I belong to a local ICES group which stands for International Cake Exploration Society. I joined the group to learn more about making cakes and making friends who love to play in sugar like me.
Cookies by far are the thing I enjoy doing and I dabble in cakes here and there. Well Icing Smiles contacted this group I belong to and asked for a volunteer to make a cake for a brother of a boy who is suffering from Leukemia. No one else said they were available so I said I would do it. Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. This is actually a awesome opportunity and I was happy to be able to help out this family who is going through a very rough patch in their lives. The cake I was to make was for a 16 year old boy named Jonus. His mother told me he loved his iPod, headphones etc.. I originally was going to just do a rectangle cake in the shape of an iPod because I thought it would be simple. But I really want to put in some cookies so I took even a little bit of easier route and made a chocolate cake with chocolate butter-cream and topped it off with some iPod and a teenager listening to some tunes! It was a little rough making the cake because the filling I had made failed and I had to completely start over on the bottom tier. Luckily I was able to recover and get it done on time.
The cookies up close.
Lately I don't really love covering cakes in fondant but I did make some ear buds out of it to be the border of the cake.
His whole family came by to pick up the cake so I go to meet his parents his younger sister and his little brother who has Lukemia. I really felt so good to be able to provide this service for their family and I hope that the chocolate cake brought a smile to their faces.
If you want to learn more about the Icing Smiles organization please click here. You don't have to be a business to volunteer to those who need these services. This is a country wide organization and they are always looking for some one to donate their time and talents to help those who are suffering from a critical illness.
I heard about the Go Bo bake sale last year so when the made this an annual event and called for cookiers around the world to participate I jumped at the chance. Amazingly enough cookiers from all of the United States and 8 countries are donating cookies to the cause. I only wish that I lived in Wisconsin to witness the actual event!!
If you don't know what I am even take about it is a wonderful foundation that was started from a young boys story. A boy named Bo.
Here is a little bit of info about Bo.
Bo Johnson was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia, EM/AML, at the age of 12. He has battled this disease for a year, and lost on Sept. 28, 2012. Prior to his illness, Bo was a normal active boy, enjoying life with family and friends. The illness that took his life could NOT stifle his spirit or courage. Facing the most serious medical condition, Bo chose to show all of us what it means to "live life to the fullest & enjoy every day.” Bo reminded us what true courage means, and why one boy can inspire a multitude with nothing more than a smile and a dream to help others. The GO BO Foundation brings hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions by funding research, supporting treatment, and helping their families during times of financial need. Paying it Forward...this is Bo's dream. The GO BO Foundation fulfills its mission by:
Funding the cutting-edge research on cancer and related blood disorders at the MACC Fund
A week ago was my older brothers birthday. Robert is fourth child to my parents and not even sure how much older he is than me maybe 12 years? He and his lovely wife have 7 children of their own, that is right 7 children... Terence, Rhen, Acacia, Dallin, Angela, Joe & Noelle.
My brother has a couple of jobs to keep him busy. He has a full time job and then he also drives bus for the local transportation company here in Salt Lake City. It's a good gig I think, he drives the bus that takes him two and from his full time job, so he gets paid to make his commute! Smart!
I put in a couple of sports cookies in his box. The football one to represent his many years of supporting his two oldest boys quest in sports which started when they were in middle school and went through their college years! I put in a baseball as well because I think that is the sport that he likes more. Maybe I am wrong but I think he enjoyed playing baseball when he was younger.
His wife says he likes to do recreational activities but his favorite is fishing so some fishing cookies were in order.
These next cookies I was not sure how I could cookify them. Robert is a big story teller. Our family loves to hear stories of the older kids and their shenanigans! You can get the stories from my other two oldest brothers but if you want to hear an embellished one then you need to have Robert tell it! So when I asked Nina, Robert's wife, to share some of his hobbies and interests she mentioned that his children always thought he was in the Navy! He wasn't in the Navy but he use to always tell them stories and he would start with "When I was in the Navy...."
That totally cracked me up and I thought it was perfect way to show in a cookie that he is a great story teller!
Now these cookies I am not even sure if he knows what these next cookies represent. These represent my fondest childhood memory of my brother Robert. These cookies are titled "Little People".
