Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cookies and more...

It's the Holiday Season now, and as usual I'm busy baking cookies for friends and teachers. I decided to make Snow Flake Sugar cookies, Oatmeal Cranberry cookies, Chocolate Mint Sandwiches cookie, and Snicker doodles.  I went to Michael Store and saw this box from Martha Stewart that I loved .. it was beautiful and so elegant. It was perfect for the Christmas present. As a finishing touch, I put a small Nutcracker in there ...Perfect!. Here are pictures of my cookies..

Cute Nutcracker
My friend, Dewi was in town to visit me. She came to San Francisco from Indonesia with her husband Aswin and her daughter Tiffany. We went to the same school from elementary until High School and have been friends ever since.. I was so happy that she came. We decided to take a French Macaroon class. We took the class at Bonbini baking located at 542 Brannan St. It was a private class, so we were the only ones there so we could spend more time with our teacher Thip Nam. She was a very nice lady who was very patient with us. She taught us how to make Italian Macaroons and French Macaroons. The difference between French Macaroons and Italian Macaroons is the end result and the amount of work too. Italian Macaroons are more complicated than French Macaroons, but you will have a nice and smooth finish. We had so much fun at the class, and I hope to do it again someday soon. Thanks to Thip...You should check out her blog and facebook for class info, just look for Bonbini..

Happy Holidays...and Happy New Year 2011..Enjoy the rest of 2010....

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ginger Bread house

Hello there..., it's December already. Currently in San Francisco the weather is cold and rain has also been increasingly frequent. The atmosphere of Christmas is already being felt, some homes have started putting Christmas decorations in their yard. If we look into the windows of their house, you will see colorful Christmas trees. As usual, when entering the Christmas season, I make cookies to give to school teachers. Usually I make oatmeal raisin cookies, snickerdoodles, and gingerbread men. But now, I want to make something else, I will make sugar cookies decorated with royal icing.
So, today, I made Snowflake sugar cookies with royal icing. This is the first time I made this cookie and the first time decorating with royal icing.I'm quite happy with the outcome.
Here are the pictures of my snowflakes cookies ...

blue and white snowflakes cookies

Last year, I also made a gingerbread house. I made the house filled with colorful candies. I also made a decoration for the front of the house, such as a snowman, then there were several small children that made up a choir.
However, this year I do not plan to make a gingerbread house, maybe next year I want to make a gingerbread house like Amelia's House.

Here is the pictures of my gingerbread house... Enjoy....
This is my gingerbread house, full of sweets

Kids choir , make the house more fun

Mr. Snowman look so handsome.

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