I made this fun set of luau cookies for a friend of mine hosting a neighborhood party.  I used a new recipe for icing and I really like the way it behaved – I’m not sure if it was the new recipe, or just a good icing icing day, but I’ll take it! The pink was the perfect consistency for writing. IMG_3113 hibiscus pinks on blue plate IMG_3104 luau cookies IMG_3110 hula skirst and shirts better

Not pictured are some mini pineapples, which are harder than they seem – the top gave me lots of issues and I wasn’t satisfied with the way they looked even after three attempts at getting it right.


Girls Weekend at the Beach

One of my husband’s coworkers often sends thoughtful presents for our daughter, so I decided to send her some of my spring cookies.  She and her husband liked them so much that she asked me to do a set for a ladies’ weekend beach getaway.  It was a super rush job, because I was headed out of town the week before her trip.  She originally wanted me to do present cookies for all of her friends, but when I asked her about her trip, I suggested some beachy cookies too. One of her requests was that some of the cookies say “LYLT,” which is short for “love you long time.”

Since it was a rush and the request came on a Sunday, I didn’t have any cutters that I really wanted (like a starfish or flip flop).  I ended up bending my small Easter egg cutter into the shape of a flip flop, a cut off flower for a shell and a heart cutter for a beachy scene.  I really loved the way the heart came out, and think these would be so cute for a lot of different occasions.

The presents gave me fits.  I must have had twenty different attempts at the decorations for those because I wanted it to tie in with the beach theme. The below picture is one of my failed attempts.  I wanted to make it look like shell wrapping paper, but I just couldn’t get it right.  Excuse the poor photo quality!

Another failed gift (below); this one was okay, but still not what I wanted:

I finally settled on these (below) for presents, which is very similar to the inspiration picture our friend showed me.  I didn’t really take a good picture of the presents because I didn’t like them. Maybe next time…