When we were younger two of my siblings and I, (McKay & Kristine) would bug Robert to play games with us. The one we loved was a game of not getting caught. Robert must have been a good sport and amused his much younger siblings. He would be the "Giant" and we were the "little people" my memory is a little foggy as to how it exactly worked. I think there were a couple of versions. One is that he would be on the couch and we would run around by him trying to not get caught. Pretty sure if we got caught then tickling was then endured. :)
I now sort of play a version of this with my own children but we call it Tickle Monster. It is a happy childhood memory I have of Robert and I hope that my children will have happy memories of my version as well. :)
Happy Birthday Robert, I hope you had a great day!!
Scott is my brother in law and is married to my sister Kanani. The have been married 20+ years. ( I really have no idea the number) They are the proud parents to 5 children. Brady, Kelsey, McKenzie, Zachery and Sydnee.
When I was still at home I knew when Scott and Kanani would be coming home for a visit because my mother would be up late filling the house with the aroma of baking cinnamon rolls! We always look forward to their visits cause we knew we were in for a treat! By treat I mean their visit of course. :)
I thought about making cinnamon roll cookies, but I made those before for my niece Syd.
I found out something new about Scott, he has been into shooting guns lately and he really like to do target shooting so I believe that is called Trap. Here is my rendition of Trap shooting.
My sisters FB photo albums are full of their family on the water. They love the water, they love to swim, water ski and wake board. Scott enjoys the wake boarding. The grey one I did first and my icing was too thick so that icing guy did not look so good that why he is out of focus. :)
Scott is very athletic and enjoys many sports. He has always loved tennis and I think he was on a team or two in high school or college. But hey I could be just totally making that up. :) I didn't come up with this technique but I had not seen it done on a tennis ball cookie before but I am sure it has, so no I am not claiming that I came up with it first. :)
He also is a number one supporter of his children's soccer. He has coached his children's teams for 15+ years! That is dedication.
And I decided to through in some onion cookies. Why? you are asking? Well, I am not really sharing a specific memory that I have of Scott but instead something that reminds me of Scott...... Yes and that is an onion!
No it is not because he has onion breath but I remember when my sister got engaged to him one of the things we found out about him was that he LOVED onion sandwiches!!
I had never ever heard of an onion sandwich or of someone ever eating one! I believe it is raw onion that he likes. I now could totally be on board for a sauteed onion sandwich but raw, not sure if I would love that. So anyway when I think of things that remind me of my brother in law onion sandwiches is always one... oh and he looks a lot like Tim Allen!
Hope he had a wonderful birthday and that he enjoyed his ONION cookies!!
I am part of a little cookie community and they had a sign up to give cookies to each other on our birthdays. I got to do cookies for Lucky Penny! Her birthday was earlier this week. When you sign up you list things you like, your hobbies, and favorite color.
Her favorite color is purple and even though she warned that purple is a big pain in the but to make I decided I would go for it. I have not made purple much before and believe me it was a big pain in the ..... my dark shade just ended up looking black!
Her favorite flower is a lilac, so this is my version.
I contacted her friend Jill to find out some other details about her than what she had listed and found out that she loves JT (Justin Timberlake) pretty sure that he has a few fans!
Another love is tennis. I decided to give my tennis ball a little textured look like they actually have.
And it was her birthday so of course we needed some cake!
Another gem I learned from her friend was that she was a big fan of the TV show Breaking Bad, I have not seen it but I might just have to check it out to see what all the hype is about.
She is a Cubs fan and yest these are not their colors but I was using a certain color scheme. :)
I sure hope that Penny had the most amazing birthday!!
I saw a temple cookie cutter at Desert Book awhile ago it was a little pricey so I told myself no, but then a few weeks later I succumbed and I had to go buy it!
This was the last cookie I frosted and I ran out of white icing and I didn't want to make some more icing so I just filled the rest of it with gray in the corner and then dragged it out into the white as it turns out it was one of my favorites of the bunch.
I am trying to catch up on the sets I did last month. This is one of those sets. I did some cookies for my nephew Brady's wedding luncheon. It was a nautical theme.
Brady loves the water and the beach so I went with more of a beachy theme. These beach cookies with flip flops have been all over the net this summer because they are so darn cute who could not resist doing them.
I also thought sand castle would be really cute with the monogram flag or their last name.
Some seashells, my sister decorated the luncheon in blue white and tan so I went with that scheme.
In these pictures you can't see the shimmer design on the blue cookies but they were there.
Andie + Brady = Wells! I thought that was cute.
It was fun to make these and the day was a little hot but the wedding, luncheon and reception were very fun and I'm glad our family was able to attend!
I wish Andie and Brady a wonderful, blissful marriage!!