Thursday, July 19, 2012

At Last.......Cookie Boxes!

I've been showing you sneak peeks of new
cookies boxes from BRP Box Shop for a couple of months now.

And finally......TODAY....they are available for order. :)

Here's the 7" x 4.5" box
(Note: this link is to the lid only. You still need to order the box base.)

The next four photos are of the 10" x 7" box.
White 10" x 7" box
Brown 10" x 7" box
(Note: this link is to the lid only. You still need to order the box base.)

Here is my favorite of the new ones......14" x 10".
I love that it holds 10-12 cookies and shows them all off so well.
If you stack them could get up to 2 dozen in this box.
Brown 14" x 10" box
White 14" x 10" box
 (Note: this link is to the lid only. You still need to order the box base.)
Oh.....and there are TWO base boxes for this size.
One is 1 1/4" deep and the other is 1 3/4" deep.
The extra depth will allow for another layer of cookies. :)

And this is an "oldie" but a "goodie".
Their windowed pizza box has been a favorite of mine for a long time.
Depending on the cookie can get up to 30 medium cookies
(stacked two deep) in this box.

The people at BRP Box Shop are amazing!
They are listening to the cookie community and doing all they can to accommodate our needs.

I am partnering with them in several aspects,
so you will see more from BRP and CookieCrazie.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ukraine Bound Cookies

"I'm leaving......on a jet plane......
don't know when I'll be back again...."

It's time for me to say goodbye for a while.
The event that I work all year long for has arrived.

On Thursday, my team and I will take off for Borislav, Ukraine.
We'll be gone for 15 days.
During that time we will pour our hearts out to the Ukrainian people.

We have a women's retreat for a few days......
and I'll be teaching a three session Bible study during that event.
Then we visit lots and lots of Ukrainian homes.
Last year we made 55+ visits.
At the end of the two weeks, we sponsor a "tea" for the seniors.
And throughout the two weeks, we will be doing 
whatever we feel like God is leading us to do.

It's a very rewarding trip.
It's hard work......not a vacation......SO out of our comfort zone...
but OH SO worth it!

And just today, after talking with a very, very dear friend (♥ you, dear one)
I realized that I need a break from the cookie world and the blog world.

I've been pouring my heart and soul out  into this blog and my cookies.
Not that there is anything wrong with that in general......
but I think I've gotten a bit out of balance. : /

I think it is time for me to regroup and think about what is REALLY important.
Somehow, I don't think blog pageviews, number of comments,
number of advertisers, or number of dollars raised for Ukraine
should be at the top of the list.
And I'm sad to say that I've made those things
In fact......I've made them so important, 
that I'm ready to quit with discouragement at how hard I've worked vs the lack of "pay off".

Stupid.....I know. When I read that last statement,
I see in black and white how stupid it really is.

You see.....I believe God has me going to Ukraine right now......
to remind me (again!) what REALLY matters.

It's not in raising money for a good cause.
It's not in being the best cookie decorator I can be.
It's not in "building up my blog readership". 
It's not in making a difference in the blog world.
It's not in "competing" with those super, duper cookie decorators.
It's not in how many people like my cookies and comment about them.
It's not in wracking my brain trying to come up with the most outstanding ideas for cookies.
It's not in the "wow" factor.

What REALLY matters is:
God (His glory.....His kingdom.....His Gospel.....His fame)
My Relationships (My friends.....and those I'm to minister to)
My HEART (including humility, godly attitude, & selflessness).

I've been so focused on making money for Ukraine......
on becoming a Cookie "Queen"......
on building up a large blog reader base......

....that I've missed it. :(

So it's time to get life back into perspective.

I'm not sure what that means for when I return from Ukraine in a few weeks.

But somehow I know that things will be a lot different.

For's some cookies I made to commemorate the Ukraine trip.

Hopefully when I return from Ukraine and from my sabbatical......
I will have my head on straight again.

Thanks for always being here and being so supportive.
Hopefully some of you will stick around and be here when I return.

With love from me to you.

Time to go share some of that love in Ukraine..... :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

CookieCrazie Chatter......Friday, July 13, 2012 can't be Friday yet, can it?


