Thursday, October 30, 2014

#TBT...The cookie shop of my dreams.... Part I

Sometimes I forgot all that I have been through to make one of my dreams come true...

I will start sharing all my experiences  in trying to built my little business, I know I still have a long way to go, but I do not like to think it that way...I just focus on what is going on today, try to do my best, take a lot of pictures and then with a lot of patience and dedication,  everything  will fall into place. 


I invite all of you that are reading my blog, to follow your dreams and don't let nothing stop you...but very important...you need to have your eyes and mind wide open and have faith on your prayers, because your dreams may not come true exactly the way you have 
always think or have ask for...you just need to adjust them at time and trends that are going on out there, and really trust that God will lead you in the right direction. 




Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed to have a Cookie Shop, and few years ago I opened the storefront of my Cookie Shop in the  Internet..." The Cookie Couture" on ETSY....I would have never believe that I was going to be selling cookies through a computer and sending cookies to families around the United States...This have been AWESOME!!

And I can tell you that it is a lot of work...setting the store and baking, decorating, taking pictures, packaging, ship costumer services stuff, etc, etc, is almost like a real thing but in a smaller scale.




These cookies are some of the my oldest Christmas designs,  and were some of my first designs with sprinkles, I used metallic edible pearls...this was the begging  of "Mil Grageas"... I remember that when I made them, I was so excited and thought they were Amazing.... one true thing is that after practicing many times a technique you can always improve...also in the pictures... I think I have improved a little....




You learn a lot, and really gives you an idea of what could it be to have a real business, and if now your priority is being a WIFE and a MOM...you can still be a business women, in a small way, and the time will tell you when you are ready for the REAL thing. 

I encourage you to follow your dreams and don't stop believing....research what kind of help is outside to support the developing of small business, put a all your heart on it and   always try to think outside the box to be unique. 


This are some of the cookies that people likes the most of my Etsy shop. 





These baby shower cookies were inspire in the Juicy couture baby girls clothes...they are just too sweet and dainty.




This one is one my first design inspire in a painting that I bought for my daughter's room, from a Mexican artist. 


I love everything Vintage...for this kind of cookies, I bought the edible ink and paper, and make the designs in the computer, print them...it was a lot of fun... I just love this kind of cookies!!



This fairies were inspire in my daughter and her fairy costume, actually this cookie cutter is a cupid, but when I saw it it talk "Fairy" to me.... ; ) 




Ballet has been a big deal in my life...nothing compares to watch my daughter dancing and becoming a beautiful Ballerina....





One of our favorite board games!!! Candy LAND!!!... I have improve in my pictures and the settings.... LOL



I find these cookies just adorable...I




When I saw these cookie cutter, I felt in love!!! Fancy flours' catalogue is always inspiring!!!




When I find out that the mini cookie cutters exist...my heart start pounding like crazy....am I the only crazy cookie here??   This was the my first mini collection .




I love Matryoshka's, and with these cookies, I learn to make my own cookie cutter... I was so  desperate that I could not find it any where, so  I have to sacrifice one of my old cookie cutters and transform it in a Matryoshka cookie cutter...and until last year I saw Matryoshka cookie cutters ..they are so sweet, because they are a set of stackable Matryoshka's.




First time trying to make cookies on a stick...love the colors and THE BOWS!!! I am a BOW lover!!!!





These were the first cookies that I design for an event....Attitudes dance wear in Wichita is the Cutest ballet shop you can ever see... Is like an Anthropologie Ballet shop...you can imagine...every little corner is beautiful....I miss it!!!






When I find this cookie cutter set al hobby lobby....my heart pounded like crazy again....





I think I am a trendsetter in my cookies....but for these cookies I have to follow the CUPCAKE CRAZE trend and off course made some Cupcake cookies...is this too much?? no I do not think so...





One of my favorite craft magazines is Living by Martha Stewart....always a fountain of inspiration....this cookies were inspire in the spider web skirt from her Catalogue....she is just Awesome!!!





One of the things that I miss the most of my country...are  the Nativities.... people put a lot of effort putting everything them together... my mom's is always the sweetest!!!



One of my favorite childhood movies, is Alice in Wonderland...not so much because of the story...because I still do not understand it very well... what I love are all the colors and characters.... I use a lot of different cookie cutters to be able to make this set of cookies. 




Every time we go to see "The nutcracker"... I get so inspire!! I just want to go home and start baking and decorate cookies, my daughter just get out of the theater and start twirling and dancing...like a little girl...well she will always be my little girl.


 I think this simple set of cookies,  has give me the more satisfaction ever, being able to help people  to let their love ones know that they care for them is  priceless. 

I encourage you to follow your dreams and don't stop believing....research what kind of help is outside to support the developing of small business, put a all your heart on it and   always try to think outside the box to be unique. 


