#TBT...The cookie shop of my dreams.... Part I

Sometimes I forgot all that I have been through to make one of my dreams come true...

I will start sharing all my experiences  in trying to built my little business, I know I still have a long way to go, but I do not like to think it that way...I just focus on what is going on today, try to do my best, take a lot of pictures and then with a lot of patience and dedication,  everything  will fall into place. 


I invite all of you that are reading my blog, to follow your dreams and don't let nothing stop you...but very important...you need to have your eyes and mind wide open and have faith on your prayers, because your dreams may not come true exactly the way you have 
always think or have ask for...you just need to adjust them at time and trends that are going on out there, and really trust that God will lead you in the right direction. 




Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed to have a Cookie Shop, and few years ago I opened the storefront of my Cookie Shop in the  Internet..." The Cookie Couture" on ETSY....I would have never believe that I was going to be selling cookies through a computer and sending cookies to families around the United States...This have been AWESOME!!

And I can tell you that it is a lot of work...setting the store and baking, decorating, taking pictures, packaging, ship costumer services stuff, etc, etc, is almost like a real thing but in a smaller scale.




These cookies are some of the my oldest Christmas designs,  and were some of my first designs with sprinkles, I used metallic edible pearls...this was the begging  of "Mil Grageas"... I remember that when I made them, I was so excited and thought they were Amazing.... one true thing is that after practicing many times a technique you can always improve...also in the pictures... I think I have improved a little....




You learn a lot, and really gives you an idea of what could it be to have a real business, and if now your priority is being a WIFE and a MOM...you can still be a business women, in a small way, and the time will tell you when you are ready for the REAL thing. 

I encourage you to follow your dreams and don't stop believing....research what kind of help is outside to support the developing of small business, put a all your heart on it and   always try to think outside the box to be unique. 


This are some of the cookies that people likes the most of my Etsy shop. 





These baby shower cookies were inspire in the Juicy couture baby girls clothes...they are just too sweet and dainty.




This one is one my first design inspire in a painting that I bought for my daughter's room, from a Mexican artist. 


I love everything Vintage...for this kind of cookies, I bought the edible ink and paper, and make the designs in the computer, print them...it was a lot of fun... I just love this kind of cookies!!



This fairies were inspire in my daughter and her fairy costume, actually this cookie cutter is a cupid, but when I saw it it talk "Fairy" to me.... ; ) 




Ballet has been a big deal in my life...nothing compares to watch my daughter dancing and becoming a beautiful Ballerina....





One of our favorite board games!!! Candy LAND!!!... I have improve in my pictures and the settings.... LOL



I find these cookies just adorable...I




When I saw these cookie cutter, I felt in love!!! Fancy flours' catalogue is always inspiring!!!




When I find out that the mini cookie cutters exist...my heart start pounding like crazy....am I the only crazy cookie here??   This was the my first mini collection .




I love Matryoshka's, and with these cookies, I learn to make my own cookie cutter... I was so  desperate that I could not find it any where, so  I have to sacrifice one of my old cookie cutters and transform it in a Matryoshka cookie cutter...and until last year I saw Matryoshka cookie cutters ..they are so sweet, because they are a set of stackable Matryoshka's.




First time trying to make cookies on a stick...love the colors and THE BOWS!!! I am a BOW lover!!!!





These were the first cookies that I design for an event....Attitudes dance wear in Wichita is the Cutest ballet shop you can ever see... Is like an Anthropologie Ballet shop...you can imagine...every little corner is beautiful....I miss it!!!






When I find this cookie cutter set al hobby lobby....my heart pounded like crazy again....





I think I am a trendsetter in my cookies....but for these cookies I have to follow the CUPCAKE CRAZE trend and off course made some Cupcake cookies...is this too much?? no I do not think so...





One of my favorite craft magazines is Living by Martha Stewart....always a fountain of inspiration....this cookies were inspire in the spider web skirt from her Catalogue....she is just Awesome!!!





One of the things that I miss the most of my country...are  the Nativities.... people put a lot of effort putting everything them together... my mom's is always the sweetest!!!



One of my favorite childhood movies, is Alice in Wonderland...not so much because of the story...because I still do not understand it very well... what I love are all the colors and characters.... I use a lot of different cookie cutters to be able to make this set of cookies. 




Every time we go to see "The nutcracker"... I get so inspire!! I just want to go home and start baking and decorate cookies, my daughter just get out of the theater and start twirling and dancing...like a little girl...well she will always be my little girl.


 I think this simple set of cookies,  has give me the more satisfaction ever, being able to help people  to let their love ones know that they care for them is  priceless. 

I encourage you to follow your dreams and don't stop believing....research what kind of help is outside to support the developing of small business, put a all your heart on it and   always try to think outside the box to be unique. 


My profile picture on Etsy.




Thanksgiving place card cookies

Thanksgiving cookies ideas/Galletas para el día de acción de gracias/Thanksgiving table decor/thanksgiving place cards

Multitasking my  decorated cookies
is one of my favorite things,  I think if you spend some time decorating them, you should use them for one more reason that  just satisfy your sweet tooth. 

I really like "Thanksgiving", I think is very important to stop for a little while and count all the blessing we have receive through the year...I know sometimes  in life not everything  is like cookies and icing, but rather to focus on the negative stuff we should focus and count all our blessings. 

This is a very simple design, and I know it will look so cute on your thanksgiving  table setting. 


Grageas de Halloween/ Halloween Sprinkles

Como hacer tus mezclas de sprinkles/ How to make your own mixed sprinkles

Desde que estaba chiquita me encantaba disfrazarme y mi mama siempre me hacia mis disfraces para el Kinder y para la escuela, me acuerdo mucho de un vestidito negro con estrellitas de papel doradas.... me sentía soñada.  

