Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Happy Easter and Spring Cookie & Candy Centerpiece

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We have had so much fun working on these cookie and candy centerpieces this year (see January and February’s centerpieces here and here) we just had to create one for Easter and Spring!

After baking and icing our new petite bunny and fox cookies and arranging them with our Spring tree I knew these would be great together.

After baking and icing our new petite bunny and fox cookies and arranging them with our Spring tree I knew these would be great together…

Get all of our Spring and Easter cookie cutters here.

Learn how-to-ice our spring tree on SweetDaniB TV

Learn how-to-ice our Spring Jellybean Tree here on SweetDaniB TV

Gather your cookies and candy. Since we used a smaller fishbowl for this centerpiece, we are using a few strings of rock candy, jellybeans and candy eggs.

Gather your cookies and candy. Since we used a smaller fishbowl for this centerpiece, we are using a few strings of rock candy, jellybeans and candy eggs.

Arrange your candy in the bottom of the bowl...

Arrange your candy in the bottom of the bowl…

Then add your cookies!

Then add your cookies!

I like the way the bird on the tree peeks up out of the bowl in this case, but you could always use a larger bowl for a different effect. If you are using and serving these on Easter Day, you can prep these candy bowl centerpieces the day before then cover the top with plastic wrap to keep your cookies fresh! Hippity Hop these are cute! Your favorite little bunnies are sure to eat them up! Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

Icing Sheep Cookies with Steve Harvey and Christina Milian!

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Dani Fiori, Christina Milian and Steve Harvey on the Steve Harvey Show (Photo courtesy of Steve Harvey TV)

A couple of weeks ago, when everyone on the Eastern seaboard was bracing for the blizzard (the blizzard that never was btw), I was on my way to Chicago to meet the hilarious and amazing Steve Harvey! My cookie assignment? Help Christina Milian make some fun and easy favors for her daughter’s 5th birthday party which she planned to be an animal theme! Here’s the behind-the-scenes of my fun whirlwind of a cookie adventure in Chicago…

I got in trouble for this carry on because it wouldn't close. Minutes before takeoff one of there flight attendants (who was very upset with me and didn't care that I was cookie expert on the way to a TV show) finally agreed to store it in the closet at the front pf the plane rather than my lap.

Newark Airport: I got in trouble for my carry-on because the plane was full and my cookie kit bag doesn’t really close. Minutes before takeoff one of flight attendants (who was very upset with me and didn’t care for my “I’m a  cookie expert on the way to a TV show” explanation) finally agreed to store it in the closet at the front pf the plane rather than my lap. If you happened to be on that plane and you are reading this- I am sorry for the drama but I was going to see Steve Harvey!

I waited a long time for my car at the airport because I would have never guessed it to be a stretch limo! (They had to call me to tell me that this car was for me!)

I waited a long time for my car at the airport because I would have never guessed it to be a stretch limo! (They had to call me to tell me that this car was for me!)

Chicago is an amazing city! I can't wait to go back!

Chicago is an amazing city! I can’t wait to go back!

After a quick look at the table...

Steve Harvey Studio: After a quick look at the table…

...and a quick tour of the Steve Harvey set with my friend and Creative Director, Kelli Bishop...

…and a quick tour of the Steve Harvey set with my friend and Creative Director, Kelli Bishop…

...I was off to Dylan's Candy with my set stylist, Mikel, to buy candy for cookie decorating. I headed right back to my hotel room and got to work.

…I was off to Dylan’s Candy with my set stylist, Mikel Welch, to buy candy for cookie decorating. I headed right back to my hotel room and got to work.

I'm guessing no one at the Public Hotel ever iced cookies all night in one of their rooms but you never know!

I’m guessing no one at the amazing Public Hotel ever iced cookies all night in one of their rooms but you never know!

I wanted to have plenty of sheep cookie beauties for Mikel to style with.

I wanted to have plenty of sheep cookie beauties for Mikel to style with… these sheep were made from my signature SDB Sheep Cookie Cutter which comes in 2 sizes.

Shimmer sprinkle cookie sheep!

Shimmer sprinkle cookie sheep!

And I couldn't resist spelling out Steve's name in cookie marquee letters!

I couldn’t resist making a few mustaches or spelling out Mr. Harvey’s name in cookie marquee letters!

Making royal icing right before my segment

Steve Harvey Studio Show Day: Here I am backstage making royal icing right before my segment.

I LOVED the way Mikel styled the table! YUM!

I LOVED the way Mikel styled the table! YUM!

About a minute before I was about to go on: Wardrobe check, hair and makeup touch ups... What an amazing team! I was so grateful to them!

About 2 minutes before I was about to go on; Wardrobe check, hair and makeup touch ups… What an amazing team! I was so grateful to them! Here I am also listening to the interview segment with Steve Harvey and Christina Milian.

The segment was super fun! Christina added hearts to her sheep's fur while Steve used champagne bubbles and sprinkles!

The segment was super fun! Mr. Harvey definitely kept us laughing and turned out to be a great cookie icer!

I loved how Christina added hearts to her sheep fur while Steve used champagne bubbles and chocolate sprinkles!

I loved how Christina added hearts to her sheep fur while Steve used champagne bubbles and chocolate sprinkles!

We gifted Christina a cookie gift box for her daughter inspired by her animated character, Shelby Star.

At the end of the segment we gifted Christina a cookie gift box for her daughter inspired by her animated character, Shelby Star. (Photo courtesy of Steve Harvey TV)

...and just like that, the segment is over and the table is dismantled!

…and just like that, the segment is over and the table is dismantled!

After the show we packaged up all the cookies and gifted them to everybody.

…but we packaged up all the cookies we could and Kelli shared them with the amazing Steve Harvey staff.

Thank you Mr. Harvey and to everybody at the show for being so SWEET! What an amazing adventure! If you missed the segment you can catch it here at Steve Harvey TV. Meanwhile, our signature sheep cookies will be inspiring us all year long as 2015 is the Year of the Sheep and there are just too many adorable and delicious ways to ice them!

To purchase our sheep cookie cutter click here.

To purchase our Expert Icing Bottle Kit click here.

To watch a tutorial on how-to-ice our fluffy sheep on SweetDaniB TV click here.

Life is Sweet! Xo Dani