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Summer Picnic Blog Party and Giveaway!! I brought cookies on a string.

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Oh, Summer. I’m trying to love you. I bring my daughters to the pool. I grill more (by which I mean, my husband grills for me). We catch fireflies as the sun sets. I grew up on a beach, so I have that covered. I’m even trying to work a lot less so I can understand what “lazy days of summer” means without thinking of all the work I should be doing. But you are so darn hot. And sticky. And Fall is so lovely. But I hear great things about you. I know you can make wonderful, lifelong memories from lounging on a hot day. I know it’s possible to feel the warm grass ‘neath your feet without stepping on a bee. I’m inching my way there. I find some joy in all of the above, but I can’t help longing for cool breezes and blankets. I think a picnic will help me. One good, solid, classic, awesome picnic. So I’m going to a Summer Picnic Party. And I won’t even wear my full-body mosquito shield.

Beth from Hungry Happenings and Hani from Haniela’s are hosting a Summer Picnic blog party, wherein all kinds of clever, talented bloggers share a picnic-themed something. Food, crafts, decor, anything goes. So this is your place for the best summer picnic inspiration, I just know it. Oh, and did I mention there’s a giveaway?? Supplies from Wilton, a new book from The Marshmallow Studio, store credit to Restaurant Ware, The Cookie Cutter Company and Mary Had a Little Party, and a year’s digital subscription at King Arthur Flour.

Scroll to the end to see what everyone brought AND to enter the GIVEAWAY!

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Me? I brought cookies on a string packed in mason jars. I wanted to make something that really would make life easier on a picnic, not just prettier. When I made these mason jar meals for a picnic, they were a huge hit on internetland. Why? Because you are practical folks who like things that make sense, I’m guessing. These cookies are meant for sharing. Pull out the string and snack away. When you’re done, pack what’s left back in the jar.

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how to make cookie stacks on a string for a picnic

you will need:*

cookie dough

royal icing

2 1/4-inch circle cutter

1/2-inch circle cutter, a straw OR a lollipop stick

white food coloring

2 disposable decorating bags

1 coupler

1 size “3″ decorating tip

rubber bands

edible writers

mason jars

1 1/2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon

*Find the circle cutters, decorating bags, couplers, tips and ribbon in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes , Bright White. Find mason jars in the hardware store, supermarket or craft store. Find the edible writers in the craft store or online. Note that the 2 1/4-inch circle cutter is just a bit smaller than the opening to a standard mason jar. Make sure your cookies will fit in the mason jars you buy!

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step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, cut out 2 1/4-inch circles, about six for each jar.  Cut out centers in the cookies with the 1/2-inch circle, or use a straw or lollipop stick to make the holes, wiggling around until the opening is about 1/2-inch wide. Bake according to the recipe and let cool.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe and tint white. Fit a decorating bag with the coupler and tip, fill with some of the white icing, and close tightly with a rubber band. Thin additional white icing (I usually work with one cup at a time) with drops of water until the consistency of thick glue. Fill an empty decorating bag and close with a rubber band.

step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe an outline on a cookie, including the inner circle. Let set for fifteen minutes. Snip about 1/4-inch from the tip of the bag of thinned icing and pipe to fill the cookie.  For tips on basic cookie decorating, click HERE. Let your cookies dry well, preferably overnight. When dry, draw designs with the edible writers.

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step four: package your cookies. Cut a piece of ribbon about 10 inches long. Tie a double knot at one end Thread the other through five cookies. Lower into the mason jar and close the lid, keeping the end of the ribbon outside of the jar.

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Check out what everyone brought:

 

The Marshmallow StudioBuzzy Bee Pop Tutorial
Sam’s KitchenElderflower Cordial
Lila LoaSandwich Picnic Cookies
Pink Little Cake -Shortbread Cookie Tart with Caramel Bits
Hungry HappeningsKetchup and Mustard Push up Pops
The PartiologistAnt on a Log
Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsPicnic Blanket Treats
The Baked EquationLemon Cookie Cake
The Decorated CookieCookies on the String
Not Your Momma’s CookieAnt Attack Cupcakes
Creative Fun Food - Picnic Blanket Sandwich
Pint Sized BakerPicnic Cupcakes to Go
Roxana’s Home BakingApricot Orange Kugelhopf
Created by DianeLuau Pasta Salad
Munchkin MunchiesCheckerboard Tablecloth Picnic Cookies
Sugar SwingsDeviled Egg Mini Cakes
Trilogy EdiblesChocolate Mousse
Sugarkissed.netWatermelon Cupcakes
Haniela’sRoasted Chicken Green Bean Salad Sandwiches

and now… THE GIVEAWAY!!