Como me encantaria tener fotos, las voy a buscar y se las compartiré cuando las encuentre.

Como ya han visto casi siempre me gusta agregar un toque especial a mis galletas decoradas con grageas o sprinkles. 

Una de las grageas que mas me gustan son

How to build a gingerbread house

I shared with you the recipe of the gingerbread cookies using speculoos spice to give it a twist to the traditional recipe, few weeks ago. Click here 

I hope that you have had the chance to practice it and now you are ready to design and build your gingerbread house




I did not grow up with this tradition at home, but I remember reading the story of the "gingerbread boy" and Hansel and Gretel and always dream about Candy houses...they are just to pretty!! 

 I am sharing how fun it is to build this sweet treat with your kids. My daughter and I always want it to make one from scratch.

This activity can take a few days to finish , so it is great to make it during a school break, snow days, or during Christmas Holidays.

For this project you will need:

* Gingerbread cookies with a twist recipe, click here
*  Gingerbread house cookie cutter 
*  Firm royal icing, click here
*  Pastry bag, coupler and decorating tip # 2 and 3
*  Assorted sprinkles
*  Gummies and  mini chewy sweetarts
*  Coffee filters
*  Baking trays 
*  Cooling raks

Melting Witch Decorated Cookie

Green Witch cookie, Wizard of Oz Cookies

For this  super fun halloween decorated cookie idea
 you will need the next ingredients and materials.

* 4-5 in circle cookie
* Square marshmallow
* ice cream cone
*  Maria Cookie
*  Royal icing
*  Americolor in black, electric green and avocado
* Royal icing eyes
*  Circle cutter






PROCEDURE:

1.-  Cut out your cookie, bake it and let it cool. Here is the link for the recipe I used, HERE

2.-  Prepare fluid royal icing.Click here

3.-  For the green royal icing you need to add equal parts of avocado green and electric green Americolor food coloring, mix it and put it in a seal tight container. 

4.-  Tinted some black royal icing and put it in a seal tight container too. 

5.-  Break down the ice cream cone and just use the bottom part, like 2.5 in tall. 

6.-  Cut out a marshmallow circle using a cookie cutter. 

7.-  Flood the circle cookie cutter with black icing (1) and then dip the marshmallow in the green icing a put it over the flooded cookie; repeat the same thing with the maria cookie (2) and the ice cream cone (3) and place them one over the other as it shows in the collage.




8.-  Using the wet on wet technique HERE put some lines of the green icing over the cookie as show in the pictures, let it dry for 5 minutes.






9.-  Put the eyes, the nose and the hands (4)




You can add some more fun to the cookie if you want, like a ruffle on the hat.



I really like this cookie, is fun and I bet the kids and the grown ups will enjoy it as well!!!
















I am MELTING!!!!!




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Papel picado para el dia de los muertos

Una de las cosas que mas extraño de mi país son sus colores y sus artesanías. Cuando decoras con papel picado siempre das un toque festivo y muy alegre. 

Se me ocurrió hacer unas galletas que parezcan papel picado para acompañar unas galletas de calaveritas de azúcar para el día de muertos, espero te gusten.


Utilice un cortador de cuadro de 3 in para cortar las galletas y utilice la receta de galletas de limon. Puedes ver la receta en este link: RECETA

Prepare el royal icing tambien con un toque de jugo de limon para acentuar el sabor.  Click aqui para la receta completa del royal icing.

Dilui un poco de icing para rellenar las galletas y le puse unas gotas de Americolor blanco y las deje secar por 8 horas. 


Itsy bitsy araña... Galleta decorada de araña utilizando una aplicación de glaseado real (royal icing transfer)

Royal icing transfers for cookie decorating, Spider cookie
Me gusta mucho esta técnica de hacer aplicaciones de glaseado real: "transfers de royal icing", cuando tengo que hacer muchas galletas decoradas

 iguales  para algún evento, me gusta que todas las galletas estén casi iguales...digo casi, porque es realmente imposible que queden todas igualitas, pero esta técnica me ha ayudado mucho y espero que a ti también. 





Para esto necesitas lo siguiente:

*  Papel pergamino (parchment paper) 
* Diseño o dibujo de araña
*  Royal icing de consistencia media
*  Americolor en color negro
*  Manga pastelera, cople y duya #1.5
*  Galleta decorada de color blanco



PROCEDIMIENTO:

1.-  Dibujar tu araña en una hoja de papel y poner encima el papel pergamino. 



2.-  Preparar la manga pastelera con royal icing  de consistencia media de color negro con una duya #1.5.

3.-  En un recipiente diluir un poco del icing negro a que quede a una consistencia fluida, poner en un recipiente tapado. Tambien diluir un poco de icing en color natural para los ojos, este icing no debe de quedar tan diluido. 



4.-  Utilizando tu duya como si fuera un lápiz trazar la silueta de la araña y rellenarla con el icing fluido.



Se me ocurrió hacer las patas de la araña, pero verán que no fue muy buena idea. **





5.- Ya que este un poco seco el cuerpo de la araña poner los ojos utilizando la técnica de los palillos y dejar secar. Para ver esa técnica click aquí




Dejar secar por 4-6 horas.






6.-  Cuadno este completamente seca y tengas tu galleta lista, poner un poco de icing en el transfer y pegarlo en tu galleta con mucho cuidado. 

**  Las patas obviamente se rompieron pero no importa, las podemos hacer sobre la galleta.












En la parte superior de la galleta hice una telaaraña y marque unos puntitos por todo el borde de la galleta.






7.-  Poner una bolita en el centro del ojo de la araña y si quieres una boquita también. 





Puedes usar estas arañas para decorar cupcakes o pastelitos también.

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