Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Elmo Cookies

My character cookies this week will be Elmo and Cookie Monster!  And, now that Germany has secured their spot in the World Cup this weekend and we just have to wait to find out if they will be facing Argentina or Holland (Hup Holland!), I will let you know I will have flag and soccer ball cookies available to make your World Cup watching festivities more fun!   See you on Saturday!



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Baseball Themed Birthday Cookies

Friends and team-mates Dallas and Ryan shared a birthday and a love of baseball, so their mothers arranged baseball themed cookies to celebrate with the entire team.  Baseballs and customized baseball jerseys for everyone!  Happy birthday!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

End of Year Chalkboard and Apple Cookies for Teachers


Stevie is changing schools and he wanted to give a special thank you to the teachers and support staff who have been a part of his life!  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Muskoka Cottage Wedding Weekend Cookies

Jen's gift to the bride and groom was Sweet Handmade Cookies in a theme suitable to their wedding weekend at their Muskoka cottage.  I love how the cookies turned out!  Best wishes to the happy couple!


I got a note from Jen yesterday - "The cottage cookies we ordered as a wedding gift were a huge hit.  The lovely bride wanted them out on the wedding sweet table.  Everyone said they were delicious."

Friday, June 20, 2014

Chalkboard Teacher Cookies

As the school year draws to a close, it is time to consider teacher gifts!  Here is one of the cookie styles I will have available at the market tomorrow.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Injury!

Years ago I ran as part of my fitness routine, a routine that also included skipping, weight training and aerobics classes.  I wasn't fast or graceful, but I could run a 10k without much effort.  One day I sprained my ankle, a few months later I wretched my knee and after a particularly fast and long run with my husband, I developed a severe case of plantar fasciitis.  I stopped running and developed stiffness in my joints, especially in the morning.  Today I avoid any kind of exercise that is jarring to my body, preferring swimming and spinning and the occasional yoga class.  I feel pretty good generally, but get asked frequently to run and always turn those requests down, citing my desire to stay injury free.  I consider my ability to move comfortably important, and will do what it takes.



It is therefore ironic that I have been neglecting myself in other ways.  My business pretty much relies on my ability to pipe with my right hand.  I am not in any way ambidextrous; it is my right hand or nothing.  When I first started making decorated cookies for the 2011 farmers' market season, I ended up with a pretty bad case of tennis elbow.  I would finish a late night of decorating and barely be able to straighten my arm.  I would go to bed and all would be pretty okay by morning.  Eventually I learned to ice my arm and wear a brace.  When my cookie orders slowed down at the end of the summer, I got the rest I needed to heal.



Over the years I have done many marathon sessions and don't have too much trouble with my arm.  I do know that an over-filled piping bag will give me a hand cramp, but I try not to overfill, so that is rarely a problem.  Until Thursday.  I pre-filled 5 bags of icing (I usually fill as I go) and over-filled all 5.  As I was using the first one, I considered fixing them, but I ignored my rational thought and went on.  It was a long day of work and I think after those first five large bags, the damage was done.  By the end of the night, I was having trouble touching my thumb to my index finger.  There was visible swelling in the fleshy part between my thumb and index finger.  My thumb muscles were aching.  I still had more work to do the next day so I knew rest was really not in the cards for me.  The next day most activities were a challenge - including packaging about 250 cookies (which requires a lot of thumb/index finger action), even cutting my dinner was painful to my thumb muscles.


I guess it is time I smarten up.  I need to pace myself a little better to avoid days of 150 cookies at a time.  I need to rest and ice.  I need to listen to that voice that says "the piping bag is too full!"  In the meantime, I am enjoying a second day off with a bag of frozen peas in my future, but only until my 400 cookie week starts tomorrow.  Take care of yourself and share your healing tips if you have any!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hockey Jersey Cookies

Created for an advertising campaign, these cookies will soon be on display in Bradford.  Let me know when you see them!



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Treefrog Logo Cookies

Treefrog Web Design recently outgrew their old location and moved to a bright new spot on Davis Drive in Newmarket.  I was asked to create cookies with their logo to celebrate their new "lily pad".


400 cookies to be precise!!  Congrats Treefrog on your continued success!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baby Shower Bib Cookies

Unsure whether the baby will be a boy or girl, yellow and green were the colours selected for these baby shower bib cookies.  Each cookie came individually wrapped and was closed with a ribbon and a tag that read - "thank you for coming!"


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Beautiful Decorated Cookies

One of the best parts of my chosen profession is the wonderful people I get to meet and getting to be a little part of some great celebrations.  Since meeting Deb I have done a number of cookie orders for her and recently she asked if I could create something special for her group of friends that get together monthly for dinner.  Their get-togethers started when their kids played hockey together and the friendships have lasted and lasted.  They call themselves the Hockey Moms Organization and this time together would be their 100th!  I was so impressed with these strong friend bonds that I was thrilled to create these cookies for her.


