Matchstick Cookies

I saw these mini matchstick cookies from SprinkleBakes and had to try them myself!

It took me several rounds to get these little cookies the size and shape I wanted, but I finally got some I was happy with. You have to make the dough, freeze, cut, freeze, and bake immediately to help them hold their sharp shape…

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It would have been faster to buy a package of ready-to-go white matchstick boxes, but by the time I decided I was going to go for it, I was a little short on time to order and hand out by Valentine’s Day like I planned (but not soon enough :P). So I ended up just buying a package of matchstick boxes at Fred Meyer, pocketing the matches and cleaning/altering/decorating the boxes for my own use with white paper and washi tape. I had more cookies to share, but the box alteration time set my limit for sharing to a special few 😉

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How cute are these ?!! 🙂

Raspberry Almond Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I was inspired to use fresh berries for my Valentine bake and came across these lovely raspberries, and then the almond cupcakes and bittersweet chocolate ganache followed 🙂 I look forward to getting a new camera someday soon, but for now, these camera phone photos will have to do!

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This lovely cake stand was made locally by JaMpdx! Thank you, Jenn and Meghan! 🙂

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Bundt Cake Winter Wonderland

I’m a bit out of season, but I couldn’t resist experimenting with these ‘littles’ a friend gave me. 🙂 I have been inspired by work like “Minimian” (originally seen here) and Audrey Heller, and creative juices started flowing after the snowstorm earlier this year…

DARING SKIIER….

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ONE ICE SKATER…

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TWO ICE SKATERS…
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THREE ICE SKATERS…

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ANOTHER DARING SKI STUNT

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Thirty-ONEderful!

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These adorable mini birthday cupcakes were so fun to make, and perfectly bite-sized. I wrapped my old Architecture 101 wooden drafting board in sprinkle wrapping paper, and it made the perfect backdrop for the Thirty-ONEderful cupcakes! (Yes, there are 31 of them).

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yellow cake minis with chocolate frosting

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chocolate minis with chocolate frosting

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My mixer makes a flower shape in powdered sugar 🙂

Tassies

I was baking my regular pecan tassies per the recipe, but ended up with extra dough for the actual shells, so I decided to throw some different ingredients in them just for the heck of it. In addition to the pecans, I made one version with ham and parmesan cheese, one with lemon curd, and one with chopped kalamata olives and feta. Mmmm… I’d say my favorite after the pecan was the lemon curd. The ham and cheese came out a little dry, and I didn’t realized the feta wouldn’t melt and become gooey. But all-in-all, these were fun to try, taste, and of course photograph 🙂

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Mini cake towers!

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While on a trip to Japan, I spotted this tiny little painted stand, not much bigger than a thumb. I think its intended purpose might have been for incense or something, but I knew right away that I saw it as a mini cake stand. 🙂 I purchased a set of tiny flower cookie cutters in Japan as well, and went to work when I got home to make these tiny little delights.

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