Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentines 2013

This year valentines cookie design. If you want some please email me at

Paisley cookies, this first picture was my favorite of the paisley design.

Flowers and a couple of love birds. :)

Embroidery & tuft cookies that I saw on SweetAmbs site. She is an amazing cookie artist. I came up with the lips, I thought that was a fun thing to do.

If you need valentines cookies let me know. I need at least 72 hour advanced notice and min order of 1 dozen. :)

Valentine cookie prices
Embroidery or  tuft cookies $30 a dozen
Embroidery/tuft platter $30, includes 8 medium cookies and 12 minis (20 cookies)
Paisley cookies 18 cookies $30

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cross Bobby Flay with Holmes on Homes and you Get McKay

Well 2012 is over and I accomplished my goal of making cookies for all 37 n/n's. While I was doing that I had a sibling or two say "hey maybe you should do them for your brother/sister". So since I only have 8 of those I think I can handle it.

Drum roll...... first off for 2013 is McKay.

McKay is one of my 5 brothers. He is the closest to me in age just 2 1/2  years older than me.

I sure do give my McKay a hard time. We may not have been best friends growing up and he may have been mean to me but I am not going to air all our dirty laundry out here. I just want to say that even though we were not best friends while we were in high school together we have become really great friends and closer ever since.

I look up to McKay, not just physically he is 6'5", he is a great example to me. I want to be like him. He is smart, good looking, in shape, amazing cook and baker, and a awesome handy man. Some day I will grow up to be just like him. He can do anything, if he doesn't know how to do it he can figure it out. I think he can even sew!

I am so grateful for him he is always helpful to my family. My husband, sorry honey, is not a handy guy and since my brother is so dang nice he has helped us finish a basement in our first home and he turned our family room into another bedroom (with the help of my nephew John) and our play area/downstairs family room into a home theater.

I am kinda sad that he got a new job and will not be working only 5 minutes from my house. I will not be able to bug him to come over on his lunch break to give me home improvement help. :(  But I am glad he does not have an hour commute anymore either.

One thing I remember about McKay is his love of Star Trek. Not sure if he was bored on Saturdays in the small town that we grew up or if he truly is a Trekkie. I think that later is true. :) He could be found watching the old reruns of Star Trek on any given Saturday in our home. But he equally likes the other additions of the franchise. So I made a little Trekkie cookie for him.

An of course I said he is one handy guy, so tool cookies were in order.

I wanted these to look like chef hats but they look more like a bakers hat, not sure if there is a big difference. I think our Mom did a good job in teaching and inspiring us all how to cook and I have always admired McKay's ability to be fancy in the kitchen or I guess you might say he has culinary skillz!

I so wish that I had the drive that he has to be in shape. He is a exercising maniac, he rides bikes, runs, pretty sure he has done some thons, not sure which ones.... mara, triatha anyway he is in good shape. I am sure he would disagree he had knee surgery recently and has not quite yet fully recovered. But I am sure as soon as he is back he will be lacing a pair of these.

I forgot to do a letter cookie or his name but my family can tell they are for him for sure. :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

2012 Niece and Nephew Recap

A quick look back at my 2012 goal.

Last January I decided to make birthday cookies for all 37 of my nieces and nephews. It was a fun year and I am kinda sad that it is over but I don't plan to do it again. If you want to see their individual posts you should be able to click on one of the photos below to see the original post I did for them.


I am blessed to be Aunt Natalie to these 37 outstanding nieces and nephews. Although I wont be doing this for you every year I want you to know that I love you all!

What will I do for 2013, well I do have 8 siblings maybe I should do something for them... :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Walking his way into all our hearts = Bennett

Last week I officially completed my goal of baking and decorating cookies for all 37 of my nieces and nephews.

Bennett is the youngest child of my younger brother Brant. He came into their lives last year when they got a call that they had been chosen by a women for them to adopt her child. He was only a few days old when they got to bring this wonderful baby boy into there home.

He is a very happy boy and he has brought so much happiness to my brothers family. His older brother and sister, Heath and Ria have had no problem adjusting to suddenly have a baby brother and they love him like no other.

Since little Bennett is only 1 year old I don't really have a memorable experience to share of him besides getting the privilege to hold him and love on him. :)

Not sure if he has too many favorites in his young age so I just went with a birthday theme.



But I do know that he enjoys his pacifier. :) I wonder if his parents let him suck on one of these.

A couple of presents.

And some number 1's.

Happy Birthday to Bennett and that wraps up the 2012 n/n goal.