Stacey Woods Photography My fabulous friend, Stacey Woods, is an incredible photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and children photographs. She has also taken some amazing shots of our delicious gourmet cookies that will make your mouth water!!
Hallmark Development This is one of our satisfied corporate clients. and we really enjoy working with this stellar group. Hallmark Development of Florida is a diversified real estate development firm founded 43 years ago by Daniel Engelhardt. It has developed roughly 630,000 square feet of office and service-center space with nearly 160 tenants at the Airport Business Center near the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on 140th Avenue North in Clearwater.
Currently, Hallmark is building Pinellas County's first privately owned LEED office building. When complete, this 25,290-square-foot building will be the international headquarters for The Moorings/Sunsail.
Confetti Events Jamie & Laurie are two of the most creative girls I know. Event planners extraordinaire, you will be amazed and inspired by their ideas and talent. I've enjoyed getting to know them, and have loved working with them. I hope you'll check them out for your next event!
Dreaming Giggles Design You will love Patti's talent and her fabulous creations!! All of her items are custom designed, and working with Patti is a great experience.
Finicky Window Cleaning You will love John & Jesse, owners of this business, and will be amazed with their work! These people know how to do windows, and do it right! Plus, customers receive Kookie Krums cookies with the Finicky logo on them . . . a yummy reason to have your windows washed today!
Blogs I Follow
Two Shades of Pink My gorgeous new friend, Jessica, has an amazing story of her journey to motherhood, and daily chats about her life in the trenches. You'll laugh out loud, and sometimes cry as you read; I love her perspective on life!!
Mom2Drew My incredibly sweet friend Jenny writes about life with her little boy (who is also incredibly sweet and very cute!). A totally different perspective than those of us with girls, although she does have a baby girl on the way! I always find her posts encouraging. I know you will too.
Confetti Events Blog I love this blog! New ideas, amazing finds, innovative designing . . . this one always gets my creative juices flowing!
Stacey Woods Photography See life's most precious memories through Stacey's lens as she lets us get sneak peeks of photos she's proofing for clients. Gorgeous shots, beautiful photos, and sweet Southern stories!
Bring the Rain For those of you who have ever lost a child, or know someone who has, this blog is incredible. Having lost four babies myself, giving birth to one and knowing her for a brief four hours before she died, I can tell you every sentiment, every feeling, every sentence is absolutely true. From mourning to dancing, this blog will completely bless you.
A customer asked us to create a different kind of cookie bouquet than we normally do. When her niece was in a play last year, she gave her a bouquet of flowers after the performance. This time, her nephew is in the play, but she thought, and I agreed, that he probably wouldn't appreciate the flowers! She asked if we could create a cookie bouquet in the same manner as the flowers you might hand to someone. What a fun idea!! I loved it, and must say I think this is one of my new favorites! What do you think?!
We made this very yummy chocolate chip cookie cake for Jeff for his birthday. What makes this special, is that Jeff is in Afghanistan, defending our country. His mom and sister wanted to do something fun for his birthday, so they're tucking this cookie cake into his box of birthday goodies and shipping it off!
I am pretty sure this is the farthest our cookies have ever been sent before! Mom and Sis promised to let me know when and how it arrives. We carefully planned out the packaging and shipment so that hopefully this cookie will look just the same when it arrives.
Happy Birthday, Jeff, and a big Thank You for serving our country!!
That is such an understatement for this basket. I had a blast working with Tammy from Curtis Fundamental to put together this basket for their Auction. The class theme was "Mom's Fun," and Tammy went to town collecting donations for this . . . literally!! Tammy is a donation collector extraordinaire, and I had a vision of the amazing display all of this put together would make.
We filled this ginormous basket with items from various local merchants, and then stuck in gift cards galore! We had items like a water bottle, stationary set, notepads, mini-drinks, incense, sachets, jewelry, and all kinds of other fun stuff.
Gift cards came from restaurants, house cleaning services, personal trainers, car washes, ice cream parlors, spas, salons, boutiques, and more! This basket was valued at over $1,000! I SO wish I could have been the high bidder on this basket!
Finished off with a dozen cookies and a gift certificate to Kookie Krums, this seriously was something any of us ladies would have been in heaven with. Fantastic outpouring from local businesses really made this basket the dream that it was. Isn't it gorgeous?!
I am just now coming up for air. Without a doubt, this had to be my busiest Easter to date. Not only was my girl's school on Spring Break, and she was wanting to do something "super special" every day, but it was the week before Easter, there were more than a lot of cookies to bake, orders to fulfill, and I was hosting Easter dinner (which really sounds way more elaborate than it was, but I'm still taking it).
We did bunnies and ducks and eggs and flowers, along with our usual famous assortment of cookies. Easter baskets, flower pots, boxes, buckets, you name it, we filled it. I absolutely love putting together Easter baskets. Not just for the candy, although that certainly doesn't hurt, but I love all the nods to spring and new growth.
This year we were thrilled with a very-last-minute, large Easter order to prepare. Although it was questionable at first whether we could pull it off, pull it off we did, and with our usual flair! A much deserved thanks goes out to my amazing friend that pulled an all-nighter with me for that one!!
The final touch was the girls hunting for eggs.
You'll notice in the pictures, I'm sure, that H has a lot more eggs in her basket than K. Yes, there's a reason for that. Yep, it's my fault. See, we ate lunch with our family, and then I had to distract the girls while Daniel hid the eggs. I sent them out to their playground to run off some energy. H had already commented on the fact that she hadn't seen any eggs out front, so I knew for them to "suddenly" appear would be a hard sell for her.
