November 2016

Introducing Our December Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Oh my, the year is nearly over! I'm astonished at how quickly 2016 has flown, but I guess that's how things go when you're immersed in something you truly enjoy - in my (and our!) case, cookie decorating! Before I introduce our very talented December site artist, let me just say that I am in dire need of January 2017 site art, as well as art for the months of March, April, July, August, September, and December 2017. If you're interested in having your cookie art featured in our 2017 banners...Read More...
Last Reply By Classic.Cookies · First Unread Post
Don't forget our once-in-a-lifetime live chat with cookier extraordinaire @Jill FCS, Funky Cookie Studio this coming Saturday! Jill's chat room is now open to receive advance questions here: http://cookieconnection.juliausher.com/chat-event/live-chat-with-jill-fcs Hope to see you all there!Read More...
Last Reply By Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* · First Unread Post

TASTE AWARDS - I Would Love Your Help!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As I mentioned a few days ago on Facebook, I am up for a few video awards in the TASTE AWARDS program. In two of the categories, the winner is determined by popular vote. If you like what I do, please consider voting for me for Best Food Program (Online) and Best Instructional Video Series (Categories 3 and 13 in the link). Thanks so much in advance! Online voting is open until December 20: http://www.thetasteawards.com/...annual-taste-awards/Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Clever Kitchen Gadgets for the Holidays!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
I've got a hot tip for some great stocking stuffers - all from our site affiliate, Monkey Business. This site is known for its ultra-clever designs for kitchen gadgets, just a small sampling of which is shown below. As with all of our Cookie Connection affiliates, whenever you purchase from any of the Monkey Business links in this post or elsewhere on this site (usually on the far right hand side), Cookie Connection receives a small referral fee used to offset the hosting charges for this...Read More...

New Site Affiliate Program - Flirty Aprons!

Forum: Suppliers
Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our latest site affiliate program with Flirty Aprons! They make some wonderful colorful (and, yes, flirty) aprons and supply other handy kitchen gadgets as well! Every time you purchase through the link below, or other similar ones appearing in the "Sites that Support Us" area on the right side of our home page and Clips main page, Cookie Connection will receive a small referral fee. Those fees are critical to the ongoing...Read More...

Cyber Monday Deal on DoughEZ Rolling System - 20% Off!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I've got another great Cyber Monday deal for you, this time on the DoughEZ rolling system (mat and guides). Just access the DoughEZ site through the link below and use the coupon code "CYBERBAKING" (no quotes) at check-out to get 20% off. This offer is good for one day only - today, November 28, 2016! However, if you use the coupon code "juliausher" (no quotes) any other time of year, you'll get 10% off. Enjoy! Access the DoughEZ site here . While you're shopping, please also check...Read More...

Cyber Monday Sale on Julia's New Stencils - 20% Off!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm offering a fab Cyber Monday Sale on my new stencil line that runs from today (Saturday, November 26) through December 22, 2016! All stencils and stencil accessories in my new Prettier Plaques TM line (which you can read more about here ) are 20% off. Woo hoo! Just apply coupon code 112216 at check-out! And, remember, I'm also giving away $200 worth of my stencils in a giveaway that runs through December 6, 2016. To enter that giveaway, click here , and follow the instructions at...Read More...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post
Hi, all, just a heads-up that there will be no Saturday Spotlight this weekend or next, as I am taking a much-needed vacation starting tomorrow. I'll be launching a super duper giveaway (related to my new product line) during this time, but that is the only work that my family is going to permit me to do! Thanks for understanding, and a "happy Thanksgiving" to all who celebrate!Read More...
Last Reply By Evelindecora · First Unread Post

Icing Texture with Wilton Gel Coloring

stefani
I have been using Wilton gel coloring with my royal icing recipe (powdered sugar, meringue powder, water) and I've noticed that when making a large batch of one color of icing (dark/bold color), the texture changes. Last night I needed a large batch of orange, and it took FOREVER to get the right flooding texture. I know when you add gel, it changes the consistency, but does anyone else have this problem? Or am I just very impatient?Read More...
Last Reply By stefani · First Unread Post

How Quickly Do You Flood After Outlining?

stefani
I'm having trouble with the smoothness of where my flooding and outlining icing meet. I try to use the "toothpaste consistency", 20-second RI (royal icing) when outlining, then a thinner consistency when flooding, but a lot of times it looks like this picture. Other times it's very smooth. I don't get it! Any advice? I usually outline all of the cookies, then move onto flooding.Read More...
Last Reply By Lucy (Honeycat Cookies) · First Unread Post
Our site tech guys, Hoop.la, will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of our service. The maintenance window is scheduled for November 18, 2016, from 10 am to 9 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). During the maintenance window, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds. Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of the maintenance period, however, and...Read More...

