Friday, February 28, 2014

Oscar Cookies

I am introducing a new Sweet Handmade feature. I am calling it "My Friday Fix". Every Friday (schedule permitting) I will have a limited number of cookies available for pickup. The design will be unpredictable and the price point will be low. Watch for My Friday Fix in this space each week until the Farmers' Market starts in May - your best bet however would be to join my mailing list (->). 

So this is what I am offering for this week's Friday Fix. In honour of this Sunday night's Academy Awards, I created Oscar Statue cookies. They are an elegant and delightful way to enhance your Oscar viewing plans.

I have a limited number of boxes available. Each box is $20 and contains 6 lovely cookies!

Contact me right away by emailing me at to claim your box. Pickup is available tonight between 6pm and 9pm and tomorrow between 10am and noon.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Alphabet Block Cookies

This set was created for a family who wanted cookies just because.  I ended up spelling all of their names in alphabet block cookies.  I'm actually quite crazy about this design and I am quite taken with the colour combo combined with the sparkly sugar at the edges.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Celebrating with Hockey Jersey Cookies

Yesterday was pretty special all across Canada.  I am not sure the whole country has ever woken up at 7am on a Sunday, but we all did because Canada was playing for gold medal in men's hockey at the Sochi Olympics.  Our team did not disappoint, they dominated the entire game and came away with that beautiful gold.  I like to think my Olympic Hockey Jersey cookies brought the team luck!  One of my customers sent me this picture of her family enjoying their cookies as they watched and cheered on the game.  I love these pictures!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snowflake Cookies

The snowflakes keep coming down so hard that after shovelling the driveway, I could truthfully start all over again.  It's one of those days and one of those winters.  These snowflake cookies are the only snowflakes I like anymore.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Repost - Family Day Cookies

A wonderful mid-winter holiday for residents of Ontario is as good an excuse as any to celebrate with cookies.

Love this set with the pregnant mom!

I love this one because of dad's tie and the daughter's pom poms.

Glasses and skates make me smile with this family.

Guitar and two daughters - this family would most closely represent mine.

Family Day is officially celebrated today in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, but is actually something to celebrate all day, every day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cookie Packaging

Here is a video of me packaging cookies.  A special shout-out to Needham Promotions!

Curling Cookies for the American Olympic Team

These cookies were made for Erika - an American who happens to live in Canada.  She also has a very kind and generous friend who got her these cookies to help here celebrate her trip to Sochi to compete with the American curling team!  Good luck Erika!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Flower Cookies for all Occasions

Sometimes edible flowers are a nice way to celebrate and they make a wonderful gift for all occasions - birthdays, anniversaries or any event the requires congratulations!  These cookies were made for a charity event.

Flower Cookies for all Occasions

Sometimes edible flowers are a nice way to celebrate and they make a wonderful gift for all occasions - birthdays, anniversaries or any event the requires congratulations!  These cookies were made for a charity event.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Olympic Cookie Countdown - today is the big day!

Well, this is it.  After years, months and weeks of anticipation, today is the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  It is a special time and in my family, we always seem to take a moment and reflect on our changes since the last Olympics.  The 2010 Olympics were especially incredible for us because not only were they on Canadian soil, we actually had the Olympic torch pass through our town, an event we witnessed!

Today's cookie celebrates my favourite Olympic sport - speed skating!  My loyalties will be divided as I cheer for both the Canadians and the Dutch!  A really special sport in my eyes, because speed skating can trace its history back to the Netherlands as well as Scandinavia and Northern Europe. (for a lesson on the Dutch/Holland/Netherlands confusion, click here).  It is the winter sport my parents talked most about and their love of the sport was certainly inherited by me!

The speed skating events begin today and finish on the 22nd.  All 12 events are taking place at the Adler Arena in Sochi and the only country that has an athlete in each of the events is the Netherlands.  Hup Holland!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Olympic Cookie Countdown - tomorrow is the big day!

Snowboarding Slopestyle is an Olympic event that had its qualifying rounds today (you might have heard some results on the news already).  The goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest amplitude off jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead on doing on great trick repeatedly.  It is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games and this is the first time it is an Olympic event.  All of the snowboarding events will be held at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and the finals will take place Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Olympic Cookies Countdown - Two More Days!

