Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Edible Valentine's Tree Decorations~

I promised I would share some home made Valentine tree decorations~My tree is frugal..very frugal..from tip to toe:)
I have 2 more posts for Valentines..so I am trying to fit them in.. I'll be quieter after..Just in case some of you like to see different ideas here and there~
I hope you are not yawning by now~:)



So I'll start with the BIG picture:)

For the tree topper..I made a sugar cookie from the recipe below..and cut it out to fit the Fancy Flour Wafer Paper ..Perfect fit..I love those transfer papers..Jain ..alerted me to them and sent me my first order..shipping to Canada..is prohibitive price wise..to me...
I must remember to replenish when I go back to the USA.:)



I still have the charm my dad gave my mom.. not the only one..for her charm bracelet.. with these words inscribed..and they mean the world to me:)..because he did mean every word~

Look how well the transfers turn out..
I used some corn syrup on top of the cookie..a thin coating of fondant.. and then the transfer ..and then the corn syrup to preserve..I won't eat this one..It's a tree topper!You can see the progress of the tree in the collage..

Next I fell upon Bakerella's method of adding molded fondant to her sugar cookies..She has the BEST molds..I used my cookie stamp that I used for the Croxetti..It pales in comparison...And my Etsy find..:) My monogram~



However..I learned so much more than molding fondant etc...

I would love it..if you went to her link and read her post about 2011~

You know that saying about the grass always seems greener on the other side?
I was in awe and humbled when I read what this talented..successful.nice,great blogger has just gone though.

I never knew..I am not a habitual visitor..we have never exchanged words..e-mails..comments..I have left some comments..few... yes..few..and I made her pops for one of my daughter's showers:)..They were a hit:)

But there are soo many people there.. That..I have always felt..(invisible)..
I now gather she reads everything~

I admire her even more..To have persevered.. done everything it takes and more..to succeed..(not the success word I mean)..to have her mom by her side..to have the courage to keep going..:)



This just made me see..once again..we always think life is so rosy..across the fence..when in effect many of us..struggle.. and keep going..and leave it unsaid.

Kudos to Bakerella and her inspirational story..:)



In the links I gave..you will find the sugar cookie recipe she uses..and the credit to said recipe~

Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies


3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I've stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
1 egg
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling (video on University of Cookie).

Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.


Once the cookies were cooled..I pressed the rolled fondant into my mold..then laid it down after removal.I cut it out with the same cookie heart cutter and laid it on the cookie on top of a thin coating of corn syrup..
Her method is explained on her blog also.



The cookies I have here..are for the tree..but they are edible..
Enjoy her beautiful blog~ She deserves all her accolades and success~

18 comments:

  1. You bore me??? I don't think so!
    The tree is awesome and each little part.
    I can't believe how well that pic transferred to a cookie!
    I did read that about Bakerella and was like you when I read it. Bless her heart.
    Anything with almond extract gets my vote.

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  2. Yes Bless her heart:) The paper..sticks to the cookie..they are wafer papers..edible:) so it is very hard to not get them right..the only problem you could have is if the cookie is uneven then the paper takes the uneven form..Fondant hides imperfections..:)perfection every time..
    Thank you:)

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  3. What an amazing post. The resilience and strength of some people is astonishing.

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  4. OOooh I want to make a Valentine tree too!!! Yours is so so lovely!!!What an inspiration you are, not only in the kitchen! I have the tree, I have the ornaments- now I need a home of my own ;)
    Hugs!

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  5. I'm waving a magic wand Monica~A home of your own..this year.. all the beautiful images you shared when searching..combined into one gem..
    When you make a
    tree..I would love to see:)
    Pam..I agree..astonishing and encouraging.

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  6. Love that tree as well as all your decoration; I don't really think could succeed as well with those sugar cookies; they are perfect.
    What an inspirational story; you are so right no one knows what is behind the real life of our blogger friends.
    It is a great place to connect with others who have our same interest.
    I have to admit to you I am always so anxious to discover your next post; always very interesting.
    Merci Monique!
    Rita

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  7. Lovely! I frequently order from Fancy Flours. They are prompt with their beautifully wrapped packages and I've never been disappointed. I haven't tried their papers yet but you have inspired me.

    I'm off to visit the blog you mentioned. Thanks!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. She is truly an inspiration...and you are so right....we never know what people are dealing with behind the scenes....
    You are also an inspiration....your loving kindness shows through every picture you post and word you write...

    Your little tree is just gushing love...I had seen the beautiful hearts on Bakerella and looked at those molds....just beautiful. I have never worked with fondant...but I have tasted it...not too crazy about the taste. Do you make your own? Someone told me they make a marshmallow fondant that tastes pretty good....maybe some time I will try it.

    Just beautiful Nana....really beautiful...
    Bisous xoxoxoxoxo
    L

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  9. Hi Lida:)

    I have made the marshmallow fondant and it does taste better than reg.fondant:) It's not my fave either..:)But so much fun to work with and if you roll it thin?:) All the better.I keep a tub on hand store bought.We have a place near here Bulk barn that carries it..It keeps very well.I soften it in the microwave a bit..But home made is better tasting.

    The molds..one day I will order one..look at the choice though! How would one decide:)?

    I agree Bonnie..Fancy Flours have amazing products..beautiful packaging..but when I called there was a flat fee of $40.00 at the time..and my order was $15.00:)Or so..for Canada.
    Lovely company you are right.
    I have never had a bad communication etc..results with any US company..always so courteous..nice etc..except once:(A big surprise..a big company ..
    Have a lovely day everyone..It's cold..but spectacular sunshine and blue skies today~

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  10. Thank you for the link to Bakerella.
    What an inspiration!

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  11. I had know idea what she has been though! I knew of her huge success with cake pops and that's all. Amazing story about her mother donating a kidney too. Truly inspirational.

    I don't have a Valentine tree but I love yours and how you've decorated it. The molds and transfers are so beautiful!

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  12. oh Monique, can I come to your house? This is so sweet...

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  13. There is no such thing as a truly charmed life Monique. Charm is only to be found in how we deal with what life hands us. Love your tree, and your pretty "ornaments." I do not have the patience I think. I must admire from afar! xxoo

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  14. What a tribute to an amazing woman..true grace....
    Your tree and the ornaments are charming ...I'm just so sorry I didn't get around to you sooner.
    YOu too are an amazing woman and one from whom I draw my inner peace.
    Shel x

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  15. Have a lovely day everyone..

    I have gone back to her post quite a few times..And I loved seeing them together:)

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  16. this is a great post! it looks lovely and I can't wait to make those cookies

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  17. I have been wanting to order some of the wonderful rice paper toppers for cookies from Fancy Flours. What a web site they have! Yours turned out beautifully, they look just like an antique card. The fondant ones are beautiful too! I love the presentation on a tree!

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