My profile picture on Etsy.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thanksgiving place card cookies

Multitasking my  decorated cookies
is one of my favorite things,  I think if you spend some time decorating them, you should use them for one more reason that  just satisfy your sweet tooth. 

I really like "Thanksgiving", I think is very important to stop for a little while and count all the blessing we have receive through the year...I know sometimes  in life not everything  is like cookies and icing, but rather to focus on the negative stuff we should focus and count all our blessings. 

This is a very simple design, and I know it will look so cute on your thanksgiving  table setting. 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Grageas de Halloween/ Halloween Sprinkles

Como hacer tus mezclas de sprinkles/ How to make your own mixed sprinkles

Desde que estaba chiquita me encantaba disfrazarme y mi mama siempre me hacia mis disfraces para el Kinder y para la escuela, me acuerdo mucho de un vestidito negro con estrellitas de papel doradas.... me sentía soñada.  

Como me encantaria tener fotos, las voy a buscar y se las compartiré cuando las encuentre.

Como ya han visto casi siempre me gusta agregar un toque especial a mis galletas decoradas con grageas o sprinkles. 

Una de las grageas que mas me gustan son

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY gingerbread house

I shared with you the recipe of the gingerbread cookies using speculoos spice to give it a twist to the traditional recipe, few weeks ago. I hope that you have had the chance to practice it and now you are ready to design and build your gingerbread house


I did not grow up with this tradition at home, but I remember reading the story of the "gingerbread boy" and Hansel and Gretel and always dream about Candy houses...they are just to pretty!! 

 I am sharing how fun it is to build this sweet treat with your kids. My daughter and I always want it to make one from scratch.

This activity can take a few days to finish , so it is great to make it during a school break, snow days, or during Christmas Holidays.

For this project you will need:

* Gingerbread cookies with a twist recipe, click here
*  Gingerbread house cookie cutter 
*  Firm royal icing, click here
*  Pastry bag, coupler and decorating tip # 2 and 3
*  Assorted sprinkles
*  Gummies and  mini chewy sweetarts
*  Coffee filters
*  Baking trays 
*  Cooling raks


  Before  making the trip to the super market to purchase all what you will need, you can ask your kids to design the house and make a sketch  (My girl, loved this part).  So you can plan what kind of candies and sprinkles you are going to  need.  Besides this step get the kids very excited!!

This is one of the sketches  that my daughter made. 

We didn't put the pine tree and the candy canes, at the end we liked the way it look without them.





PROCEDURE:

1.-  Make your cookie dough and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes or so. 

2.-  Roll out the cookie dough using a cookie dough circle of 1/4 in, you need to make your cookies thinner than normal because these cookies are a little heavy and this can cause you trouble when building the house.




3.-   Line up your baking tray with parchment paper and Bake the cookie at 350 F for 10-13 minutes and relax a little bit an enjoy the smell in your kitchen.....


4.-  Let the cookies cool.






5.-  Prepare firm royal icing and prepare a pastry bag with tip #3 and set it aside in an air tight container. 

6.-  Now that  you have your design ready is time to have some fun.  You have to decorate all the pieces and let them dry  before you put together all the pieces.

7.-  To make the snow on the roof you can use mini white nonpareils or silver sanding sugar, and pour it over the royal icing right away.






8.- Using the royal icing as glue start putting all the sprinkles and candies and let them dry for 4-6 hours. 




You have to be sure that the icing is dry, before picking up the cookies if not all the sprinkles and candies, will fell down.





Most Supermarkets have a  candy section, look for the small packages and less expensive ones,  this are perfect for this kind of projects.






9.-  When everything is dry, you can start putting the pieces together, starting with the back part of the house and one side.


Next the front of the house, the other side  and let them dry.  



You can use anything to support the walls and keep in place meanwhile the icing dry, be PATIENT!!! This is the hardest part....You can ask your husband for help in this part.



When those pieces are glue together you can put the roof, put some icing in one side of the front part and in one side of the back part of the house, as it shows in the picture, and place the roof over it and let it dry.






Repeat the same thing for the other side and let it dry.  I use some ramekins to support the roof pieces, they slip very easy, so you have to hold them in place for some minutes. 


As you see in the top picture there is an opening in the middle of the roof... no worries...royal icing and sprinkles can FIX EVERYTHING!!!



I really love how this little  gingerbread house looks, it really looks like he picture don't you think??

We had so much fun building the little house, although I had to make another batch of the recipe, we couldn't resist the temptation to eat some cookie, they are really, really, really DELICIOUS!!!

You can place an electric candle inside and use it as a lamp or nightlight in your kitchen. 








Now I can erase "Build a Gingerbread house with my daughter" on my bucket list. 











































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