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".

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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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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 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
2.       Cristin’s Cookies
3.       Sugar Rush Custom Cookies
6.       Whisked Away Cookies
7.       Sweet Ree’s Bake Shoppe
8.       The Cookie Architect
9.       The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle
11.   Kookie Kreations by Kim
12.   Sugar Nosh Treats
13.   The Baked Equation
14.   Chris’s Creative Confections
16.   Tami Rena’s Cookies
17.   Cindy’s Cozy Kitchen
18.   Suz Daily
19.   TLC – Trinnie Loves Cookies
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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