Friday, December 15, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Jolly Wishes from the North Pole Collection

Christmas time always excites me because I get to create COOKIES! The only problem is trying to narrow down my designs....I can never choose, I always want to make everything! So this year I narrowed down my designs to four important characters from the North Pole....Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and an elf. But I couldn't do this collection without including some festive cookies to compliment each character.
Santa needs his mitten when he is out delivering presents to the children. Mrs. Claus isn't complete without her tray full of gingerbread man cookies. Rudolph has a red nose that shines so bright like a Christmas light. And of course what elf doesn't like candy canes....as Buddy the elf says, Elves live off of the 4 main food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup!

This collection brings a smile to my face and hopefully to the many people who receive them this Christmas.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and the Elf send Jolly Wishes from the North Pole!  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Christmas Cookie Kits

As you probably know, this time of year is super crazy busy with shopping for presents, decorating, holiday parties, looking at lights, shopping for presents, and of course more shopping for presents. Therefore I thought that this year, I would help all the busy mom and dads who want to do all the fun holiday stuff with their kids, but may not have all the time to do it all. Thus, I created cookie kits! All that is needed are kids (and/or adults) to decorate them. So no shopping for ingredients, baking (or cleaning up after baking)....just the fun stuff!
The kits were filled with a dozen large (4-5 inch) sugar cookies in three different shapes: gingerbread men, trees, and candy canes. Also included in the kit were buttercream frosting in three different shades (red, green, and white) and of course three different kinds of sprinkles. I also added a few mini plastic cups with lids to hold the sprinkles or to store any leftovers, a knife to spread the buttercream, and extra piping bags in case someone got extra motivated to try different size and shapes of tips (or to store leftover frosting).
 
Everything was nicely placed in these boxes with instructions on care and use of the kit. Lots of fun with little hassle! Look for more cookie kits to come in the near future! Also, these are perfect if you are having a birthday party and are looking for a fun activity to do with the little ones!

Happy cookie decorating to all! Tis' the Season!



Thursday, November 23, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Pumpkin Cupcakes Perfect for Fall

What is the Fall without pumpkin flavored goodies?! For Thanksgiving I thought it would be perfect to create pumpkin cupcakes with a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting. Even better, this year my daughter assisted me in the kitchen and we had so much fun measuring and mixing. This time of year is about family and what a perfect opportunity to be together and create such great memories.
To decorate the cupcakes, I created chocolate leaves brushed with a little gold luster. These were also taste tested by my daughter, and she gave a giant thumbs up!
Wishing you and your family and very blessed and happy thanksgiving filled with many special and sweet memories!

Friday, November 17, 2017

{Sugar Bee} A Piece of Pie

I don't know about you and your kids, but for some reason, mine will not eat pumpkin pie. In fact, I may be the only one in my household that loves pumpkin pie (pumpkin anything really)! So this year, I figured I would make pumpkin pie, but in the form of sugar cookies.
I love the way they look all arranged in the form of an entire pie, but they also just look darling individually placed on a plate.
These pieces of pie also come with a dollop of "whipped cream" on top....a staple on top of pumpkin pie if you ask me! In this form, I am sure this pumpkin will be gobbled up by my kids! As for me, I am looking forward to the real thing!

What is your dessert of choice for Thanksgiving?!

{Sugar Bee} Always Thankful for Cookies!

Every year I am always thankful for my family, friends, good health, my home, job, and of course cookies! I am fortunate enough that my husband and kids can put up with my messes and my not so undivided attention at certain moments so I can have the time to devote to one of my passions....cookie making!
This year for Thanksgiving I have created a set that just screamed Fall! Scarecrows, pretty pumpkins, black birds, and sunflowers (I just love these flowers, can you tell?)! I am so happy with the way they turned out and I sure hope that my customers are just as happy....well, hopefully even more happy because they get to eat these yummy treats!

What are you thankful for this year?!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

{Party Bee} Dia De Los Muertos Dessert Table

The day after Halloween last year, I knew I wanted to create a Dia De Los Muertos dessert table for the following year. So let me tell you, I was so excited last month when I started designing my table and decorations for Halloween. The Day of the Dead decorations are so colorful, festive, and easy to do! It is a celebration that lasts for the few days between Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos.
When I started my design, I knew that I wanted a bright but limited color palette for my printable collection. So my primary color scheme was red, black, blue, and yellow. This helped keep things a little balanced and overall cohesive. For an added pop of colors, I wanted to have lots of paper flowers to adorn the table. These paper flowers are very traditional within the Mexican culture, as are the papel picado that are replicated in my printable collection.

As you know, I love sugar cookies and so I knew I had to create some for my table. I created sugar skulls and flowers with skull centers. The color palette was a little lighter than the rest of the table, but I liked the variety of hues. I can't get enough of sugar skulls and I just loved the way these turned out
I also knew I had to create chocolate covered Oreos, so similarly I made sugar skulls and mini flowers. These were so saturated with color and looked so bright and lovely on the table.
I am a big fan of balance and cohesion, and the flower toppers on the cupcakes balanced out the colors from the chocolate covered Oreos quite nicely.
 
I couldn't resist adding margaritas to the celebration! Really what is a fiesta without margaritas?! Though these ones were adorned with coordinating straw flags and placed next to a beautiful Calavera Catrina!
I cannot have a table without water bottles. These are one of the simplest and cost effective items that can be used on a dessert table all while adding to the decor. Not to mention, water is necessary after eating all these sweets!
I tried something a little different this year and created chocolate covered Pretzels...let me just say these were super rich with the crazy amount of chocolate that went on the pretzels. Death by chocolate is truly what these bad boys are....but aren't they beauties!
Lucky for me, my best friend, Gabby, makes the cutest cake pops and she so kindly added to my table by creating these adorable sugar skull cake pops!

I had such a fun time creating this dessert table. If you are interested in creating a table like this, check out my printable collection for next year!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween and Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Making it a Sweet Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead

It is November 1st and in my culture, today we start celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. So as we remember the loved ones that have passed away and celebrate their memories, I have created some treats to make Dia De Los Muertos extra sweet!  These traditional sugar skulls and flowers are perfect to lay on an alter, dessert table, or for a little gift. 

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!