🎀Ladies In The Industry: Breast Cancer Charity Luncheon for REMAX Services🎀

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I had the pleasure of customizing cookies for Ladies In The Industry: Breast Cancer Charity Luncheon for REMAX Services. The event hit really close to home so I was very excited to make 80 cookies! This was my first order of cookies that someone besides my mama purchased from me! Shoutout to my best friend Rebecca, the marketing goddess, who works at REMAX Services of Boca Raton for ordering cookies! All I was told were to make them appropriate for a Breast Cancer charity event & I had the perfect idea!

I’ve already made Breast Cancer ribbon cookies previously for my mother, so I figured I’d do it again! This time I had to make 80 cookies! I got so organized & planned everything from start to finish. As per usual, things didn’t go as planned. The cookies actually came out better than expected because of the mistakes a made throughout the way. I baked homemade sugar cookies made in my kitchen, made with love.

I designed 80 sugar cookies with 4 different designs using Royal Icing Doing the same design for a cookie can be boring so I’m glad I mixed things up. Packaging the cookies was also fun to make. I wanted to create a foldable paper with my logo & info as well as a breast cancer related quote to staple to the clear round baggie. I created this on a number of apps. Rebecca created my logo which I’m so happy about! Pinterest helped me find a quote that was appropriate for the event.

Since I wanted to fold the paper over & stapled the bag to keep it secure, I took my logo & flipped it upside down. This would create the look I’m looking for, trust the process. After I had those images, I went to an app that creates photo collages. It’s a long process & I will definitely do a blog post about it one day in the future.

The bagging of the cookies were bought from Michaels, perfect My favorite place to be! I packaged the cookies individually in clear round bag & they look amazing! The one thing I would do differently would package the cookies in a shallow box that fits 10 cookies rather than a bag. That would eliminate the staking of cookies. Some cookies broke, which I am ashamed of, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. The cookies were placed on all the tables at each place setting! Super cute idea! This was my first of many customized cookies. Would I do it all over again after all the sleep lost for cookie?!? Yes, I definitely would! So excited to see where my baking takes me!

🎀Team Ella🎀

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I myself will be participating in a 5k! As some of you may know from reading my blog, my beautiful mama was diagnosed this year with Breast Cancer & is still receiving chemotherapy & soon radiation. I really wanted to do something with my family & friends to support my beautiful mama, I’ve walked for causes before in high school & with my dance studio, but this walk is super special. Finding a walk on a Sunday, my one day off, was really tough to find! With luck, my mama found a walk on a local University campus! Making Strides of South Palm Beach. If you live in South Florida & are interested in walking for a purpose, please join us! So there will be tons of people there & I wanted Team Ella to wear something where everyone knew we were walking for Team Ella. As I thought of some ideas, I finally made my mind up & choose to make shirt pins! The main reason was because it was the most inexpensive project to make for a group of 10, so far.

All I needed were a few materials!

Materials

  • Customizable Pins 2.25in. x 5.7in
  • Pink Ribbon 1 1/2 in x 4yds
  • Scissors
  • Picture of person
  • Pencil

I started to plan my trip to the store, I check my Michaels App, Joann App, & Walmart App. If I don’t go to the store without a list, I will be indecisive & look at everything & feel overwhelmed. I searched each app for the pins & ribbon. I wasn’t quit sure which store would have them for sale. Michaels is 0.5 miles away from my home so I decided to go there! The app also told me which isle to go to & there they were! There were just the amount that I needed, So convenient! The ribbon section had just the right size ribbon I was looking for, I personally wanted to use a thick size ribbon so it would be big & resemble the Brest cancer ribbon. The pins came in a package of 4, I bought 3 packs for $2.99 each. The ribbon was $4.99 per roll, just incase I bought 2. Everything else I had in my crafting closet. Yes a whole closet for crafting rather than clothes. I spent $20.09. Its not about the money though, it’s the thought that counts. I know my mama will appreciate whatever I make for her.

Before I even begin to start crafting, I like to clean up my area and make sure the counter top is clean so shmutz does not get on it for some reason. I (meaning my boyfriend Jeremy) first wanted to trace the pin around the picture of my mama. This way it would fit exactly inside the pin.

I cut around the picture exactly where I traced the line.

I printed out the picture too close together so that’s why it’s cut off more on the edges. I popped the picture in and it fit nicely, even though there is space on the sides with the big pink ribbon behind it.

I then attached the back part of the pin by just clicking it in gently. This plastic pins are fragile. I broke 2 while separating the front & back part of the pin. Half of the project is completed! Now it was time for a snack break! I made Jeremy & I PB&J sandwich’s! We have them pretty much everyday. Now to the final part, create the breast cancer ribbon.

The first thing you want to do is measure how long you want the ribbon to hang. I wanted mine pretty long so I measured it at 3 inches.

At this point, you want to fold your ribbon. Very simple right!

