July 24, 2011

Welcome to the Faiths Cookies Blog

Filed under: Baking,Cookies,Gifts,Special Occasions — Tags: , — faithscookies @ 11:49 am

Welcome to our new blog where over the coming weeks, months and years we will be bringing you the latest news from inside Faiths Cookies in a more interactive way than was possible before.

We want and need your input to keeps things fresh and funky so you need get involved.

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September 16, 2014

Decadent chocolate chip cookie/chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse

Filed under: Baking — faithscookies @ 4:49 pm

Yesterday my Son turned 12 years old. With his Birthday being on a School day and him being a Middle Schooler, he’d already told me that he didn’t want to take anything to share with his class (I guess you don’t do that in Middle School).  I wanted to bake him a special cake to take with us when we went out for dinner with his Friend. It seems  like we are always rushed for time and running here there and everywhere but  I knew that he would love this cake. He loves ‘Bobby Flay’s Dark Chocolate Mousse’ so I decided to incorporate that into his Birthday cake. I decided on a white chocolate chip, chocolate chunk cookie cake with a rich chocolate cake and filled with a dark chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate buttercream. I know, chocolate overload but that’s what he loves. Warning….Do not eat this cake before bedtime…..it will keep you awake!!

I started with my own cookie recipe (sorry I can’t share that one), but you can use your favorite or even buy some cookie dough from your local supermarket. I baked my cookie cake a few days ahead of time and froze it until I needed it. Just wrap your cookie cake in some plastic wrap/press and seal and store in a freezer bag. I made a total of three cookie cakes with my recipe. I’m used to baking a big batch of cookies, so used this same recipe.

 

I then decided to use a box caked mix, I could have made my own but with being pressed for time and a busy Mum of 3 children, at different schools, realized that this was my best option. I baked my chocolate cake, cooled them and then froze them also.  Yesterday I defrosted my larger cookie cakes and the large chocolate cake. It was then time to work on the chocolate mousse. I used Bobby Flay’s Dark Chocolate Mousse recipe. I’ve made this Mousse numerous times with rave reviews and my Son LOVES it.

I sliced my cookie cake and chocolate cakes in half and then started the assembly. Chocolate Mousse filled each delicious layer and then I topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting and sprinkles. Here’s a slice of the cake, I may or may not have just eaten this piece for lunch!.

 

Thanks for reading…..

 

Faith

January 9, 2014

Love is in the air – free printable download… perfect for bubbles or chocolates

Filed under: Crafts — faithscookies @ 2:02 pm

Love is in the air – link to free printables

 

 

Love is in the air - perfect to add a chocolate heart for class friends

Love is in the air  – link to 6 cards

Love is in the air - perfect to add a bottle of bubbles for class friends

 

Please let me know if you use them and I would love your feedback…..

December 29, 2013

Free download- Valentine’s Day Mail/Gift Tags

Filed under: Special Occasions — faithscookies @ 8:40 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Free Tags: Valentine’s Day

Can’t believe I’m actually posting a freebie for Valentine’s Day when it’s still December. Just trying to get a head start on things. I was inspired by some Christmas mailing tags by babalisme  and thought I’d try my hand at some cute Valentine’s Gift tags. Please use them for Friends, Family or to put on a package or for mailing a sweet note……please let me know if you like them. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and wish you a Happy New year with your loved ones.

Faith x

October 1, 2013

Apple Bread Pudding

Filed under: Baking — faithscookies @ 5:13 pm

Wish I could say it ‘feels like Fall’ in sunny Florida but unfortunately it’s still in the 90 degree range most days….I’m definitely ready for some cooler weather. When we lived in New Jersey, my Husband and I used to love to go Apple picking with friends. I’ve made many an apple dessert but never actually tried Bread Pudding (or as they say in England, Bread & Butter Pudding). I searched online and found an easy and delicious sounding recipe from Carla Hall (The Chew). I didn’t use heavy cream in mine as didn’t have any, so for a lighter version, I used 2% milk. I also used Peter’s Orchards ‘Jonathan’ Apples, never used these before but they are slightly sweet apples …..if you follow the recipe it’s extremely simple, just need to have patience, as the hardest thing for me to do was to leave the bread pudding to sit at room temperature for an hour, I managed about 40 minutes and then popped it in the oven to bake……

In England, we’d probably serve it with custard (I can find the custard powder in Publix) but we’ll probably eat it plain or with some whipping cream!

The recipe is linked below and I’ve attached a few photos of my Apple Bread Pudding…..Thanks Carla for the recipe….

http://www.redbookmag.com/recipes-home/tips-advice/the-chew-recipes#slide-7

 

January 18, 2013

Bow ties and bandanas…..even a belt bow for me!

