Nature’s blush…

pink dianthus

quote pink hydrangea

 

I love springtime…

pink flowers

The color pink can be found everywhere!…

pink flowers

We are having a late spring this year so I guess any color is a beautiful color right now but I think I’m partial to pink….

pink flowers

 

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pink flowersWhat’s your favorite color of Spring?…

Another rainy day…

We are still in our rainy spell here. Some sun would really be nice right about now, but I’m loving the photo opportunities that the raindrops are causing! …

raindrops on columbine

 

raindrops on leaves

 

raindrops on blue columbine

I’m enjoying the flowers misted by all this rain…

raindrops on blue irises

 

raindrops on flowerIs that cheerful song “Raindrops are Falling on my Head” going through your head right about now too? :)

raindrops on pansies

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote

 

It’s snowing…

This is the kind of snow one likes to see during springtime…

Wayzata morning 231

Petal snow!…

fallen petals

 

fallen petals

The thicker the drifts, the better…

petal snow

You don’t need a shovel for these drifts. Just take a deep breath, enjoy the fragrance of spring and let the gentle warm breeze make the petals fall…

blossoms

blossoms

blossoms

Happy Spring to you!

A rainy spell…

 raindrops on apple blossoms

 

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We have been experiencing a rainy spell here in Minnesota…

raindrops on pussy willows

raindrops on blue iris

It has been going on for days. I think we are all missing the sun right about now but rain does have its advantages…

It makes the whole world look like it has been covered with little bits of shimmering crystals…

raindrops on white flower

 

raindrops on bluebells

raindrops on leaves

Little droplets of rain can turn even the tiniest blade of grass into a creation that rivals the most brilliant diamond necklace…don’t you agree?

raindrops on blades of grass

 Or maybe a ruby necklace in this case…

raindrops on leaves

“For after all, the best thing to do when it is raining is to let it rain…” 

                                                                                 ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Spring Cupcake Bouquet…

 cupcake bouquet

 I love wandering through the craftstore aisles this time of year.  Up here in Minnesota, winters can seem to drag on forever but after Valentine’s Day all the spring craft items come out and they seem to put a spring back in one’s step!

The other day during one of my craft aisle wanderings, I came across these floral-shaped baking cups…

wilton baking cups

I fell in love with all the ruffles…

wilton baking cups

I thought these would work great for a cupcake bouquet, along with a few artificial flowers tucked in here and there…

cupcake bouquet

 Wouldn’t this bouquet be perfect for Easter as the centerpiece for a brunch table? Or maybe as a gift for mom on Mother’s Day or well, any other special occasion where sweets and flowers go hand in hand?…  

To get started, you will first need to find a container and with all the Easter baskets in the stores right now, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something cute, pastel and perfect :)

I found this one with little pink embroidered flowers. Soooo cute….

easter basket

 
Next, prepare the container…

Cut green floral foam so that it fits snugly inside. You can hot glue it to the inside of the container, if you wish, so that it doesn’t shift on you while assembling the bouquet…

Then, prepare the cake batter (from the recipe of your choice) for the cupcakes…

making cake batter beaters

Then, if you look at the baking cups, you will notice a sort of “line” on the inside…

baking cupsPour the batter into the cups up to this line…

cupcake flowers

cupcake flowersPlace the baking cups on a cookie sheet and bake according to your recipe’s directions and then let them cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling down, prepare the skewers. Take large gumdrops…

large white gumdrops (You can usually find these in a drugstore in the candy aisle) and slide them down about 1 inch from the skewer’s tip…

Take a piece of cardboard and cut out circles slightly smaller than the diameter of the bottom of the baking cups. Poke a hole through the centers of the cardboard discs…

cupcake bouquet

Slide them over the tip of the skewers so that they rest on the surface of the gumdrops…

cupcake bouquet

When the cupcakes have completely cooled, take a small stick pin and pierce the bottom of the baking cups in the center to make a small hole. Remove the pin.

cupcake bouquet

** Be sure that your cupcakes have thoroughly cooled. The baking cups will be much firmer and easier to work with when the cupcakes are cold…

Take one of the prepared skewers and stick it into the baking cup’s bottom, into the hole you made with the pin…

cupcake bouquet

Take a decorator’s bag fitted with a star tip and begin piping on little stars to create a center for your cupcake flower…

cupcake bouquet

Then sprinkle yellow nonpareils over the top…

cupcake bouquet

 

cupcake bouquet

Stick the completed cupcake flowers into a brick of green floral foam until you are ready to assemble your bouquet.

Add the first cupcake flower to the container and trim it to its desired length using a sharp wire cutter. Add the filler of your choice. ( I used silk flowers and a little sheer green cloth ribbon as my filler…)

Keep alternating adding cupcake flowers and filler until your bouquet is finished!

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A couple of months ago, I found these cute little garden-themed stickers at the craft store…

garden stickers

 I knew they would come in handy someday and yeah, today was the day!

I took a small white gumdrop and trimmed it down with a scissors. I slid it onto the tip of a skewer…

cupcake bouquet

And then peeled off one of those cute little dragonfly stickers and stuck it onto the gumdrop!…

garden stickersWhen inserted next to the cupcake flowers, he appeared to be hovering over the bouquet! Cute!… :)

dragonfly sticker

My passion is turning sweets into arrangements that appear like real floral bouquets. If you would like to see more ideas for floral-themed edible bouquets, check out my other site at Floralcookiebouquets.com  where I feature floral cookie E-tutorials.

