Friday, July 29, 2011

Seriously, how cute is this?

Occassionally my mother in law finds something I didn't know I just absolutely had to have until she gives it to me. Now I have to admit that my chihuahua Bella is her favorite out of all of our dogs...and what can I say... Bella has won a photo contest for most adorable (thanks to her other grandma...she's a popular girl!). Anyway, every girl needs a great and stylish suitcase...especially if the most thing you need is your own stylish doggie dishes! LOL...ha .. LOVE IT!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Cookie Mania Month...

So I've been a little busy in the kitchen...and I still have a cake to finish! :)

These cookies are for the cake...the cake is for a tomato farmer...

Monday, July 25, 2011

What they DON'T mention about Horse Show Judging

For the last 3 or so years, I have embarked on a new adventure...the adventure of Horse Show Judging. Now it's mostly just open shows and the county fairs (I am not what is considered a "carded" judge, so I can't judge breed shows), but here's what they don't tell you when you first start judging.
One of the perks of judging is that you're like the bride and her wedding, they can't start without you and you've got people running around seeing after you (do you need a water? what do you think about this? Should we do that?)'s fabulous...really...makes one feel VERY important.
But also being the bride, err judge, is that you can't make everyone happy all the time, like 4-H parents. Boy they can come on with a vengence if they feel their child was "wronged", and usually the parents of the unjustly "wronged" child are ususally the most clueless ones of all and want to argue about the most trivial things, when in all reality, had they read the RULE BOOK they wouldn't be arguing with the judge in the first place. These are also the parents that wonder WHY you don't have eyes in the back of the head to see one of the winners that had a mistake behind your back!
They also don't tell you...the show NEVER EVER starts on time...doesn't matter if the judge arrives 1 hour or 10 minutes prior...the show is at least ALWAYS 10 minutes behind schedule!
The judge has the extreme power of making a show go quickly or dragging it on (for what seems like days to some).
The judge also is taking their life into their own hands...don't believe me? Try standing in the arena with 20 out of control 4-Hr's running their horses almost on top of you (and then TRY to place the class).
They also don't tell you that it's not as hot as you'd think...and time passes's midnight already? really?
Most of the time you are up as early or earlier than the exhibitors to arrive (they usually hire "semi" local 1 to 2 hours away)
Yeah, judging has some pitfalls, trials and tribulations...I still like it...must be all that "power"...ha!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Barbie Cake and Cookies to match!

Got an order from a friend for a Barbie and what little girl doesn't LOVE Barbie? I loved mine when I was a child, although I found them frustrating because they couldn't straddle my Breyer horses...Barbie was always askew! LOL The fondant roses are covering a major seam...although I think it added a nice touch... I also glittered the whole cake with edible glitter. The cake is chocolate with white buttercream.

And here are the cookies to go with the cake... I was told pink, purple and zebra striped. So I did purses, shoes, lipstick, nail polish bottles, sunglasses, birthday cakes, balloons and a few funky flowers... hope they love it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cookie Creations

The word has spread...and I'm getting more and more orders for sugar cookies...and cakes too... here are a few of my latest "batches"

Cookies for a bridal shower....
Cookies for a graduation (they wanted a "princess" theme)...loved writing her name...all those loopes! It was my understanding that the graduate guarded the cookies so she could have some later...LOL... apparently she didn't guard heavily enough...they were all gone!

I was talking with my mom on the phone the other day... and we were discussing "diet" issues... and she said to me, "I'm surprised you have to watch your weight as active as you are"... LOL.. well, I DO have to sample EACH BATCH of cookies that goes out of here...LOL... Too bad they don't make calorie free butter and sugar....mmmmmm.... makes me yearn for a cookie...LOL