Filed under: Crafts — faithscookies @ 5:23 pm

 

Happy New Year everyone…..a bit late I know, but seems like forever since I wrote a blog post. I have recently been selling cookies and a few other things at a local market in Downtown Tampa on Sundays and absolutely love meeting new people and furry friends. So many are walking their dogs and enjoying the Florida sunshine. I had a baby shower gift on display last week and a lady asked if the onesies were for dogs and this gave me an idea. With so many people out walking their dogs maybe  I could make something for them. I’ve actually made a few doggie bandanas and bow ties, Franky is ‘sporting’ his Football bow tie at the minute!. I also made him an ‘over the collar’ bandana with a vinyl glow in the dark ‘F”, perfect for night time walks.  I’ll be back at the market on Sunday January 27th so if you’re in the Tampa area, please stop by and say hello. I also made myself a new accessory…..belt bow tie! Dress up a casual look with a little vintage bow tie!, subtle and sweet. Thanks for reading…have a great day.

 

 

 

October 10, 2012

Tutorial for mini Frankenstein rice krispie pencil toppers

Filed under: Special Occasions — faithscookies @ 9:43 pm



I found the cutest Frankenstein gift box at the $ spot at Target today and also spotted on my way out the Kellog’s mini rice krispie treats….I immediately thought of Frankenstein rice krispie treats…..here’s a picture of some that I made earlier today with a tutorial below. I decided to add a cute little pencil topper that I had and added them to Halloween pencils. Here’s a photo of the finish Frankenstein toppers, so cute and great for a classroom treat or Halloween party.

 

Things you’ll need:

Halloween Pencils, Plastic pencil toppers (can be found at Lor Ann oils online), White fondant, Green food coloring gel (I used Wilton Leaf green), Edible sugar eyes, Decorating candy (I used Wilton cherry flavored), small rolling pin, Mini rice krispie treats, knife, parchment/wax paper to roll fondant on.

To color the white fondant, I added a tiny bit of green coloring food gel and kneaded until I got the desired green color.

Using my fondant rolling pin, I rolled out the green fondant and then placed a mini rice krispie treat on the fondant. It’s great as the rice krispie treats are quite sticky anyway so the fondant sticks nicely to it.

Use a sharp knife to cut around the fondant, turn over the Krispie treat and add the edible sugar eyes.


Cut out hair, nose ( I did with nose and without), scar and mouth using the decorating candy.


When Frankenstein looks to your liking, push in the pencil topper and attach to pencil. You can wrap in a cello bag and add ribbon.


Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy these Frankenstein rice krispie cuties.

 

 

 

 

 

September 23, 2012

Jackson’s ‘Camp-In’ 10th Birthday party

Filed under: Special Occasions — faithscookies @ 8:37 pm


 
JACKSON’S CAMP-IN PARTY 

My Son Jackson, just turned 10 years old….still can’t believe he is ‘double digits’, not sure where the past 10 years have gone. For his 10th Birthday party we decided on a ‘Camp-In’ theme. Living in Florida, the weather can be very unpredictable so even though we decided to pitch the tent outdoors, we knew that we could always have the Campers sleep inside if needed. Jackson invited 6 of his friends and his 2 sisters would also be attending the party. The invites were sent and Campers were invited to attend the ‘Camp-In’, bringing their sleeping bags, pillows and toothbrushes!.

I found some great ‘hot cocoa’ flasks and decided to monogram them with each campers first Initial and also create a ‘Camp Survival Kit’ for each camper. I already had the green/brown gable boxes but just added a quick sticker to each one. Each survival kit included:

A Map of Florida, USA, World, or Tampa. (FYI…If you are a AAA member, you can order for free online, up to 12 maps of your choice). Mine arrived about a week after ordering which was great. A flashlight, twinkie, pack of gum, gummy worms in a little container and goldfish crackers. I setup the dinner table with pine cones, a lantern centerpiece and made burlap napkin rings hand stamped with an owl out of IKEA curtains. I also made 2 tablecloths from the same curtains.

I decided to setup the desserts, s’mores table and ‘MESS’ table in our ‘pool table’ room. I placed twinkle lights over the french doors and made a burlap banner to spell out CAMP above the doors. I found some cute vintage camp accessories, such as mini oil lamps, camp stool and a great vintage cake tin at a vintage warehouse in Lakeland and also found a MESS kit at another local shop. I made monogrammed cupcake wrappers with ‘Camp 10′ and ‘J’ and cupcakes with frosting and candy frogs, fish and turtles, peanut butter cookies, swamp trifles, bear paw marshmallow pops and mini double chocolate cookie cakes.

