Let Your Icing Flow- How to Unclog Icing Tips

Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow!

I sometimes get in such a zone decorating that I leave my icing tip exposed to the air. We all know what that does! It clogs the end of the tip and you can squeeze until your veins pop but no icing will come out. I have squeezed so hard that I busted the icing bag! What a mess! It was the newer Wilton bags that spring leaks if you look at them wrong but more on that later!

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You’ve Got Mail

I love the movie “You’ve Got Mail!” It is a cute love story and I cry at the end every time I watch it! It makes me happy to curl up on the couch with my favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and just get lost in New York City with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

I don’t sit and watch my computer waiting for it to say, “You’ve Got Mail” but I do watch the mailbox when I order supplies from my favorite stores. I get so excited I feel like it is Christmas. Did I mention I live in the middle of nowhere? It takes me almost all day to go to the city to get supplies. I love where I live so don’t get me wrong but it is nice to have something delivered to you mailbox. Did I mention my mailbox is almost 2 miles away from my house? Even the mailman doesn’t know where I live but he leaves me packages like these:

I ordered stuff from Simply Caked and Off the Beaten Path this week and it has already arrived! Do you want to see my loot? I am so EXCITED!!!!

Lets start with the big box first!

The anticipation is killing me! I know what I ordered but I am positively giddy right now!

Yes! Here it is! Oh how I want to play with all of you right now!

There is my Eiffel Tower, golf flag and bag, rooster, tie, lightening bolt, grill, fishing rod, caterpillar, snail, turtle, and my little piggies! I like ordering from Off the Beaten Path because they are always professional and my packages arrive very fast. They also have a great selection of cutters and cookie stuff! It was the first place I ever ordered cutter from online. They are so NICE!!

Now for box number 2!

I also ordered from Simply Caked. Want to see what is inside? Me too!

Aren’t they pretty? Wait, lets get a better look.

I am a happy little baker right now! Grease proof cupcake liners! That is right ladies and gentlemen! I can bake cupcakes and muffins and my papers will not get all greasy and nasty! They have so many colors to chose from! It is times like this I wish I could buy the world a package of cupcake liners in every color! Seriously, there would be no more war because who can be unhappy when eating a cupcake in a pretty liner like these? Once you use them you will never buy them from the grocery store again!

Wait, there is more! Want to know one of my all time favorite things I have got in my mailbox? Ok, here it is!

An airbrush gun from Karen’s Cookies! It is officially called an Pegasus Professional Airbrush System! I can do so much with it and it saves me so much time and food coloring! I can’t wait to show you what this bad boy can do! I am going to add a post on that soon! I love ordering from Karen. Her and her husband Mike are so nice! It is like ordering from your neighbor! And she has a blog and decorating videos on her blog like this one! It has changed the way people everywhere fill their icing bags!

I hope you like mail as much as I do. It can really brighten my day and get my creativity flowing. Once I open the box I start dreaming of ways to use my new toys!

Do something nice for yourself and log on to one of these great cookie and cupcake suppliers and have a little joy delivered to your door! What’s that? You want a discount? Well ok! They are so nice they will give you one just because they love ya!

DISCOUNTS!!!

Karen’s Cookies- 20 %  off your order if you use the code bearfoot20 through March 25th

Simply Caked-10 %  off you entire order if you use code: Liners10

Off The Beaten Path-29% your order through 2-29-12 use the code FB29

PS- I paid for all the supplies above myself. I am sharing this with you because these are some of the places I shop and have received excellent products and excellent customer service. The opinions above are my own.

Happy Creating,

My Favorite Icing Bowl

I know you will probably think I am obsessive when you read this. Well, I am!  I have 2 identical bowls I use for mixing my icing colors and I have convinced myself that I can’t make the right consistency of icing without them. I do not use them for anything else. They are for ICING ONLY!! Can you guess which bowl is my favorite?

I am not going to tell you which one it is until the end of this post!

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Cookie Bag Topper Tutorial

Growing up, I was never a “girly girl” because I was to busy fishing, climbing trees, riding my bike, and playing football. I liked to catch bugs and watch them for a few hours and set them free. I never played with anything that had a bow until now. On this cookie journey, I need to be a bit of a  “girly girl” when it comes to packaging cookies. Let’s face it, presentation is everything. Placing cookies in bags with a cute cookie bag topper is so simple that even this tomoby can do it.

Cookie Bag Topper Tutorial www.thebearfootbaker.com

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What will it BEE?

I want to share something exciting with you. I am going to become a grandma in June! I am so excited!! Chase is my oldest son and a few years ago, he fell in love with Anne. I can see why he did because she is amazing! Then, they got married! One day, a few months ago, Chase and Anne were at our house. We were all in the living room and Chase came in and sat down on the couch by his beautiful wife and said,”Hey, we are going to have a kid!” WHAT??? That is how you told me??? It was like he was asking me to pass the remote to him. Anne looked at him and said, “That’s how you are telling them?” (See why I like her?)  He was so excited that he blurted it out! Anyway, they went to the doctor this week to find out what is was going to be. Want to know???? Well, lets do it cookie style:)

Will it be a boy? Will it be a girl? Anne said the way it is kicking her she thinks it is a Ninja!

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Want Some Kisses?

How about a bag full of kisses? I love this idea. They are soooooo simple! If you need to make cookies for Valentine’s Day, these are super quick to make so you still have time.  There is only one color so that means only 1 bag off icing. Now don’t let them fool you, they are quick but CUTE!

Supplies:

Brown Twenty Second Icing
Now let’s make some kisses!

