Saturday, May 14, 2016

This Week in Cookies


It has been another busy week! I started by sending cookies to a Marine in Japan as part of the Operation Cookie Takeover program. It is a great program that recruits volunteers from around the country to bake and ship cookies to our troops. I have participated several times, and will continue to do so as a way of thanking those who serve and protect. The next one will be  in the fall.If you are interested ,visit their facebook page for updates. Below is a picture of the box I sent. My assigned Marine will have 6 dozen cookies to share soon!
 
This week I made many cookies for Mother's Day, a Communion, A DIsney Cars birthday party and a Superman  party. Here are some pics of the goodies. This was a platter for a special Mom.

 

Next, I made the favors for a special boy's First Holy Communion.
 

This one was fun. A Disney Cars themed platter. I decided to add character candles for this special 5 year old.
 

My last project for this week was a birthday party for a young boy with a Superman theme. Instead of an "S" cookie, we used his initial , "M."

Now,it is time for some gardening. I will be posting about our garden soon!

Have a sweet weekend!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Keeping Busy!


May is always a busy month. Communions,graduations,Mother's Day, Memorial Day, corporate events  and many showers and weddings! All reasons to celebrate,and what better way to celebrate than with cookies? Here are a few of my latest cookie creations .
   
These cookies were made for a corporate luncheon at Tiffany's celebrating the Tiffany Annual Blue Book Event. They were fun to make, and I love the Tiffany blue color!
 
I made the platter above to help lift the spirits of a local young man. He recently finished basic training and was then diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is a courageous person, and a friend wanted to put a smile on the faces of him and his family, so she asked me to make a patriotic/Navy themed platter. Please keep our friend in your prayers.
 
These cookies were for a lovely lady's bridal shower. Basic white, with a variety of designs.

This platter was a fun one! It was for a couple celebrating over 40 years of marriage. They love wine and sweets, so a wine-themed cookie platter fit the bill.

 Now I am gearing up for the next two weeks. I will be making cookies for a few baby showers, a  Disney's Cars-themed party, Teacher Appreciation Day, a Communion  and of course, Mother's Day!

Have a sweet week!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time to Sign Up for Your Local CSA

  It is time to sign up for your local CSA! Local farms offer a program known as CSA or Community Suppoted Agriculture. When you sign up with your local farm, you receive 20-26 weeks worth of farm fresh fruits and vegetables for an annual fee. The fees can range in price, most falling between $500-1500 per season. Sound like too much? Get together with a friend or another family and split the cost and produce each week!
   Many of the farms offer organics as well as add-on products such as artisanal breads,eggs,meat or fish. If you are lucky ,your farm may deliver right to your door, otherwise they arrange a local pick-up spot each week.
  This is a great way to ensure you and your family are eating healthy,fresh produce while supporting local farmers. The cost helps pay for seeds,fertilizer,equipment and staff. Still too expensive? Don't worry! Many local farms set up weekly farmer's markets in different towns so families are able to purchase what they need within their price range.

Whichever method works best for you and your budget, be sure to check out your neighborhood's local farmer's market. The quality,variety and taste speak for themselves. There is nothing quite like fresh food coming to you directly from a farm, picked earlier that morning and on your plate that day.

Below is a list of CSA programs available throughout Long Island. Visit their websites and see what works best for you! Enjoy the bounty!

www.rusticroots.com (delivers to your home)
www.naturalearthfarmsny.com
www.goldenearthworm.com
www.gardenofeve.com
www.sangleefarms.com
www.amberwavesfarm.com

Another option for weekly orders and pick up(pay as you order) www.ourharvest.com

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vanilla Honey Corn Muffins

One of the many things I love to buy at the local farmer's market is fresh honey. Not the little bear from the supermarket,but the real deal. It may be a bit pricey,but the taste and health benefits cannot be beat. If possible, use the best honey you can find for this recipe,it makes a difference! I love these straight from the oven ,sliced in half, with a touch of butter melting inside. Simple and delicious. Wrap and freeze any leftovers for a quick grab and go breakfast.

Ingredients:
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2c. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
2 eggs
1/2 stick of unsalted butter,melted and cooled
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. honey


- Mix all dry ingredients  in a mixing bowl. Add the butter, then the remaining ingredients,mixing well until everything just comes together.
-Fill muffin cups approximately 2/3 full . Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top and tops spring back when touched.

Makes approximately 12-15 muffins

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring is in the Air!

It has been another busy week in the kitchen!  I 've made many platters for parties and Holy Communions,as well as party favors for different events. I wanted to share a few of them with you!
   The Sesame Street platter above was a lot of fun to make. This one was for a special little boy's second birthday!

  I also had two Communion celebrations!

 

Of course, not a week goes by without birthdays. Here are a few cookie favors , emojis and basketballs.

 

One of my favorites from this week has to be the garden-themed cookies I made for a local fundraiser. The village I live in is starting a sustainability program to beautify the neighborhood! I found great inspiration online and decided to make my version of seed packets , as well as flowers and chickens! Love these!

 
Communions and garden-themed cookies mean spring is here,even if the weather says otherwise. It will be warming up this week,which means I will be back in the garden.I will be sharing some of my new plants with you soon,as well as some of my progress in the garden. Now I am moving on to another platter.Can't wait to share it with you next time! 

Have a sweet day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Busy Baking

I know it has been quite some time since my last post, and I apologize for that, but boy, have I been busy! Lots of baking going on here. Here is a short post to bring you up to speed with what's been happening over the past month.
 



I have been  making many cookie/candy arrangements for friends. Platters for birthdays and fundraisers.
 
   Then St. Patrick's Day arrived.

 

Next ,it was on to Easter .


Making chicks and peep cookies is always fun! Then it was all about chocolate bunnies and cookie platters.

 



 As you can see, I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen!

   I will be back this week with some new recipes for you. I am also looking forward to sharing some plans for the garden this year! Many pictures to share! Check in later this week!

Have a sweet day!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy Holidays!!



Whew! It has been busy in my kitchen! The ovens were working overtime! I wanted to share some of the fun creations I 've been working on. Many,many cookies left my kitchen and became a part of many special celebrations, and for that, I am grateful. Here are a few of the many orders filled this past month.
   

A trio of platters waiting to be wrapped.

Chocolate covered Oreos and truffles! Yum!

Chocolate sleighs wrapped and ready to go.
Gifts for teachers.



Just when I thought I was finished, I baked some more!

 Lollipops for the class parties.

 Lots of platters this month.
 These chocolate candy cottages were one of my favorite projects!
 I enjoyed making these sleighs as well. Each was filled with kisses and a trio of mini sugar cookies.

December was sweet indeed! Now ,I am looking for a bit of down time, then we head right into football season! Chocolate covered Oreos,designed like footballs,of course, will be one of many treats available!

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Have a sweet week!