Summer Pool Birthday Party

Summer Pool Birthday Party

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It is hard to believe that my last post was about "Spring cookies" and now we are about to start SUMMER! Although I am NOT a fan of  the 99ÂșF degree temperatures, but I do love the fun in the sun and the laid back feel of the season.

If you like to bake cookies, the summer is not the ideal time for the heat of the oven to combine with the heat that’s outside. But if you are like me who needs to bake cookies all year round, we just need to find out when is the best time to spend several hours in the kitchen most comfortably. For me, that is early in the morning, I prepare my cookie dough the night before and it is ready for me to cut out and bake the cookies the next morning, and one good thing about this weather is that the cookies will dry faster! 


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I made these Summer Pool Party Birthday Cookies a couple of days ago, and I love them, the  pineapples  are so easy to do and they look really cute. I gave them a twist and instead of using regular sanding sugar I used a sweet and sour sugar candy instead, which give a little punch to the cookies that is really tasty.  


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The bamboo wall with the birthday banner and the tropical birds were the inspiration to make some bird cookies, they where my favorite cookies to make, using the pico projector is much easier than the way I used to make this kind of cookie before.  


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 When you are planning to make several cookies for a party, you can make a lot of cookies of the more simple designs and just a few of the more intricate designs. Remember that as soon as you put the cookies on the platter your cookies will start disappearing, so the less effort you pour onto them the better.


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Here are some pictures of the cookies an ideas on how to decorate a Luau or Pool party.


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Love all the decorations, the tropical leaves and the pineapple cookies goes perfectly with the decorations.  Luau Party Set  And the charcuterie board looks so delicious! 


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If you are planning on making some cocktails using a coconut cup is a great idea and I also love the tinsel palm tress! They look so pretty and festive! 


Please follow me on Pinterest  I post a lot of ideas, cookie tutorial  and recipes daily! 

  

Spring cookie decorating

 Spring cookie decorating

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Weather  and scenery is changing where I live and it has been time to start making new cookies and new recipes. 

Texas spring flowers are a great inspiration for my cookies and this time I make some super easy fondant daisies to decorate some cookies.  Using molds to make the flowers is very convenient and quite easy, I posted a video on how to make fondant daisies using this kind of molds and how I decorated the cookies using the flowers. 

Here is the video on how to make fondant daisies



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These little fondant flowers are perfect little details that you can add to your cookies, I used them to decorate this fun hippie van cookie, I think they look super cute and perfect for Spring. 


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You can watch the video on how I cut out this front van cookie using a paper template and also how I decorated the cookie step by step. 

Click here to watch the video



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I hope that this tutorials will inspire you to use fondant flowers to decorate cookies for this upcoming Easter. 



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How to scare the octopus before cooking?

How to scare the octopus before cooking?

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I love octopus!  And not until two years ago I learned how to cook it and  I am surprise how easy is to cook it and not to mentioned how delicious. 

 My husband likes to help me when we cook octopus, he takes care of washing and taking away some parts of the octopus that you don't want to cook, like the ink sack and the eyes. 

Meanwhile he is washing the octopus, I prepare the boiling water  and some bay leaves, olive oil and sea salt on the instapot.   

To scare an octopus (espantar el pulpo😂)  is a process you need to do to have a tender and not rubbery octopus after is cooked.

Octopus is very rich is collagen and if you just boil it,  the contraction of collagen will make the octopus very hard. When you scare the octopus you will be breaking the collagen with drastic changes of temperature, you will be making brief dippings in hot water and after that is ready to cook. 

Here is a video where you can see how to scare the octopus. 


After we did that, I decided to cook it in an instapot. I cook it for 15 min in the pressure cook mode and did a quick release. I take it out of the instapot and let it cool completely.  Then I sliced it in small chunks and set it aside. 

You can cook it for less time, if you like it more al dente or if you are planning on grilling.  You need to check that it reach an interior temperature of 135 ÂșF to be safe for eating. 

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Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache

 Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache

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It is so nice to see how food technology and recipes have evolved over time.  With all the dietary restrictions cooks and bakers have to be creative and experiment with different ingredients to come up with delicious treats for the increasing costumers demands. 

I LOVE  chocolate ganache, it is so delicious and very versatile and this time I decided to give a twist and instead of using cream, I used a different ingredient to make it a Plant Based Chocolate Ganache! 

Here is the video: 



You can also watch a video where I used this ganache to make some Mendiants, a French confection that is very traditional during Christmas season, but I think you can enjoyed them all year round. 


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If you don't love cranberries and hazelnuts you can use any kind of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. 

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Veri Peri tinted royal icing

Veri Peri tinted royal icing


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Today is one of those days that feels perfect to try to experiment with some food color combinations and tint some icing in the new Pantone color of year 2022,  VERI PERI!  Just writing the name of the color gives me joy.   I looked up the information about the color and it is so inspiring what they have to say about the color.   (You can read the full article click HERE )


PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri

A New Pantone Color Whose Courageous Presence Encourages Personal Inventiveness And Creativity.

" Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.


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Super Bowl LVI cookies


Super Bowl LVI  Cookies
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The Super Bowl is always very close to Valentine's Day and since this year it will be on Monday, it would be a very good idea to celebrate it during the weekend. However the Super Bowl is this Sunday, so maybe it is not a very romantic idea to celebrate it watching a football game. But I have learned to value any time I get to spend together with loved ones and so even a date at home watching the game is a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

National Hot Tea Month

 National Hot Tea Month


Tea bags cookies

Learn how to make these cookies HERE

Here in my house since the pandemic started we have the tradition of having a cup to hot tea before going to sleep. 



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 I started making a natural ginger root, garlic, lemon juice infusion sweetened with honey, this sounds maybe not a very traditional tea flavor, but all these ingredients have natural curative properties and I think is very good to strengthen your immune system. In the beginning we found it not very attractive to drink, but later on we started to liking it.  



Now we switch to herbals tea bags, this selection is our favorite. 
Click HERE

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 Only once in a while I make the ginger-garlic infusion, I am just given them a break, LOL


Along with drinking a hot cup of tea, it comes a social interaction, there is something very special of someone preparing a hot cup of tea for you and the part of drinking it together has a lot of value for my family. 


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Tea set cookies

I have made several tea sets cookies, but not until know I came with the idea of making tea bags cookies.  They are super easy to do, and you can have so much fun using different kind of sprinkles and sanding sugars. 


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I bought this paper craft book several years ago and I used some of the cut-outs to make the tea tags. Click Here


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Tea bags cookies

I think this will be a very cute idea to give them as a gift for your tea lovers friends. You can arrange them in a cute box and add some tea bags to go along with it. 


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There are always so many easy ways to express how much you love someone, either preparing a simple cup of hot tea or baking and decorating some delicious cookies. 

I hope that this 2022 you all have a very good year, that after this bumpy start of 2022,  you can put some pink shades on and believe in pink as Audrey Hepburn once said: 

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.’"


And I should add, prettiest girls are the ones that like to bake and give away what they bake!

Have a great week everyone!

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