The Best Laid Plans…

22 Jun

You know that quote about the best laid plans…. Hmm. Me either. Something about how they don’t work out so well? Or something. Well anyway, today I am rethinking my blog. I think where I get hung up is that I think every post needs to be AWESOME. Like a huge awesome tutorial that will blow your mind. Or a super-awesome-never-been-done-before series of  50 cookies. Or a big fun giveaway. But you know what? Every post doesn’t need to be like that. So I’m starting today and I’m turning over a new leaf. I will still have the tutorials, and I will still have crazy-fun giveaways, but in between– you’re going to get posts like this.

So I had the best idea. The BEST, I tell you. I wanted to do a post where I showed you 100 things you can do with a rectangle cookie cutter. Yes, you heard me right. ONE HUNDRED. So I sat down with my kids and we made a list. We got to about 85 or 86, and figured it was good. I could think of the rest while I was decorating. I got out my trusty rectangle cookie cutter set and got to work.

I made a name tag:

A lunch bag:

A puppet that you can make when you recycle your lunch bag:

A chalkboard, Green Version:

And black version:

A book:

(Are you sensing a theme here? I told you my kids helped! They’re elementary school students. They do what they know.)

A piece of notebook paper:

French Fries:

A traffic light; Plain version:

Fancy version:

A suitcase:

And a license plate from the great state of Idaho:

And then my life went crazy.

We got about a 10th of the way there!! I would really like to finish it someday, but these pictures have been waiting to be posted for more than six months. So here they are. No fancy fanfare.  Just some rectangle cookies, and a wish for a happy, fun weekend for all of you!  Happy Friday!

47 Responses to “The Best Laid Plans…”

  1. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more June 22, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    so glad to see you posting, even if you think it is not amazing, love seeing what you do.

    • Karen June 22, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Awww, Sue! Thank you!! 🙂

  2. Kelly June 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Very fun!!! Thanks for sharing the 10% you got worked out…and, I’m sure the kids enjoyed being a part of the fun 🙂

  3. n June 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Love it, thanks! Keep the post coming.

  4. Pamela June 22, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Love the idea of using a plain cookie cutter in different ways. These are great ideas for us with kids in school. Thank you.

  5. Jennifer June 22, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I love posts like this Karen! It doesn’t have to be a big thing every time you post…because it sure isn’t real life that way!

  6. Karenb June 22, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    L.oved this post!! It gave me a lot of ideas!!

    I would love to see a post or two on “combinding” cookie cutters to create a shape.

  7. Rachel June 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Loved it, Karen! The thing I loved most about it is that it’s you, and you’re already awesome. So it’s pretty much redundant. And it’s a bite-sized post, which I love best anyway.

    Thanks for posting these ideas! Cute.

  8. Sherri D. June 22, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Karen: I LOVE a few ideas and am thankful for them. The best laid plans are like the rest of us…it’s called life!!

  9. Valerie Neal June 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    What great ideas, sometimes it’s the simple things that lead to the wonderfully inspired things. Honestly, I personally love the simple posts, and even more I love the “What NOT to do” posts. I teach cake decorating, and I spend as much time teaching “ask me how I know” as I do the correct way to do things. So, go ahead, post about how the cookie crumbles from time to time, we’ll love even more!!

  10. Karen June 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Thank you so much for your comments everybody! Your thoughtfulness really encourages me to keep going! I appreciate it more than you know!!

  11. Wendy June 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I love to see your posts no matter what they are. They are always informative and fun, and we all have those moments in life when we just dont feel like going to so much work. For the longest time I had no idea you were in Idaho until I ordered something from you..haha..that’s when a lady knocked on my door and delivered it. You can imagine my shock and surprise that I had someone special delivering to my door. I’m so glad to know you are here! You have a wonderful blog and I personally appreciate it. Thank you!

  12. Jaclyn June 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Great to see you back Karen! Your cookies are adorable!

  13. cat June 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    YaY! You are baaaaack! Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay !!!!!!

    Very cute cookies. And it would even be nice to just hear how things are going for you on your blog.

    You are the reason I started cookie baking and decorating, so am SO GLAD that you are still there!


