Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oh, What a Treat it Was!

How does that song go? "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake."

Well I baked a cake, and cookies, and fudge, and brownies, and all kinds of sweet treats. And boy, did they come to my edible art show and book signing last night at Watermark Books. The line was long and the appetites were hungry. They practically licked the platters clean - hooray! 

My head is still buzzing from the sugar rush. Thank you, thank you, thank you - from the bottom of my mixing bowl. I have the best family, friends, coworkers and foodie fans. It was beyond wonderful to have all of those people in one place, celebrating my book. Obviously the recipe for success is to surround yourself with love, and bake at 350 degrees.

Here are some photos of the food and wall displays, as well as fun pics that friends have been sharing on Facebook. It was a night I will never forget, that's for sure.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Prepping for Final Friday

Only 2 more days until my Final Friday show at Watermark Books & Café - Edible Art by Sandra Denneler

Eric and Bea helped me hang the photo wall display at Watermark last Sunday. I had Rand Graphics print 11x17 posters of my edible art projects, and then linked them together with metal ring binders. It looks like a giant curtain of photos in the café area. I just love it. I'll take some better photos on Friday and post more later.

I've been making & baking stuff for the last 10 days. Here's hoping I can get it all transported to Watermark unscathed. That's always my biggest baking fear - spending hours on something, only to have it fall apart upon arrival. I can't even watch those baking shows when they have to move a giant cake to a venue for a party. Seriously, it just stresses me out. 

Wish me luck. And sanity. I need both at this point.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Oh, What a Treat!

I've heard from other cookbook authors that it's shocking to go into a store and see your own book on a shelf. Guess what? They're right. 

It's shocking. And surreal. And scary. And exciting. And fun. And awesome. Truly awesome.

It's been one week since the "official" release of my book - Oh, What a Treat! I'm completely delighted and thankful for all the kind words of encouragement I've received from friends and family - and strangers too. You make my heart swell with pride.

I apologize for not posting more fun stuff lately on the blog, but I've been knee-deep in butter and sugar as I bake, make and prepare for my big Final Friday Edible Art Show at Watermark Books. If you live in the Wichita area, I'd love for you to stop by for a bite, or a book, or both. 

Bring your friends & your appetite!

Oh, What a Treat! - Edible Art by Sandra Denneler
Friday, August 28
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Watermark Books & Cafe
4701 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fresh Faces on the First Day of School

Bea and Gus started back to school this week. We had such a fun, relaxing summer. I really hated for it to end. 

Bea is in Mrs. Shogren's 3rd grade class at Gammon Elementary, and Gus is a big-time 8th grader at Stucky Middle School.

They were both genuinely happy as they packed their backpacks and headed out the door on Tuesday. 

My goal this year is to "let go" a little bit more. I need to let them learn from their mistakes and give them more independence. I'm guessing they'd probably like that too. 

Here's hoping this school year ends with smiles as big as the first day.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Favorite Fourteen-Year-Old

Gus turned 14 last week. 

Our beanpole-of-a-boy has more than a few inches on his mom now, and is just 1/2-inch shorter than his dad.

He's our happy-go-lucky kid. Always has been. How we got such a sweet child, I'll never know.

Gus requested brownies for his birthday dessert. So, I attempted to make a 3-dimensional Minecraft torch (his favorite video game.) But it collapsed into a jumbled mess. Instead, I opted to cut his name out of the leftover brownie squares.

He didn't care. Gus thought it was just great. 

Thanks for being such a wonderful kid. Happy birthday, Gus.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hope You En-JOY This Cookie.

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Have any of you seen the new Pixar movie, Inside Out? I can’t stop telling everyone how much I loved it. Seriously, it was an absolute joy. And so was the main character – Joy. Her bubbly positive attitude, wild blue hair and fun-loving smile were intoxicating. I just wanted to reach out and hug her from my theater seat. I laughed. I cried. And then I laughed a whole lot more, because it was a genuinely funny movie. 

I was so overcome with emotions (pun intended), that I was inspired to craft a cute little Joy cookie with some store bought sugar cookies and a few candies. It took some grocery aisle searching to find the right ingredient for Joy’s blue spiky hair, but I found that Twizzlers Pull & Peel licorice worked perfectly. 

For the first time ever, it’s perfectly OK to eat our emotions! 

Here's a list of ingredients and easy step-by-step instructions.

Ingredients and supplies:
Store-bought sugar cookies
Blue licorice
White candy melt wafers
Blue Airhead candy
Peanut butter chips
Black gel icing
Black sugar sheet (edible paper found at most craft or baking stores)
Small plastic squeeze bottle

1. Gather your ingredients and supplies. Its helpful to have everything unwrapped and pre-cut for easy assembly. Heat 10 – 15 white candy melt wafers in the microwave for 30-second intervals. Stir and repeat until smooth. Pour candy melt into a small squeeze bottle.

2. Cut the blue licorice into assorted sizes of spiky hair pieces. Attach them to the sides, front and top of the cookies with tiny dabs of candy melt, adjusting as needed to make them look like Joys hairstyle.

3. To make the nose, gently scrape the curl off the tops of the peanut butter chips to form a smooth, rounded oval. Attach the noses to the cookie faces with tiny dabs of candy melt. Then, make the whites of the eyes by squeezing tiny ovals of candy melt onto the cookie face.

4. Tear off tiny bits of blue Airhead candy and form ovals for the blue part of the eyes. Attach these to the white oval with more candy melt.

5. Add black pupils to the eyes with just a small squeeze of gel icing. (Optional: you can also add a tiny white highlight dot to the bottom of the eyes, using an edible sugar pearl/ball.)

6. Using a small round cutter, create Joys mouth by cutting half-moon shapes from the black sugar sheet. Cut the tops of the mouths with a slightly larger cutter to give her a nice smile. Attach the mouths with tiny dabs of candy melt.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fresh From the Oven

Look ma, I baked a book! 

I've been keeping a very big, very sweet secret. For a very long time. So long, that I was starting to think it was never going to happen. But it did. (Insert squeals of delight here.)

Today, I received ten, hot-off-the-press copies of my first edible art book, appropriately named: Oh, What a Treat!

Can I just tell you how thrilled, nervous, and beyond excited I am to share this with you? 

I've been making and baking my entire life. With encouragement from so many friends and family members, I've developed a talent and a passion for food art. And, while my photo and writing skills may need some honing, I hope you will find that my new book is packed full of creative, fun and clever ideas. 

Now, where can you get a copy? Good question.

My book will be available at bookstores beginning August 18, 2015. BUT.... you can also pre-order a copy from Right here. Right now. Go ahead. I dare you. I triple-cupcake dare you. 

Stay tuned, because things just got exciting. My publisher, SparkPress, has all kinds of promotional plans to get the word out about my book. Plus, I'm going to host a fun art gallery/edible art/book release party Friday, August 28th at Watermark Books & Café in Wichita. More details to come.

Sweet dreams do come true.


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