Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer 2011!
Cookies, Holiday Collections, Miscellaneous

I’m so excited to share that we are participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer for the first time this year!  If you haven’t yet heard of Boston Bakes it’s an amazing organization which orchestrates a week of fundraising for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by having local bakeries & restaurants create special desserts. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these desserts go to Dana-Farber at the end of the week.

For our special Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer dessert I have designed a 6 cookie gift pack consisting of a flower pot cookie, a seed packet cookie, a large heat with the “Boston Bakes” swirl logo, and 3 mini heart cookies.  The cookies come packaged in a white pillow box finished with hot pink satin ribbon.  Each gift box is $15 and can be shipped anywhere within the United States.  Shipping to New England/NY is $6 for the first gift box and $1 for each additional box headed to the same address.  These are perfect little gifts for Mother’s Day that are not only a sweet treat but also support a great cause!!

Please call us at (413) 237-5513 or email at jennifer@cookiecreatives.com to place your order!  These gift boxes will only be available from May 2nd to May 8th.  Also, don’t forget to check out the Boston Bakes website to see some of the other amazing desserts being offered!

A quick note: We are also able to accept donations for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Please make your check payable to  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and send to:  Cookie Creatives, 2133 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095.

 

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1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, and Cakes!
Cookies, Design Inspiration, Mentions, Miscellaneous

Since it’s now October I have some exciting news to share to start the week off!  Last fall I was asked if I would like to have several pictures of my cookies included in the soon to be released 1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, & Cakes.  Of course I said yes!  It’s slated for release in November 2010 and you can pre-order it on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a discounted price.  In fact, if you click on the “Look Inside” button in the Amazon listing (if you’re logged in you can see an extended preview) you might actually recognize a few cookie pictures as you scroll through the pages…very neat!!  I can’t wait to get my copy and see all of the amazing desserts created by other decorators!

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Spring Swap!
Miscellaneous

I recently participated in my first blog “swap” over on the A Dozen Eggs Blog, which is a fun activity where people sign up and are then paired up with a partner.  There are rules such as you must each spend $25 (not including shipping) and usually a theme for the swap.   You have to email your partner and get to know them so that you can make & purchase items that they will enjoy.  The theme for this swap was “Sweet Spring Swap” and I was lucky enough to get Tracy as a partner.  It was so much fun to meet someone new and learn a bit about her life!  Yesterday when I got home from work a wonderful package was waiting for me with SO many awesome things inside…it felt like Christmas!!  Below are some pictures of my gifts, sorry that they’re a bit blurry but I took them with my phone because I forgot my camera at the shop…

Here’s a picture of everything inside the box, as you can see it’s a ton of  cool items!!

Some close-ups…fun cupcake decorating sprinkles and wrappers along with a beautiful “Spring” kitchen towel and mini silicon spatula.

An almond bath bar and some cute wax tarts which smell like different baked goods…yum!  I love things that make the house smell like I’ve been baking!

A chocolate bunny (I love chocolate :) , “J” initial tissues, and a pretty pink ornament that I’m going to hang in my shop.

Some cute “Spring” flower pots and coasters that Tracy made along with some delicious looking homemade jam.

As you can see I really made out!  Thank you SO much Tracy!!  I loved everything and it was so nice to get to know you a bit!  I hope that we can stay in touch!

Here’s a picture of the package I sent to Tracy.  You can check out her blog  to see what was inside and also to get her know her a bit :)  

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Mentions
Mentions, Miscellaneous

We’ve been mentioned a few times recently around the web and I thought that I’d share some of the links.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I get when I find out that someone has decided to write about us or mention us on their website or blog!  It’s so rewarding see my work being shared with different audiences who may not have come across my site on their own.  I want to say a huge “THANK YOU!!” to everyone who mentioned us recently…it definitely made my week!!

Two Friday’s ago we had the honor of being the “Fabulous Friday Find” on the So Chic Events Blog!  Shelby is the amazing Planner/Designer behind So Chic Events, a Massachusetts based Event Planning company and writes a great blog with ideas and tips to help you through the planning process.  You can also check out some of her work on the my Kate Parker Wedding site since she is a fellow member!

