Friday, September 24, 2010

Cookie Camp 2010!

I'm home from Cookie Camp! It was an amazing time with my dear cookier friends. We went to Camp Ba Yo Ca up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Lisa (TheBearFootBaker) was our most excellent hostess. She and her husband Alan are the camp directors all year round, and they took good care of us.

I was able to go early (right after Keith's Army BCT graduation), so Lisa & I baked cookies together for the event. First we made plaid hearts to give to all the campers.

Then we made some fall cookies for Bea's (Cancun Cookies) demonstration on making bouquets.

And then I attempted to make an entry for the cookie decorating contest we had at the beginning of camp. Since I didn't have time to plan, I just did some quilt cookies. Taken out of my normal environment (even though Lisa's kitchen was MORE than adequate and wonderful to work in with her!), I felt like I was not doing my best work......but at least I had something to enter the contest.

Once everyone arrived, we had a field trip to Hobby Lobby. Some of the ladies had never been to HL. (gasp!) When we arrived at the store, we asked a lady who was walking out if she'd take our picture in front of the store. She was willing, but she said, "You DO realize that this is just a craft store, right?" It still makes me chuckle to think about it. :)

Once back at the camp, we got to work and started baking cookies and making icing.





Gina (ThePastryPrincess).....our resident SnowWhite :)

Lisa(TheBearFootBaker) and a fantastic hostess.....


Here's all the cookies we baked up for the event....

Here's the entries for the best decorated cookie....a contest we had at the beginning of camp.
Doughboy: Dawn (KneadACookie) / Apple Basket: Bren (Brenda'sCakes-Ohio), Black Bear: Lisa (TheBearFootBaker), Cookie Sheet: Maryann (TheCookieArtisan), my quilts, Halloween Witch: Susan (AndoverCookieMama), and Slumber Party Pillow: Johnna (PolkaDotZebra).

And the winner is...........................


Maryann's fabulous Cookie Sheet with Cookie Camp Cookies. :)

Next we did a taste test, sampling some of the fantastic cookies people make.

And the winner is........................


Here's some random pics of  camp....

Bea was sweet enough to bring us all Mexican candies and then tell us what each candy was. She is a SWEETheart for sure!
Here's the prize table. Oh my goodness, we had SO MANY wonderful prizes donated. We are so thrilled that so many sponsors were willing to share with. Everyone took home several prizes. :)

While decorating the cookies.....Karen (SugarDeaux) had a lot of fun with the sanding sugar (her first time with it) and had a little accident with the green sanding sugar glass jar.

We all decorated 5 shapes.....it was kind of hard since it wasn't in our own environment and lots of fun distractions.....but I finally eeked out my five designs. We each did a chocolate square cookie with a letter on it.....spelling out the message, "Thank You Alan" to give to our host Alan for his incredible effort in providing us with all our meals and taking care of lots of needs for camp. Plus, he let us "borrow" Lisa for several days when she normally is working as hard as him taking care of camp.


After the decorating was done (and we even got to see a few informal decorating demos), we cleaned up and had lots and lots of very informative demos on everything from shipping cookies to photography to cookie bouquets to Kopy Kake. We were pleasantly overloaded with information that will hopefully make us all better cookiers. :)


Here's a pic of the flavoring demo. Tracy and Jen shared about flavoring icing (and cookie dough) with a plethora of yummy flavors from Spices, Etc. We got to smell many flavors and even got to sample some on cookies. YUM!!!!!

Bea showed us how to make cookie pops and arrange them in a bouquet.

We all stayed up late Tuesday night gathering up lots of info and trying out new techniques. We had a blast and came away with lots of things to improve our decorating.

We had a wonderful time, and I feel so much richer.....especially because of the amazing friendships I made while at the first annual International Cookie Camp. (Bea came from Cancun, Mexico.....so we decided to expand the name, making it sound much more impressive. :))

I hope to get more pics from some of my cookie camp friends so that I can show you even more glimpses into our time at camp.

15 comments:

Whimsy Cookie Co. said...

OMG...What great fun you all must have had!! All of you are such wonderful cookie artists and inspire me everyday!! I would LOVE to attend a cookie camp!! Keep me informed!!

Amy said...

Jealllllous! How much fun!!

I for one, have never been to a Hobby Lobby either...but that is going to change! California is getting their VERY FIRST HL in a nearby town of Visalia...smack in the middle of the state! My coworkers were laughing at how I was squealing with excitement after hearing the news!

Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Great collection of photos!! Thanks for sharing your trip! I already mentioned to my hubby yesterday about the idea of me joining you ladies for camp next year! Let me know when the date is set.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Really...cookie camp, wish I knew :( I'd love that. If you have another, put me on the list (please) Love all the cookies!

Bea @ CancunCookies said...

Thanks for sharing your pics, Pam! My children are enjoying your detailed journal :)

Christy said...

I am just getting my cookie blog/biz started, how about getting something like this together for us Missouri gals? :-) Sounds like so much fun and learning, too!

L said...

What a wonderful post. I am def. coming next year.

GardenCityGirl

Chef Bee said...

What a great day. You all certainly produced some art. The cookies are great looking.

Plan B

Kelly said...

Everyone's cookies look AMAZING!!! I am so jealous. I hope to attend next year. It's almost like "Cookies with the Stars." lol I'm so glad everyone had a great time. Here's to next year!

The Captain's Daughter said...

I would LOVE to attend a camp like that!! Thank you so much for sharing the fun with us!

Chef Bee said...

What a great day. You all certainly produced some art. The cookies are great looking.

Plan B

Amy said...

Jealllllous! How much fun!!

I for one, have never been to a Hobby Lobby either...but that is going to change! California is getting their VERY FIRST HL in a nearby town of Visalia...smack in the middle of the state! My coworkers were laughing at how I was squealing with excitement after hearing the news!

Winsome248 said...

I am really late to this post, but it looks like so much fun! Your crown cookie is the best!

Janine said...

I'm looking for a cookie camp in 2012. Anyone know where I can get info.?

Cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Janine,

Cookie Camp is comprised of a large group of cookie decorators that have grown close via a Flickr photo group. Currently camp is only opened to those ladies, since accommodating a larger group would be impossible at this point. I know there are some other events that are open to the public. You might check around and see what you can find. One source would be http://www.cookiedecorator.com/forum.php.

Happy New Year to you!

 
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