I am a compulsive knife sharpener…I admit it; every time I use a knife, i wash it by hand, dry it and then use a ceramic knife steel to keep the blade maintained. But, even doing that constant maintenance, my knives are never as sharp as i would like. If you’ve come to this website for the food blog, then you’ll know that I cook…a lot. If you’ve come to this website for the upholstery then you’ll know I use high quality upholstery shears…a lot. So, it’s not a stretch of the imagination that I need and want sharp blades all the time.
Friends, I’m a design plan advocate. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, a design plan will help you identify future problems allowing you to solve them so that the entire project doesn’t hit the skids.
Friends, last week Mr SuziWong and I attended a vintage themed wedding, so this cookie is perfectly timed! This cutter is huge; you could feed an army with a cookie cut from it…or more appropriately you could feed the wedding reception guests with it.
I swear, this isn’t a belated Easter post! It’s an early Mother’s Day Post. This past week, one of my (many) De Koekkenbakker orders arrived and the nesting chicken and egg cutters were in the package. I love Mariëlle’s cutters and her decorating style and this design screamed Mother’s Day to me!
Happy Easter! Friends, I’ve had an epic lead up to Easter with making cookies and these are the last ones. They’re super simple to make and very easy on the eye.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
Friends, I pretty much feel like this cookie: all crossed and crazy! I delivered my large-ish Easter order yesterday and today I’m exhausted. First up, i’ll apologise for the quality of these pictures; they were taken at night and even though I had my glasses on I’m fairly certain my glasses were either filthy or I need new ones. I suspect it’s the latter.
Friends, it’s only the leading up to Easter and i’m already exhausted. I’ve been baking and decorating for an order. Despite working through to the wee hours, I’ve enjoyed the creative process.
Food Friends, it’s been a run of eBay purchases and then returns of late. First it was the compressor that I purchased. The wrong item was delivered and the eBay store were a nightmare to deal with in getting a refund. Then, it was the silicone piping bags that I bought; I bought two different sizes from two different sellers but the larger bags were not sent. Instead I got sent smaller bags and was asked to accept $1 Chinese Yen as a refund. I declined as $1 CY converted to 21 Australian cents. I also declined when they offered another refund of $2 CY. And finally it was the purchase of a Chinese knock-off trigger action .3mm airbrush gun that arrived and was broken. I took it apart to trouble shoot why air was continually blowing out of the nozzle and the nib broke off.
There comes a point where you start thinking about being a little more serious about what you’re selling. I’ve been casually selling cookies for a few months now; the most serious I got was to individually package each cookie in a cello bag to maximise freshness. This week, I designed a logo using Pic Monkey and had that logo made into a rubber stamp. I also ordered some stickers with the logo on too. And at some point I will need to get stickers listing ingredients; especially If I am going to sell cookies at markets.
Food Friends, I’ve been having all manner of problems with an eBay seller from whom I recently purchased an 1/6 horsepower airbrush compressor. Suffice to say, I have now requested a full refund after I was sent the incorrect item. Over the past 6 months I have purchased two air pump machines which worked okay but weren’t spectacular when using sheens for decorating cookies. This time round, I decided to purchase a true air compressor. In the cookie decorating world, the words ‘compressor’ and ‘air pump’ are commonly interchanged which is a total mis-use of the terms. It’s not unusual for an air pump to be referred to as a compressor, but I can assure you they are two different beasts. The dreaded eBay seller sent me yet another air pump despite their picture and the specs for the item saying it was an air compressor.