Friday, December 21, 2012


You guys, I have a super power.  I'm serious. 

I have cookie-vision.  And that's a real thing.

Here's how it works....I'm walking through a store...or maybe just watching tv, I could be reading a magazine, or maybe even driving my car or taking a boat ride on a sunny day.  And suddenly I see something....and my brain automatically turns it into a cookie.  It happens all the time....a street sign, a company logo, a toy that Mia is playing with, a light bulb, a tool...and now, stationery. know how I know how to spell that?  And to not write "stationary"?  Well...I had a teacher in 5th grade that taught me to always remember that stationery, the paper that you write on, has an E at the end like PEN.  WHYYYYY do I remember stuff like that....yet I cannot remember a grocery list of 2 things to save my life!!!  Frustrating!

Anyway...back to cookie-vision.  My superpower struck again when I was browsing through Michael's and spotted some super-affordable stationery that really caught my eye.  It was Christmas-y without screaming CHRISTMAS in my know what I mean?  It had this mix of colors and designs that were kind of classic looking, yet modern.  A cozy look that resembled a knitted pattern....and just an all around warm feeling to it.  What?  Stationery doesn't say those things to you?  Must all be part of the super-power I guess.

So I knew right away that I needed to translate these patterns and images into a collection of cookies.  But for what?  Like I really don't have time to just make cookies for the heck of it.  I needed a purpose.  I couldn't think of it right away so I just bought a whole bunch of the stationery and strategically placed it in my clear view everyday (so I didn't forget about it, duh!) and then one day it hit me!  Teachers gifts!  Teachers love paper, they'll love stationery.  And cookies!  Perfect. 

Here's the thing.  Sometimes it's a great idea to re-create an image exactly.  For example....the dinosaur in this post: Making the cut. But in this situation it just wouldn't be a good idea to try to copy these images.  They were just a little bit complex for icing. To draw inspiration from the stationery.....that was my exact plan....and it's really enjoyable for me to just sit down and freely create sometimes. 

The first step was the colors.  I love grey and I make it often so that was an easy one.  The red took some time to create.  Red icing tends to darken as it dries so I had to be careful to not deepen the shade too too much.  I think the shade of red that I created was pretty close to what I was going for.  And of course bright white icing....which is always great to work with.  There's only 3 colors in this whole collection but doesn't it look so much more complex than that?

I love the knitted look on the white circles.  That design was a complete after-thought.....but I'm so glad that I did it!

I used a normal piping tube but did a shaky effect so it resembled the text on the stationery.  And then I thought to just use that line-effect on all of the cookies so they coordinate. 

It's kinda fun to see the snowflake on a red background.

The trees are so simple but may be my favorite one!

I tell people this all the time.....when requesting a collection of cookies, it is so important to have one design that is almost completely solid.  It just anchors the collection and gives your eyes a little break from all of the patterns and designs.  I loved this red reindeer and thought it was a necessary part of the collection.

So I made 5 gift baskets with these cookies and stationery combinations.  I found the most amazing coordinating ribbon and some adorable gift boxes to complete the gifts.  I was super-excited to make these....and it became my favorite project in a long time. 

I added in some red velvet cookies because the red was just a perfect match.  Yummy, too! 

So that's cookie-vision.  Who knows when it will strike again.  Stay tuned.

Merry Christmas!! 

Rob, Mia, Layla, and I wish you joy and peace during this Holiday season.  Enjoy your families, make some wonderful memories, and eat lots of cookies!  Love ya!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Give Mia Holiday Giveaway WINNER

And the winner is.....

Comment # 14 which belongs to Debbie Staffen!
Yayyyy for Debbie! 

Thanks to everyone who entered....reading your posts about your favorite Christmas gifts and memories was really fun...and very touching, too.  Thank you for sharing your stories :)

Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Give Mia Holiday Giveaway!

