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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!

Planning for two shows this weekend, pretty much all I've been doing all week is working on Christmas cookies.  Not too many new pics yet, but I did have one neat idea I wanted to share. We all like to leave cookies out for Santa right?  Well, if you have younger kids, let them have a little more fun with it by spelling out their thanks to Santa for all the cool stuff he'll be leaving for them!  I did this with my bite-sized Dandy Dots, but of course you could do it with any cookie you plan to leave for Santa, even Oreo's!  Just pick up a tube of frosting from the store and let them have fun with it :)

I was also luckily enough this week to have some of my cookies featured by a fabulous party planner, Laura over at Eye Candy Event Details.  Laura put together this beautiful pink and red and snowflaked all over dessert table to showcase her Mod Snowflake Collection of printables.  So CUTE!!!  Check out the Eye Candy blog for more pics, and tell her Dandy Delights sent you!

I am seriously craving some doughnuts right about now!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Giveaway Time!!!!

  It's time for a Christmas cookie giveaway!  In coordination with The Purple Pug, Dandy Delights is giving away one dozen assorted Dandy Delights Christmas cookies in delicious cinnamon shortbread. Each cookie will be individually packaged, so you can give them as gifts, put them at your place settings for some added embellishment to your holiday table, or just keep them all for yourself!

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You have until midnight on November 30th to enter.  The lucky winner will be chosen using and announced Wednesday morning.

Good luck and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Thanksgiving is almost here, and along with it has come the non-stop Christmas music on one of our local radio stations.  Now normally, I'm not really in the mood for Christmas anything until I've had my Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, but since I'm already working on Christmas cookie designs along with the Thanksgiving ones, the Christmas tunes are crankin'!  My CD player is loaded with all my holiday faves: 2 Harry Connick Jr. Christmas albums, The Elf Soundtrack, Sarah McLaughlin Wintersong, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and of course the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.  The great Christmas tunes on all of those have helped crank out these great cookies!

Also very excited this week to be working on some Christmas cookies for a collaboration with Dough-a-Deer, Anders Ruff Custom Designs, and Terri's Treasures.  Stay tuned for pics of the final product at the beginning of December!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Goodbye Halloween 2010!

Well it's finally November which means I'm happy to say means no more Halloween cookies!  My last big order of the month was a big hit, or so I was told by someone who attended the party that the six dozen assorted Halloween cookies was for.  It was quite a big event.  They did say that my cookies vanished much faster than the other treats on the table though.  YAY!


 Our own personal Halloween party (grown-ups only this time!) was also a big success.  This year we went with a theme, movie characters.  Our friends and neighbors did a great job with their costumes, with top prizes going to the Scooby Doo Crew, Prince, and Austin Powers and his Fembot (that would be me and my husband!).

Tasty cake balls from Terri's Treasures.  There were chocolate cats, pumpkin spice mummy's and strawberry aliens.  Glad I set a couple chocolate cats aside for myself, because they were all gone by the end of the night!

                                    Care for some skeleton dip?

I'm afraid I made the bat (chicken) wings too creepy to eat!

Napoleon Dynamite even came and drew us an awesome picture!

Your shagadelic hosts for the evening...

Best Overall winners, The Scooby Doo Gang (our dog Phoenix is filling in for the missing Scooby :)

Most Original, Purple Rain era Prince, or the Artist Formerly Known as Suzy

We're already thinking ahead to next years party, the theme - TV Characters!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Almond Pumpkin Spice Pancakes!

Since this weeks cookies were just more of the same, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, I thought instead of sharing cookies, I'd share a recipe!  Obviously I love to cook, otherwise, why would I have started a cookie business.  My love of cooking isn't just for baking and decorating though, I am a true foodie.  I love trying new foods (within reason, no frog legs for me thank you!), new recipes, and especially making up recipes of my own.  The one I'll share this week is my Almond Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

As I'm sure most of you have a similar problem, it is nearly impossible some days to get any vegetables into my kids, my younger ones anyway.  I'm a big fan of the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, so I've taken inspiration from some of those recipes.  The Almond Pumpkin Spice Pancakes manages to sneak in not only sweet potatoes but ground almonds as well, two great superfoods!