Ugly Fat Flowers - Help!

No matter what tip I use to make flowers, they do not come out crisp. Not sure how to describe it, but the thin part of the tip "puffs" up to the same thickness as the larger opening part of the tip. I have tried with what I thought was stiff consistency, but still had no luck. Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong?Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Bodeman Widga · First Unread Post
Hi, all! We had another site software update yesterday. Many things were changed on the admin side relating to who I can give permission to view various things. But, seeing as this is an all-inclusive community, I don't plan to implement most of these changes (i.e., to restrict anyone's access to certain areas of the site). However, there was one change that may impact some of you . If you previously integrated your Facebook activity (posts) into your member profile "Social" area (as...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Site Upgrade Brings Some Forum Changes!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone. Last week, we had a site software upgrade that brought a few changes to the forums that impact you. Here's a quick summary: 1. Forum posting guidelines have been added under the banner at the top of every forums page, and in a widget to the upper right of every forums page. That banner says "Important: Please read before posting" and looks like this: Just click on the banner and you will be taken to this guidelines page . The guidelines provide tips for (1) searching the site...Read More...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post
Hi! The Cookie Connection forums are a great spot to get speedy advice from other members, or to post your news. But before you post there, please read and heed the following rules: 1. Make sure your question (or topic) has not already been addressed , as we try to avoid duplicate topics. To do this, use the Advanced Search function under the "magnifying glass" icon (in the upper right of the site in standard laptop viewing mode) or under the yellow "Search" tab (to the left on mobile...Read More...

Royal Icing Transfers Disintegrated

Hello, I had made white royal icing transfers and let them dry completely over night so I could use them on my cookies the next day. So when the next day came I iced my cookies with red and black royal icing and then immediately placed my royal icing transfers on. The problem occurred when I started to notice that my transfers looked as if they were disintegrating/melting into my wet royal icing. I've seen other people use the technique of putting dried transfers on wet icing and I can't...Read More...
Last Reply By Katisaurous · First Unread Post

Site Downtime for Software Update - November 10

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! My site tech team, Hoop.la, will be performing a software update on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The update will require up to 10 minutes of downtime for Cookie Connection , sometime between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). There will also be a short period (of up to 15 minutes) where the Content Stream, Activity Stream, and Advanced Reporting portions of Cookie Connection will be unavailable. During that time, those sections of the site will...Read More...

Cake Masters Cookie Award Winner Announced!

Julia M. Usher
As promised, I'm back with an announcement of the Cake Masters Cookie Award winner, who was revealed last night at Cake International in Birmingham, England, but only a couple of hours ago on the Cake Masters Facebook page . So the news is hot off the press for most of us! As a reminder, there were four very deserving Cookie Connection members - @Evelindecora, @swissophie, @SweetAmbs, and @Dolce Sentire - up for the Cookie...Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

Cookier Block

Shannon Orr
Do you ever have a pretty good creative spree then once it's over you are absolutley drained and find youself empty of new ideas? This happens to me often and I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to get the creative juices flowing again. This is absolutley the worst time of year to find oneself at a roadblock! TIARead More...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post
Hey, all! Just a reminder that the Cake Masters Magazine Awards take place tomorrow night in Birmingham, England at the Cake International show. There are four Cookie Connection members - @Evelindecora, @swissophie, @SweetAmbs, and @Dolce Sentire - up for the Cookie Award! (Congrats again, ladies!) Winners typically get announced on the Cake Masters Awards Facebook page throughout the night, so you can follow the fun there!Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

Selling Cookies in Pennsylvania

stefani
Hi, all! I recently started decorating cookies and now I'm HOOKED! I'm looking into starting a small cookie business here in PA, but it's so unclear as to what steps I need to take. Ideally, I'd like to sell out of my townhouse, but we have a dog. We're probably going to buy a house next year, and I thought it would be nice to potentially turn the basement into a kitchen and keep him upstairs. In the meantime, I'm thinking of asking around to see if I can bake out of a local...Read More...
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