Burlap Banner and twinkle lights

Vintage cake tin

 

Swamp trifles – Blue berry jelly and cake, vanilla pudding and whipped cream with mini fishing poles with a candy swedish fish attached and peanut butter cookies.

Cupcakes with goldfish, turtle, frog candy toppers and mini chocolate chip cookie cakes with a peanut butter cup baked inside with vanilla frosting.

I baked a double layer cookie cake, the top layer was a double chocolate chip cookie and the bottom layer was a chocolate chip cookie cake. I added mini marshmallows onto pretzel sticks to resemble mini s’mores and made a burlap mini tent and added a candy bear and tree….everyone loved the cake.

Everyone played tackle football outside to burn off some energy. After the pizza and desserts, they played pass the parcel, another favorite game of mine growing up. I wrapped up dollar store items, the ‘whoopie cushions’ were loved by all!!!!. Later on they toasted marshmallows and made s’mores outside on the camp fire. They all drank hot chocolate from their flasks.

   

Individual s’more kits and telescoping sticks and Camp Ten display with ‘Alligator sighting’ picture and binoculars…..some of the Campers did see a couple in the lake. I added vinyl number ’10′ to white balloons and attached to sticks onto a spray painted wooden pallet.

The next morning I had put together some individual mini cereal boxes in tupperware containers (used as bowls), with a napkin, spoon and apple juice. They also ate fruit and breakfast sandwiches.

A few campers that left a little later did get to play The Chocolate Game….another favorite English game (I needed Cadbury chocolate!). Jackson managed to eat a couple of pieces!
Each camper took home their survival kit, marshmallow toasting sticks and monogrammed flasks.

August 23, 2012

I survived the first week of School – free printable

Filed under: Crafts — faithscookies @ 5:02 pm

Wow….it’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. I’ve been crafting with my new favourite tool – the Cricut, but wanted to try my hand at a free printable. I have created these ‘I survived the first week of school’ free printables for you. I think I’ll cut one out and attach with a ribbon to a glass of wine tomorrow night!!. They would be cute to add to a treat for the kids tomorrow as a surprise in their lunch box or even to print out and give to the Teachers with a sweet treat attached?. Let me know whether you like them.

I survived the first week of School! - free printable download

Have a great day

Faith

January 27, 2012

How to upcycle an old canvas print using chalkboard paper and felt borders

Filed under: Crafts — faithscookies @ 1:53 pm

If you’re like me you have a few old prints that your children have outgrown.  I originally wanted to use chalkboard paint but Joann’s were out of black paint and I remembered that I had some chalkboard contact paper that I could use.

Here’s what I used: Canvas print, chalkboard contact paper, felt sticky borders, scissors:

 Cut out a piece of your chalkboard contact paper to the size you need. I wanted to cover the giraffe (very cute but a bit too young for my children now).  Carefully peel and stick onto canvas print. You may get a few bubbles underneath the paper so you can easily remove and try again.

Peel and stick felt borders to each side of paper….I chose a light pink and a dark pink as this will be for my daughter. Here you have a simple chalkboard. I’ll probably add some ribbon and hang in her bedroom.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 23, 2012

Valentine’s Day crafts and treats

Filed under: Baking,Crafts,Gifts — faithscookies @ 12:02 am

Wow….can’t believe January is nearly over. Happy 2012 to everyone and thanks for supporting my little blog. Just really getting started but wanted to share some cute Valentine treats and crafts that I’ve made. We even had to make a special trip today to ‘Michael’s’ so my children could each get a glue gun! and I’m happy that I finally figured out the sewing machine.

Valentine’s Sweetie Pie Pops – I am a little obsessed with cute little individual desserts so made these ‘strawberry/chocolate’ pie pops. I used store bought pie crust and cut out the heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Slice a strawberry and sprinkle in some chocolate chips and cover with another heart shaped pie cut out. I used alphabet cookie cutters to spell out ‘sweetie’ and baked at 375 degrees until golden brown.

 

Valentine’s Day….You make my heart ‘pop’ marshmallow pops…..dip marshmallow pop in your choice of chocolate or candy melts, dip into pop rocks candy. I added a candy heart sprinkle.

Chocolate ganache covered shortbread heart cookies

Craft – Pocket Sized hand sanitizer Valentine themed holders. These are extremely popular at my Daughter’s School, they can be clipped onto a lunch box or backpack. I can create in your choice of colours.

 Thanks so much for reading….

 

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