After the eggs were all hidden, I went out back and told the girls an elaborate story about how I'd been doing the dishes, and saw a flash of white out of the corner of my eye. I told them I was sure I had seen a cottontail too, but when I ran to the window, I didn't see anything. I told them I thought it must have been the Easter Bunny leaving the eggs for them, so we all ran out front to see if that's indeed what had happened. H grabbed her basket and started picking up eggs, while K stood there looking all around. Then she looked up at me and said "Where Easer bunny go?" I told her he went to take eggs to the other childrens' houses, but she wasn't buying. "I wanna see Easer bunny, where he go?" As much as we tried to convince her that it was ok that she didn't see him, she was adamant that she was not going to look for eggs until she found the Easter bunny. Hmm, so much for that story. We finally cajoled her into picking up a few, but then she decided she would just sit down and wait for a glimpse of the bunny and let her sister pick up the rest of the eggs.
Hmm, mental note to come up with a better story for next year! I hope you all had a wonderful, blessed Easter and enjoyed this very special holiday. It's good to be back, and I have a lot to share with you that I'm looking forward to posting in the next several days!
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Rumor has it that Lori may be offering up something sweet for Kookie Krums' readers in the near future too, so stay tuned!!
My girls are going to get a few of these in their Easter basket this year, I've already decided. You know the saying about the cobbler's kids having no shoes, well, that's so true with my family and cookies. Usually they get the broken ones or the leftovers. Once in a while they'll get the cut out cookies that didn't turn out quite right when they were decorated, and the girls are usually asking "what was this supposed to be, Mommy?" So I'm deciding it now, and making it public here for accountability's sake, my girls are going to get "made for them" Easter cookies in their baskets! Won't they be shocked?! Hubby will get some too, as the frosted sugar cookies are his all time fave.
We are taking orders for Easter cut-out cookies now. Perfect for school parties, Easter egg hunts, basket fillers, and those yummy buffet tables!! I can't decide which one is my favorite, but I think it's the bunny face. Several customers have ordered cookie bouquets to be delivered or shipped, with a variety of our regular cookies, and then a few of these decorated cookies on sticks. A fantastic idea that will really add a special touch to the bouquets.
Just added to our website, you can find these under the Easter category. We have lots more designs coming too, so keep checking back for more!!
I so love making new friends, and these four kids were absolutely adorable!! All decked out in their green and headed downtown to find some St. Patty's fun, they were more than willing to come in and help me finish off the shamrock cookies before I closed for the day today. I promise they were all smiling on the first ten pictures I took - before I realized my camera settings were changed and I was taking completely dark pictures. Ya'll were great sports and very patient with me, hope the cookies made it all worthwhile!
Don't you just love that green hair?! It was AMAZING!!! I hope ya'll come back and see me again!
I had the fun task of putting together an icebreaker for the Junior League meeting earlier this week. I decided to make it about a girl and her purse. My hubby always says he thinks we could survive a hurricane with what I carry in my purse, but you've got to be prepared, right?! Now with the girls, there's even more inventory in this black hole of a purse I've got. But I can't tell you how many times we've been saved at an appointment or a restaurant that's taking longer than expected because I can pull out a variety of notebooks, crayons, toys, and the like. Anyway, I'm getting off track here . . . the icebreaker . . .
The girls were split up into groups of six, and told to take their purses with them when they split up. I made a list of sixteen items that a girl might find in her purse. Everything from pink lipstick to a parking ticket to a hotel room key. Some of the girls were hoping for a scandalous story with that last one, but we didn't hear anything juicy.
The words were scrambled, to make it more of a challenge. Each group had to first unscramble the words, and then see how many of the items they could come up with out of their purses. Then, of course, there were prizes.
For third prize, I told them they really need to stock their purses, so I gave them a bag of necessities. Gum, antibacterial wipes, nail file, binder clip (don't knock it, I used one to hold up my pants the other day!!), and candy.
Second prize, they were doing pretty good, just needed some essentials. They each received a bag with a little notepad, pen, granola bar, tissues, and a lollipop.
First prize was a little more difficult. What do you get the girl who has everything?! I gave them each a candy bar wrapped up like a million dollar bill. What more does a girl need than a million dollars?! However, along with that much money comes a lot of headaches, so they also got a pack of Tylenol to keep in their purse. And because you can always use something sweet, they each got a cookie. So fun!
It's coming, and it will be here soon. The Easter Bunny, that is. Can you believe Easter is only about three weeks away?! Only yesterday did it start feeling like spring around here, and I'm hoping it sticks!! Our new Easter designs are just adorable, you will love them. You can click here to see everything Easter on our website.
This year we also have a lot of other things to fill your baskets with. Chocolate bunnies, fudge eggs, NEW Surgar-Free candy, soft plush toys, and the list goes on and on. Our two most popular new fillers are the wind up bunnies. Cute little soft bunnies that hop around when you wind them up. And our dinosaur eggs. Plush polk-dot eggs with a stuffed baby dinosaur inside when you open the zipper that roars when you press its tummy. Love them.
New this year too, you can order all of these fun little extras online! Just doing our part to make your lives a little easier and keep those to-do lists down to a manageable size!!
I would love to hear what your favorite Easter design is, and any fun ideas that you do for Easter Baskets.