Dahlias in plum and gray for baby k

My sweet friend Sally asked if I could make some cookies and help set the theme for a baby shower she was hosting for  a friend. Baby girl Kennedy is due to arrive soon and so we were hoping to strike a light, summer theme. As often happens, I didn’t need to look further than the mom’s baby registry at Pottery Barn and the Dahlia Nursery Bumper Bedding Set in Plum for inspiration. Ultimately, I did three cookie designs. The featured two were a monogram cookie with a gray and white background, to match the crib bumper. The second was a perfect replica
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The post where I fell in love with the Land of Nod catalog and then drooled…

So I think I mentioned that I crushed on this month’s Land of Nod/Land of Nothing I Can Afford gifts catalog. Naturally, instead of purchasing anything from it, I placed it under my pillow and dreamed of cookie designs that matched the artful Christmas gifts inside. Among them, was the silly tree I obsessed about yesterday, and a bunch of other animated cuties. Birdie ornaments. “Putting a bird on it” still makes everything cuter in my world, especially when it really just amounts to layered blobs of wet-on-wet icing, like this roly-poly bird: Or this retro classic chicken of sorts:
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Quilted birds and bottle cookies for baby

I have an Aunt. A fabulously interested in this blog, Aunt. Who also has exceptional taste. Go figure! (; Last summer, I had the supreme pleasure of reconnecting with her at our once every three-year family reunion. While we walked around a pristine scoop of water resting in a granite cup, otherwise known as Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, I told her about my fourth pregnancy and the coming arrival of what will be my parents last grandchild. With the excitement that brims only with this kind of news, she told me that her son and daughter-in-law were
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A bird in the tree (and three cookies in the hand)

A week ago, my five-year old daughter, Linnea, returned home from a three-day stay in the hospital to treat a staph infection.  The skin infection came on suddenly and oral antibiotics weren’t enough, so we admitted her to the hospital for IV antibiotics.  The medicine, plus the tender loving care she received by the hospital staff, did the trick and she is now home, happy and healthy. To thank the people who made her stay as comfortable as possible, especially her sweet nurses and attentive docs, I made a trio of cookies inspired from a Thanksgiving card that evoked the
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