Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunny Days

There is nothing quite like the dog days of summer... and what time better to have a water party!
These cookies were made for a water themed birthday party for an awesome little boy who is turning 5.

The birthday boy had originally wanted cupcakes but after seeing my cookies he opted for cookies instead.  I was thrilled to make these for him plus for a water themed birthday party cookies hold up in wet little hands a bit better than cupcakes.  

Hope you all have wonderful sunny summer days ahead of you!

Stay sweet everyone :D

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lembas Bread and other Lord of the Ring Cookies

I was thrilled to get my first nerdy cookie order!  I got to make some awesome LOTR cookies for a birthday party.

 I went on line and was surprised to find that there are not many LOTR sugar cookies out there, plenty of lovely cakes and cupcakes but not many cookies.  I did however find a fun Lemabs bread cookie here.  

I changed and updated it a bit and was thrilled with how it turned out.  Add a few ring cookies to the mix and some cookies that say happy birthday in elvish and all in all I think you end up with a pretty neat birthday set.  

Hope you had a great birthday Nalie!

Stay sweet everyone!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lets Go Twins!

As promised here are some more baseball cookies.

This was a challenging set for me because the order was made for a diabetic teenager.  I did my best to offer a few different options and did my best to give my client a rough idea of the carbs, sugar and calories in the cookies. 
Hand died sugar cookies

I ended up making two different style cookies.  Some with the dough died and others fully iced.  I was able to cut down on the sugar in the cookies with the died dough because I didn't have to use as much royal icing.  

They look vintage right?

Good ol' regular sugar cookies

I also got to experience another 1st with this cookie order.

8in name plaque 

I got to make a giant cookie, an 8in plaque with the clients son's name on it.  
I am really enjoying making these baseball themed cookies.  
Have a team you want to see in cookie form.... place an order at

Stay sweet guys ^^

Monday, July 8, 2013

Take me out to the ball game...

So as I understand it during the summer a bunch folks go out and sit in the heat and watch a bunch of guys swing a stick at a ball and run around in a diamond shape..... This is my basic understanding and appreciation of baseball.

I have tried but it has never been a sport that I got into.  However I love making baseball themed cookies.  The mascots are so much fun and the colors are vibrant.  I was even more thrilled when I was asked to make some baseball cookies for a soldier serving overseas.

  His sister said that my cookies reminded her of some that a neighbor use to make for her and her brother.  The cookies their neighbor made for them made such a lasting impression they still talk about them today (and they are grown and have kids of their own)

I was lucky enough to get an e-mail from the recipient of my cookies.  Here is what he had to say: 


My sister,sent me a box of your cookies on behalf of my nephew.   They arrived delicious and intact, all the way to the Kingdom of Bahrain!  Great work on the Pittsburgh Pirates design, it has helped lift my spirits as a long deployment nears the end.  Good luck in all your business endeavors.

Soldier overseas

I am so touched that he took the time to write to me and super happy that all the cookies made it intact.  I was worried about the bills of the hats breaking off. 

If you have anyone special to you that is far from home and want to send some cookies there way let me know.  I am more than happy to help brighten someones day.  

Stay sweet everyone!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Love is in the air...part two

Like I said in my previous post.  Love is in the air, between weddings, engagements and 1st anniversaries and new babies this summer has been full of love.

I made this cookie bouquet for an awesome couple.  They are both amazing people and very talented artists.   Stevie is the stunning photographer behind and her hubby Tony is the brilliant carpenter behind 

Not only are they talented artists but they are wonderfully thoughtful and giving people.  In fact they met during the shooting of Extreme Home Makeover where Tony was a carpenter for the show.

They are a happy loving couple that radiates both of those feelings to those around them.  It is hard to be standing next to either one of them and not be smiling.

I wanted to make them some cookies that conveyed the same happiness that they exude, and this is what I came up with.

Congratulations Stevie and Tony, you are both amazing people and an extra amazing couple.  I hope you have many wonderful years together and keep on spreading your happiness and love!

Monday, July 1, 2013

삼계탕 Sam Gye Tang: Korean Chicken and Ginseng Soup

I thought I would take a break from posting sweets and share with you one of my favorite Korean foods:

During my 3 years in Korea I learned a lot of wonderful things....and some strange things that no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get use to.  One of those things was eating hot food when it was crazy hot out.  The idea was that you would feel cooler after eating something hot because it was closer to the temperature outside.  I however just felt extra hot and sweaty.  That being said I will eat 삼계탕 (sam gye tang) no matter the weather just because I like it sooo much.
Mr. Lee's mom would frequently make it when I came to visit the house.  I was close to 90 degrees inside but let me tell you that didn't stop me from enjoying this delicious soup.
It is a fairly easy soup to make, and I have adapted it a bit so I am able to make it in the U.S.

For 2 servings you will need:
2 Cornish game hens
8 dried dates (jujube's)
2 pieces of ginseng root (or ginseng powder)
6-8 cloves of garlic
1-2 cups of sweet rice partially cooked
Green onion (garnish)
Salt and Pepper
Tooth picks
Optional: Sam gye tang soup package

Before even starting to make the soup you are going to want to soak your rice.  1st wash is till the water runs clear then let it soak for 4 hours.... or at least this is what most recipes will tell you.  I have never had much luck using the rice this way.  I find the Cornish game hens cook too quickly (because of their size) and the rice doesn't have enough time to cook.  Instead I cook the rice about half way and let it cool and then use it to make 삼계탕.

If you have a Korean market near you, you could pick up one of these lovely soup seasoning packages.  I have made 삼계탕 with it and with out it and it tastes great both ways.  If you do have the soup flavoring package add the contents to some water and let it boil for about 10 min. 

While your water is boiling you can get the rest of your ingredients ready.  Here I have my sweet rice jujube's and garlic ready to go to stuff the game hens  

Before stuffing the game hens you will want to wash them off, and trim off as much fat as you can and be sure the inside cavity is nice and clean.  After washing the chickens pat them dry and close up the smaller opening (by the neck) with tooth picks. 

Turn your birds over and fill with rice garlic and jujube's.  I like to put 3 jujube's inside and 2-3 cloves of garlic and then leave the rest to add to the broth. 

Once filled close up the opening with more tooth picks. 

Broth with flavor package

Put your hen in a large pot and fill with water, I never fully cover the bird because then you end up with a weaker flavored broth.  At this time if you used a flavoring package remove all the pieces (leave the ginseng root and jujube) If not using a flavor package add your additional jujube's and garlic as well as some ginseng powder to flavor the broth (you can make the broth without ginseng but it isn't quite as good)

Broth with ginseng powder
Bring the soup to a boil and skim off any fat/foam that forms on the surface.  Once foam stops forming add a little salt and pepper and cover the pot with a lid.  Cook until the meat is just about to fall off the bone.  

Garnish with thinly chopped green onion and a side of salt for dipping the meat into.  Kimchi and pickled daikon radish are great side dishes with sam gye tang.  

Be sure to remove the tooth picks before serving or let your guests know that they are there.  Crack open the hen and mix the rice with the broth and dip the chicken into your dish of salt eat and enjoy! 

There is a great video tutorial here: just in case you didn't follow my directions.  

Feel free to ask questions if you have them and enjoy your 삼계탕!