Even though CookieCon is sold out,
you can still get on the waiting list.

There is a Facebook group specifically for CookieCon attendees.
If you have your CookieCon ticket and use FB
but aren't in the group yet,
contact me and I'll make sure you find the group.

Ocala Cake Club, Inc.
September 29-30, 2012 
Courtyard by Marriott 3712 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474

Presenters include:
PH Delites, Melanie Judge  
Cookie artist "Linedancer", Carole Firstenberger
Lisa Menz  
Special Presentation from Photofrost 
Jane Koon   
I have the honor and privilege to present workshops at this event.
 Check out all the information HERE.



CookieCrazie's Week in Review


Personal Side

Six days until I leave for Ukraine.
Today, I'll finish all the cookies for the trip.

I've got several big projects I want to complete this weekend......
including loading up some blog posts on here for while I'm gone.
You can't get rid of me that easily. ;)

I work tomorrow at the hospital.....and then I'm off the next three Saturdays.
That means I don't go back to work at the hospital
for a whole month. Wow.

There's lots for me to remember for packing and the trip.
And there's lots for me to remind my family about while I'm gone. ;)
Just lots to do, period........heehee.

Several of you have asked how you could help for the Ukraine trip.
We have financial need for the women & senior ministries we are doing.
If you'd like to help us,
just click on the PayPal button on the right side bar for contributions.

Thanks everyone for your continued support. 
I'm floored at how kind and generous everyone is.
It's so nice to be involved with an online community such as our cookie world. :)

Here's some Instagram pics from the week....

Packing up last week's cookies......lots of bubble wrap, of course.

Special cookies for a very special lady.
Charlene is retiring from a 38 year career as an ICU RN. Wow!

Grain free chocolate biscotti. Yum yum!

Yeah......We got our new ice cream maker.
First flavor........Coffee Macadamia Nut. Oh boy! Awesome.

Cookies for Ukraine......start like this......and

...turn into this. :)

If you want to keep up with all the details of my Ukraine trip......
I have a Ukraine blog

If we have wifi.....I'll be updating the blog regularly.
That may be a BIG "if".
But at least this year I have an iPad......
so my technology is awesome.......
as long as the technology where we stay in Ukraine is awesome. lol


Last week's chatter....

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sand 'N Surf: Cookie Sandcastle (Tutorial)

To make a cookie sandcastle you will need:

 The cookie shapes and sizes are completely up to you.
I "googled" sandcastles and decided on a two tower castle
with a large rectangle base and then squares, circles, and triangles stacked on top. 
(Note, I put holes in all the smaller cookies thinking I would put my toothpick flags into the holes, 
but in the end,  I didn't use the they are not necessary.)

I like to line up the cookies in the order I am going to stack them together.

Use Sand-Colored 10-Second Glaze to glue the pieces together.

Allow the cookie sandcastle to dry for an hour or two before
covering the entire castle in Sand-Colored 10-Second Glaze.

Place the still-wet castle (parchment paper and all) into a deep
container that will contain all the Demerara Sugar you will pour over it.

I made some tiny flags with toothpicks, colored paper, and 
scrap booking double-sided glue tabs.

 I attached to the back of the towers and used 
extra glaze to glue them securely.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sand 'N Surf: Cookie Beach Umbrellas (Tutorial)

To make a cookie beach umbrella, you will need: 

You can use a plain round or fluted circle cutter for the umbrella. 
On the underside of the cookie, use your cookie stick
and make an indention that will hold the stick later. (see photo below)
Add additional cookie dough to the top of the cookie
to form a "cone shape" like a real umbrella.

 Once baked and cooled, 
turn the cookie upside down (see the indented hole for the stick?)
and outline and flood the underside.
I chose white glaze for the underside, but you can use whatever color you'd like.
Allow cookie to dry for a several hours.

Turn cookie right side up and outline and flood it.
You can do a pattern, or just make it one solid color.
 Allow it to dry overnight.

For set up, add some glaze to the end of the stick and 
"glue" it into the umbrella top.

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