  14. Chris June 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Hey, I’m happy to see even ONE creative idea for a simple cutter! So cute & clever. I’m always happy to learn what I can from you.

  15. Margaret June 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Glad to see you back!

  16. mistyk June 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Knowing you are human, too, makes me feel like I’m not a total schmo. Thank you for the perfectly imperfect posting!

  17. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) June 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Of course keep going. You can’t deprive us of your wonderful creations! All of these rectangular cookies are wonderful.

  18. Wendy S. June 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I love every post!!! No matter what…even if it is just a photo…you rock and I never get tired of seeing what you and Mike cook up next! I’ve also been overwhelmed by everyone putting out all these intricate designs and hard “artist” style cookies BUT I love seeing them…even though I will probably NEVER be able to do any of them. The rectangles are amazing!! Such a good use of a single cutter.

  19. Tatyana June 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m glad to see your new cookies!

  20. Ashli June 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I first saw your tutorials on your cookiecutter website and then stumbled on this blog and loved it! I’m sure it can be intimidating with all the blogs out there. I want to start a blog myself and find myself already comparing myself to everyone else. Be yourself and have fun! 🙂 Keep on bloggin’!

  21. Jennifer June 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Love your ideas Karen even if you didn’t make it to 100!!

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  23. Barbara June 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Love your post Karen and I am glad you DIDN’T post 100! Three would have been more than enough along with a few lines of coaching–like be sure to XXXX, don’t XXXX. I like it short & pithy. You are amazing.

  24. replicatethendeviate June 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    These are awesome! Can’t wait for the next 90. 🙂 (and now I want McDonald’s fries. . . .)

  25. Vishanna June 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    I agree.. I missed your blogs. and look forward to seeing the rest soon!!

  26. judy June 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    We missed your post and anxiously await the other ideas. May sometime in the future you can let us know what colors you used etc and give us one or two tutorials. GREAT STUFF

  27. D.J. June 23, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Are you kidding me??? This IS Awesome…. 12 different cookies using one cutter when most bloggers write a post about just one cookie…. and most importantly it was written by YOU!!! That’s what really makes it awesome. YOU are awesome my friend.

  28. Chris' Creative Confections June 23, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Personally I like to see anything you do, but in my opinion, these cookies are great–The lunch bag is so cute! Did you use an airbrush? (I am currently saving up for one of those!)

  29. The Partiologist June 23, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Each and every idea for these cookies is terrific! And I LOVE seeing all that you do -ALWAYS!

  30. The BearFoot Baker June 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Hello!!! Everything you do is amazing!!! I can’t wait to see your next cookie! I don’t care if it is a box! You will make it spectacular!!!!

  31. Rose Melton June 24, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Those are all very cute. YOu always do such nice work.

  32. Elaine Miller June 24, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    OMG, you are one creative & crazy girl… Thank you for your blog and all your tutorials!!!!!!
    Elaine, Knoxville TN

  33. Michelle June 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Yours was the first cookie blog I stumbled across and got me into this mad sugar crazed world! I LOVE your takes on the rectangle cutter – can’t wait to see the rest…

  34. lilaloa June 25, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    I guess I don’t really understand why you think that making TEN cookies for one post ISN’T amazing!! I make about TWO and call it good! You are so sweet and fantastic, don’t you dare worry what anyone thinks of you or your posts!!

    PS — My favorite cookies is hands down the paper bag puppett!! SUCH a cute idea!!!

  35. Suzanne t. June 25, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    We are all happy with a cookie idea, new product or helpful hint and a few lines on how your cookie life is going. We like it short and sweet…(a pun!) I am with lilaloa–that paper bag cookie is so cute! I can’t wait to make that!

  36. Jana A. June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I LOVE when you post, you have amazing ideas! (The paper bag puppet is my favorite too!)

  37. Christie Block June 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you. Can’t wait till cookie con! Keep up the fun blogging; love your cookies.

  38. Shinykins November 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    It’s the first time I looked at your blog and I think it’s awesome that you are coming up with such fun stuff! I will definitely come back and visit it again. Keep the ideas coming!

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