Cookie Decorating Dani's Blog: THE JUICE Inspiration

A Beautiful October

Pumpkin Picking, Colts Neck NJ, October 2013
Pumpkin Picking at Eastmont Orchard, Colts Neck NJ, October 2013

With a few obvious and unavoidable exceptions, I try not to get into the habit of assigning ceremony to the most terrible and awful of days. A year ago, minus about a week, Hurricane Sandy hit, leaving NJ and surrounding areas devastated. This past weekend marked the anniversary of when the lights came back on which is the day I remember most clearly. Shortly after that long week spent sitting in the dark, I designed our Jersey Strong cookies and we got back to the business of what our “new normal” in NJ would be, supporting those towns, businesses and restaurants coming back and cheering on and rooting for those still recovering. Being grateful for every moment has always been part of my life, but it was especially highlighted after Sandy and other events of last year (some terribly sad, others truly amazing).

This past October was so different from last year! Fall came quickly after Labor Day and the weather was beautiful and crisp. We packed it with festive fall activities- pumpkin picking, pumpkin decorating, haunted house visits…

We decorated lots of pumpkins this year including KF's signature KISS pumpkin gourds. He makes them every year!
We decorated lots of pumpkins with friends this year including KF’s signature KISS pumpkin gourds. He makes them every year!
Mike's Atlantic Firghtland's haunted house was a hoghlight (enhanced by Kath's yummy cider) as was Zomboe Walk in Asbury Park
Mike Boylan’s Atlantic Frightland’s haunted house was a Halloween highlight (enhanced by his wife, Kath’s yummy, munchkin garnished, spiked cider) as was attending and being inspired by the record breaking Zombie Walk in Asbury Park!

…Before I had the minute to compare, I realized it might have just been the most beautiful October I can remember. I am so lucky to have a job that participates in the happiness of life occasions and while I was busy spreading the October love this past month, I was lucky enough to get some back…

The ornaments created by Paul and Lianne of Swirly Designs were so amazing, I could not wait to giftthem to my niece! Here's the lil' tree her Mom added to their indoor pumpkin arrangement
Our Sweet Dani B Halloween ornaments, created by Paul and Lianne of Swirly Designs were so amazing, I could not wait to gift a set to my niece! Here’s the lil’ tree her Mom, Nicole, added to their indoor pumpkin arrangement
I also loved seeing the tree Darcell Brown decorated at the center of her table. This West Elm tree is a great "all year round" tree!
I also loved seeing the tree Darcell Brown decorated at the center of her table. This West Elm tree is a great “all year round” tree!
Kathleen Boylan's Halloween tree was decorated with Swirly ornaments she purchased while on their annual family vacation to Salem!
Kathleen Boylan’s Halloween tree was decorated with Swirly ornaments she purchased while on their annual family vacation to Salem where Swirly had set up a stand at the Salem Craft Fair! It also includes two of my favorite designs of theirs: Johnny Appleseed and the Swirly Halloween moon!
Speaking of Swirly, I couldn't resist sending Paul and Lianne some edible Halloween sweets to enjoy!
Speaking of Swirly Designs, I couldn’t resist sending the Stoddard family some edible Halloween sweets to enjoy! Trick or Treat adorableness!!!
Lynn Schwartz, my childhood friend who takes care of our Sweet Dani B Icing Kits, sent me these amazong photos of her son, Jessie in costume and out about to enjoy a candy corn cookie!
Lynn Schwartz, my childhood friend who also takes care of shipping our Sweet Dani B Icing Kits, sent me these amazing photos of her son, Jessie in his zombie costume and out about to enjoy a candy corn cookie!
And speaking of candy corn, look at this adorable candy corn cookie made with a Santa Face cutter by Maddy, granddaughter of Patti of CopperGifts.com. They were decorating Halloween cookies together and she told her Grandma that she had an idea of her own!
And speaking of candy corn, look at this adorable candy corn cookie made by Maddy, grand daughter of Patti of CopperGifts.com. They were decorating Halloween cookies together and she told her Grandma that she had “a different idea” on how to decorate the Santa face! Such vision and creativity! I love it!
Marianne Howels added a spooky tree to her amazing silver plate up of  fabulously decorated Mr. Bones and My Mummy cookies...
Marianne Howels added a spooky glittered tree to her amazing silver plate up of fabulously decorated Mr. Bones and My Mummy cookies…
Rosa Galán López of Spain shared this fab photo of her "Señor Huesitos" cookies! She also decorated amazing Trick-or-Treater ghosts!
Rosa Galán López of Spain shared this fab photo with us of her “Señor Huesitos” (AKA: Mr. Bones!) cookies! She also decorated amazing Trick-or-Treater ghosts!
Janet Cooper Bridge, AKA: The Army Mom, decorated Trick-Or-Treater Ghosts and her signature "puffy Pumpkins" for the very lucky people she works with!
Janet Cooper Bridge, AKA: The Army Mom, decorated Trick-Or-Treater Ghosts and her signature, adorable “puffy pumpkins” for the very lucky people she works with!
Rachel Karras, of Australia, set up the custom family cookies we made for her and gussied them up for Halloween! So cute!!!
Rachel Karras, of Australia, set up the custom family cookies we made for her and gussied them up for Halloween! So cute!!!

So, as we said many times in the year since Sandy, “You can’t keep a Jersey Girl down!” but the reality for me is, gratitude and spreading the love is the best and most effective way to move on from dark times. Thank you to everyone who reached out and shared your fun and fabulous moments with us! It truly means the world to me and is the inspiration to keep on keeping on. This Holiday season we plan to spread the love on extra thick- I can hardly wait! Miss you October 2013! Mwha!  Xo Dani

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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