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Hi, all! Just a quick FYI . . . I am leaving on vacation (for the first time this year!) tomorrow (November 18) and will return on November 25. Per mandate from my husband , I will be doing absolutely no work during this time (!!) and, though I hate to be saying this again, I will therefore not be posting a Saturday Spotlight tomorrow or on November 25. D epending on how my reentry into real life goes on Sunday, November 26, I may resume Spotlight s that day, or simply pick up again on the...Read More...
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Hi, all! As you probably know by now, Food Network is airing a series of seven Christmas Cookie Challenges this holiday season, all with a keen focus on our passion - cookie decorating! You can see the entire first episode, called Christmas Family Fun , here, along with upcoming airtimes of this episode and the others. As if this wasn't exciting enough, at least five Cookie Connection members have competed in these challenges, and we've got the rare opportunity to talk with all of them about...Read More...
Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
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Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
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We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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Say Hello to Our November Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
This month's site artist, the creator of the stunning owls you now see staring back at you, is one of our most prolific contributors to the site. Not only has she been a featured site artist at lease three (or is it four?) times, she is also a repeat Practice Bakes Perfect challenge entrant, who often enters each challenge multiple times! Her signature style of boldly painted scenes, often with the added dimension of modeled fondant figurines, is immediately recognizable to anyone who's been...Read More...
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Hi, all, Just a quick note to let you know that the Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #25 recap will post sometime between November 11 and 15, rather than in its usual Saturday Spotlight slot on November 11. In addition, the next challenge (#26) is likely to be posted on December 2 or December 3 rather than the week following the previous (#25) recap. Let me assure you, these delays have nothing to do with @Bakerloo Station, our marvelous challenge host, and have everything to do...Read More...
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Introducing Our October Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Boo! (Did I scare you?! ) We've got a boo-tiful set of Halloween-themed art for the site this month, but I have a feeling it won't scare you much either. Dubbed "Goofy Goths, Boo Bones, and Candy Curls" by its creator, the very talented @virago , it's more charming and smile-inducing than spooky. Ever since virago submitted this art, now almost a year ago, I've been dying to post it . . . not only are the individual cookies executed to perfection, but the overall...Read More...
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Hi, all. The Cookie Connection site recently underwent a software update in which many improvements were made to admin functionality. Plus, one change was made that affects all of you more directly! In the past, you may have noticed that, when selecting emojis in the Cookie Connection entry/editing window on mobile devices , emojis did not reveal as they should. Instead, they showed up in posts as a string of question marks. Well, that bug has finally been fixed! Now, you should see emojis...Read More...
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Saturday Spotlight: Delayed!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I am teaching straight for the next several days, so the Saturday Spotlight , which is in process, will be a bit delayed. It's a feature of the amazing 2017 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show winners, and promises to be a good one. Stay tuned!Read More...
Hi, everyone! I thought I'd take a different tack with the live chat this month by NOT having a featured guest, but rather encouraging everyone to come at an appointed time to discuss whatever cookie stuff your heart desires. I'd particularly like to encourage newcomers to Cookie Connection to attend, as I and our veteran members would love to meet you more personally. I will, of course, be on hand to moderate the chat and to answer any questions people have for me about the site or anything...Read More...
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No Saturday Spotlight Tonight

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! So sorry, but I won't be writing the Saturday Spotlight (again) this weekend. I just got back from a long day at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (it's now 8 pm), and I have to get a good night's sleep tonight because I must drive 6 hours home tomorrow night after working another 12-hour day at the show tomorrow. I'll resume the Spotlight next weekend. Thanks for your understanding! I will, however, be conducting the flour survey drawing later tonight, so do stay tuned for that!Read More...
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Hi, everyone! Once again, my tech team at Hoop.la will be doing maintenance next week on the systems that power Cookie Connection . This maintenance period is scheduled for October 5, 2017 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During the maintenance period, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection should be functioning normally for the vast majority of the time. If you have trouble accessing the site during this time, there is no need to alert...Read More...
Hi, all! As you may or may not know, I'm currently conducting a quick survey about flour use in rolled cookies in preparation for @Liesbet's next Toolbox Talk . If you haven't yet taken that survey, I would love it if you would! You can do so here ! If you have taken the survey (and if you haven't, for that matter), you should know that I recently (just today) added an extra special BONUS QUESTION at the very end (Q15). On September 30 , I'll be drawing one name from...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hey, all! I just wanted to extend a public congratulations to @Evelindecora for achieving 100,000 activity points on Cookie Connection this past weekend, elevating her to our highest "Cookie Queen" status on the site! You'll now see her sporting the following badge on her member profile and perhaps elsewhere online, and this is why! As you may or may not know, activity points are basically a fun, non-competitive measure of your activity on the site, which, if you hadn't...Read More...
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Ha, gotcha! There is no September site artist this month, so you are stuck with some images using my latest back-to-school stencil set ("A+ Teacher") from my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line! They didn't quite fit the fixed spaces of our banner and background as beautifully as our members' previous site submissions have, but I hope they convey the suggestion of "back to school", the prevailing theme of this month - and the preoccupation of most moms right now! ** IMPORTANT - I NEED YOUR...Read More...
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Mark your calendars now for September 16, 2017 (10 am central), because we've got an exciting live chat scheduled with the very talented @Tammy Trahan New Orleans Cookie Company of New Orleans Cookie Company ! While Tammy has been a member of Cookie Connection since 2014, I hadn't had the pleasure of actually seeing her work until she posted some images recently into my Facebook cookie group. (Now, if I could only get Tammy to start posting here! ) It didn't take more than one or two posts for me to...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
After my site support team made some changes to your "Notifications" area a few weeks ago, I've gotten a few questions about how the "Alerts" page works, so I am posting a few clarifications below. BTW, the changes made to the "Notifications" area are very important, as they may affect the volume of automatic notices you get from the site, so PLEASE ALSO READ THIS RELATED POST , if you haven't already. Thanks! Now, for those "Alerts" page clarifications: 1) Alerts cannot be manually deleted...Read More...
Hi, everyone! Don't forget - we've got an excellent live chat next Saturday, August 26, with Cookie Connection contributor @Manu, author of our awesome " Made by Manu " cookie tutorial series . Want to know how to write a great cookie tutorial? Well, she can tell you that (and many other cookie things)! You won't want to miss this chat, so be sure to bookmark her chat room link . If you can't make the chat at the appointed time, no worries! You can log advance...Read More...
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I'm calling our next chat "Meet-up with Manu," because you're going to have the special opportunity to get to know our very own Cookie Connection contributor , Manuela Pezzopane (aka Manu), that much better. As one of our very fine tutorialists, she's in the perfect position to tell us all about what goes into writing and photographing a great cookie tutorial. She, of course, will also be ready to share tips about how she conceives of and executes her marvelously unique cookie designs. I...Read More...
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Site Downtime for Maintenance on August 15

