my BFF……..she really is.

Brock & Jessica - aka - My son and daughter-in-law:

Brock is the most loving and non judgmental person I have ever met. He inspires me with his zest for life. He lives each day as it comes and never looks back. I am so proud of Brock and Jessie for their courage and determination. They are living their dream. How many people can say that? They visited New York City on their Honeymoon and made it their goal to live there one day. I am so happy to say that they made their goal a reality. Jessie is working full-time and going to school. Brock continues to be the life of the party with his humor and love for everyone.

Jack and Layla - My grandchildren:

I do not even know where to begin with these two. They are the light of my life! They give me the most unconditional love I have ever experienced. When I see them, all my problems go away and my focus is on playing with them. Exhausting? YES!!! But I would not trade it for anything in the world. I could walk in to their home with the most expensive toy ever known to man, and they would have more fun doing "dance parties"with glow sticks and piggy back rides. Memories that will never go away.  


We all have them. What would we do without them? My friends have supported and encouraged me through the hardest of times. My very BFF is Rhonda. We have known each other since our kids were little. We know each other inside and out. She is the sister I never had. There is nothing that I can not talk to her about. If I want the truth about something, she is my go to girl. 

Cookie Peeps:

These are the men and ladies who inspire me through their work and creativity.  They lift me up when I  don't feel like I'm good enough. They are a community of givers.  They have taught me through blogs, tutorials and many questions how to achieve a certain look or design. They truly get me and my obsession.

Now maybe you can understand why it was hard for me to choose just one. Everyone has a hero, someone they love, or that they are proud of, someone who inspires them.

Below is a collage that was created by LilaLoa. Feel free to click on the pictures below. Each picture will take you to that persons story of who they chose as their hero, their inspiration, who they are proud of, or even someone they love. 

Image Map

1.       Lorraine’s Cookies  http://www.facebook.com/lrussocookies
2.       Cristin’s Cookies http://www.cristinscookies.com
3.       Sugar Rush Custom Cookies https://www.facebook.com/Sugarrushcustomcookies
6.       Whisked Away Cookies https://www.facebook.com/WhiskedAwayCookies
7.       Sweet Ree’s Bake Shoppe https://www.facebook.com/SweetReesBakeShoppe
8.       The Cookie Architect https://www.facebook.com/TheCookieArchitect
9.       The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com
11.   Kookie Kreations by Kim https://www.facebook.com/KookieKreationsbyKim
12.   Sugar Nosh Treats https://www.facebook.com/SugarNoshTreats
13.   The Baked Equation http://thebakedequation.com
14.   Chris’s Creative Confections https://www.facebook.com/chriscreativeconfections
16.   Tami Rena’s Cookies https://www.facebook.com/tamirenascookies
17.   Cindy’s Cozy Kitchen  http://cindyscozykitchen.blogspot.com
18.   Suz Daily http://www.suzdaily.com
19.   TLC – Trinnie Loves Cookies https://www.facebook.com/TLCTrinnieLovesCookies
20.   Yankee Girl Yummies Yankee Girl Yummies
21.   Laura's Cookies  LaurasCookies
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April 07, 2014

CookieCon 2014 Pictures

I finally had the chance to empty my camera from CookieCon. I came across so many fun pictures I wanted to share.

Let's get started!!

Here is my carry on, minus my sugar show entry boxes. I took 40 cookies on board the plane with me to share with some of my cookie friends.

The best travel buddy ever.  Liz from CookiesToGo.

Beautiful view heading into Utah.

 A few of the sugar show entries. I took these before a lot of the ccokies had been placed. So there are many, many pictures that I did not get.  Check out all the talent.

All my cookie friends!!!!!

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April 03, 2014

CookieCon 2014 Sugar Show Entries

There are several blog posts that I have read this past week about CookieCon.  Every single one of them explained my feelings perfectly.  So I thought instead of retyping what everyone is already saying, I would just share with you some of the blogs for you to go visit at your leisure. There are so many pictures of smiling faces and beautiful cookies.

But before you go, I wanted to share with you my Sugar Show Entries.  Remember how I was saying that if I was going to CookieCon I wanted to experience the whole thing, stress and all. Trust me when I say that I was completely stressed getting these cookies on the plane. As you will see in a few of the pictures, I had some 3D effects going on. There was no possible way I could bubble wrap them without breakage. I ended up using a few small boxes and "glued" (with royal icing) the bottom of the cookie to the bottom of the box.  Those boxes went with me in my carry on.

I still had my suitcase to pack!!!
Once I got on the plane, I had to put my bag in the overhead compartment. No big deal, right? WRONG!!!! I had to turn my bag on it's side which meant the cookies that I had glued to the bottom of the boxes were now on their sides. For the next 3 hours I stressed over the cookies that were probably in crumbles above my head.  But I had some beautiful scenery to look at that took my mind off of that mess.

Once the plane landed and we made it to the hotel, the first thing I did was check my cookies. Guess what I found? Nothing!!!! Not one.single.cookie was broken. I was able to breathe a sigh of relieve and go meet my cookie friends. I wish I could share all of my pictures with you. Here a just a few. 

I am proud to say that I met some of the most amazing decorators from all over the country. People who get me. People who share my love of cookies. It was an incredible experience.

Oh wait, I was going to show you my sugar show entries.

First up was the category "Anything Goes". I wish this set turned out how I imagined. But not all things work in our favor. I still entered them because by the time I was finished with this set, I had blisters on my finger from carving out the icing to make the flowers.

The next cookie I entered was in the "Spring" category.

Last but not least and my very favorite was the "Once Upon a Time" category.  I had remembered that April was the month of Simply Sweets by Honeybee and Ellie's Bites Decorated Cookies "Down the Rabbit Hole" inspiration challenge. I decided that the only way I would be able to do their challenge this month, was to incorporate it into the sugar show. I decided to go with a vintage look of Alice in Wonderland. I wanted the characters to appear as if they were coming out of the book. 

Don't forget to head over to Simply Sweets by Honeybee and share your "Down the Rabbit Hole" project. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Also, please don't forget to check out these great posts on CookieCon 2014!!

Cristin's Cookies - The Most Important Thing I Learned at CookieCon

Cookie Crazie - The Greatest Show on Earth….for cookies!

Royal Icing Diaries - The amazing cookies and Cookie Decorators at CookieCon 2014

You might also be interested in this amazing slide show of the cookies in the sugar show.  Click here to go to the slide show.

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