Friday, 30 May 2008

Teddy Bear Parade

Look, Mummum, Teddy Bears! <-- Cia's comments. Then she lent me her hands to hold the teddy when I tried to take its picture. And a very cooperative hand talent she was, too. In the mood for more teddies, all couples are in matching outfit, ready to go for a dance party!

Also available in cocoa flavour. With or without the belly buttons :)

Boys and Girls

Got me a some new cutters, and a chance to try them came as soon as my neighbour Dian requested me to bake her sons a few pieces of butter cookies. Then got more order from Noni, some butter cookies on stick for her daughter Emma and her friends.

So here are some girlie butterflies and girl shaped cookies for the girl, and some teddies for the boys.
(Dian messaged me right away, saying that her boys were so excited to see their favourite cookie in different fun shapes. I guess I was as happy as her boys, too!)

Mum's 60th Birthday

It's our Mum's 60th birthday in May this year, so my sister and I decided to throw her a surprise dinner party and invited our family and relatives, plus a few of her best friends to her favourite cafe in Bandung.
As our Mum loves flowers, I made about 100 cookies with flowery themes, all in sort of colours and shapes as a thank you gift for the guests.

Simple heart patterned ones,

And plenty of free hand flowers ...

Monday, 5 May 2008

Adia : Welcome Baby Girl!

It was around the 3rd week of April. I got a text message from Onin , she wants 20 pieces of lolly cookies to welcome her niece who was due to be born around May 8th - 10th.
The theme is Baby Girl, so I did some samples and emailed them to my first official client.

Onin likes the comical expressions and pastels colours on the samples, and asked me to eliminates the bright colours. Agreed that it was a good idea, I was planning to do the shopping on May 2nd and get ready just in case Baby Adia decides to welcome herself to the world earlier than her parents had expected.
She did!

May 1st, early morning, got another text message from Onin: "I got a new niece, born 6.15 this morning!"

So there went a bit of chaos in my kitchen, sent my assistant to complete my shopping list at the nearby market, baked the cookies in 2 flavours, vanilla butter and chocolate, and I was ready to work with the icing by the time my kids hit their bed for afternoon nap.

It started to get disorganised when I found out that the icing looked funny. Turned out it was donut icing that the seller gave to me instead of icing sugar, so I had to make another batch in 6 different colours. Managed to draw on about 8 cookies, put them back in the oven to dry the icing and this time they all went lumpy and sticky!

I had lost 5 hours due to this icing problem and was to lose several more as I have to bake more cookies to make up the ones that I can't use, not to mention re-doing the icing, and still haven't done any of the decoration.

Despite of the stress, the long hours, and lesson learned the hard way, I am thankful for my husband's full support - he stayed up with me all night, helped me with the labels, served me the fries and burger :)

In the end, the cookies turned out nice and dainty and all finished on time to be handed to a happy customer the next morning.

Welcome Baby Adia ! Thank you Onin for the opportunity given to me, and thank you Adri for your love and support!

Cia's Cookies : a Tribute to My Family

I'm happy to announce that starting May 1, 2008, my kitchen is officially named Cia's Cookies!

Thanks to my very supportive husband, who happily helped me develop the logo (and printed and cut them, too) and the helping 'stir mama, stir!' hands of Cia who always wants to join me during the 'bikin-bikin kue' time, and the understanding mind of Nico ('nanti dulu mama lagi repot!') who patiently waited by his chair and tv, now Cia's Cookies is taking order. (and also thanks Lasmi for helping me clean up the messy kitchen!)

These all started a few weeks ago as Onin, a long time friend, tried my cookies from Cia's birthday. Apparently her kids loved them that she requested me to bake some lollipop cookies as a gift for her sister in law who was due to give birth to a baby girl soon.

Full story on the next post.