Ron and I have been in Florida for six weeks now and in just over two weeks times we will be heading back home.  We are hoping that all the snow will be gone by the time we arrive back in Perth but given the Winter that we left behind for sunnier and warmer climes, we doubt it very much.  Whatever is left waiting for us however will be short-lived as Spring is right around the corner!

We have enjoyed being members of Brooksville Golf and Country Club during our stay and this year I was invited by my friend Nicole to join in with her group who golf together every Sunday and enjoy lunch together at the club after an 18 hole round.  The ladies were most welcoming to not only myself but to two other *newbies*, Wanda and Chantal.  We have had a lot of fun these past several weeks becoming not only golfing pals but enjoying building new friendships as well.  As three of us will soon be leaving the group to return home, a little *end of season* party was held last Sunday.  Phyllis was the hostess of this event and everyone contributed to the delicious and varied pot-luck luncheon.  Phyllis not only opened her home to all of us but went the extra mile in graciousness by providing us all with a little gift bag along with a commemorative photo of *the gang.*  The photo was attached to a pink sheet of card stock and had some lovely words of wisdom (both in English and French) about using time.  One of my favourites…*Time passes, things change, but memories will always stay where they are, in the heart.*  Our little Sunday group has made some great memories together.

Ladies Golf Group Brooksville Sunday RoundsFront Left to Right:  Phyllis, Paula, Mike, Carol, Marilyn

Rear Left to Right:  Wanda, Nicole, Chantal, Virginia

Sunday will be our last round together before the group says goodbye to a few of us so as it is the day before St. Patrick’s Day I decided to make the girls some cookies.

Shamrocks in Hearts Sugar Cookies

I didn’t bring a Shamrock cookie cutter with me but I did bring a heart-shaped cutter so I decided to trace a shamrock onto the heart and go from there.  I chose green, white and orange for the colours as these are the colours in the flag of Ireland.  According to Wikipedia, the green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, the orange represents the followers of William of Orange and the white represents the aspiration of peace between them.

To make these I did the following:

Baked up some heart-shaped vanilla bean sugar cookies.

Heart Shaped Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie

Drew and cut out a shamrock and traced it onto the center of the cookie with a green edible marker.

Heart Shaped Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie with Traced Shamrock in Center

Piped the outline of the shamrock with green piping icing and then flooded the shamrock with green flood icing.

Shamrock on Heart Cookie Piped with Green Piping Icing

Shamrock on Heart Cookie Flooded with Green Flood Icing

White piping icing was used to trace around the heart.

Heart Outlined Piped with White Piping Icing

White flood icing filled in the remainder of the cookie and orange dots were applied wet on wet.  A toothpick was run through the orange dots to create little hearts.

White Flood Icing and Orange Wet on Wet Hearts Applied to Shamrock on Heart Cookies

I’ve also put aside some for my grand daughters.  They (and their parents) fly in from Ottawa on Monday evening to spend a week with us and I’m almost beside myself with excitement!  I haven’t seen Ella and Sophie since we left back at the end of January (save our Facetime chats) and being able to see and hug them has been a much long-awaited moment for me.  I can’t wait for us to leave for the airport to pick them up.

Wishing everyone a very happy and luck-filled St. Patrick’s Day!

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Lingerie cookies have long been a favourite choice for bachelorette/bridal shower get togethers but until January I had never been asked to make them.  After a phone call from new client Kim, that changed.  She was attending a shower in February that was being held at Disney in Florida (lucky gals!).  Long way to travel from Perth but what fun!  Kim asked if I could do sets of bra and panties in *Disney* colours, red, white and black.

Red, Black and White Bra and Panty Cookies for Bridal Shower

I had a lot of fun making these and during the decorating process, Kim had sent me a picture of what she wanted for the bag toppers.  I was delighted to see that the pattern I chose to decorate the cookies matched the outfit that Minnie Mouse was wearing!

Cookie Bag Toppers with Disney theme

As I sell all my cookies by the baker’s dozen, Kim asked that the 13th cookie in each dozen been decorated as a corset.  She was planning on seeing that the bride-to-be received these.

