Monday, April 26, 2010

All's Fair in Love and Cookies

Those were words said by Stevo (my bro-in-law) to my dad this weekend.  My parent's came up and I told my father not to expect any cookies because of my huge order that I've got for this week.  But, of course, we have cookies laying around the house.  Some leftover Easter eggs and a few Masters cookies were still hanging out.  That was enough to satisify my father's Sweet B tooth.  (Because they're still good after 2 weeks!)  And so, at the end of their visit, when we were all goodbye-ing, my dad appologized to Stevo for eating all his Sweet B cookies.  Stevo said, "All's fair in love and cookies."  I loved it.  Almost as much as when a friend of mine told me not to forget to "Stop and smell the cookies."  Maybe I've gone a little overboard and need to start smelling something other than cookies when people start putting cookie euphemisms in my everyday conversations and I'm ammused by them.  Oh, well.  Maybe I need one of those bumper stickers that says, "Eat. Sleep. Cookies."  Nah.  Even though I'm pretty sure that's how my upcoming week will play out. 
But I am going to show you some of the cookies I've done over the past 2 weeks.  They all happen to be tiles and for a few different occassions. 
These were for a friend who wanted to congratulate her brother and fam when they found out they're having another baby or "little peanut."
I did some birthday cookies and thank you cookies (for 2 different people) in Kentucky blue - an iconic color in collegiate sports.  It turned out pretty, but not as pretty as those UK helmets.  (Don't worry, I'm not cheating on my Dawgs, I just love that blue.  But of course, there's nothing more beautiful than red and black on a green football field!)
I was finally able to do a black and white combo for a freind's thank you cookies.  They turned out so classy looking. 
I also realized that I could doodle on cookies even if they weren't Easter eggs!  Not sure why it took me so long. 
And finally, new baby cookies.  In pink and brown.  Love the color combo!
I love that my cookies are helping others celebrate in different ways (and states!). 

Well, for next weekend, I'm doing tea cup cookies for a high tea fundraiser for Sound Choices Pregnancy Center.  I've got 389 cookies baked - it's been a long day.  And now for a long week of icing.  I'll let you know if I survive.  Until then, happy icing to me!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day - Plant a Tree, Eat a Cookie

So, I think on Earth Day, everyone has a green thumb - like everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day.  See. 
Now, before you get to amped up about me jumping on the "green" wagon because of my special Earth Day post, let me explain. I'm not a radical.  But I do believe in conservation.  I recycle because it makes me feel like I'm helping out for the future.  (Don't want the earth to end up like in Wall-E.)  I use re-usable bags when grocery shopping - mainly because they're so much easier to carry.  The boxes I package my cakes and cookies in are recyclable.  When I go on walks, if I see trash and it's not too yucky, I'll pick it up.  And probably my favorite way I conserve is my fuel efficient Honda Fit.  I love it! 
But now, let's get down to the real reason I'm doing a special Earth Day post.  To show you these -
I actually made these a coupla weeks ago for my friend Joanna's birthday.  The icing isn't the super smooth icing I usually use, which I think adds texture to the trees.
I searched high and low in my sister's house for something "organic" to display the cookies on for their photo shoot.  All I could come up with was a plastic plate shaped like a flower and a bamboo tray.  Oh, and one of my terra cotta pots.  What can I say.  My older sister isn't exactly the "organic" type.  (She'll probably fuss at me for saying that.  I think she thinks I make her sound not-so-smart when it comes to creative things on my blog.  But let me just take the time right now to say - I wouldn't be where I am in this Sweet B's endeavor without her love and support and the use of her kitchen.  She is such a constant encouragement to me and I appreciate all of her input - she's my business consultant, you know.  Woah, didn't realize this was going to be Sister Appreciation post, too!)
Enough of that mushy love stuff and back to the cookies -
Here they are in their natural habitat.  Tee-hee.
If you know anything about me, you know I love trees...
So, if I were a cookie, I'm pretty sure this is what I would look like.
So, Happy Earth Day, Sweet B's style!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cute As a Button...Cookie!