It's that time again!  In the spirit of holiday giving I'm giving away one dozen cookies to one lucky winner!
The prize will probably look something like this(but no guarantees on that because seriously....I could lose my mind by the end of this contest and start making Easter Bunny and 4th of July just never know):

It's so easy to enter....all you have to do is comment on this blog post with an answer to this question:

"What is the most memorable Christmas gift that you've received....either from childhood or adulthood?"
...and don't forget to include your name & email address!

You entry should look (something) like this:
Rob Hogue
My most memorable Christmas gift is from when I was 23 years old and Katie said YES when I asked her to marry me on Christmas Eve.  My wife is seriously awesome and extremely talented.  She's always right about everything and I am so lucky to be married to her.  She even looks perfect in the mornings when she wakes up after 2 hours of sleep because she was baking all night and has flour in her hair and icing on her sweatpants. 

Rob wrote that, I swear.


So if you've already ordered Christmas cookies from me(aren't you sweet!) then your win could count towards your current purchase...or you could take the extra dozen(who doesn't need 12 more cookies at the holidays!)

This contest is even for those of you who live out of town!  Because if the winner is not local in the Pittsburgh area, I'll ship these cookies to ya!  (just not out of the country).

Either way....just ENTER to win!  It'll be fun, I swear!  And encourage your friends to enter, too!!  You can even share this blog post on your facebook page by clicking the little facebook icon at the bottom of this post. The winner will be chosen by using on Sunday 12/16/12 at 6 pm.  For the official rules look right here:
  • Entries will be accepted from Wednesday 12/12 at 7:00 pm EST until Sunday 12/16 at 6 pm EST.   Entries received after the specific time period will not count. Sorry, procrastinators!
  • Prize:  One dozen Holiday cookies or the value of one dozen Holiday cookies to be deducted from your existing Christmas order.
  • How you will receive the prize:  If you live locally in the Pittsburgh area then we can set up a time where I can deliver the cookies or of course you could pick them up, too!  Otherwise, the cookies will be shipped via FedEx or Priority Mail. I can only ship to U.S. residents! Shipment will be sent on 12/17.
  • Only 1 entry allowed per person (see entry instructions above)
  • The winner will be notified via email, I'll post it on Give Mia Cookie's facebook page, and I'll post it on the blog, too.  Basically...I'll find you :)
  • Email addresses will not be used for any other purpose other than to notify the winner
  • The winner will be chosen randomly using 
  • I reserve the right to delete any posts due to profanity, etc. Keep it clean, kids.
Good luck and thanks so much for reading my blog... 
You all make my day :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Foxy and Roxy

This is our first year having Roxy (the Elf on the Shelf) living with us.  Mia loves her so much, although you can always see a bit of annoyance in Mia's eyes when she wakes up to find that Roxy has been playing with one of her toys overnight. 

So these days, it's been extremely difficult to impress Mia with my cookie designs.  She's kinda over it, much like most kids probably feel about their parents' professions.  I mean, my husband works in a toy factory for crying out'd think she'd go to school and be all chatty about how cool her mom and dad are.  But no, she goes to school and tells her teachers all about how we eat macaroni and cheese sometimes. Really, Mia?  Nothing more exciting than that???

But these cookies....these ones really caught Mia's attention.  I knew that this cookie request would be coming as soon as the holiday season approached and I couldn't wait to make them.  Here they are...

Elf on the Shelf cookies!



"HI!  I'm Foxy!"
I named our cookie elf "Foxy" and Mia thought that was hilarious.  And Foxy is quite funny and witty....much like our beloved Roxy.  Here's just a few of the things that Foxy's been up to:

" Hey good lookin'! " (This placement of Roxy was completely Rob's idea by the way)

Having a chocolate snack

Trying to blend in

Foxy's new friends

"Santa won't eat me though, right?  RIGHT?"

Doing some research

Trying to tie up one of his friends?? 

Foxy snuck onto Mia's play cookie tray!  She was shocked!

Layla sniffed out Foxy....and we were pretty close to losing her to our cookie-loving doggy!

Happy Holidays everyone!  14 days until Christmas!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shine on!

