August 2016

Introducing Our September Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
[EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm posting this news a wee bit early, since our site may be up and down on September 1 due to routine maintenance. BTW, if you missed that alert, you can check it out here .] I've always viewed September as a month of change and renewal, what with all of the life adjustments that come with getting kids (and ourselves) back to school and adapting to the faster pace of the fall season. As the calendar flips from August to September, it's only fitting then that we change up...Read More...
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Freezing Cookies

I didn't see anything about this in the forums. And not sure where to post it . . . What is suggested as far as making cookies in advance and freezing them (shelf life)? And what about pre-decorating them and freezing them? What kind of containers are recommended? I have been having trouble finding a rectangular size.Read More...
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Fifth Annual Go Bo! Bake Sale Registration is Now Open!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, just a heads-up that the Fifth Annual Go Bo! Bake Sale is from October 14 -16, 2016, and registration (for donating cookies and baked goods to the cause) just opened today. You can find out more about the Go Bo! cause and register on the new Go Bo! site, here . You can also read our recent post about it here , and follow the event on our event calendar here .Read More...
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Site Downtime on September 1!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My tech guys at Hoop.la/Social Strata will be doing routine maintenance of the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of our service. This maintenance is scheduled for September 1, 2016, from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). During the maintenance window, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds; however, our community will be functioning normally for the vast majority of this period.Read More...
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Hi, all, just a quick reminder that September 1, 2016 is that last day to file an entry form for my namesake decorated cookie contest at Kerry Vincent's famed Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) , which runs from September 30 (set-up day) to October 2, 2016. Entering is a great way to hone decorating skills, but also an opportunity to win - and win BIG! In fact, just recently, I upped the ante on prizes in "Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition" to a grand total of $1,750 in cash ,...Read More...
I know, I know, I've posted about these chats before, but seeing as they're nearly here, I thought it couldn't hurt to send out another reminder. After all, our chats are only ever as good as the quality of participation from the audience! Of course, our guests are always great, but they rely on your questions to keep the chats lively and information-rich! The first chat is this Saturday, August 27 with Aixa Zunino of @Dolce Sentire , and the second one is a mere one week...Read More...
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No Saturday Spotlight This Week!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Hubby invited me to dinner and a movie, and so, three glasses of wine later, I am in no position to write a Saturday Spotlight ! Plus, I'm still in the middle of transitioning computer systems, and much of the software that I use to create Spotlight graphics still needs to be downloaded and set up. My apologies for the brief hiatus. I hope to resume normal posting of Spotlight s next weekend.Read More...
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Large Cookie Order - How to Execute the Project?? 750 Cookies!

Hi all, I've received a prospective enquiry about providing 750 royal-iced cookies for next year. I haven't accepted the order as I'm completely stumbled as to how to go about executing such a large number of cookies so I would appreciate any feedback for the following questions: 1) I cannot bake that many cookies at home, so I'm trying to find a commercial kitchen with a large oven I could use. I've contacted local community centers and a couple of restaurants to no avail. Any ideas on how...Read More...
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Checking in on Our Italian Friends

Julia M. Usher
Hi, I sincerely hope that all of our Italian cookie friends (and their friends and families) were spared from the devastating earthquake in Umbria last night. Please let us know if you are okay and if there is anything your Cookie Connection friends can do to help! ❤️❤️❤️Read More...
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Adhering Cookies to Grease-Resistant Cookie Cards

My sister and I are preparing for our first big event. We want to offer some themed cookie packages which would contain 2 or 3 cookies packaged together. I have read about the grease-resistant cookie cards that are sold by BRP. Is it possible to adhere cookies to these cards so they won't move around by using royal icing like glue? Thanks, KateRead More...
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Featured on FoodyDirect!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, I am pleased to announce that I was featured yesterday as part of FoodyDirect 's new expert interview series. Cookie Connection got some great exposure as well! Read it all here ! FoodyDirect's primary business is serving as an online marketplace that brings food from some of the country's best restaurants and artisan purveyors directly to your door. For example, Ming Tsai, of the acclaimed Blue Ginger in Massachusetts, is now offering two of his restaurant favorites through this...Read More...
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Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale is Right Around the Corner!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads up that the Fifth Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale, organized by Jill FCS, is right around the corner - from October 14 to 16, to be exact. It's for a great cause (which you can read about here ) and also great fun, so please consider participating! Donor registration will be open via Jill's new site on September 6, 2016 . In the meantime, she recommends that you start thinking about your cookie designs (Halloween, fall, or kid-friendly themes), as the deadline for...Read More...
Woo hoo! A huge congrats to site contributor Dolce Sentire (aka Aixa Zunino) for having one of her amazing tutorials featured in Cake Masters Magazine this month. In it, she shows how to make this lovely lavender cookie using stenciling, stamping, painting, and aging techniques. To purchase the tutorial (and the entire issue, for that matter), just jump on over to the Cake Masters site by clicking here . Congrats again, Aixa!Read More...
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Super New Features - The @Mentions Release!

Julia M. Usher
My site folks at Hoop.la/Social Strata have rolled out yet another major update for us (that I think you will LOVE) focused on mentions or tags, as we're used to calling them on Facebook. Now, it's possible to tag and notify other members when you've mentioned them, or want to alert them to something, in a post. I am happy to say that I suggested this feature upgrade a while ago, and since it was one of the most voted-on suggestions in the Hoop.la development queue, it got implemented - and...Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

DoughE-Z Offer for Cookie Connection Members!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've got a great new offer for you from DoughE-Z , one of Cookie Connection 's affiliate programs. As you may know, DoughE-Z makes a self-contained rolling system, including a large fold-over silicone mat and rolling guides, that's designed to guarantee even rolls of dough every time! The DoughE-Z team recently revamped its website, and to celebrate, it's offering all Cookie Connection members (and anyone who orders through DoughE-Z links on this site) 10% off those orders!Read More...
Hi, all! As I mentioned in this week's post about our latest site upgrade , y ou are now able to integrate your LinkedIn account (if you have one) into your Cookie Connection member profile. Once you've gone through some very simple integration steps, you will (1) be able to log into this site from LinkedIn and (2) a LinkedIn icon/quick link will appear at the top of your profile, allowing members to easily jump on over to LinkedIn and also follow you there. However, due to limitations on...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Next Sweet Sharing Chat Has Been Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a quick update of my earlier announcement about upcoming live chats . Our next Sweet Sharing chat has now been announced! It's with Mike Tamplin of SemiSweet Designs , and you can see the important deets and topic in the image below. His chat room is also now open to receive advance questions here . Hope to "see" you there on September 3!Read More...
Hi, just an FYI . . . We normally post our next Practice Bakes Perfect challenge on the Sunday following the previous challenge's Spotlight , but posting Challenge #18 is a bit delayed for various reasons (Christine's fine-tuning of it, my difficulty finding time to edit and post while teaching classes, etc.). We expect to have it posted sometime later this week, ideally before August 14, so stay tuned. You'll know when it posts if you just check the blog or the challenge alert boxes from...Read More...
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Live Chat Alerts!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! A reminder and an announcement, all at once! First, don't forget : We've got another sure-to-be-inspiring live chat coming up in August with none other than Cookie Connection 's Get Insprired with Dolce Sentire contributor, Aixa Zunino . You can find the essential time and date in the image below. Her bio can be found by clicking on the "i" icon at the top of her chat room , which, BTW, is now open to receive your advance quesions. So jump on over there, and start peppering her with...Read More...
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