Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oktoberfest gingerbread heart necklace

Now that i am in love with my Ginger-Speculoos cookies, I have been using it a lot and like fall is here, I have been designing some cute cookies lately. 



If you follow me on pinterest, maybe you are familiar with my hashtag "Cookiecrafting"; a while ago I started discovering that besides eating the cookies you can do a lot of crafts with cookies, and in this post I am sharing with you how to make a Gingerbread heart cookie necklace.


In Germany these hearts are everywhere during Oktoberfest,  they come in all sizes and decorated in many different ways.  I read that the if you are wearing one of those cookies, is because you are "Love" by someone!!


I really like this idea, I think that it can work for homecoming, Valentine's gifts, Anniversary, Birthdays, etc... don't you think? 

You can make them with the vanilla-lemon cookie recipe and you can decorate the cookie with brown royal icing if you don't want to do the gingerbread cookie. 
I did some with using this technique also. 

O.k. here is what you will need:

*  Gingerbread cookie recipe, click here: Gingerbread cookies with a twist
*  Heart cookie cutter
*  Wooden stick
*  Royal icing, click here
*  Pastry bag, coupler and decorating tip #2 and #102
*  Americolor in turquoise, yellow, 
*  Ribbon
   
PROCEDURE

1)  Prepare the cookie dough following the instructions in this link: 




2)  Cut out your heart cookie and using the wood stick make two holes as it shows in the picture bellow, be sure that the stick go all the way through the cookie. 






3)  Bake at 350 F for 10-13 minutes and let it cool. 

4)  Prepare firm turquoise royal icing and using the tip #102 make a ruffle around the heart and let is cool. 



5)  Using white medium consistency royal icing, write the message you want, for this cookie I wrote, I love you in German.  Decorate as you one using hearts and flowers. Let it dry. 



6)  When it is dry put the ribbon through the holes and ready!! you have your gingerbread necklace!!








Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homecoming decorated cookies ideas


Last year was our first time to participate in a "Homecoming celebration". 

I know here, is a big thing, and to be invited is a "Big thing" for the girls too. 

My daughter's friend invited her, she was so excited...but I was not expecting that it will include so much details...it almost looked like a wedding!! 

 So I have to ask some of my expert friends to give some advice. 

Everything was very nice, they had a very good time!! 
They both look really cute, and off course I made some Homecoming cookies for him. 




The cookies were  inspire by his school football team and the sports and players he likes. 


So I made a helmet with the school's logo, a football with the school initials,  a basketball, a basketball player from the Lakers, and a jersey with the Number 24,  from Shaquille O'neal. 
(Correct me if I am wrong).

As you can see he loves Basketball and the Lakers!!



I really loved the cookies, I always make gilry cookies and it was very fun coming out of my pink and bow box. 






As you can see you can make cookies for all occasions and events!!!

I love to decorate cookies, but I can tell you that  nothing else compare to spending time with my little girl...(well not so little) and my family!!!



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dale, dale, dale...piñata para celebrar el mes e la Hispanidad


Me da mucho gusto que aqui en Estados Unidos hace unos años empezaron a  celebrar el mes de la Hispanidad, 
"Hispanic Heritage month", que va de Septiembre 15 a Octubre 15, celebrando los días de la Independencia de varios países Latinos. 



Creo que ademas de la comida una de las cosas que mas representa a Mexico, son las piñatas, las cuales desde mi punto de vista representan muy bien a mi país!! 
Sus colores representan a nuestro folklor, colorido, alegría;  también representan que somos gente de muchas tradiciones, las cuales muchas de ellas van ligadas con nuestra Religion, ademas de que a cualquier país donde vayas ves a una piñata y te sientes identificada con ella. 

Les comparto el tutorial de como hacer una galleta de Piñata.

La receta de la masa de las galletas la puedes encontrar aqui:  Receta de Galletas .

En tu tienda de manualidades puedes encontrar un cortador de piñata como el que yo utilice o lo puedes conseguir en Amazon. Click aquí


Les comparto el tutorial de como hacer una galleta de Piñata.





Hornear la galleta, dejarla enfriar.

Preparar Royal icing firme, ver la receta aqui: Glasedo o Royal Icing 

Cubrir la  galleta con royal icing de consistencia fluida en color duraznito, usando el color peach de Americolor y dejar secar por completo.





Pintar  royal icing de consistencia firme en color verde, blanco y rojo y poner cada color en una manga pastelera.

Empezar a hacer los olancitos  de color blanco, usando la duya # 101, poniendo el icing en forma de zig zag y dejando espacio para poner los otros colores alternados.

Luego poner el icing de color verde de la misma forma, utilizando la duya # 101s





Con la duya # 102  poner el icing de color rojo y dejar secar.




Me gusta mucho usar las duyas # 101 y 101s, son especiales para hacer moños, de seguro les vas a encontrar mucha utilidad a estas duyas.

Puedes decorar el burrito con un moñito y unas florecitas.




Poner su ojo con icing negro y sus pestañitas también!!


Aquí esta la piñata decorando mi mesa, ese día hice unas enchiladas Suizas deliciosas!!




Creo que una de las cosas mas padres de Estados Unidos es la mezcla de tantas personas de diferentes Nacionalidades que vivimos aquí, por lo cual lo hacen un país muy rico en tradiciones y lleno de cultura.
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