Well usually I wouldn't address my absence from blogging, I would just hope that no one would call me out and we could all move on.....but I feel like I need to briefly explain.  My computer is on it's deathbed.  It's sad, really.  The sound no longer works, it freezes all the time, the battery doesn't hold any life at all, and there's flour underneath all of my keys so you can imagine how awesome that is.  It looks a mess...poor thing.  So instead of throwing this computer across the room every time it froze during writing an awesome blog post or while attempting to upload pictures onto the facebook page, I would just politely shut it down and walk away.  Well I'm over it now.  I've attempted to re-install drivers, I've been super nice to my computer and deleted a bunch of stuff to clean it up a little bit... and still, it's rebelling against me. 

Even today my computer froze 4 times while writing this blog post. I can't take it anymore.

ugh.  frozen :(
With all of the darkness surrounding my computer drama, and by darkness I mean the blank black screen that I stare at when shutting down my computer for the gazillionth time each day, there have been some bright moments, too.  I recently did some cookies for a bridal shower and I tried a new technique of painting them with metallic gold edible paint.  I loved the final result so much.  It was a lot of work, probably three coats of paint on each cookie....which is why I was glad that I decided to keep the gold parts to a minimum.  I didn't want the gold to be overpowering or really flashy, just a light soft gold.

I have a few other ideas for metallics up my sleeve and I can't wait to work on them.  I'm always trying to challenge myself and learn new only if I could learn about computer repair.

I'll be back just as soon as my technology allows me to be :)  You did miss me though, right?  RIGHT???

Have a good week!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Baby Love

It's cookie orders have taken over.  Baby showers are definitely the most common event type that I'm asked to  make cookies for.  Just in the past three weeks I've made cookies for 8 eight showers!

Obviously I love babies so it's super fun for me to design and make these cookies.  A lot of customers just ask for the basic onesies and strollers in pink or blue, and a lot of times they ask for the polka dot design because for some reason people think that these polka dots look magical.  I mean, it is really cool that the polka dots aren't a raised design, but that they are embedded into the base color so that it almost gives the effect of being a printed fabric.  It's great for me that this is so popular because I'm familiar with doing it....and familiarity brings a lot of low-stress cookie weeks.  And low-stress cookie weeks mean that I get to be nice to my husband and sometimes make dinner.  This week I made oatmeal raisin cookies for dinner.  What?

So here's a sample of some of the baby cookies that I've done recently. Enjoy :)

I loved these primary jungle colors.  Fun!

A "match the invite" project from last month

Another "match the invite" challenge!

Here's the invitation!  Love that ribbon!

I just loved the red with the baby blue.  Very pretty

Very modern orange and grey

Gotta love some chevrron onesies!

Polka dot onesies are always a favorite!

Classic baby blue

I used that baby blue/red combination to make these baseball themed baby cookies.  Love them!

For a little All-Star :)

Football baby cookies for a tailgate-themed baby shower

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sugar. Overload.

Last weekend was the 6th annual Hogue family Pumpkin Carving Party.  I'm pretty sure that there couldn't have possibly been more sugary desserts in one place.  I tell myself every year to just keep it simple and not go overboard....and then when it all comes together on the day of the party I'm just staring at this dessert table thinking that I might send someone into sugar-shock.  But you know what?  Halloween only comes one day a year....and Halloween needs to remain the holiday that revolves around candy and matter what those school parties are doing with their crazy restrictions about not bringing candy or cupcakes to school.  So this is the way that I remember Halloween parties from when I was a, candy, desserts, and carving's how it went......

We did actually make dinner for everyone don't think that I don't feed people normal food sometimes.  Dinner is just so boring to let's keep moving towards the fun stuff.  I had bought powdered sugar donuts to play the donut-on-a-string game.  The kids thought it was so funny!  The boys played first and I think Elliot won.  I can't even remember because we were all laughing so hard.  The Mia went up against her two girl cousins, Faith and Gemma.  Mind you.....they are 4 and 6 years older then her...and Mia seriously was in it to win it.  She didn't hesitate for a second to eat that donut and her face was covered in powdered sugar.  God I love her.

