Picture this: Sunlight sneaking past the umbrella over my head, a gentle breeze tempering those rays, a glass-like expanse of water stretching out before me, and a cup of morning (iced) coffee in hand . . . yippee, it's the first weekend of summer - here in the northern hemisphere, that is!
I don't know how you plan to celebrate the start of this flip flop-wearing, fun-loving season, but I could think of no better way than chilling on my deck and sopping up all the great summer photos posted to Cookie Connection this week!
So how 'bout it? Grab a cool drink, kick back, and take a look at our Top 10 Hot List* in this week's Saturday Spotlight. I assure you, you'll be charmed by each and every one of these summer-y creations. As you browse and ooh and aah, don't forget to give these cookiers a big round of applause! And winners, stay tuned for your congratulatory badges!
(Yes, yes, I realize I'm half a day early with this post, but I'm in a remote area for a family wedding and not taking any chances - I decided to post while I still had an Internet connection! )
#1: Ombre Marbled Flowers by Ali's Sweet Tooth
#2: Happy Sun Cookies by Yankee Girl Yummies
#3: Sweet Shoppe by Ali's Sweet Tooth (Jaci did it again! Double applause, please!)
#4: BBQ Cookies by Munchkin Munchies
#5: Summer Nautical Theme by The Cookie Lab
#6: Happy Summertime Lemonade by Melissa Joy
#7: Garden Set for Mimi by Yankee Girl Yummies (Another two-time winner this week! Woo hoo!)
#8: Garden Party by Dolce
#9: Poppies by Lucky Penny
#10: Summer Set by Creative Cookies Belgrade
* As a reminder, a word about how the rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo this week. The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos are added to the site. But what you see here is who was hottest over the previous week at the time of this post!
So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.
All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.