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My site support team, Hoop.la/Social Strata, will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for August 15, 2017 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During this maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of the...Read More...

Sponsor Shout-Out: Designer Stencils!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just wanted to give a special shout-out to Designer Stencils, who has been a very generous site sponsor since Cookie Connection 's inception a few years ago. They've got a fun new ad (with emoji stencils) on the home page of our site, and, if you click on it (or the pink link below), you'll be taken to their exciting lineup of cookie and cake stencils, which features some great new stencils in the very first spot. I hope you'll take a moment to thank Designer Stencils for their...Read More...

Say Hello to Our August Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Hi, all! I realize I'm a few days early with this post, but I'll be leaving town in the next two days, and I wanted to make sure the site art was refreshed before I left. Please enjoy!] The changing of the months and seasons is always fun when marked by stunning cookies! And I must say, this month's featured cookies by Miki Shibasaki of @Miki@Atelier Detour are real stunners. From the nautical color scheme and the flawless icing to the exacting arrangement of...Read More...
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Upcoming Vacation and Saturday Spotlight Gap

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads-up: next Saturday, I'll be on a short vacation in Argentina, followed by a class there the next Saturday, so I will be unable to post another Spotlight until August 12 . (However, I just posted this week's edition, and it's full of great cookies! If you haven't yet seen it, click here .) My apologies for another gap in coverage, but I'll be sure to make up for it when I get back. We've got another chat, a new challenge, and a Cookier Close-up or two, all coming up very...Read More...

July Site Art - Just Rotated!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As you probably noticed, I just rotated our site art. We were lucky to have two site art submissions for this month, so, now that we're at the mid-month mark, @Kim Damon's summer church fair-themed set is taking over for @Magadiuz's glorious blue butterflies. To read more about our July site artists, and to see their submissions in more detail, please check out our earlier introduction to them, here . Thanks again, Kim and Ina, for your...Read More...

Congrats to Our Two (!) July Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
July is a month blessed with bounty - idyllic summer vacations, laid-back gatherings with friends and family, outdoor parties galore, festive patriotic fireworks (at least here in the US), and . . . yes, two Cookie Connection featured site artists! Aren't we lucky?! The artist whose work will be featured in the first half of July is none other than @Magadiuz, aka Ina Uzzanu, who was, coincidentally, also featured around this time last year. (See that post here .) Ina's...Read More...
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Congratulations to Our New Site Contributor!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've got a great surprise for you! @Aproned Artist, aka Samantha Yacovetta, has officially joined our team of Cookie Connection contributors as of today! As you probably know from seeing her work on this site, she's made a name for herself in the cookie world with her precise work, elegant designs, and keen attention to showstopping details. So it only makes sense then that her bimonthly cookie tutorials will focus on the special little details that make big...Read More...
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Surprise Visitor - No Saturday Spotlight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! My sincerest apologies. Tomorrow morning, I'm getting a surprise visit from a family member who I have not seen in several years. So yesterday, after receiving an email that she was passing through St. Louis, I dropped everything and spent several hours furiously cleaning up cookie debris and trying to make the house look civilized. Right now, it's 3 am on Sunday morning, and I have just finished the bare minimum of cleaning (bathrooms, kitchen, and guest bedroom), and I can't...Read More...
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