The stretch between the middle of spring and the beginning of summer feels like a continuous celebration. Birthdays! Father's Day! Graduations! I've mentioned this before but, for me anyway, this year seems to be in celebratory overdrive. However, this is not a bad thing . . . I welcome the opportunity to focus my attention on finding the perfect cookie for any occasion. And what an inspiring collection we have this week which does just that!
Because there was no Saturday Spotlight last week, this hot list* is a combination of cookies that have trended over the past two weeks.
#2: A Box of Sunflowers by Edyta Kołodziej (This summery delight is for the latest Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #54, which is all about piped flower bouquets. Nice work, @Edyta Kołodziej! Everyone else, if you haven't yet checked out the challenge, please do. The featured guest is @Anna_Sunday_Cookers, and she's done a superlative job of demystifying how to make lifelike cookie bouquets. Her tutorial is info-packed and free, and she's even giving away another cookie class to one randomly drawn challenge entrant!)
#6: Piped Flower Bouquet by Petra Florean (Another wonderful entry in Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #54. Congratulations, @Petra Florean, for being the first participant! Here's to many, many more entries from you and others!)
Now that is quite the collection, isn't it?! A big congratulations to everyone featured. Don't forget to check out Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #54. There is plenty of time to enter, and two entries were already featured this week! Of course, if you just want to watch Anna's video tutorial, that is fine too - but, remember, you will only qualify for the random drawing if you enter a cookie bouquet based on Anna's free lesson!
I'm off now to prepare the house (and cookies!) for arriving guests. Unfortunately, storms are predicted during their journey. Though I can't control the weather, I can certainly offer a warm welcome. A fresh plate of cookies will help take the edge off of what may turn out be a rather stormy ride . . .
Have a wonderful week!
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Lisa Foss is a hobbyist cookie decorator. After careers in corporate communications and freelance writing, she focused her attention on the nonprofit sector. She spent more than a decade at various soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and prison reentry programs throughout New York City. Lisa’s cookie journey began in 2011 when she started making gingerbread houses. After getting a handle on construction, she focused on improving her decorating skills through books, videos, and online tutorials. This exploration brought her to Cookie Connection, which has provided her with an incredible community to learn from and grow with. Though she enjoys making cookies for family and friends, Lisa’s main focus is cookies for charity.
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Note: Saturday Spotlight is a weekly Cookie Connection blog feature written alternately by Lisa Foss and Julia M. Usher. Its primary intent is to cast a spotlight on the week's top-trending cookie posts, as determined automatically by the site algorithms described above. This article expresses the views of the author, and not necessarily those of this site, its owners, its administrators, or its employees. To see all of Cookie Connection's past Saturday Spotlights, click here.