Julia M. Usher

Founder and Host, Cookie Connection; Owner, Recipes for a Sweet Life
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Hi, all! I just wanted to give a warm welcome and thank you to Dotty Raleigh of @SugarDotCookies for becoming our latest site advertiser. If it weren't for the contributions of such supporters, Cookie Connection would cease to exist. (That may sound dramatic, but it's true!) So thank you again, Dotty! Also, I wanted to alert you to what Dotty is advertising, as I think it will interest those of you with cookie enterprises, or those aspiring to launch businesses soon. For a while...Read More...

Heads Up: No Saturday Spotlights 'Til May 12

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Hi, all! In case you missed my announcement at the end of last week's Saturday Spotlight , here it is again . . . I'll be traveling for the next two weeks (first to SoFlo in Miami and then to teach in the Dominican Republic), so I will be unable to publish Spotlight s for the next two weekends. I've learned over time that trying to travel, teach, and maintain this site and a personal life all at once do not a sane Julia make! I apologize for the hiatus, but promise to resume our normal...Read More...
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More Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

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Aha! Got your attention again! As it turns out, I'm sponsoring and judging another great cookie competition this year at the Show Me Sweets Cake & Candy Convention , on September 8-9, 2018 in St. Charles, Missouri. This show is only one year old, but it generated an impressive turnout for the cookie competition last year, and it only promises to be even better this year. So far, over $2500 in cash and prizes has been donated for four categories in the cookie competition. For more...Read More...

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So I heard back from CK Products today right after I issued my followup email, and they said they've changed to a finer sugar, so all is...
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I reported several bad batch numbers directly to CK Products back in February 2018, and they said they would have their QC Department...
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That thinner brand is Rainbow Dust, but, sometimes, even when the markers are new, it's tough to get them to draw evenly and heavily, or...
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Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

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Aha! So I got your attention, didn't I?! Good, because I wanted to remind you that, as always, I'll be sponsoring and judging my namesake cookie decorating competition at this year's Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show , aka OSSAS, on September 28-30, 2018. It's the show's 25th anniversary, so founder and host Kerry Vincent is surely going to pull out all the stops! And so should you! It's not too early to start designing your competition entry! Attached is a screen shot of the competition prizes...Read More...

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@Dragana - I was also curious as to which edible markers you used, as your lines look so nice and crisp (and also dark)? Sometimes those...
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Thanks! I have a number of videos on my YouTube channel that cover my preferred rubber-stamping technique, so you might check out my...
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Hi, @Julredw17 , As Econlady said, you should try "royal icing". The recipe you are using has no egg whites in it, and, thus, is not...
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You put "Ballet Cookies" in the caption field, not in the main title field that shows at the top of your post. The site will auto-load...
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Super cute, but please remember to give your images descriptive main titles (not the long string of numbers from your camera, as you...
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New Member Moderation Practices

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Hi, all! Due to an unfortunate rash of spam/fake members signing up for the site since January 2018, I am moving to a new system of moderating new member signups. In the past, everyone who signed up for Cookie Connection automatically had access to the site, without any moderation/review by me. However, this process has (recently) allowed a large number of fake members (10 to 20 per day) to join, and has created an ENORMOUS amount of cleanup for me - about 1 or more hours each day to delete...Read More...
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