Friday, October 28, 2016

Decorating Cookies and Baking

Hi friends! I thought I'd share a bit of my new hobby with you :) About this time last year I took a Craftsy course about decorating cookies. And I so loved it! So I took another course and kept making more and more. It's been quite fun!  Here's some of the cookies and treats I've made over the last year- hope you enjoy!  I posted the pictures in mostly the order that I made them so hopefully you can see some improvement over time :)

Halloween cookies (my first batch)


Science themed cookies (for my lab mates of course!)

Valentine's Day cookies and macarons


Succulent buttercream frosted cupcakes

Assorted macarons made throughout the year:


Star Wars cookies, macarons, and birthday cake:



Dinosaur cookies and macarons:


Homemade marshmallows, salted caramels, and macarons

Minecraft cookies featuring Stampy and Squaishey for a co workers daughters birthday

Chocolate entremet with mirror glaze

Hungarian embroidery cookies


Charlie likes to help too, he's pretty darn good!


New hobbies are always so fun! Although I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head ;) I'll be baking a new batch of cookies this week, wonder what they will be...hmmmmmm....

If you'd like to see more you can always follow me on Instagram at GlueMeetsPaperCC


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Star Wars Birthday Party

Why hello hello everyone :) Long time no chat, think it's been about a year huh? Well there's a LOT to catch you up on, this year has been full of many not very fun things that I will have to get into at another date. In the meantime, I wanted to share Charlie's 6th Birthday Party with you all! As is my custom, I of course went a little "Pinterest mom" crazy hehe.  (see Minecraft Party last year)

In the past year I have been teaching myself (using Craftsy classes, so maybe not really "teaching myself"....) how to make and decorate all sorts of fun baked goods.  I've done sugar cookies quite a lot- I must make a post about this soon-, macarons, cakes, caramels, and chocolates. It's been really fun to try something new and to use my creativity in a different way. Charlie has been excited about me making his birthday cake all year and the theme for his party and cake has changed about a zillion times.  First he wanted a Mandala birthday party (because he loves coloring them so much), then a bowling themed party, then a Shopkins party, then half bowling/half mandala hybrid (which I quickly shot down), and then we eventually landed on a Star Wars theme.  This gave me lots of opportunities for baking and cheesy Star Wars puns :)

Here's the dessert table:


Here's a close up of the cake from the day before :) I was so nervous about transporting it!


And some close ups of the dessert table, I spent quite a few days baking!








And here's the snack/lunch table (the empty spot in the middle is for the pizza)







Here are some other photos from the party :) We had bubble light saber wands, sack races, water gun fights, a slip and slide, and silly string! Old school fun :)












It was lots of fun! My parents were nice enough to let us use their beach house for the party so we all went to the beach afterwards for a bit :) I just about passed out by the time I got home haha, but what a fun day! Happy Birthday Charlie!