Anniversary Cookie Bouquet

My Aunt Debbie recently shared a photo of a cookie bouquet she ordered for my cousin’s birthday and it reminded me that I never showed you this bouquet!

wedding anniversary cookie bouquet

I made this one for my in-laws’ 30th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. The bouquet featured 2 champagne glasses, 3 red roses, 1 “Happy Anniversary” heart, and 1 bottle of champagne displaying the year 1981.

Then, my mother-in-law Leona wanted me to take a good picture of the 2 of them. Before you see the pictures, it’s important for you to know that we were eating at Malio’s Prime Steakhouse in Tampa. It’s a fancy restaurant with spectacular food!

Ok, ignore my lack of camera skills in less than ideal photography conditions…

But I picked up the camera, counted to 3, and this is the shot I get:

Ok…let’s try again…

Not a horrible shot, but why must we always pose with our alcoholic beverages? And J-Dawg (that’s what I call my father-in-law) looks less than thrilled to be there. Third time’s the charm, right?

Hm…maybe not…Ok, let’s try ONE more time. We give Leona a little pep talk about calming down and looking “normal.” I pick up the camera again, assured that this will be a good photo!

But, now we’ve lost J-Dawg…

I give up.

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Fall Cookie Bouquet Class at Ms Debbie’s Sugar Art!

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we had a Fall Cookie Bouquet class at the bakery. I posted about it here already, but now I’ll give you pictures I took during the class!

We started out by outlining our cookies. Traci had beautiful nails so she became the class’ official hand model!

Here’s Jerry concentrating on his cookie and pretending I’m not taking a photo. I don’t know how he decorates standing up…I forget that I’m standing and lose my balance. Seriously. The whole class was standing so I decided to stand, but I almost toppled over sideways! Does that happen to anyone else???

Then, I taught them how to thin down their icing to flood the cookies. There were 5 people in the class and 5 colors to thin down…perfect! Each person took care of a color. I love it when things work out like that!

Emily was the only person in class who hadn’t taken the Wilton Method classes at Michaels – but you couldn’t tell! She was awesome!

We lined all our cookies up and aimed a fain on them so they’d dry super fast!

After a little drying time, we added the final details. Don’t you love how Corinne marbelized the flood icing on her acorn?

And Anita’s turkey turned out super cute!

This is a close-up of the turkeys in process.

And the finished bouquet!

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ICES Convention – Here I Come!

I leave tomorrow for the ICES Convention in St. Charles, IL! Like always, I’m going to try to participate in the convention in every possible way – go to as many demos as time allows, take hands-on classes, take TONS of photos of the cake gallery, volunteer, and bring a sugar display! Because I’m flying to the convention this year, it’s much more difficult to bring a dummy cake. Instead, I made a bridal bouquet made of sugar! I’ve packed it up as tightly as I can so hopefully (a) they’ll let me carry it on the plane and (b) it survives the trip!

The bouquet is made up of pink roses, white stephanotis, pink hydrangea, and yellow & pink calla lilies.

I’ve been working from home on my dissertation a lot lately. During the day, I write…and at night, I work on cake stuff! I usually move the dining room table into the living room so I can take TV breaks occasionally. Anyway, during the day, Nani constantly wants to sleep in my lap. One night last week, Nani jumped on this chair all by herself…she KNOWS she’s not allowed up there, but she did it anyway. It was like she felt like she was entitled to it since it was empty. Please excuse the condition of the living room. If you were ever wondering what it looked like while I worked, now you know! The flowers in the background are the ones I used in the bouquet above.

The best part, though, was when Nani stood on the chair and leaned over to the banister. Check out this photo Adam caught (yes, her open eye is scary…they always turn out like that in photos…oh well!):

Is she seriously winking? She’s mischievous alright! But that face is so cute…how could you do anything but laugh???

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