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!

Monday, November 30, 2015

First Day of Kindergarten and Charlie's Birthday

Hello everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!  I hosted Thanksgiving again this year and had great fun cooking and decorating cookies. Decorating cookies has become my new hobby lately, I'll have to make a blog post about that :)

I also wanted to announce the winner of my Michael's giveaway who will be winning a huge box of goodies! GSSFAM you win! Send me an email at with your address and I'll send along your prize :)

In other news, now that it is almost December I figure I should post about Charlie's first day of Kindergarten. 3 months late. whoops.  Better late than never I suppose though, eh? (See First Day of PreK and First Day of Preschool)

Charlie's birthday is at the end of August so up until last May we assumed we'd hold him back from kindergarten until he was 6. However at the end of the preschool year his teachers told us they thought he'd be ready for kindergarten- to our surprise! I also looked into holding him back and apparently it would be a big hullabaloo to hold him back a year so we decided to give it a shot this year. I was NOT mentally prepared for him to go to K this year that is for sure. But I'm so glad we didn't hold him back, he has really matured so quickly going to Kindergarten everyday and I am SO proud of him. He can read, his writing is much better, he is really doing so well! A few behavioral issues here and there, mostly fidgeting and a bit of stubbornness too, but overall he's totally crushing it.

I was so sad the night before and day of K, I rarely cry but I was so worried about him being gone everyday during the week that I was a mess.  Luckily it was all for nothing!  Of course it is still weird having so much free time to myself nowadays. I work 4x10 hour days Thursday-Sunday and therefore have Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays off. This arrangement works out nicely for bringing Charlie to Dr's appointments and saving money on childcare but now I'm alone from 8-3 on those days and it is SO weird. I miss having whole days to spend with Charlie where we can actually go and do fun things but vacation will be here soon enough I expect!  It is really nice to be able to pick him up from the bus stop M-W though, Charlie does an afterschool program Thursdays and Fridays while I'm at work.

Robb took some cute photos the first day of K that I wanted to share. He looks so darn grown up in his school uniform, doesn't he?

After he got home from his first day of school (and I had dried my eyes) we had a mini party to celebrate what a big boy he was! I had painted him a crown and gave him supplies to decorate it all pretty. (It's really a paper plate if you couldn't tell lol) Then we played with some leftover sparklers from the 4th of July :)

Charlie's 5th birthday was 2 days later, which was also a school day. Since in the past we have liked to have special day long outings for his birthday this was kind of a bummer but we made the best of it (see 2nd, 3rd, 4th birthdays). We displayed all of his presents (those are from relatives too not just from us! haha) and had balloons waiting for him when he got home. He got a police lego set, minecraft toys, and Creeper shoes from us!

I bought him a little birthday cake and we had a small little party just the three of us.

And Robb and Charlie spent way way way too long annoying me with one of his new and very loud presents ;)