Now, carefully fold the ribbon forward. You can fold it in front of the ribbon that’s already there or fold it towards the back. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. But there only 2 ways to do it! You do want the ribbon to hang at the same length. I always cut longer so I’m always able to cut more if necessary.

The final step is so add the pin to the ribbon! The pin will keep the ribbon at the shape you want & it will pin to my shirt. You first want to poke the ribbon as far right as you want to go. As you can see from the picture above, you can see that my pin poked through both ribbons so it will stay together. You can tell cause the ribbon lines from behind the ribbon.

Lastly, I poked the ribbon from the back to the front so the pin would be tight & secure. You don’t want to grab too much ribbon or not enough ribbon. You don’t want the pin to be hanging off & you definitely don’t want to wrinkle the ribbon by taking too much. And now I’m finished!

So easy & fun to make! Now I gotta make 9 more! Thank G-d my boyfriend Jeremy was able to help me cut all the pictures for me. He loves helping me craft which makes me think he is so perfect! I’m so happy how these came out! My mama will love them! Now all the people on our team can wear what they want & wearing thesec pins puts the cherry on top of the cake! Go Team Ella!

Baking For The Boobies

Being in my kitchen is one of my favorite places. My mama raised me in the kitchen to help her with meals and help set the table. The picture above is my Mama & I at 2 years old circa 1994. It’s definitely something a woman should be familiar with. Baking has always been so fun for me and I always loved the whole process. The before and after pictures during my baking are my favorite part to do. I have learned a lot on my own, through the internet, magazines, and friends. Instagram makes it so easy for you to look up anything you want and there are videos and websites to go along with it. It’s just so fabulous! I’ve been stalking royal icing Instagram accounts and I started to follow Corianne’s Custom Cookies. She is a self taught baker whom creates masterpiece cookies! She decorated her special ordered sugar cookies from children’s cartoon characters, wedding theme, sports, glitter, she is a pro at it all! Corianne provides tips & tricks for baking, royal icing consistency, & words of encouragement! Come on, everyone loves a pick me up when baking doesn’t go the right way sometimes. You pick yourself up, learn your mistakes, & do it again! Practice makes perfect! Corianne has her own blog where she posted every so often & she shared her Sugar Cookie Recipe! I had to try it out for myself.

Ingredients

1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter

1/2 Granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 Egg

2 Tbs. Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tbs. Almond Extract

2 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour

Directions

1. Mix room temperature butter with granulated sugar.

2. In separate bowl mix egg, vanilla extract, & vanilla extract.

3. Combine egg mixture with butter mixture.

4. Sift flour & powdered sugar together in large bowl.

5. Combine flour mixture to butter mixture. Add in small amounts.

6. Continue to mix until tough dough starts to form and becomes one dough ball.

7. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F.

*NO NEED TO REFRIGERATE!

8. Roll out dough on parchment paper to 1/8 of an inch. Use any cookie cutter your heart desires!

9. Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes.

*This will result in white cookies perfect for decorating.*

I decided to make Breast Cancer Awareness cookies for my beautiful mama who is battling cancer now. She has completed 4/& rounds of chemotherapy. I bake every chance I get because desserts are the only taste buds she hasn’t lost. She tells me everything tasted funny. Some days she doesn’t eat anything besides desserts. I figured these would put a smile on her face. I decided to decorate with some royal icing. The key to royal icing is the consistency! It will make you or break you, write that down. I used a royal icing recipe from a Pinterest account that I follow, but I honestly don’t know which one to cite. Sorry not sorry.

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)

1 1/2 Tbs. Milk (almond, soy, whole)

2 Tsp. Light Corn Syrup

1/2 Tsp. vanilla or almond extract

*I doubled recipe due to the amount of cookies to cover.

Directions

1. Sift powdered sugar into mixing bowl.

2. Add milk, extract, & syrup.

3. Mix all together with spatula.

4. Mix together with paddle attachment on standing mixture, on low speed

5. Mix for about 3-5 minutes.

*At this consistency, you will use it to border your design on each cookie. *

6. Put half of batter in a medium bowl. Set aside.

7. Mix the remaining royal icing on low. Add 1 tsp. of water at a time to find the flossing consistency.

*Not too thin, but thick enough to hold its form after 10 seconds. *

8. Add coloring gel before putting into pastry bag.

*Don’t add too many colors because your icing will turn grey. I’ve learned from experience.*

Drawing your border is the first step to decorating your cookie with royal icing. You will you the mixture that you did NOT add water to. Once this is done, let them cookies rest to dry for a few hours. 24 hours is ideal but 2-4 hours is enough learning from experience.

The ribbon cookies are outlined with white with the white circle for the center of the ribbon. I thought it would make it look realistic. Then there would be pink royal icing in my white royal icing border I made. The round cookies, I know I just want to write word on them with the letter “O” and replace them with a pink ribbon.

I really had fun making these even though it took me 3 days! So worth it! They aren’t perfect but they came out amazing & I’m so proud of myself! I will definitely be making more cookies in my future! Practice makes perfect in anything you do! Have fun practicing!