And They Called It Puppy Love

My Sweet Eddie volunteers at our amazing local animal shelter, The Northeast Animal Shelter. The shelter is one of the largest non-profit, no-kill animal shelters in New England. They have placed a lot of sweet cats and dogs into forever homes. For a little token of appreciation, I made Valentine's cookies for the hardworking staff and volunteers. Not only are they filled with puppy love, but also kitten, older cat and older dog love too!  All of the cats and dogs at the shelter deserve love and they get it from the amazing people at The Northeast Animal Shelter.

Sweet Eddie volunteers in the kennel. He cleans cages, walks dogs, and gives lots of love to all of the furry friends. He is an animal whisperer. Hopefully someday our cat Buffy will let us get a dog. She is in charge around here.

Puppy Love

Kitty Love

Thank you to all the people who work and volunteer at the shelter. And thank you to everyone who adopts cats and dogs from shelters! 
You are sweet and I love you! 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Ricky Gervais Cookies: Kindness is Magic

I love Ricky Gervais. My husband is well aware of this, and he has accepted it. Ricky makes me laugh, cry, cringe and smile. I have seen him perform twice in New York and it was magical. I love all of his shows, podcasts, and articles.  And of course, I love that he has given the world, Karl Pilkington. Oh, Karl. He has a head like a f*cking orange. He is a miserable, moaning, man child. I have listened to Ricky's podcast and audio book guides many times, but I still laugh and enjoy every moment of them.  They really must be listened to by everyone. All people of earth should experience Karl Pilkington's mental commentary on life and hear Ricky's intense laughter.

Ricky has made some truly fantastic shows, like The Office, Extras (one of my all time favorites), an animated The Ricky Gervais Show, An Idiot Abroad, and  recently, Derek.  Derek, like some other shows by Ricky is a mockumentary style program. This show takes place in a nursing home. Ricky plays Derek, who is a sweet, kind, and unique volunteer worker at the home. The show is both funny, odd, and very touching. My beloved Karl Pilkington also plays a role as the always moaning and miserable caretaker. He is magnificent.  Watch this show!

To celebrate Derek being released on Netflix in the UK, there is a contest on twitter to make fan art of the program. I couldn't resist making a few cookies of my favorite characters.



Best Friends

 I have also wanted to make cookie versions of the animated series of The Ricky Gervais Show for a long time.  I love it so. I hope to make more in the future with different scenes from the show. Karl's perfectly round head is hard to resist.
Steve, Ricky, and Karl
 Karl Pilkington
shaven chimp
 For a sample of some of the truly amazing things that Karl says,  click here and enjoy.

To Ricky, with love :)

Damask Baby Shower Cookies

As we know, I love making baby cookies. My onesie cookie cutter works out more than I do.  This set was made to celebrate a baby girl shower. I played off the colors of the baby's turquoise bedroom  and gray damask bedding. I also added in a light pink and white to complete this lovely palette. 

I don't use a lot of tools that would make my cookie decorating easier. I dream about having a KopyKake projector, an airbrush, an abundance of stencils and a clean up crew. That would be amazing.  I was determined to use the damask design on these cookies. Sweet Eddie and I visited several craft stores to find either a stencil or stamp to aid in my task.  I even attempted to cut my own stencils, to no avail.  On our third trip out, we eventually found a nice stencil set to work with. I added my own touches for the smaller details for a sweet and elegant batch of cookies for the celebration.

I am slightly obsessed with the sleeping baby face cookie. They are just so cute and peaceful.
And when they are paired up with the onesies... oy vey! 

Shhhh, baby is sleeping.
Sweet cookies for sweet friends and the arrival of a sweet baby. :)

Happy Birthday, Mom

My Mom shares a birthday with Elvis, David Bowie, Stephen Hawkins and many other lovely people.  It is a special day and she is a special lady. She has a lot to celebrate this year with the arrival of two grandbabies! She is over the moon with happiness and has fallen perfectly into her role as Bubby. 

To wish my mom a happy birthday, I made her some cupcakes and a fun little assortment of cookies that represent some things about her and what she likes.

Sweets for my Sweet Mom
 Happy Birthday, Barbie! You are so beautiful and bright.

You are a lover of bacon, you could eat it day and night.

You have a little bird named Monty, who sings his song for you

And you are the best Bubby to not just one baby, but two!

So enjoy a birthday cupcake! It's a chocolate covered cherry treat.

Happy Happy Birthday, Mom, you are so loving, kind, and sweet!

Baby, it's cold outside!

Even as the polar vortex winds its way back north, it is still in the single digit temperatures in these parts. It is winter in New England! When venturing outside, every inch of skin must be covered. I have a large puffy coat that we call big blue. I look like Violet Beauregarde, but it keeps me toasty. The frigid temps keep us inside mostly, but we have a nice view of snow piles in our parking lot, an abundance of fancy hot chocolate, and a new on demand movie channel to catch up on all the films we meant to watch.  It is freezing outside but happy and warm in our home. A good way to keep our house warm is to constantly make cookies, which I am always up for. I am especially happy to make cookies for one of my first and dearest work friends as he, his wife, and their daughter welcome their new little one at the end of the month. Congratulations to the Lesser Family! I can't wait to meet their snow baby!

The baby's gender will be revealed when he/she is born, so I used the crisp, gender neutral colors of winter for these sweet baby shower cookies.

Skiing Snowmen Onesies
 Happy Snowman Face Onesies
 Snowflake Onesies
Baby Bibs
 Baby Rattles
 Tiny Baby Carriages
Tiny Baby Onesies
Baby Bottle
 Snowflake Babies 
(Creepy or Sweet, I am still not sure)
 And some  Happy Snowmen for this joyous occasion
A sweet, happy, loving family is about to get a little sweeter. 

Stay warm, give more hugs. :)