Look at my little champ, Mia!  Lollllllll


Powdered sugar face!
After that game it was time to carve pumpkins.  This portion of the party is really a lot of work and though it is's just kinda stressful because you know, the combination of children and knives and pumpkin goo can be somewhat scary.  It is because of the above combination that we always carve the pumpkins outside.  But you know in Pittsburgh you never quite know what kind of weather you'll get on Halloween.  This year it was freeeezing cold and rainy.  Awesome.  So Rob and I set up our shed to be able to house the pumpkin carving.  Our shed isn't really a normal's kind of like a miniature house in our has electricity and a stereo system, a ceiling fan, 5 windows, and a nice front door.  Sometimes I think that Rob should just live in it. 

Gutting Pumpkins.....boooooo

Like my hair bow?  Mia picked it out for me at the craft store because she told me that I needed a costume

Anyyyyway,  everyone had a lot of fun carving this year.  My nieces and nephews are getting older and they're really able to do a lot of the work on their own.  I did get the job of gutting like 4 pumpkins this year.  I swear....I wouldn't just do that for anyone.  I just reallllly love my nieces and nephews :)  Mia had a ton of fun putting stickers on her pumpkin.  She was done in approximately one minute and ten seconds and then she was onto something else.  She had absolutely no interest in helping me gut the pumpkins.  Do the kids EVER want to do that job?

a work of art :)

Can you guess which one is mine? 

Rob's, Mia's, mine :)

Derek's pumpkin was so funny!
After carving we came inside and I set up a small pumpkin hunt around the house.  Similar to an Easter egg hunt...but with pumpkins and skeletons.  I fill them with candy and lottery tickets and stuff.  It' so simple but the kids think it's really fun.  Mia was on a complete sugar high at that point so she buzzed around the house searching high and low well after all of the pumpkins had been found.  She was on the hunt for more fruit snacks and tootsie rolls and there was just no getting through to her. So how did I distract her?  Duh...more sugar!  IT'S TIME FOR FRANKEN-PUDDING!!!  OMG....I made these Frankenstein pudding cups from Pinterest and they were awfully cute.  The kids (and some adults, too.... ahem Jonathan and Rob) were so excited about eating vanilla pudding with oreos on it.  So simple and really a big hit!


Then I handed out the treat bags with dollar store toys and more candy (of course!) and the kids just disappeared to go play or chug Huggies or something....who knows where they all went?  The grown-ups sat down for some coffee and dessert....which included apple pie and pumpkin pie made by my mother in law.  She's tried to teach me her pie skills but I'm just not good at pies. Period.  I'll work on that in my spare time.

Did I forget to mention the rest of the cookie table that I made, too?  Let's see....there were caramel filled brownies, white-chocolate dipped Twinkies (insanely over the top but they sure did look cute!), pumpkin kiss cookies, thumbprint cookies, and of course sugar cookies.  I TOLD YOU!  SUGAR OVERLOAD!!!

So once the kids starting coming down from the sugar high it was time for everyone to go.  I can't have a house full of kids all breaking down at the same's only my job to provide the sweets....not deal with the aftermath.  But my sister-in-laws will be happy to know that this year I had my own little sugar maniac to deal with instead of like in years past when all of the kids would get sent home and Rob and I would have a quiet house.  Nope, not this year!  Mia broke down when everyone had to know that cry that you just can't console.... and once she did fall asleep I was on high puking alert the whole night.  I was up working on cookie orders late into the night and at one point I heard her cough on the baby monitor and then start crying in her sleep.  I RAN upstairs totally thinking that she had thrown up all over herself.....but thanks to all Halloween gods it was just a false alarm.  She never got sick!!!  It's actually a miracle.  Let me tell you something, though.....her sugar hangover the next day was just awful.  She was a little monster all day.  But I can't blame was all MY fault!

So that's the way that I know how to have a Halloween party.  It's the best feeling ever to create these memories for my family.  Happy Halloween!!!