Julia M. Usher

Founder and Host, Cookie Connection; Owner, Recipes for a Sweet Life
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Hi, it's me again! (The first post below was automated.) Welcome to the site; I hope you enjoy it. This cookie is lovely, but a couple...
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Hi, Szilvia , Congrats on making your first post. I look forward to many more to come!
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Hi, again, Caroline! (The first message above was automated!) Welcome to the site; I am so glad to see you finally joined. Have fun and...
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Hi, Caroline Yeoh , Congrats on making your first post. I look forward to many more to come!
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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! 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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My November Stencil of the Month, “Pop the Bubbly” (aka "Pop! Fizz! Clink!"), is a festive five-piece cookie stencil set for ringing in...
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Thanks for the kind words. The fan is in the back of the dehydrator, so it seems to hit all racks fairly evenly. Though hot air rises,...
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No, I now have that same Excalibur, and I use it at the lowest setting and it is fine, though I still watch everything for reasons...
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Hi, Ramadevi Boutique , Congrats on making your first post. I look forward to many more to come!
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I have these, actually. They are shiny, but they are HUGE (6mm is pretty darn big; 3mm is the usual dragee size).
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Funny you should ask this, as I have been searching for some for my 3-D Christmas fireplace project! I never found any, so I was going...
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Lovely, but don't forget to give your images descriptive main titles (you gave this one "hh2") so that people can more readily search...
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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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Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge #1: Update

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Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the full episode of this season's first Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/sho...christmas-family-fun Congrats to Aime at @ThePaintedPastry for winning! And to Arlene of @Chua Cookie and all of the other competitors for getting as far as they did. The Food Network sure knows how to create a pressure-cooker work environment. There was so little time to do anything,...Read More...
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Stenciled Cookie Contest by Julia's Stencil Partner

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Attention, cookiers! My stencil partner ( Confection Couture Stencils ) is running a "Show Us Your Cookies" contest, where you can enter to win a curated set of cookies stencils (worth $60) PLUS a bonus prize. Entries must be received by November 30, 2017 and must also be stenciled with either my Prettier Plaques sets or any of the Confection Couture stencils. The winner will be determined by the number of likes each entry receives, so spread the word by sharing your image after you upload...Read More...
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Nice work, @Cookies by joss . I temporarily re-opened the Practice Bakes Perfect clip set, so this image could be grouped with the...
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Perhaps there is some license-free downloadable Hamilton art, but I don't know of it. Perhaps someone who does will chime in here.
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2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards Winners Announced!

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Woo hoo! The results are finally in! I know firsthand what a grueling experience the judging process was, as I had the privilege (?!) of scouring 40 super-qualified portfolios, along with 11 other judges, to make the final determinations. What a challenge that was! The judges' individual rankings in 10 categories were filed about a month ago, and then tallied by the folks at Cake Masters , leading to the awards announcements made last night at the 2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards in...Read More...
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Hi, @Sheerin , my stencil manufacturing partner (Stencil Ease) doesn't do too much one-off custom work, and certainly won't copy logos...
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Lovely, but cupcakes should only go in the one cupcakes clip set and not also in cookie clip sets. I removed this image from two cookie...
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Two Cookie Connection Members on Food Network!

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Hi, all! Some exciting news just in from Cookie Connection member, @Chua Cookie. Arlene writes: "So excited to announce that I'll be appearing in Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge! I cookiefied the judges! . . . Tune in on Monday, November 6, at 10 PM EST ! Watch as I compete against my baking buddies, including one of my cookie idols, Aime from The Painted Pastry. Two Cookie Connection members will be in the premiere episode. (Hint: And perhaps others in the...Read More...
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