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My First Decorating Class

July 12, 2011 in cookies, misc., musings - No Comments - 2 min read

No, not the first decorating class where I was a student.  The first decorating class where I was the teacher.  I already knew I liked school and teaching, (that’s why I became a teacher for my professional career), but when you combine it with a hobby you love…wow, great things happen!

I hosted my first ever “Come-Learn-To-Decorate-Sugar-Cookies” class at my home this past Saturday.  Four friends came and we had a blast for two and a half hours.  We learned how to decorate the summer bugs cookies that I posted a month back.

Each student decorated eight cookies, and had one circular “practice” cookie to work on some piping.  I made recipe cards for them and a section for notes, as we talked about royal icing consistency, where to buy materials, etc.

Here was each woman’s work station, with her own recipe card and set of cookies.

Here I am explaining Karen’s piping bag trick.  This has saved me SO MUCH time.  If you haven’t checked it out, you really should!

Morgan’s daughter came, and she kept my son Matthew entertained.  She’s so cute!  Anyway, here’s more teaching and talking and explaining.

And here we are all decorating cookies.  I wish I had taken pictures of the finished products, but sadly, I forgot.  They were so good!  Especially for being a first time decorator.  (Well, Susan had done this before.  You can see she had just finished putting disco dust on the dragonfly’s wings.)

Jenny’s concentrating very hard.  You can see my hand-drawn designs and the wet-on-wet flooding of the butterfly’s wing in the background.  (Having a plan is very important when decorating cookies.  It’s like having directions to a place you’ve never been.)

And Morgan’s working on her ladybug.

Such a good job for her first time.

And my good friend Sara came over and watched Matthew for me, as my husband was out of town.  Her son Grover is five days older than Matthew and they’re the best of buds.  Thanks Sara!

And thanks to Susan, Jenny, and Morgan for coming over and taking my first decorating class.  I was super nervous about it, wanting it to be informative and fun, and I hope it was that and more for you.  Plan on more classes to come!  xoxo

P.S.  If you live in the Portland metro area and are interested in a class, shoot me an email at, and I’ll put you on the “mailing list” for the next class.  It’ll be so much fun!  Also, if you have an idea for a class you’d like me to teach, write your idea in the comment section, and your class just might come true.


Thanks for stopping by! I love baking and hope these recipes inspire you to create something wonderful in your kitchen. xoxo

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