Recently, I found out that some of my cookies along with a few of Michelle Bohigian’s cakes (Something Sweet by Michelle) had been featured on the eInvites Blog, eInvite’s Insights.  I met Michelle May, one of the talented designers behind eInvite, at a wedding tasting party we did at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester, MA.  I was thrilled when she contacted me to ask if she could use some pictures for a very cool project that she was designing…I can’t wait to hopefully share some pictures of what she has done!  You can also check out her design blog at Festival Creative.

As I’ve mentioned before, we are a member of the new and very neat wedding website, my Kate Parker Wedding.  Earlier this week Kate posted a Vendor Tour video of our company on YouTube.  Very Cool!  Be sure to check it out along with the my Kate Parker Wedding YouTube Channel, where there are some other great vendor tours and some tips from Kate herself.

A few weeks ago on Style Me Pretty, the winners for the Deserving Couple Contest put on by the wonderful Jessica of Jessica’s Country Flowers, were announced.  Jessica is SO amazing to do this for these couples and I am thrilled to be a part of both 2011 weddings and one of the 2010 weddings.   I can’t wait to work with the fabulous group of vendors that she has put together as well as the wonderful couples involved!

It was very neat to find out that one of my cookie images had not only made it into an inspiration board put together by Kate Parker of my Kate Parker Wedding, but also that the board was featured on The Wedding Chicks!!  The board was titled Black and White with Hues of Blue: Vintage Inspiration.  Check it out for some pretty vintage inspiration and to see which cookies were part of it! 

I was excited when I received an email last Monday morning from Stephanie of Starry Night Design Studio, letting me know that she had mentioned my cookies on her blog!  Stephanie does the most amazing hand painted aisle runners and also does coordinating accessories to match. Check out some of her work and also her blog which has lots of great ideas and inspiration! 

Thanks again to everyone for the mentions and I hope that I get to return the favor soon!!

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Some Pictures of Cheese!!
Miscellaneous, Restaurants

I finally had a chance yesterday to take all of the pictures from the last month off of my camera so that I could start sorting/sharing them.  I thought that a fun place to start would be with one of my recent (delicious) hobbies which is tasting/leaning about different cheeses… 

A few weeks ago as part of our birthday celebrations we decided to go to a class at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge (which is one of my favorite stores!!).  The class was called “The Perfect Pair” in honor of Valentine’s Day and was all about pairings of wine/beer with cheeses as well as some other accompaniments.  It was fun and I learned some things about pairing, the most important of which was to experiment and see what you like together.  Since we had decided not to go out for our birthday because Valentine’s Day can be a bit crazy at restaurants, we went back to Formaggio the day after the class and purchased some cheeses and wine for our birthday dinner at home…   

Stichelton - This was one of the cheeses that we tasted during the class.  It is a cow’s milk blue cheese made in England and it has a strong flavor.  I enjoyed the combination of the Stichelton and a piece of crusty baguette.

Selles sur Cher - This was a fresh goat cheese from the Loire region of France.  It is ash covered and has a delicious creamy texture and fresh flavor.  I used it in a beet & orange salad the next day and it was the perfect complement to the citrus.

Mil Ovejas - This was another cheese which we had tried at the class.  It is a sheep’s milk from spain and I was very intrigued by its texture.  Initially it seems like a hard cheese, but it turns smooth and creamy as you chew it.

 

Reypenaer V.S.O.P. - This is an aged Gouda from The Netherlands and is probably one of my favorite cheeses ever.  It is a firm cheese with a fruity, caramel flavor and calcifications throughout.  I actually prefer to eat this cheese by itself as opposed to with a slice of baguette because I enjoy the smooth flavor so much.

To finish off our plate we had crusty baguette slices, Serrano Ham (Jamon Serrano, hand-boned – sliced), and some balsamic vinegar.  We purchased a sparkling wine, Tissot Cremant du Jura, to accompany our dinner and I found that it was a bit dry which was a nice contrast to the many different flavors on our plate.  Also, it was a beautiful pink color which I couldn’t resist!!

 

If you live in the Boston/Cambridge area and have never been to Formaggio Kitchen, it is definitely worth the trip!  I could spend hours there browsing all of the amazing artisan products that they have collected from around the world.  I have such a long list of items that I want to try!!

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