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GIVEAWAY SPONSORS

Thank you to all the amazing Giveaway Sponsors. Be sure to check out their websites below.

The Marshmallow Studio
Restaurant Ware
The Cookie Cutter Company
Wilton
Mary Had a Little Party
King Arthur Flour

 

To enter giveaway please use the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will run from July 20th, 2013 till July 27th, 2013. 6 Winners will be picked using the Rafflecopter widget. Prizes will be picked in the order of sponsors you see above, starting with The Marshmallow Studio and ending with King Arthur Flour. Winners will receive one email from hanielas@yahoo.com. Winners will  have 48 hours to respond. New winner(s) will be picked if we don’t hear from you. Thank you and good luck.

 

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36 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    My favorite summertime cookies to make are bumblebees, watermelon slices, and flowers.

  2. Posted July 20, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I would like to win the prize from the Cookie Cutter Company because I live in a very remote place and have a difficult time finding cutters and supplies. Shipping costs discourage me from ordering too many times from the internet.

  3. Posted July 20, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    You could bring the “naked” cookies to the picnic and let the kids decorate them while there! What fun!

  4. meaghanmountford
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Yes! Such a good idea!

  5. Posted July 20, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Such a fun idea!!

  6. Jeannine DiBart
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win the prize from the Cookie Cutter Company!!!

  7. Rikki-Dee
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I would bring little smokies.

  8. Rikki-Dee
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I would love the Cookie Cutter Company or the Mary had a little party prizes.

  9. Posted July 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I am really enjoying the constant summer sunshine, from in the comfort of my air conditioned home. I miss wanting to be outside in the summer too and am happy this picnic is virtual, because I wouldn’t want to spend hours partying outside right now. I am glad you joined us and shared your fun cookies at our picnic party.

  10. Posted July 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    What a fun idea, and such cute cookies! I love edible markers!

  11. Posted July 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    These cookies are so fun, I just love them and I wish this party wasn’t just virtual…I really want one of your cookies…now :)

  12. Posted July 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    The roasted chicken sandwiches are ones I’d like to make.

  13. Posted July 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I’d love the cookie cutter gift certificate – I need more cookie cutters!

  14. Andrea D.
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I want to make some pasta salad.

  15. Andrea D.
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    The Cookie Cutter Company seems to have awesome stuff.

  16. Posted July 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    These are such an awesome cookies… I have to praise the way you take pictures for your recipes as well… You are such a talented person…
    Hopefully I will be able to make my Blog as good as your one day…
    You inspire me a lot to work hard on my goal…

  17. pam
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I would make cupcakes!!

  18. Posted July 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Great idea – cookies on a string – and then you could take your cookies everywhere!!

  19. pam
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I like the restaurantware store credit to go towards some more cool kitchen gadgets!!!

  20. Posted July 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    these are so fun meaghan!!

  21. Posted July 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    For my next picnic I think I’d make your cookies and use the filled jars to decorate the table.

  22. Posted July 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Wow, How can I chose? I think my favorite would be the cookie cutter credit – or the Wilton prize – but really, any – or even ALL (oops! sorry to be greedy!) would be a joy! Thanks for the great opportunity!

  23. Posted July 21, 2013 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Practical and pretty – perfect picnic fare.

  24. Posted July 21, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Normally I don’t munch on ants but I’ll make an exception ;-) These cookies are so cute!
    I need to make cookies on string, they make for such a cute gift!

  25. Posted July 21, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    great ideas and great cookie idea. So pretty.

  26. Nikki
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I would make the lemon cookie cake!

  27. Nikki
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I would like to win the wilton prize. I love to bake and could use some basics for cookie decorating

  28. Barb
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I would make watermellon cookies

  29. Barb
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I would like to win the cookie cutter company prize cause you can never have enough supplies!

  30. Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I love these cute little cookies.

  31. Chuck
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I would like to win the cookie cutter

  32. Posted July 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    This is SUCH a fun and creative idea!! And your ants are super adorable!

  33. Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I Love Love Love this idea!

  34. Posted July 24, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh I love how you strung the cookies together in the jar! that is brilliant!! And the details on each cookie! So cute!

  35. NLM
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I would choose Mary had a little party for my girls!

  36. NLM
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I would take sugar cookies because homemade cookies are always a hit at a picnic!

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