Monday, April 20, 2015

Mitten Bakers Cookie Gathering 2015

 This past Saturday was one of the most fun days I've had in a long time.
I went to a "cookie gathering" in Livonia, MI.
It was a day full of friendship, fun, food, learning new techniques, raffles, contests, prizes, and an awesome swag bag!
I belong to a baking group online made up of bakers from all over Michigan and a few from Ohio, Indiana, and Canada.  It was so awesome getting to meet these friends that I've only known online for some time, face-to-face for the first time! 
 This gathering was a first for our group and it came together so quickly and amazingly thanks to our awesome hosts and planners Jen of The Cake Girl and Amanda of Amanda Makes Cakes.  You'd have thought these girls were best friends and event planners.  Little did we know, they had only met in person ONCE and had never done anything like this before!
 Our first demo/class was with Kim of Altered Cookie.  She taught everyone some basic airbrush techniques.
 It was fun seeing how unique everyone's simple flower turned out!
 My flower that I airbrushed.
EVERYONE'S finished product!
My flower didn't quite make the trip home in one piece!
 Most of our day consisted of cookie techniques, but we were lucky enough to have Amanda of Amanda Makes Cakes do a cake pop demo/class for us!  She makes wonderful creations.  Be sure to check out her page!
 My friend and carpool buddy Madri showing off her cake pop skills!
 Waiting for my cake pop to dry!
Everyone playing  working hard!
 Next we got a demo/class with Heather of SugarNosh Treats  on stenciling. 
 We all got to practice using some of our new stencils in our swag bags!
 Working on stenciling.
My "Super Mom" stencil!
 Up next was Lisa of Gigi's Fresh Baked.  
She did a demo/class on painting on cookies.
 This is a technique I've always wanted to learn but have never tried.
My first attempt at painting on cookies.
Next up was royal icing transfers with Melissa of Mel B's Sweets.
 Everyone working/playing.

 We had a catered lunch!
Pasta, salad, breadsticks!
 The theme of the day was Super Heroes.
We had a Super Hero Cookie Contest in which everyone could vote for their favorite entry.
My entry in the contest.
My sweet friend Cathy made this cookie of ME!  LOL! (inside joke)

"Airbrush cleaner"...another inside joke.
My sweet friend Ronee of That's A Nice Cookie custom cookie cutters.
All of our loot from our swag bag!
Special thanks to our sponsors for all of the amazing goodies:

We had such an amazing day.  We left with new knowledge, new goodies/products, and most importantly new friends.  Because as I always say, "Cookie friends are the best friends!"

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