Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Thanksgiving Cookie Workshop 14 #Grateful

When I think about spreading the love, cookie workshops always come to mind. I know how much I enjoy learning new things (as Martha says “when you’re through changing you’re through”), so I love to watch as people and kiddos discover the fun and creativity of cookie icing. Plus where else in the world of “art & crafts” do you get to eat your works of art?

We had so much fun at our Thanksgiving cookie workshop at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ. Here’s a few adorable snaps of the workshop and the amazing expert icers who joined us…

We fresh bake cookies for every expert icer... thats why you have to pre-register for our workshops

We fresh bake cookies for every expert icer… (that is why you have to pre-register for our workshops)

The Monk Room at Porta is so amazing... I especially loved the miss matched chairs they set up for us. This is a great room for a private party

The Monk Room at Porta is so amazing… what a fab room for a private party! I especially loved the mismatched chairs they set up for us!

Colorful fall leaves were the first cookies up to ice...

Colorful fall leaf cookies were the first cookies up to ice…

Lily and Sabrina quickly became expert icers!

Lily and Sabrina quickly became expert icers!

I always love the workshop cookie buzz...

I always love the workshop cookie buzz… Mallory and Spencer chatting about their leaf designs- adorable!

Next up, our acorn "fashionista"...

Next up, our acorn “fashionista”

This is exactly how I feel about sugar googly eyes!

Peyton and Bette were very excited about our sugar googly eyes- this is exactly how I feel about them!

Mary Cate getting creative with her acorn

Mary Cate getting creative with her acorn

Amazing work Pippa!

Fashionista Pippa working on her fashionista acorn… Cuteness!

Last up, the turkey cookie... Dallas wisely saved her candy corns!

Last up, the turkey cookie… Dallas wisely saved her candy corns!

Both Ronnie and Peggy said they never iced cookies before...

Both Ronnie and Peggy said they never iced cookies before…

but that was hard to believe looking at their turkeys!

…but that was hard to believe looking at their turkeys!

Nalah and Lauren also did amazing work on their turkeys! (PS. LOVE your sweatshirt Lauren!)

Nalah and Lauren also did amazing work on their turkeys! (PS. LOVE that gold heart sweatshirt Lauren!)

Pippa took her turkey in a more abstract direction... amazing!

Pippa took her turkey in a more abstract direction… amazing!

During our demo Spencer announced he would be icing an all orange turkey and he definitely delivered!

During our demo Spencer told us he would be icing an ‘all orange turkey’ and he definitely delivered!

I bet that turkey was delish!

I bet that orange turkey was especially delish!

Thank you to everyone who joined us! I loved icing cookies with you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us! I loved icing cookies with you!

The workshop season is upon us! Be sure to check out our Holiday workshop schedule here… and join us in the cookie fun!

If you can’t join us at a workshop, pick up our Expert Icing Kit here and follow along with our How-To-Ice videos at Sweet Dani B TV… We have over 50 how-to-ice cookie videos featured and will have new videos debuting in December. Life IS sweet and I sure am grateful! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! Xo Dani

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Cookie Set

“After the dancing, a huge cake was wheeled out from a side room. It was beautiful, blue-green like the sea with white-tipped waves made from icing. There was fish, sea flowers, sailboats and seals which all resembling District 4. Katniss instantly knew that the cake was made by Peeta, and it was later revealed that frosting the cake worked like therapy for Peeta, who was going through treatment after being hijacked.” -The Hunger Games

I couldn't help but add some graphics to this setup of the Mockingjay Wedding Cookie Set. I was imagining A&F sailing off into the sunset after their wedding.

I couldn’t help but add some graphics to this setup I styled of the Mockingjay Wedding Cookie Set. I was imagining A&F sailing off into the sunset after their wedding…

As an event designer, stylist and cookie artist, I so love telling a story. The above quote was given to me when SheKnows gave me this cookie assignment and all I could think was ‘Wait! I need to know more! What about the dress? What is the wedding location? How many guests?!’ :) The pressure of knowing a visually stunning movie will debut, and that scene will be visualized made me nervous, but thinking back to the books being the original material, and how those images play out individually for each person calmed me a bit. Also, I had to get baking because the shoot was already scheduled!

Shoot day! Here I am on set with Gracie and Hayley of SheKnows

Shoot day! Here I am at the Adam Chinitz Photo Studio with Gracie Leeman and Hayley Crowell of SheKnows

Photographer Tiffany shooting the cookies and many supplies

Photographer Tiffany (love her hair!) shooting the cookies and many supplies!

Timing was tight on this shoot so the Mockingjay cookie was fully finished live on set (no pressure there!)

Timing was tight on this shoot so the Mockingjay cookie was fully finished live on set (no pressure there!) Here’s the Mockingjay in swap steps…

The Mockingjay is finished with an extra thin tip and silver disco dust... I wanted it to look sketchy so was happy with the way it turned out.

The Mockingjay is finished with an extra thin tip and silver disco dust… I wanted it to look artsy and sketchy so was happy with the way the icing, luster dust and disco dust mixed together.

I loved the way Irina styled our cookie platter

I loved the way SheKnows Food Editor, Irina Gonzalez (@MsIrinaGonzalez) styled our cookie platter!

I’m so happy with the way they turned out and even more excited that we shot a how-to on every cookie! See the article with all the how-to’s one these cookies here at SheKnows.com

While I love them all as The Mockingjay set, individually these are cookies that can translate into so many life occasions… and that is what I love about cookie decorating! That perfect white-tipped wave, well KF, (my husband) the surfer has been chasing it for years. The primitive bird cutter we used for the Mockingjay will also happily join our dinosaur cookie friends. The sailboat and fish- hello 3D cookie Summer theme! The white sea flower is my new fave flower shape and I’m thinking this seal may just have to join our signature SDB Animal Menagerie

...and these arrow cookies , made with our mini banner cookie cutter set are sure to re-appear for Valentine's Day!

…and these arrow cookies, inspired by this blog post, and made with our mini banner cookie cutter set are sure to re-appear for Valentine’s Day!

So keep these cookies and techniques in mind as you are enjoying Katniss kicking butt (#likeagirl) in the new Hunger Games Movie! I hope they inspire you as this project inspired me! Xo Dani