Guest Post from Sugarbelle!

My poor friend Shelly just had the pleasure of meeting Irene. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY likes that girl. So, while Shelly is dealing with the mess mean Irene left behind, I’ll be hanging out here. I tried to think of a way to tie my ramblings to gumball machines, but I’m not quite that cool yet, so for now, my cookies will have to remain completely unrelated to my long winded stories. I hope you understand.

I was in a hurricane once. Hurricane Floyd back in 1999. When I first heard it was coming, I was kind of excited. This small town Texas girl had never seen a hurricane, plus, since it wasn’t going to be a direct hit, just lots of wind and rain {being from West Texas, little old hurricane force winds don’t scare me at all} it basically meant that I would have a few school-less days, right around my birthday. What a great gift right?

Um….RIGGGGGGHT. In the days before it hit, I couldn’t go anywhere because of the traffic. Bumper to bumper, people trying to get out of Norfolk as fast as they could. Then after the fact, even if there weren’t huge branches blocking the road, all the places I wanted to go, like Pier One and Target were without electricity, therefore CLOSED. BOOOOOOOOOO!

My conclusion from this experience? HURRICANES SUCK!

So, if one is coming your way, I have a few tips of my own, besides all of the others recommended but the National Hurricane Center, to keep you occupied in the days following a hurricane.

  • Make up a batch of royal icing. It can be kept out on your counter, so this is great, especially if the fridge goes out
  • bake some cookies, I mean, you need sustenance

If you’re like me, you’re really prepared and already have these in your freezer, so when they thaw during the power outage, instead of being upset, you can just decorate.

So, like I said, bake some cookies, snowman cookies to be exact, except chop off it’s scarf before you bake.

When you are ready to decorate, {probably the day after landfall when there is no internet, TV, or job you have to report to} you will need:

  • red piping and flood icing
  • aqua/light blue 20-second icing
  • Mini-M&M’s {which I suspect Shelly ALWAYS has on-hand}
  • Gray-ish 20-second icing
  • a black food color marker
  • white piping icing

*PS, try not to make a huge mess while doing this, because if you don’t have water, you’ll have to set the dishes out back and hope the rain rinses them off

Now for the decoratin’, which is what we call decorating here in Texas…

Outline and fill the red parts

Let that dry a bit, use the aqua 20-second icing to fill in the globe, pipe in a white accent, then quickly drop mini M&M’s onto the wet icing.

When the red is dry, use the black food color marker to draw a “mouth” on the machine.

Fill in the empty square with gray-ish icing…

Let all that dry, then use the gray 20-second icing and a small tip {#1 or #1.5} to add the knob and coin slot, and red piping icing to add accents and details. I took it a step further and used a bit of white on the globe.

Ta da!!! Not to shabby for hurricane cookies, eh?

So, in summary, before your next hurricane, add these things to your list. Have cookies and royal icing ready to go, print out this post, and keep it with your family safety plans. Got it? Bulieve me, you’ll thank me for it!

Seriously, though, I have several friends in Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and other places affected by Irene. I worried sick over them, and I am so thankful, that the worst damage for them was a few leaky rooves and a couple days without power and water. I hope everyone is safe and that life is back to normal for y’all as soon as possible. Lots of love from Texas!

If you need more hurricane Irene bordom busters, hop on over to The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle.  I’ve always got something fun going on!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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36 Responses
  1. Loretta

    You are definitely one talented girl, Callye. The things you think of……..amazing! These cookies are sooooooooooo cute. Now I have to pull out my Christmas cookies and dig out the snowman. We live in N.Y. so, we are just recuperating from “Irene”. Fortunately, only a big mess to clean up, no real damage. However, power is still a big problem. We are back on but my daughter, only a few blocks from here, may be out till next week. The sad thing, some stores that have ice are charging more than $10.00 a bag!!!!

