Thursday, July 24, 2008

Birthday Cookies

I've never done cookies for a birthday, but decided to try some this week for my sister's 60th birthday. Another sister is in town this week after our nephew got married last week, so she was here to try the "decorating experience". My daughter Allison also most of the cookies were not decorated by me.....but it was fun to find out what could be done with birthday hats, presents, and princess crowns. :-)

My First Cookies in the New Kitchen!

I've only been in the new house for five weeks and already have my kitchen "broken in" decorating sugar cookies.

Crazy as I am, I agreed to make cookies for a Vacation Bible School we did on a mission trip in Cleveland, Ohio last week. We expected as many as one hundred children, so I went all out and made my largest batch of cookies yet......130! Boy was that crazy! What was I thinking???
I got the cookies baked and realized I'd bitten off more than I could chew (no pun intended) when I went to decorate them, so I called my baking friend (another Pam) and she came over and helped me. With Pam and my hubbie's help, I was able to decorate all of them in time to let them dry before I transported them to Cleveland.

The VBS had an island theme, so I made palm trees, suns, watermelons, ice cream cones, lady bugs, beach balls, and flip flops. (Again......what was I thinking???!!!!)
They turned out cute and as you can imagine, the kids enjoyed them very much. I believe God was honored and glorified even with some silly little cookies. :-)
Look at this cool pic of the cooling cookies on the breakfast bar, my new Kitchen Aid mixer out on the counter, and cookies baking in the oven. :-)
Here's all the cookies drying on the breakfast bar:
Beach balls and suns....

Lady bugs and watermelons....

Ice cream cones....

Flip flops.....

And one of each kind. :-)

After Our Move....Finally Baking Again

Hi there! It has been a very long time since I posted on this cookie blog. Right after my last post in March, we were suddenly plunged into an amazing adventure of fixing up our older house, putting it on the market, and acquiring this most amazing new house on June 19. It is truly a gift from God and I am SO THANKFUL for God's blessings.

From my point of view, the best part of the new house is the kitchen!!!! It is probably three times bigger than my former kitchen and it is the centerpiece of the house. When I stand at the kitchen sink, I can see into nearly every room of the house. I love it!

It has been interesting to orient myself in the new kitchen. It is very exciting, but also frustrating at times. I feel like I am taking lots of extra steps and not always doing things at the right spot.....but I'm learning every day, and getting better and better.

Here's some pics of our new house:

My kitchen has a wrap-around breakfast bar with the sink in the center of it.
We've ordered bar stools, so my family can sit around me as I'm working in the kitchen. :-)
Here's a view of the breakfast bar from the dining area of the great room:

And here are three views I get to look at while standing at my kitchen sink:

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