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Legos and Super Bowl January 26, 2015

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This weekend I was laser focused on Legos and Super Bowl.  I mean LASER focused!  I went straight home on Friday night and got started baking.  I’ve made Lego cookies before and was pretty happy with how they turned out for a first attempt but I wanted to work on my faces a little more this time so I added these fun little monster eye candies I’ve been dying to try out.  The end result was pretty cute IMHO.

With the remaining dough I decided to get a jump start on my cookies for next weekend’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and our hometown favorites the Seattle Seahawks!  I ordered these perfect Seahawk logo cutters from CheapCookieCutters.com but quickly realized that decorating these with buttercream frosting is going to be a challenge.  So, although these are tasty cookies, they’re not really my best work.  I also had 3 extra Lego head cookies to work with so I wanted to try to create Lego Seahawks player cookies to see if I could come up with something that looks like a Lego player for my kids’ next birthday party.  Lucky for me I have a couple of things going for me in this situation 1) Super Bowl is still 7 days away so I can practice some more, 2) the kids will be so excited that we even have cookies that they won’t care and 3) the primary reason for buying this cutter is for my twins’ 7th birthday in June which means I have another 5 months of practice runs with buttercream and royal icing until I get it right.

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Continuing Education…#BASHConf15 January 17, 2015

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A few months ago as I was browsing Instagram I noticed my favorite cookie decorator, Jenny Cookies, mentioned something about her class at BASH Conference.  I had no idea what this BASH Conference was all about so I quickly went to Bing and did a quick search.  BASH Conference was going to be THE event for party planners, party bloggers, and those who are just interested in all things party.  By the end of the day I was registered and had my flights and hotel book and had a meeting request off to my husband letting him know that under no circumstances should he travel during these sacred 4 days in January.

Over the last 3 days I’ve had the opportunity to hear from some of the crème de la crème of event designers, event stylists, party retailers, party and lifestyle bloggers, and just unbelievably creative people.  I’ve been following the blogs of TomKat Studio, Hostess with the Mostess, Amy Atlas, Catch My Party and more for years so to be able to learn from these ladies and hear their stories was an incredible experience for me.  As I think about what I’ve heard and learned over the last couple of days the one things that stands out the most for me personally is “Be true to yourself.” Whether it’s your brand or your niche business the most important thing I can ever be is true to myself.  As I start to think about my twins’ next birthday in a few months, I want to challenge myself to look for my own party inspiration in new places and create a party that is as unique as they are.  I don’t need to try to be as good as an idea I saw on Pinterest or a party blog.  I want to be even better and create something that is unique to my children and my style.

Although I enjoyed all of these sessions, my favorite was the final session of the conference with Jenny Cookies.  Two years ago I took my first cookie decorating class with Jenny and I have been hooked ever since.  I was happy to attend a refresher class and have the opportunity to thank you in person for sharing her knowledge.

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Show Me Your Team Spirit! Go Ducks! January 13, 2015

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Although the University of Oregon Ducks lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in last night’s championship football game, the loss does not take away any of my sense of pride for the awesome season the Ducks had or my love for the university.  I am a proud and true University of Oregon graduate and when I see an opportunity to celebrate I grab it!

Last weekend in excitement for the big game I did what anyone who knows me would expect me to do – I baked cookies.  I like these big shirt and pennant cookie cutters because they’re huge by cookie cutter standards which gives me plenty of space to get creative.  I also played around with my smaller football cutters because they’re a more reasonable cookie size (from a calories perspective) and they’re an easy 2 color cookie to decorate which means I can crank out a bunch of them in minutes.

When my kids looked at the white and grey jersey cookies they were a bit confused so I feel like I need to clarify – these were the Oregon 2015 championship game visitors jerseys, or at least my version of them.  Normally the jerseys would have a little more green and yellow to them.

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