Yes, yes...I said annual. I have never been invited to a cookie exchange but always dreamed of being a part of one (everyone's gotta have dreams - big and small, right?) SO, inspiration struck and I decided to host one. BUT, with a Creative Bug twist...
What was the twist? Everyone arrived at Creative Bug HQ with bowls, hand mixers, cookie sheets and containers in hand...and they baked the recipes that I chose and it all happened IN my workshop!
We made Hello Dollys!
We spent time together...mothers and daughters of ALL ages...
Sisters and friends...
3 hours...in the confines of my workshop.
So, what do you get when you put together 12 people and a whole lot of butter and sugar? 10 different kinds of cookies totalling to about 6 dozen, a clean kitchen and a whole lot of fun!
I had a few people promise they will come back next year. It was a glorious moment in the Creative Kitchen. I am glad my mother was there to see it all unfold...to see my vision come to life. I know it's just cookies but there was more to it than that...next year, you'll have to book early because we were full this year!
I counted down the days, seriously...this is THE Girls' Night Out I was really looking forward to...a LOT. And finally, it arrived (almost 2 weeks ago now...again, the delay is inexcusable but at least I am here now.)
We had our youngest attendees peeling, coring and chopping, then we mixed up our filling and set to work on our crusts...look at all of that. Isn't it lovely?
With a lid!
All set to go in the freezer...
Ours are still in the freezer which is making the Creative Princess crazy...she wants to share hers with the 5 of us asap but Mr. CB isn't home for dinner 5 nights of the week and weekends get pretty crazy...especially in December! I am aiming for this Sunday. It's movie night afterall...pie seems like a great finish, don't you think?
This post is also late...I have some serious catching up to do! You see Mr. CB's birthday is one month before Christmas. Exactly ONE month. So, you do the math. I am late, again!
The highlight of his gift...my cousin went out with us and took photos of the kids...we framed these 3 for him to enjoy. Pretty sweet eh?
Next? I told him a colleague ordered a cake from me, showed it off to him throughout the entire process and guess what? He brought his own birthday cake to work and didn't know it...
So he enjoyed a vanilla cake with vanilla filling with his colleagues...
Then, after we madly rushed to the mall and printed the photos and got them into the frame I bought, we picked him up from work, went out for supper and enjoyed this cake...
I apologize for the crumby photos, I forgot to take some before we left the house and restaurant photos just never seem to work. Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Filling all covered in Chocolate Ganache. Rich goodness. Yum!
The last bit of his birthday? The Money Pit. Yep, I got him the movie hoping he would share a laugh with me as we often refer to our own home as The Money Pit. We watched it together and we laughed.
A few weeks ago a friend asked me about a cake for her daughter's 6th birthday...she loves pink and brown a LOT! But then I found out it was going to be an art party! So, I had some fun with this one...
We started off with sparkly pink zebra stripes...
Then I got to work on some accessories!
I hope she had a fabulous birthday!
This was a chocolate cake with chocolate filling and chocolate fondant...
After going to the Baking and Sweets Show in Toronto the Creative Princess was VERY inspired! Such that she requested to have the honour of baking her BFF's birthday cake. She planned and she conspired...but when the time came, there just wasn't time!
SO we started again...and here is where we ended up!
Pink and brown sweetness!
Her BFF was one happy girl!
The next day was full of hugs and thank yous...I would be lost without these girls...they are so sweet!
PS. I DID help with this one...I did the flowers and the bows...she did the colouring, rolling and covering AND the polka dots of course!
I have to apologize for my poor photo quality...I was having a lot of trouble with my SD Cards...I finally managed to fix the problem. I reached back into my not so technical mind and got to thinking about defragmenting. I guess I take a lot of photos because all of my cards needed to be defraged quite desperately!
Anyway...I went to this super-sweet family party not so long ago.
To which I brought these super-sweet hot chocolate spoons to share!
And we made some super-sweet Franken-patties!
Gosh, I use that punch a LOT!
But the real highlight for me?
The super-sweet kids that were in attendance. They were there for their cousin's 2nd birthday and they were happy to sit down and do the crafts with us...in fact, I dare say they enjoyed it!
I have strong feelings about this. I have been turned down flat by some boys in the past so I never get my hopes up but nurturing creativity is such an important part of our lives. I think that creativity is what gets you places...it got me here didn't it?
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