  2. When I see on television the hurricanes that have certain parts of the world I begin to mourn. It seems to me to see people increi8ble walls with wood and nails, doors and windows and know deeply admire you survive almost one year. Here in Spain we paracer stuff so alien that we can not make us idea, but lately in some regions have been Grandesso water woes.
    Anyway I’m glad that those times could not do anything so beautiful awakening that creativity and plasmas in every cookie you do. Greetings from Madrid

  3. Hi!!
    The cookies are soooo cute, very very nice and I’m sure that good too.
    I have never seen hurricane, must be horrible… I’m from Spain so, there are no hurricanes.


  4. These are super super awesome! I also love your photo tutorial and you make everything look so easy! 🙂 My heart goes out to those who affected by Hurricane.

  5. If you are without power much longer, you can totally come to my house. I think I am about an hour and a half from you, and I would be honored to let you use my oven, my laptop, and even my KitchenAid. (I hope that wasn’t too crazy/stalkerish?)
    I hope everything is back to normal soon!!!!

  6. Apparently I had my hurricane preparedness kit ALL WRONG. My cupcakes didn’t last a day (all eaten) and I was bored out of my skull not getting electricity back until this morning. Cookies and decorating cookies would have solved it all! A sweet to eat and something to keep me busy! Unfortunately there will probably be a next time. Feel free to remind us to have our cookies ready….lol

  7. I totally baked cookies just in case the power went out. Healthy balanced hurricane diet. It didn’t but…I ate them anyway. And I would SO eat these…although they are almost too cute!

  8. Shelly ~ Hoping that the damage you suffered from Irene isn’t too severe and that you have all the help you need to get things as back to as normal as possible as quickly as possible. Take good care.

    Callye ~ When I saw these on your site I fell in love with how cute and creative they are. Little did I know that you created them from a snowman cookie. Of course you did…you are amazing!

  9. Shelly – I hope you are coping with the mess left by Irene. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. But never fear, your blog is in good hands and you couldn’t have picked a better person to guest post for you today!

    Callye – you never cease to amaze me and today is no exception. What an ingenious idea! I just showed the cookies to a co-worker and her daughter and they loved them as much as I do. Then I showed them what you used as a cookie cutter . . . and that blew them away! Great job!

  10. I just shipped a BIG box of cookies to Connecticut yesterday! They are supposed to be there by Thursday….fingers crossed! On another note, I am thinking these could be further modified to be snowglobes???

  11. How do you come up with these ideas??? I mean I buy a cookie cutter and make a cookie in the shape it was intended….I don’t have that kind of creative imagination. These are super cute and I will have to make these this week. I’ll be sure to post a link to your page.

    I was in Hurricane Katrina….well we left, but I came back to NOTHING….well no material possessions that is. I had all that was important with me…my family. Hoping Shelly is doing good and back with power soon. Saying prayers for you and others who were affected by Irene.

  12. Calley, you’re a good friend for stepping in and helping out Shelly and Shelly, sending you the love and hopes that your spirits stay up in the midst of the mess that ol’ gal left behind. The gumball machine cookies are awesome! I have an antique silver model sitting here that I’ve lugged around from state to state and home to home over the years….my favorite bit of decor to every child who enters my home 🙂 I have the snowman cutter and look forward to a chance to give these a try one day….have them saved on a pinterest board for the future 🙂

  13. these are awesome! and how cool of you to post while irene interupts the normally scheduled programming…we lost power for a day and that was long enough! love they made from a snowman cutter and the m&ms are gumballs! shelly hope you get power soon!

  14. GENIUS idea to chop off the snowman’s scarf. I’ve never been in a hurricane, so I’ll talk about my gumball story instead:: it’s how my husband proposed. SO I’m sorta partial to anything that looks like a gumball machine 😉

  15. From a snowman cookie cutter! Seriously?! How do you think of these things! You are so amazing Callye! Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! And the M&M idea is perfect so you don’t have to make gazillions of colors when making a bubble gum machine. LOVE it! What fun! Thanks for sharing and being able to help out Shelly today!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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