Forget Me Not cookies…

blue forget me not cookies

 

I came out of my daughter’s school one day and saw a flash of blue out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look and saw these little dainty blue flowers…

 

blue forget me not flowers

 

Blue Forget Me Not flowers! Up until then, I had never actually seen a real Forget Me Not flower. I had only seen them in photos. I always came away from the photos wondering just how small the blossoms were and were they really that blue?

Well, now after seeing a patch of them, my questions were finally answered! :)  They are a very delicate, dainty- looking flower and yes, they are that blue!…

 

blue forget me not cookies

 

I thought they’d make the perfect, whimsical little floral cookie bouquet. Nothing over the top, just a few little cookie blossoms casually placed into a simple glass vase…

Here’s what I did…

I made tiny irregular cookie dough shapes ranging in size from only about 3/4 of an inch to 1-1/2 inches and baked them on a greased cookie sheet…

When the cookies had cooled, I attached them to a blossom-ledge (a special stem) using the usual Blossomedge method and let them set up (for more information, click here…)

While the blossom-ledges were setting up, I tinted my fondant the color blue (I like using Blossom Fondant. It is a yummy, simple-to-make fondant with only 2 main ingredients –  melted white chocolate and readymade frosting. Click here for more information)

To roll the fondant very thinly, I placed a large marble-sized ball of fondant on a thin foam square that had been puffed with a little cornstarch to prevent sticking…

Using a small rolling stick, I rolled it to about 1/16 of an inch in thickness…

 

forget me not cookies

 

I then removed the fondant from the foam square and placed it on a clean smooth surface…

 

forget me not cookies

 

I wanted to cut out tiny little fondant blossoms, so I used a floral-shaped 1/2  inch plunger cutter…

 

floral-shaped plunger cutter

 

I pushed the plunger portion down…

 

fondant plunger cutterfondant plunger cutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then dipped the plunger cutter  into some cornstarch…

 

plunger cutter

 

I began to cut out my little blue blossoms…

 

forget me not cookies

 

and placed the little cut outs on a thick square of foam…

 

forget me not cookies

 

and then dipped a large ball tool into some cornstarch…

 

forget me not cookies

 

I lightly tapped the ball tool on the foam square to remove the excess…

 

forget me not cookies

 

And then gently pushed down on one of the blossoms with the ball tool…

 

forget me not cookies

 

What was left was a curved tiny blossom…

 

forget me not cookies

 

I repeated this until I had several laying on my foam square…

 

blue forget me not flowers

 

I prepared some bonding chocolate and then continued by spreading it over a portion of one of the cookies (that had been attached to the blossom-ledge) and then began adding blossoms…

 

forget me not cookies

 

I carefully brushed off the excess cornstarch from the fondant blossoms and then added little frosting details of white, yellow and orange dots using the smallest round decorator’s tips…

To create a bouquet, I simply put a few glass marbles into the bottom of a clear glass vase…

 

clear glass marbles


Added some water and then stuck in a few sprigs of fresh thyme…

 

thyme

 

Then placed a few of my Forget Me Not clusters of cookie flowers into the vase. I wanted to create the effect that I had just picked them, gone to the shelf for a container, and informally placed them into a glass of water…

 

forget me not cookies

I think I succeeded because my brother had come to visit and saw my little bouquet on the table and said “Did you just pick those? They’re pretty… Are you going to turn those into cookies as well?”

I smiled and said “I already have…”

For tutorials that provide detailed information (such as how to make a blossom-ledge, the recipe for white chocolate Blossom Fondant and all my other “secrets” for making lovely and unique floral cookie bouquets) please check out my floral cookie tutorial site over at Floralcookiebouquets (dot) com)  by clicking here…

 

Blue Pansy cookies…

pansy floral cookie bouquet

 

blue pansy cookies

pansy cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Happy Summer” to you all! I thought I’d post photos of some Pansy floral cookie bouquets  because the weather  feels more like Springtime today!   Br-r-r-r-r-r    :)

pansy floral cookies

For more information about how to make lovely, unusual floral cookie bouquets, please check out my tutorial floral cookie site at:     Floralcookiebouquets (dot)com   by clicking here…

 

Looking for Spring…

cloudy day

Where does one go when a person is longing for spring and it is -16 below zero outside? You go to the Como Park Conservatory in St Paul, Minnesota!

como conservatory

como conservatory

We took a trip there a couple of weeks ago. It was the perfect “escape” from the weather! It was warm and balmy inside, with the heady scent of blooming flowers everywhere…

peach roses

purple flowers

 

pink flowers

pink lilies

I fell in love with the lilies…

pink lilies

 

pink lilies

I was totally mesmerized by the delicate curves of the petals…

pink lily petal

 

pink lily petal

 

pink lily petal

 

pink lily petal

These little pink ruffles were beautiful, too…

pink flower

 

pink flower

The snow and ice on the windows at the conservatory…

como conservatory

 

snow on windows

Were reminders how blessed we were, to be able to stand in such a lovely warm place surrounded by everything green, lush and blooming – in the dead of winter…

como conservatory

 

como conservatory

The peach  flowers in the foreground of the photo below were beautiful but nobody seemed to care for them…

como conservatory

As I was standing looking at them, people would glance at them and exclaim “what an ugly flower” and would walk right passed them. I guess I felt kind of sorry for the flowers so I got down on my knees and really looked at them. People were all around me were taking photos of the lilies but just ignored these little beauties…

flower

I felt drawn to them.  I got down on all 4′s and twisted my head so that I could look up into the drooping tunnels of petals…

It was worth it…

pink flower

I wish we could’ve seen the water lilies blooming…

lily pads

Doesn’t she look carefree?…

como conservatory

She also looks like she is warm! LOL  I guess we can look at her and reassure ourselves that spring IS on the way and some day, we too, will be again wading in pools and streams, but unlike her, we will probably all be wearing some sort of clothing while doing it! :)

Winter Fairies…

frost on windows

There was frost on the windows this morning. The thermometer read -24 degrees below zero.

The following passage by Vera Nazarian seemed to describe this morning so well…

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

As the morning continued on, the air outside began to warm…

frost on windows

And soon, the winterfairy’s land was nothing but a memory…

raindrops on glass

I’m longing for Spring, but Winter has its advantages, too…  :)

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