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ImageImage Creativity is in my blood! I am always thinking what I can create and learn next.

The desire to learn to bake and decorate cookies was fueled when Christine Brower posted in Facebook her amazing engagement ring cookies as shown here. In subsequent months I viewed other amazing cookies such as The Little Mermaid and just knew I wanted to be able to do that.

Recently,Christine invited me to a networking event in New Jersey and Annette Davidson and i were talking about Christine’s cookies. We both said that it would be great if Christine would give us a class.

Well,I wrote to Christine and asked her and she was gracious enough to say yes. I arrived at Christine’s home a couple of weeks ago not knowing what to expect but knowing I was going to have fun and be put to work.

I was awed by all of the plastic bins with cookie cutter shapes from holidays to weddings to children’s themes and much more. She had all of the colorings and glitters and so much more.

I knew this was going to be serious when Christine asked me if I could tie my hair back. A little bit of hair does not add to the flavor of the cookies! We put all of the various ingredients in a bowl such as the butter,sugar and flour.

Now,the serious part began. I have baked cookies before but never with the kneading and rolling. I kneaded and kneaded and even when I thought I kneaded enough there was still more kneading to be done.

Next,the rolling out of the dough began. The dough has to be just right. It can’t be too thick or thin. When we started cutting out our shapes, if one shape was too thick or thin, we had to do it again.

I forgot to mention that I thought we were going to be making cookies for an event Christine had the following week. Did I tell you how thoughtful and generous Christine is? I was having a networking event of my own and Christine said that I should make cookies for my event. The shapes I picked were a wedding dress, an engagement ring and a teapot.

Well, after all of the kneading and rolling out, I cut out my shapes and the baking began. We had to watch the cookies very carefully so they were not under baked or too brown.

I never realized how time consuming the whole process is and before we knew it it was early evening and no time for the decorating lesson.

Don’t worry because this story has a happy ending! Christine offered to decorate my cookies and deliver the cookies to me before my event which she did last week. The cookies you see are the finished product. Not only were they beautiful but delicious as well!

Very shortly I am going back to Christine’s and haveĀ  part two of my lesson. I am going to lern to decorate so stay tuned for the next part of my baking adventure.

Thanks to Christine Brower! You rock!

For more info go to: www.basket-mania.com

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