Yup!  I love having cute names for my cookies.  I have my cookie tiles (squares), my cookie medallions (circles), and I have my cookie buttons (mini-circles)!  They're bite-sized, nougats of cookies goodness.  I made them last week for the Masters crew to supplement the larger, more complicated ones.  Everyone said they liked the size because they didn't feel guilty for eating a huge cookie.  (Of course, they sat there and ate about 5 button cookies, but, hey, whatever helps them sleep at night.)  My sister first said they looked like buttons when I made them as sampler cookies
I made a bunch of them.  I know that the smaller they are, the faster they go.
My 6 year-old niece walked in and saw these still on the cookie sheet and said, "Awwww!"  She thought they were cute-as-a-button, too.
And of course, I had to take it a step further.  And I made them actually look like buttons.  And then I made my cute-as-a-button, 1 year-old niece (who is my newest addict) enjoy my button cookies!
(And now the rest of the pictures are just me being an aunt showing off how cute my niece is!)

I know she looks like she's been eating some Sweet B's cookies for some time now, but I promise, her first one wasn't until Easter!  But she's hooked now!
Love her, love the cookie buttons, and if you're reading this - I love you!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Welcome To Augusta, Y'all!

So, I've lived in Augusta for almost a year.  Up until now, it has felt eerily like Columbus (where I moved from and lived most of my life).  The cities are very similar.  They are about the same size.  They are both on a river that is the state boarder, so they both have Riverwalks.  They both have Army bases near them (although, Ft. Gordan isn't nearly as big as Ft. Benning).  And the downtowns look like they were designed by the same architect.  It even has that small town feel.  My sister can't go anywhere without seeing someone she knows.  (It's almost like that for me too, and I don't know that many people yet!) 
But this time of year, there's a feeling that I never got in Columbus.  Springtime is a time of awakening for most parts of the South.  Where everything starts "greening out" as my sweet Granny used to say and getting covered in pollen.  But in this town, it's different.  There's an electircity in the air that starts to charge.  And I've noticed some unusual happenings around town. 
For starters, driving through the neighboorhood these days, I've notice so many people having work done to their houses - getting it painted, new roofs, shutters off being re-painted, major yard work, on houses that didn't look they needed it to me.  
And then I started seeing tents pop up along Washington Road.  You know, like tail-gaiting tents, with signs that said stuff like "Practice round tickets, buy or sell".  There are these guys just sitting there, in lawn chairs.  During the middle of the week even!  Don't these guys have jobs?!
Not long after, I started seeing these out in front of businesses.
What on earth?  I saw one sitting outside a church and thought "Are they selling it?  Raffling it?  Just showing it off?"  But there weren't any signs saying any of that.  Then I learned that the golf cart itself was the sign.  Just to say, "Hey, golfers!  We support you!"  It's a thing that Club Car does in support of the season.

Then, there's all the talk about the azaleas.  Yup.  Flowers.  Will they bloom in time?!  Oh no, what are we going to do if the azaleas aren't out?!  Can the tournament go on if the azaleas aren't out?!  Yes, yes, it can.  Because evidently, behind the big huge wall of vines that hides this place called the Augusta National, they can control the weather.  They have some sort of pact with God or voodoo they can put on the green bushes and make them bloom - magically.  So, no worries.  The backdrop behind the golfers will be as beautiful as ever.  But what about the rest of us?  We want the azaleas in our front yard to bloom too!!  I guess we'll just have to wait on Mother Nature like the rest of world.  But I think they'll make it out, just in time.

And so, if I haven't clued into what's going on around here yet - there's a ton of these to remind me.

So, I've learned that where Columbus has several claims to fame - Aflac's worlwide headquarters, TSYS, and the city where Coca-Cola was first formulated.  Augusta - has the Masters.  And they are extremely proud of that.  It's a state of mind or even way of life around here.  People eat, sleep and breath golf.
So, if you're in Augusta this time of year, you can feel the excitment and energy building in the atmosphere.  (Or dread and despise for some of the locals, I'm sure.  I've heard traffic gets ridiculous!) 
The spring-spruce elves have made an appearance around this house too in preparation for the guests that will begin arriving Tuesday night. 
And of course, Sweet B has been busy baking some special treats for the West Virginia crew!
I even impressed my brother-in-law with my icing skills on these. 

My niece and I made this Lusciously Lemon cake and a few dozen chocolate chip cookies today.  She is such a big help!! (More to come on that later!)

Any excuse for sweets and Sweet B is there!!
So, now that Sweet B has made lots of treats for family and friends, she is taking the week off to enjoy this thing they call the Masters!  Maybe I'll figure out what all the hype is about and I might even get to go!!  (I've been practicing my golf clap.) 
If you're not into golfing, this post might have bored you a bit (and if it did, you probably don't live in Augusta).  Sorry.  But Sweet B will be back to baking fun and creative treats soon! 
Until then, Happy Masters - let's get golfing!