3/4 c. milk
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup almond flour (finely ground almonds)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin spice

Combine milk, butter, egg, sweet potato and almond extract in bowl and whisk together.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.  Add dry ingredients and stir well until there are no lumps.  Heat a large skillet or griddle, and coat with cooking spray or butter.  Pour batter onto griddle into your desired size of pancakes, flip once bubbles appear, and cook until brown on the other side.  Serve with your favorite syrup and enjoy! The measurements above are for a smaller batch, but I usually make twice and much and freeze the extra pancakes between sheets of wax paper.  Then, when my kids want pancakes on a morning when I don't really have time to make them from scratch, I just pull them out of the freezer and pop them in the toaster.

Next time I'll share a dinner recipe.  It's a favorite of my 15 year old, Creamy Sausage & Tomato Pasta.  If I tell him I'm making this it's pretty much guarantee he'll stay home for dinner with no arguments!  I'll have to make it again though before I share it.  Since it's another invention of mine, I'll need to write down the actual measurements.  For my recipe originals, I usually just eyeball everything!  Another hint, this one sneaks in more secret vegetables :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My first dessert table...

We had my daughter Ryann's third birthday party yesterday out at my parents farm.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, low 60's and sunny all day.  It was the perfect day for a Halloween birthday party, complete with a hayride and pumpkin patch for the kids.  They all had a great time, even when no one could seem to break the ghost piñata including my 13 year old niece!  I ended up having to rip it apart and toss all the toys around for the kids!  Toys?  Yes, I put toys in the piñata because after being inspired by my friend Terri over at Crafty Workin Mommy, I decided to try my hand at a treat table.  I figured that with all the candy they'd be getting from that (marshmallow pops, licorice, malted milk balls, chocolate toffee popcorn, a doughnut cake and Dandy Delights cookies of course) they didn't really need any more!  They all had a great time, especially Ryann after she opened all her presents!

The super cute toppers that I added to the doughnut cake were cupcake toppers provided by Alexandra at Enchanted Events & Design.  She also made the tags that are on the cookies I made pictured below.  Thanks again Alexandra!

Thanks to Snickerdoodles Bake Shop for the great idea on the marshmallow pops!

 My mummy dogs didn't turn out nearly as cool as the ones pictured in the recipe that I looked up, but they kids still gobbled them up!

And of course pics of the kids having a blast...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The changing of the seasons...

One of the things I love about living in Michigan is the changing of the season from summer to fall.  It's not too cold yet, as a couple Saturday Night Live characters would say "sweatah weathah", and there are still a few days sprinkled here and there of 70 to 80 degree weather.  We were even able to go out on our boat this past Sunday and the kids went swimming, in October!  Trips to the cider mill and fall bonfires are some of my favorite things, but the best part by far would be the colors.  Trees burn bright with blazing reds, vibrant oranges and radiant yellows, illuminating the landscape all around us.  Then unfortunately, after about a month or so, the leaves have all fallen... in my yard.  Piles and piles of leaves all over our yard.  Now, it's great fun for the kids of course.  They love jumping over and over again into the giant piles of leaves.  Last year we even made them the setting for our family picture.  I recall many times when I was a kid where my brother and I along with two of our friends would rake leaves at neighbors houses, bag them up and bring them to our house, just so we could dump them back out onto our lawn to get the biggest pile possible.  I'm sure this pleased my dad to no end :)  Once the kids have had their fun, it's time to bag them up.  This part is not fun, so I won't continue to write about that.  Especially since we live in a neighborhood with many, many, many old, huge, beautiful trees.  The number of bags of leaves we end up with usually ends up somewhere north of 60ish.  

So now that I've told you how much I love the fall colors, you can imagine my joy when I received an order for fall leave cookies for the dessert table at a wedding.  These were so much fun to make.  The bride-to-be requested lemon shortbread and almond shortbread.  As she was ordering quite a few I could do multiple flavors since it would require multiple batches anyhow.  I made the lemon shortbread cookies yellow of course, and the almond were done in orange with red accents.  A sprinkling of disco dust gave them the perfect shimmer reminiscent of fall trees lit up by the fiery autumn sun.   Now these are probably the only fall leaves that I have enjoyed bagging!

All of this reminiscing about fall made me want to share our family pics from last fall with all of you... enjoy!

Probably the only picture we managed to take where everyone was smiling AND looking at the camera!

The apples of our eye...
Our boys Zack & Haydn, and our daughter Ryann