Monday, January 26, 2015

Pretty as a (chocolate) Petunia


A whole new world opened up to me yesterday. 
These flowers...
petunias made from modeling chocolate for decorating cakes and cookies
...they're made from CHOCOLATE! Chocolate, people!!!

I'd heard of "modeling chocolate" before, and always thought it sounded intimidating. You guys, it's pretty easy!

petunias made from modeling chocolate for decorating cakes and cookies
Of course, my chocolate petunia flowers aren't perfect, but I'm pretty excited about how they turned out...especially for my first time!


petunias made from modeling chocolate for decorating cakes and cookies
You might remember me telling you about the Ultimate DIY Bundle. One of the ebooks is Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate by Kristen Coniaris. To say I'm inspired is an understatement. This ebook is filled with the recipes, instructions, troubleshooting, and a whole host of decorating tutorials.

TODAY is the last day to purchase the Ultimate DIY Bundle. 

Don't forget that along with the over 70 ebooks from modeling chocolate (where I leared to make these petunias) to photography to sewing (and more!), you'll get to chose a FREE Craftsy class (from 15 of their most popular courses). I picked the Artisan Bread Making course with (James Beard Award Winner!) Peter Reinhart.

Let's look at those chocolate petunias again.

petunias made from modeling chocolate for decorating cakes and cookies
I attached them to my mocha cut-out cookies (recipe in Decorating Cookies Party). I love the way the flowers pop against the dark background!

petunias made from modeling chocolate for decorating cakes and cookies

I wonder how I'm going to pack one of these in kiddo's lunchbox tomorrow? ;)

petunias made from modeling chocolate for decorating cakes and cookies

OK kids. You're almost out of time. Scoop up that Ultimate DIY Bundle by midnight tonight.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stone Cold Fox (cookies)

I couldn't just leave well enough alone with the skunk heart cookies.
fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes
Seriously, I can almost feel a heart-animal cookie obsession starting to take hold, but I'm trying to push it down...I have too many other Valentine cookies I want to get to first. Plus, heart animals are really appropriate at any time of year. Right?

fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes
These little foxes are super simple to make and will be the perfect valentine treat for your favorite stone cold fox or foxy lady.

To make fox face valentine cookies, you'll need:
how to make decorate a fox cookie with a heart cookie shape
Use a #2 tip to outline the hearts with black icing. (I used a #3 tip to outline the cookies with the "foxy" wording.")

Thin the orange icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin. Count of 2-3 is good. Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

fox valentine cookies flood photo foxfacetutorial1of4.jpg
Stir the icing gently with a spatula, then pour into a squeeze bottle. Flood the cookies with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and pop any large air bubbles. Let the cookies sit for at least one hour.

how to decorate a heart-shaped fox cookie
Use a #2 tip to outline a white heart on top of the orange icing. Reserve a bit of the piping consistency white icing. Thin the remaining white icing as above. Flood the white outline.

Let the cookies sit for at least one hour.

fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes
With a #1 tip, add the ears in white. Use a #3 tip to add the nose in black, then switch the tip to a #1 and add the eyes.

Let the icing dry uncovered for 6-8 hours or overnight.

fox and skunk cookies from a heart cookie cutter, simple cookie decorating tutorials
I like the skunks and foxes together, too. It's like a forest of love. Or, something like that.


fox and skunk cookies from a heart cookie cutter, simple cookie decorating tutorials
If you have any heart animal cookies ideas, leave them in the comments!

fox and skunk cookies from a heart cookie cutter, simple cookie decorating tutorials

Be sure to check out this incredible ebook bundle for all sorts of DIY projects: photography, homemade gifts, sewing, cake decorating with modeling chocolate, etc. Such a great resource and only available for purchase for a few more days...
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Go forth and be FOXY
fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Those projects you've always wanted to try? Here's when to do them...NOW.

go do them!
*source: modern hepburn

I have a problem. A Pinterest problem. I really try to pin only the recipes and projects that I *actually* might do someday. (Or, that I might try to convince Mr. E to to...like this cat tentfor instance.)

However, over 6,000 pins later, I can count the number of (non-recipe) projects I've managed to accomplish on one hand. I find myself getting overwhelmed; there are SO MANY projects I want to start that I end up doing none of them!

Here's where the Ultimate DIY Bundle comes in.
I was contacted several months ago to add an ebook of cookie decorating tutorials as part of a "bundle" of over 70 DIY ebooks.

cookies for the seasons ebook, part of the Ultimate DIY ebook bundle on sale through 1/26
My first thought was why would I put cookie tutorials that are on the blog already in an ebook? Then I started thinking about my Pinterest problem. How, maybe if I had an ebook on photography, I'd actually READ it. How, maybe if I had a sewing pattern and book to walk me through it, I might try it...rather than getting overwhelmed with ALL THE THINGS. Maybe having an ebook of cookie tutorials might be just what someone needs to jump in.

My ebook is just one of the books in the bundle. There are over 70 books!!! All sort of DIY topics are included.  Here are a just a few...
a few of the 76 (!) ebooks available in the Ultimate DIY Bundle, on sale through 1/26
{That homemade personal care ebook has body scrubs, body butter, lotions, lip balms...I'm all over that one!}

a few of the 76 (!) ebooks available in the Ultimate DIY Bundle, on sale through 1/26
{Hardware Store Decor? Cannot wait to start in on that one. I have a feeling Mr. E's project list is going to grow.}

a few of the 76 (!) ebooks available in the Ultimate DIY Bundle, on sale through 1/26

These are just some of the ebooks available. Will I use them all? Probably not. Have I already downloaded and started gathering my supplies for some? YES! (I'll show you some later this week.)
Take that, Pinterest!

I have a feeling that you're like me. You love creating...you may have started with cookie decorating, or creating gifts, or photography, but there are always more projects you want to try.

One of my (many) problems...how to decide which project to dive into next? I'm excited for these projects because when I'm on Pinterest overload, I tend to buy supplies, books, patterns...and then they're normally banished to the hall closet, the crafting graveyard.

Ultimate DIY ebook bundle ... 76 DIY ebooks, only $34.95. On sale through 1/26
Check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! It’s your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from photography and home decor to modeling chocolate and sewing.

For just $34.95 (!), you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76(!!!) eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new world of crafting.




Hurry, though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! 

These include…
A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine (love this magazine!) and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

craftsy artisan bread making class from Craftsy ... FREE bonus class available through purchase of Ultimate DIY Bundle through 1/26
I've already downloaded my bonus from Craftsy...an Artisan BREAD MAKING COURSE with Peter Reinhart.  I'm SO excited! 

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!
This amazing deal ends in just…

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Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.



*Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

sur la table gift card giveaway
Oh! (longest post ever...) To get you started on the cookie decorating side of things,
I'm giving away a $100 Sur La Table gift card so you can get started on the cookie decorating!  Yay!

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what project you'd love to tackle...or any of the ebooks featured above that you might want to read.

For an extra entry, spread the word...email a friend, tweet, facebook, pinterest, call your sister, whatever...and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did.

PLEASE, make sure I have a way to contact you. Leave your email in your comment, or make sure your name links to an email.

Short giveaway...entries accepted through 11:59CST Friday the 23rd.  Good luck!

Ultimate DIY ebook bundle ... 76 DIY ebooks, only $34.95. On sale through 1/26
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