With just three days to go until the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, today we are celebrating ski jumping!  After going down the take-off ramp, the skiers jump and attempt to land as far as possible down the hill below.  In addition to the length of the jump, judges give points for style.  The first of the four ski jumping events will begin on Friday and will be taking place at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.  Of the four events, women will be competing in just one and it will be the first time women are competing at the Olympics in ski jumping.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Olympic Cookie Countdown

With just three days until the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, today's cookie celebrates the skeleton.  It is a fast winter sliding sport in which an individual rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down.  Athletes can experience forces up to 5g!  Equipment includes helmets with a chin guard, a skin-tight racing speedsuit, spiked shoes, goggles and the sled.  At the Olympics, the events will be held at the Sliding Center Sanki near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.  The events will be held from February 13-15.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Olympic Cookie Countdown

Today's cookie is representing short track speed skating.  An official olympic sport since 1992, this event has multiple athletes (typically between four and six) skate on an oval ice track.  The most distinctive part of this sport for me is the way the skaters put their hands down onto the ice as they turn the corners and it almost defies logic how far they are leaning.  The gloves they wear help prevent injuries from skates.  I find this sport incredibly impressive.  The eight different events will be held at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia from February 10th until the 21st.

Harry Potter Cookies

The first book came out and the world's love affair with Harry Potter had begun before I even became a mother.  I heard a snippet or two about the books, learned enough to know they were the fantasy genre and thought "not for me!"  My girls turned out to be ferocious readers.  We would make a trip to the book store and they would finish books before we drove home.  We read book series after book series, but none of them took very long.  It was a frustrating exercise.  My girls were about 9 and 11 when I  finally considered all those people who loved the Harry Potter series might be onto something after all.  I bought the first book and we all started reading.  Before long we had invested in the entire set and we borrowed a second set from my girlfriend.  The three of us couldn't put the books down and as soon as all three of us finished one of the books we would rent the movie (I am a true believer that you should read the book before the movie!)  I will never forget during the first movie when Professor Snape made his first appearance on screen.  The three of us looked at each other and yelled "Snape!"  I am not sure an actor ever embodied a character better!  It took us a couple of months to read all the books, one of us finishing a book first and being anxious for someone else to catch up so we could discuss the excitement or the sadness.  It really was a magical time for my girls and I and we have never had a book or series since that has brought us closer together.  

I was thrilled when Debbie called me and asked for Harry Potter cookies for her nephew.  He is a huge HP fan (I can relate!) and he probably has every piece of memorabilia out there, except custom cookies!  I hope he shared.  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Olympic Cookie Countdown!

Today's cookie celebrates the parallel giant slalom, a snowboarding event that involves head-to-head racing.  The parallel giant slalom has been an official olympic event since 2002.  At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, all the snowboarding events are taking place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 19th and 22nd.

Groundhog Day Cookie - Good News and Bad News

Oh, the news is bad.  This is the worst winter we have experienced in a very long while; a lot of snow, ice, frostquakes and freezing cold temperatures.  Days and days of not leaving the house, children not being allowed outside for recess at school, dogs being kept awake in fear of the loud booms in the night (the frostquakes) and the shovelling just never ends!

And this morning, Wiarton Willie predicted six more weeks of winter!

But the news is also good.  Today we heard the statistic that Wiarton Willie has been right only 37% of the time.  With that lousy track record, we can hope that he is wrong with his horrible prediction.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Olympic Cookie Countdown - Six Days Left!

Just six days left until the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics!  Today's cookie celebrates moguls.  Mogul skiing is a type of freestyle skiing where skiers display tricks, jumps and turning abilities on a mogul slope.  The moguls (a series of bumps on a trail) are either formed naturally or are constructed.  Skiers absorb the impact of the bumps by bending at the knees and hips.  In a good run, shoulders should remain parallel to the finish line, turns should be quick and short and skis should not leave the snow surface.

Moguls and all the other freestyle skiing events will take place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.  The events are scheduled for February 6, 8 and 10th.  I will be watching!