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!

Coco Panache

 red frosted flowersI was looking at my blog a couple of days ago and realized I haven’t blogged for quite some time! This past month has just been crazy with the release of my new cookie DVD. 

I am excited to share one of my favorite beverage recipes with you! It is for a drink called “Coco Panache”.  It’s a creamy smooth combination of Irish creme liqueur, caramel syrup and half-n-half. Coco Panache is very simple to make and can easily be made into any amount you wish, whether it is just to fill a glass or an entire pitcher! And it keeps well in the refrigerator if you have any leftovers…

I hope are all having a nice holiday season!…

Coco Panache

4 parts Irish Creme liqueur

4 parts half-n-half

1 part caramel ice cream syrup

Pour into a container. Stir well and serve over ice.

My dad

flag cakeHappy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  To celebrate this day, I thought I’d do a blog post about my dad…

 My dad is a funny guy. He has one of those senses of humor that comes out when you least expect it and he is the master of the pun. If I thought all day, I couldn’t come up with the stuff he can just rattle off when the moment arises.

He absolutely loves a good joke! There was a joke Dad would tell years ago and he’d start out so serious, like he knew the person who…”went in for a check-up and discovered he had excess fluid in this brain, so he needed a shunt to be put in…”

The members of our family would recognize that look in Dad’s eye and we knew a joke was going to be involved somewhere…so we just waited for it. But the unknowing joke recipient would be listening so intently…

“Yah, he had to have the surgery done, but they tried a new procedure on him. Because he didn’t want anyone to know that he was having problems with his brain, he asked the doctors to attach a long chain to the shunt that he could run down the inside of his shirt and into his pants. When he felt the pressure rising in his brain, he could  just reach into his pocket, pull on the chain in his pants and release the water, much like the old toilets did years ago…”

By now, the person would be looking at him all big-eyed and  totally engrossed in what he was saying…
“Yep… worked out pretty well for him…until the day he decided to go for a ride on the bike… ”  Dad is shaking his head.

“Yep…he was pedaling along when the ol’ chain fell out of his pocket and got caught in the bicycle chain…”

“Yep, right there it happened…he flushed himself to death…”  We would all be laughing and groaning, shaking our heads.

 ( I don’t wish to offend anyone who has actually had a shunt put in)  I think this joke was so funny to all of us, not so much because of the joke, but the way Dad would tell it. He’d start out so serious…that look of concern. But as the story went on, the corner of Dad’s mouth would start to quiver like he was mustering all his energy to keep from just bursting out laughing. Well, by the time the punch line was happening, Dad’s face was so red and he was laughing so hard with tears in his eyes, we could barely make out the punch line! I love this memory of my Dad.

My dad isn’t what you would call a real “whiz-bang” in the kitchen. (Sorry Dad!) When I was a child and my mom was at work, it would be up to my dad to make us dinner at night . The only thing I have any memories of him making is “Spaghetti”. But not spaghetti like you and I would probably envision it, but opening a can of Franco American Spaghetti and frying up some hamburger and onions, adding a can or two of the canned spaghetti and calling it dinner. It always tasted sooooo good! Dad would occasionally shred a little colby cheese on to it, but we kids would start screaming if any of that cheese got near our portion! ( We didn’t like cheese) But thinking back, I think Dad had a good idea there…

 

So no real recipe today, just a wish to all the dads out there and especially to mine!

Happy Father’s Day! I love you, Dad. If every daughter out there could have such a special dad like you, this world would be a much better place…

The flag cake in the photo above is what my next blog will be about! I’m going to show you how to make this impressive, delicious patriotic dessert! 

See you next week!