With the brown icing, outline and immediately flood your kiss. Thanks Sweet Sugarbelle for teaching us about Twenty Second Icing! It saves so much time! You are the best!

Use a toothpick or a boo boo stick to shape the top. Wait for it to dry and put them in a cute package.

That is it ladies and gentleman! You can make cookies and get ready for your night of romance! Me? I am going to go see a movie with with my dear husband and my daughter. We have a night of fun planned that includes a large box of popcorn and a bag full of kisses!

Happy Creating,

Kiss Me, I’m a Prince!

I don’t know why but I think frogs with little crown are so cute. I have seen several in the scrapbook isles and a few have made me laugh out loud! The only thing that stopped me from making one was finding the cutter. I finally found one this week! A cute little cutter of a frog with a little crown! I threw it in my basket and and started thinking about how I was going to decorate it.

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Kiss Me Cookie Bag Topper

Valentines Day is almost here and I have had so much fun making cookie and cookie bag toppers. I hope you have enjoyed them. I have a few more Valentine’s cookies to make for you so come back soon.

Click here to print.

Happy Creating,

Photo Boards for Your Pictures

When I began my cookie journey, I had a lot of questions about everything. I felt like a sponge trying to soak up all the information I could. Your photos can make your cookies look AMAZING or just alright! I know how hard we work to make pretty cookies and I want us all to have amazing pictures to show off our hard work. Recently I shared my Sunshine light box with you and now it is time to share a tutorial on how to make photo boards! Photo boards can really help you take your pictures to the next level.

The good thing about these is, you can paint both sides so if you make 2 boards, you can have 4 different photo boards. This project was totally inspired by Recipegirl.com. She is a great blogger with a lot of recipes and wonderful tutorials like this one. I love her site and hope you check it out for yourself!

Photo Board Supplies:

Boards
Chocolate Brown Paint
Paint Colors You Like
Paint Brush
Paper Towels
Stain
Rag
GLOVES!!! (I didn’t wear gloves and let me just say UGH!!!)

Let’s talk about the wood before we get started. I have used luan that I got at the Home Depot. It was less than $6.00 for a 2′ x 4′ piece. You can get a full 4′ x 8′ if you have a truck to haul it in but I want something I can throw into the back of my Jeep. I also used some scraps I found around my house. Don’t be picky. It is just wood and if you don’t like the final results just paint it brown again and start all over.

Now you will still have to cut the photo boards if you intend on using them in your light box.I cut mine a little shorter than the box so it would slid right in without pushing on sides. I also painted the smaller pieces I cut of because I didn’t want to waste them. I will use them to photo individual cookies. They won’t work for platters but I can use a small plate and they will work just fine for that.

I used the paint I had on hand. This was leftover from a project I did last summer. I was happy to find a use for it.  It is Behr floor paint but you can use any dark brown flat paint. I would not recommend a semi-gloss or a gloss paint because it will add a glare or a shine to your pictures. If you chose to use a craft paint I would recommend Ceramcoat by Delta (color chart) and you can purchase it at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s. Burnt Umber 2025 or any dark brown would be a good base color. How much you need depends on the number of boards you are making. If you intend on making several, it may be cheaper to buy one quart of brown because it is the color you will use the most.

First, using the brown paint, paint the top of the photo board. When it dries you can flip it over and paint the back side.

Now to add some color. You can pick any color you want. It doesn’t take much paint for this part.

The first photo board we are going to make is my favorite. I like white because you don’t have to  worry about the board color clashing with your cookie colors. It is my go to board.

Squirt a little white paint onto an old plate. Next, dip the tip of your dry paint brush into the white paint. Brush it back and forth on a rag or dry paper towel to remove some of the paint. For this technique you don’t want a lot of paint on your brush.

No be brave and make your first brush stroke. The most important thing you need to remember about this is work in one direction! Do not go up and down and then from side to side. Make a decision which direction you want to go in and stick to it! You want this to look like an old board and not just random paint.

Continue until you get the look you want. I am not quite there yet.

That’s more like it. I will set this one aside and let it dry.

Now for green! This is the board I used for my alligator cookie. I didn’t like the dark green so I added a little lime green. You can wait for it to dry or add it when the first color is wet. You just need to be careful and not over blend the colors unless that is the look you are trying to achieve.

I like this better but it is still not quite right so I will add a little stain when it dries.

Perfect!! Do you notice I am not wearing gloves? Big mistake…HUGE MISTAKE!! I know better but sometimes I just get so focused on things and don’t think. Well, I had UGLY hands for days. I used some stuff to remove the stain but it didn’t remove all of it and I had to soak my hands in lotion for 3 days but everything is alright now! Did I mention you should wear gloves????

I wanted a blue one so I used the same steps as above with two shades of blue. It is a little bright and I need to tone it down some.

I added some stain to give it a nice aged look. This one might be my new favorite!

I love red so again, I followed the steps above to make it. This is one of the smaller pieces I cut off. It is a nice size but I won’t be able to use it for as much as I could a larger piece. It is still nice to add to my collection.

I added a little more stain and now it has the charm I am looking

The last thing you need to do is protect your photo boards from scratches or from oil spots from your cookies. You can spray them with a light coat of Krylon Matte Finish Spray. It will protect them without a shine.

Here is one side of my collection. I really like the way they turned out!

Here is the other side of them! I am ready to make some cookies now! I hope you get a chance to make a few photo boards. It really does make a difference in your pictures. I plan on making more. I need pastel colors for spring and warm colors for fall. I think I have a Photo Board” problem.

Leave me a comment and let me know what color you want! Can’t wait to hear.

Happy Creating,