Red, Black and White Corset Decorated Cookie to Match Bra and Panty Cookies

A large heart cookie cutter was used to make these cookies.  After outlining for the bra and panty with an edible marker, tan piping icing was used to pipe over the outlines.

Bra and Panty Cookies Outlined with Tan Piping Icing

Tan flood icing was used to flood the *flesh* area of the cookies.

Flesh Area of Bra and Panty Cookies Flooded with Flesh Toned Flood Icing

With the flood icing dry, black piping icing was used to outline the bra and panty.

Bra and Panty Area on Cookie Outlined in Black

Once the black piping had dried, red flood icing was used to flood the bra and panty area.

Bra and Panty Area Flooded with Red Flood Icing

Using a #1 tip, the lace was piped around the top of the bra and at the top and bottom of the panty with black piping icing.  Two lines were piped for the bra straps.

Lace Effect Piped on Bra and Panty with Black Piping Icing

With with piping icing and a #1 tip, the white dotting was added to the bra and panty.

White Dotting Applied to Bra and Panty Cookies

Basically the same steps were followed to do the corset cookies.

Draw your outline for the corset, pipe and flood the *flesh* area with flesh coloured icing.  Pipe with black piping icing.

Corset to Match Bra and Panty Bridal Shower Cookie Outlined and Flooded with Flesh Toned Icing

Flood with red flood icing, add your lace with black piping icing.

Black Lace Detailed Applied to Corset Cookie

Finish off with your white piping icing to make the dots.

Completed Corset Cookie

The designs you can create with these cookies are endless.  Pretty sure I’ll be making more lingerie cookies in the future.  Many thanks to Kim for giving me the opportunity to *design* my first set of lingerie!

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Ron’s Last Run

January 12, 2014

We are almost two weeks into a brand spanking New Year and I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season.  May 2014 treat you all well, may you stay healthy and may your friends and loved ones remain forever close. Starting off blogging this year not with a cookie post but rather with a special […]

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Frosty the Snowman

December 23, 2013

The gifts are wrapped and under the tree, the baking is done and in the freezer.  The house is ready for company and we are relaxed and waiting.  Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and so I have come to my last post of the year.  Before I share with you how I made Frosty the Snowman […]

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Glitter Snowflake Cookies and Stuck Santas

December 22, 2013

We are coming to the end of three days of snow, rain and freezing rain.  It’s very white outside and the trees are glistening encrusted in their coating of ice. Today seems to be a good day to share with you my glitter snowflake cookies and as we are so close to Christmas, I’ll be […]

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Santa and the Grinch

December 19, 2013

Today I’m sharing with you how I made two of the more popular sellers at the Artisan’s show.  Children and adults alike had special smiles for these two decorated images. Before I get into the tutorial, I want to thank Thyjuan of Inspirations by Thyjuan for the excellent Grinch cookie that she did freehand and […]

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Decorating Christmas Cookies Using Edible Images

December 16, 2013

I did four different edible image designs for the Christmas Artisan’s show.  Today I’m sharing with you two of my favourite.  There are so many Christmas and Holiday images to choose from but since I live in the country, I narrowed my choices down to images with a cute country theme. Creating cookies decorated with […]

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Hello Christmas Kitty!

December 12, 2013

Earlier I shared with you a picture of my new apron embroidered with my Vanilla Bean Baker logo and I told you that I had been working on something for a month that I hoped to be able to share you with soon.  Well, *soon* came and went on Saturday, December 7th.  I attended my […]

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For the Love of the Decorated Cookie

December 8, 2013

  There are many excellent posts advising cookie bakers and decorators how to go about setting a price for their handiwork. Callye at The Adventures of Sweet Sugar Belle has a comprehensive post on pricing cookies by size and by detail of work, etc. and Gail of One Tough Cookie NYC has written a few […]

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I Now Have Something In Common With Dagwood Bumstead

December 2, 2013

Remember that I told you a few posts ago that I was working on something and hoped to share with you soon?  Well, it’s almost time but not quite.  Hopefully early next week.  I can tell you that I’ve be getting ready for this *little something* since early in November and part of the prep […]

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