Mother's Day Cookies


Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Autism Fundraiser Cookies

These cookies were made for a local Autism fundraiser - Zumba for Autism, with proceeds going to Kerry's Place.  A great event for a great cause!!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Iron Man Mask Cookies

Iron Man, a fictional superhero, has been around since 1963, and he really hit the "big time" when he starred in his own movie in 2008.  His "cookie-fied" mask doesn't provide much protection, but is yummy and fun!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pittsburgh Penquins' Sidney Crosby Hockey Jersey Cookies

Sidney Crosby is Jayce's idol, so Crosby hockey jersey cookies were the perfect addition for the loot bag for all of his friends at his 8th birthday party!  I "girl-ified" a couple of the cookies for the girls in attendance too.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Running Shoe Cookies


For the second year in a row, a local running group was celebrating their success with a little help from Sweet Handmade.  A perfect addition to their festivities, these running shoe cookies will certainly bring them luck in their upcoming events!

Friday, May 2, 2014

19th Birthday Queen's University Cookies


With her daughter celebrating her 19th birthday at Queen's University during exam time, Johanna arranged for something special from home - Sweet Handmade cookies always made the grade!!  

Monday, April 28, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Piping Bag Stages

With the ability to flood an average of 10 cookies per piping bag and sometimes creating 300+ cookies per week, I fill a lot of icing bags.  I have noticed the bag is always one of three stages.



Stage 1 - the "Hand Cramp".  A newly filled bag; the fuller the bag, the more painful the hand cramp.   I am constantly resisting the urge to overfill the bag in an attempt to get more cookies iced.

Stage 2 - the "Sweet Spot".  Oh, my favourite!!  I can just fold the top over and the squeeze is delightful.  It does not last nearly as long as I would like!

Stage 3 - the "Done Already?"  Almost time to refill the bag.  The question becomes - can I get one more cookie out of the bag?  Sometimes it is like squeezing the last of the toothpaste out of the tube. And if I start icing a cookie, I have to finish it, otherwise the icing looks terrible, so there is a real knack to knowing when to throw in the towel.  At least I know the Sweet Spot will be back with the next bag!

Baby Announcement Cookies

My friend planned to announce her pregnancy at her family's Easter celebrations.  She wanted Sweet Handmade cookies to help make the announcement!  What an exciting time for my friends Marcio and Amanda!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Skull Cookies

It was the end of the week and I just had two orders left to finish, these skull cookies and yesterday's posted Harley-Davidson cookies.  I looked around and laughed nervously - how did this happen?  My kitchen is usually filled with cheerfully happy cookies, flowers and elephants and snowmen!  These two cookie orders at the same time?  I kept looking from one design to the other and I kept imagining motorcycle gangs!  I am happy to report that the cookies went to individual and friendly homes.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Friday Fix - Easter eggs

I am posting my Friday fix on Thursday because of the long weekend!  I have two eggs options - colourful eggs and robin's blue eggs.  They are 8 for $20 and have just 9 boxes available.  I also have one box of 6 robin's blue eggs for $15 and one box of 4 colourful eggs for $10.  Please contact me immediately to claim your box.  Pickup is tomorrow from 12 until 6 pm.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pet Valu Fundraising Cookies


I love being a part of the Bradford Pet Valu fundraising month and sold my (human) cookies for the second year in a row this past Saturday.  I am happy to say I helped to raise $172 for local charities.  Thanks to everyone who made a special trip out to purchase my delicious cookies!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Triathlon Cookies

Celebrating a second year of triathlon training with these two styles of triathlon cookies!


The team came for brunch after a recent Saturday morning run.  I offered lots of healthy food choices and these cookies.  It was a lot of fun!!


Good luck to all my fellow athletes in your upcoming events.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bradford Hawks Hockey Jersey Cookies

Another set of hockey jersey cookies for local boys and girls.  Unlike the usual Bradford Bulldog jerseys, today's cookies were created for the Bradford Hawks!


Monday, April 7, 2014

17th Birthday Cookies - part 2

Here is the other half of the birthday set (I posted the first half last Wednesday).  The theme was birthday and hockey, so in addition to the cupcakes, I also made hockey jerseys and skates.  Love this set - happy birthday Connor and Garrett!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hockey Jersey Cookies

Hockey season is winding to a close and it is time for year end parties!  My customized hockey jersey cookies are the perfect addition as these were for a local Bradford Bulldogs team.


Monday, March 31, 2014

One Direction Cookies

Reflecting back to my youth, I would say my first celebrity crush was John Schneider - he played Bo Duke on the television show the Dukes of Hazzard.  His posters hung on my bedroom walls and Friday nights were all about the show.

John Schneider as Bo Duke
My first musical crush was Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.  John Schneider's posters came down and Mick's posters went up.

Mick Jagger back in the early 1980s
But my biggest famous person crush was without a doubt John Taylor from the British band Duran Duran.  I was completely nuts about the entire band, but the bassist was, in my opinion, absolute perfection - that accent, those broad shoulders (that could have been the 1980's shoulder pads), his fashion sense, his swagger and all those sexy videos!

John Taylor, 1980s
Duran Duran - even today their music lifts my spirits and brings me back to my teenage years
Recently, another British band has a lot of females swooning.  One Direction, a group of good-looking young men, has Kristyna all worked up and her friend CJ wanted to surprise her with custom One Direction cookies!  It was my pleasure of course, especially since the very talented Sweet Sugar Belle had created a fun tutorial that I used as inspiration!  Kristyna's special love is band member Niall and we even managed to convince her he loved her back by creating the centerpiece cookie with his and her initials (yes, any of you die-hard One Direction fans know I messed up his initials, but fixed them before delivery!!)



So, who was your biggest celebrity crush?