Right now Floralcookiebouquets.com is  all about spring floral cookie bouquets! (Please click on the highlighted words for more information…)

Daffodil cookies…

daffodil cookies

 

white daffodil cookies

easter cookiesPrim rose cookies…

prim rose cookies

Peony cookies…

peony cookies

and many other floral cookies! You can check them out at Floralcookiebouquets.com

 See you there! :)

Valentine Floral Cookie Bouquets

valentine's day floral cookie bouquetBeing as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d give you a few beautiful floral cookie bouquet ideas to make for your special someone! (For more information on how to make a cookie bouquet with a floral theme and the latest floral cookie e-tutorial releases, please click here…)

valentine's day floral cookie bouquet

 

Valentine flowers

 valentine's day floral cookie bouquet

  You can add a little candy to your bouquets by using white chocolate truffles for the centers of your cookie flowers…

white chocolate truffles

 valentine's day floral cookie bouquet

 You can also find cute little valentine-themed containers and try adding red candies for the daisy cookie centers….

valentine's day floral cookie bouquets

 Or you can create a heart bouquet by using red and white candy canes! (click here for the blog post showing you how to make this bouquet)…

candy hearts valentine bouquet

 Or you can make a singe heart-shaped cookie and stick it into a floral cookie bouquet just to show your special someone, they alone, have your heart…

valentine's day floral cookie bouquets

 For information on how to create beautiful floral cookie bouquets and my latest floral cookie e-tutorials “Celebrating Spring” and “Peonies and Prim Roses”, please click here…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lily of the Valley Cookie Bouquet

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season!

I am starting out the new year by providing an e-tutorial on how to create a cookie bouquet that resembles the beautiful Lily of the Valley flower!…

 Lily of the Valley cookie

Cookies, melted chocolate and a little “surprise” confectionary treat is all that you need to create this adorable little cookie bouquet!

If you would like more information on how to create this easy-to-make, yet delightful cookie creation, please click here…

 

Holiday Poinsettia Cookie Bouquets

poinsettia cookiesThe holidays are approaching fast and if you are like me, thoughts turn towards planning and baking those special holiday cookies.  Looking forward to making something new and amazing this season? Why not consider making  Poinsettia cookie bouquets! Click here for more information on how to make them…

holiday poinsettia cookie bouquets

A person can hardly imagine celebrating the holidays without these vibrant flowers so why not make cookie bouquets that appear like this scarlet red beauty?…

poinsettia cookies And the best part? These are the poinsettia bouquets that your friends can EAT!…

poinsettia cookie bouquetThey are perfect for  hostess gifts, office parties, cookie exchanges, or family get-togethers!

I put all the information you will need to make these vibrant cookie bouquets into my next instructional  e-tutorial release, titled “Holiday Floral Cookie Bouquets, Celebrating the Poinsettia” …

Are you wondering if these bouquets are too difficult to make? Go round up the (older) kids because not only are these bouquets not difficult to make, they are kid friendly (with close adult supervision). They also make a great project to do with friends for those fun holiday baking parties!…

I’ll show you everything you need to know to make these beautiful and unique holiday bouquets in my e-tutorial.  I will also share with you my recipe for a deep red delicious fondant that is simple to make and doesn’t require adding any additional red food coloring (nice, huh?). Now you can create a great-tasting, velvet red fondant perfect for any holiday cookie decorating including that other special occasion coming up after the holidays… Valentine’s Day! 

If you would like a break from the traditional way of creating a cookie bouquet and would like to try something new, check out my other site at Floralcookiebouquets.com  There, I have instructional tutorials on how to create floral cookie creations. Did you know that I have an instructional DVD, “Floral Cookie Bouquets”? In the DVD I show how to create 7 different floral cookie creations out of popular cookies such as spritz, sugar and drop cookies. There is even a violet cupcake bouquet.

Why not order now so that you are sure to not miss out on the fun of creating and giving one of these lovely festive cookie bouquets this holiday season! And if you have been searching for that special gift for the friend who loves to bake but seems to have every cooking gadget and cookbook out there, send them a DVD or etutorial too!

For more information, please click here

Happy Holidays to you!

Black eyed Susan and Sunflower Cookies

 autumn cookie flower tutorials

I took a break from blogging this summer to be with my little kids and family. It was a needed break…but it feels good to be back!

I’m going to start the Fall season off by sharing a tutorial with you on how to create 2 beautiful Autumn floral cookie bouquets. It starts out by showing you how to make a chalk pot full of Black eyed Susan cookies!…

black eyed susan teacher back to school cookie bouquetThis is an exceptionally fun teacher’s gift  because not only does the teacher get a lovely bouquet of Black eyed Susan cookies but a chalk pot as well! 

The chalkboard pot makes a cute place to add a personalized message because it is actually a mini chalkboard!… 

chalkboard paint

And once the cookie flowers have been eaten, the message can be erased and replaced by a new one – perhaps a daily message for the students! :)  The pot also makes a cute place for storing rulers, crayons, pencils…or even chalk!

The second part of the tutorial shows you how to  create stunning Cinnamon and Chocolate Sunflower cookies and then arrange them in such a manner that it appears like you have just returned from picking flowers in a sunflower patch!…

Sunflower cookie bouquet

If you have been trying to think of a unique, back-to-school gift to make for that special teacher, these bouquets are perfect!

They are fun to make and the kids can get involved in making them too! What could be more fun, than on the first day of school, your child could hand one of these bouquets to his or her teacher and say that they made it just for her/him?  ( with your help, of course! :) )

If you would like the tutorial to find out how to make these bouquets, please click here… ( When you click over, you will now be leaving this site and going to my other site at Floralcookiebouquets.com)

See you over there!…

Getting ready for Fall…

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Blossomedge is going to be undergoing some changes in the next week or so, getting ready for the new Fall season! I apologize for any odd things or any inconsistencies that may occur while viewing my blog right now…

My floral cookie tutorials are going to begin very soon. I’m going to start them off with an adorable floral cookie bouquet, perfect for giving that favorite teacher when school starts…

See you then!…