Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Caterpillar and Watermelon Sugar Cookies

Summer is almost over, but a fun way to remember all the fun times and welcome in a new season is to bake some sugar cookies! I made different sized circle shaped sugar cookies and cut a few of the larger ones in half before baking them.
So, with the half circles, I piped on some royal icing caterpillars and made watermelon slices. The caterpillars were pretty easy as I just piped circles in different colors, one right after the next. Then when the icing dried a bit, I used a black edible ink marker to draw on a little eye and some antennas. Of course, the caterpillars can be made in a combination of any colors, bright, pastel, rainbow.......whatever matches your theme or mood.

For the watermelon slices, I simply piped on a green half circle, then flooded the rest of the cookie with red icing. Next, I put some black icing dots on it and used a toothpick to pull the black circles out to make them look like seeds.

I also made some square shaped cookies, put green icing on them and sprinkled sanding sugar onto them. Those were a lot of fun to eat, because they were nice and crunchy and looked a bit like grass!

These cookies would be perfect for a picnic, barbecue, garden party, summer get together or even a Hungry Caterpillar themed party.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Saving Money Using Straight Talk

This post brought to you by Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Straight Talk is a great cellular phone provider that helps cut your cell phone costs in half. That makes for a lot more money left over to buy baking supplies. At least, that is definitely what I would do with the savings! What would you use the savings for? Straight Talk has unlimited monthly plans which cost only $45 per month and include calls, text messaging, picture messaging and web. If everything you need is included, what more can you ask for? You can call a friend to get that recipe you have been wanting to try out! Also, there aren’t any activation, reactivation or termination fees. Low rates are also available for international calling so you don't have to be afraid to  call anyone you want, even if they live far away.

With Straight Talk, 411 calls are included at no extra cost, and you don’t have to sign a contract as you do with many other companies. You get nationwide coverage and can choose from quality brand name phones and even reconditioned phones starting at only $10! Smart phones with touch screens, app capable, with such features as voice navigation, camera, video recorder and music player are just some of the choices available.

These days, mom knows best not only  when it comes to the kitchen, but cell phones too! 

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