Yenta Mamas Go Global … Sort of …

Admittedly best laid plans tend backfire and that’s exactly what happened with this idea I really wanted to do for Teacher Appreciation Week at my daughters’ school. The school is designated as an IB World school, part of the International Baccalaureate Programme and for a while now I wanted to do “thank you” message cookies in different languages. So I knew what I wanted to do, but when the blessed week arrived, my girls were sick! Thankfully they rebounded pretty quickly and I was able to bake the cookies, but … by that time, I was faced with another problem … my comrade in arms, Elaine, who does the icing (while I mix and play with colors) had two sick children on her hands!
Well, what do they say : “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” (Or something like that). So braced with the idea of icing these bad boys myself while Elaine was holed up the Peds office, I dashed off to Wal-Mart and purchased everything I needed … I even found a hot, hot, hot pink food coloring we didn’t have (I can’t say how excited I get over icing colors, Elaine can attest to it, and let me say, this hot pink made me as giddy as a schoolgirl)!
So happy was I was with my purchases, I picked the girls up at school and promptly got to work while they did the balance of their homework. And so here I was, smiling from ear to ear - gushing over the perfection of the piping consistency I had achieved - my euphoric mood brightening even more with that hot, hot, hot pink … sigh …
And then it hit me … I was missing one very key piece of equipment! And though small, it was very important. A coupler, this tiny piece of plastic used to attach and keep the icing tip in place. So now, I think to myself … go back out to Wal-Mart (with two children shooting daggers at me) or try to make due. I telephoned Elaine and we chatted about what to do. In the end, I decided to push the icing tip through the corner of the Zip-Loc, then put the small little icing bag into said Zip-Loc and got to work with my shaky, rather unqualified hand.
The result is below and it isn’t all that pretty … certainly not our best work … but I guess what I have to remember is … it takes a lot of talents to make the world go around and though I’m not sure of mine just yet, I’m confident in one thing: we make a damn good cookie! So, crazy week and lack-luster icing job aside, I can rest comfortably tonight knowing that my daughters’ esteemed teachers  will at least have a tasty treat at the Staff Appreciation Luncheon tomorrow! –April

Yenta Mamas go Bi-Lingual…

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve obviously had our share of fun, but none more than these Spanish messages for our friend, “Amigas Siempre” (Friends Forever) and “Besos Enid” (Kisses Enid), of course paired with some big, red sparkly lips … just one of the many ways to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day”!

Ladies Who Lunch

“Ladies Who Lunch” is women’s luncheon held at Temple Solel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea that benefits our kids’ preschool.  We have helped plan this event for the last four years (luckily someone else is in charge this year) and this year we decided to donate cookie favor for each attendee.  The colors we used were inspired by Elum Designs beautiful invitation they generously donated!  We hope everyone enjoys the event!

 

Super Bowl Fun

I must admit that I am not much of a football fan! My husband is a Wisconsin Badger fan so I mostly end up watching college football every Saturday.  But, give me a reason to make cool cookies and I will watch football any day.

A few of my friends are HUGE Giants fans and we were going to a Super Bowl party, so we decided to mix up some Super Bowl Themed Cookies.  It started with our “Super Bowl” message cookie and then we made some footballs and to top it off…some amazing football fields, complete with sidelines of roaring crowds. Enjoy! –EW

Thank You’s

A simple way to say thanks for coming! Who doesn’t love a sweet ending?