Thursday, August 6, 2009

No matter where you go, there you are...

you are here map tilt
When I worked for Mary Engelbreit years ago, that was always one of my favorite illustrations of hers...No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. Well, my sister, her husband, my nephew and baby on the way (!) moved back to Texas this week, and I thought they needed a reminder of where they are. :)
you are here white
you are here close white
One thing I learned making these is that Texas is a lot harder to outline than it looks. My husband looking over my shoulder said, "I bet you're wishing we live in Utah right about now. " Yes, Utah seems like it would be a little easier.

These could really be done for almost any state just by shifting the wording. For a state like Rhode Island, I'd skip the outline altogether and just make the heart.
you are here side
I made these using my usual cookie recipe, but substituting vanilla bean paste for the extract and doubling the amount of it. I just love those little vanilla bean specks!

We're so happy to have our family close by now....I'm thinking that means even more occasions for cookies, cakes, and pies...oh my! :)
you are here map

48 comments:

  1. These are great and it is good to have them back in Texas.

    love dad

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  2. I live in Austin and I LOVE THESE COOKIES!! Great job!

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  3. Those are so cute! How nice to have your family close by.

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  4. Those are adorable! Is it just me, or do Texans own more state-shaped items than the rest of us? Nevermind, that's the U.S. you've got there, duh. But the whole state-shaped thingy is true! :) Looks like I'll have to get myself a Louisiana cookie cutter though...

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  5. OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! So cute! I am going to totally steal these...I wonder how weird it's going to look trying to outline NJ?!? DO they make a smaller tip that #1 ;)?

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  6. Adorable!! Quotes and cookies alike!

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  7. I have never outlined a state. But I have outlined many cookies and i tell you it can be a pain with some shapes. But you did a great job.

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  8. Wow - you worked for Mary Engelbreit? I'm from St. Louis and she's one of our favorite little celebs. Her illustrations are so great.

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  9. I love TEXAS! I also love that your family is near by. Great cookies.

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  10. What great cookies! Lucky you to have your family close-by. And lucky them to have such a talented baker in the family. : )

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  11. So cute! And Utah is easier, by the way.. ;)

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  12. You've got a great blog! I love your pencil cookies! SO cute. Never thought a pencil would actually TASTE good :)
    Happy baking to a fellow baker!
    -Mini Baker

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  13. Ahahaha, those are adorable!

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  14. So cute! I love them! I may have to try these, although I don't know if I could do OH and make it look convincing lol

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  15. Great COOKIES, Bridget! I'm so happy for you that your family is moving close to you... Everything is better when family is around :)

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  16. Dorothy...that's so funny! Yes...we Texans are proud. When we moved to Alabama for a few years, I was surprised at how much I missed our Texas shaped tortilla chips and cheese crackers! ;)

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  17. Hey Bridget!! These are so adorable..love the heart and of course, being from Big D..I love Texas!! I miss it terribly!! That is so great to have your sis near by!! Laurie

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  18. I love the thought that my little state of Rhode Island would be just a heart! As always, your cookies blow me away.

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  19. These are so stinkin cute! You are amazing!

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  20. I adore these! I may have to find a good excuse to order them!
    I'm so happy that your sister is going to be close by! That is awesome!

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  21. Wow those are adorable! And how fitting I'm in Texas too!

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  22. I bet you will be happy to have them back :)

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  23. My brother lives in your fair City (Houston) and a good friend of mine is in Pearland... Your cookies inspire me SO much! Thanks so much for sharing all your Fabulous ideas!

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  24. These are so cute and I am so glad that we live close enough to taste them now!

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  25. I just stumbled upon your blog and looked through some of your posts. Your cookies are amazing! So cute!

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  26. These look amazing! I should totally make them for my family in Ohio:)

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  27. I love these!!! I am needing to buy a states cutter so I can make a "We are here!" for Washington to celebrate our move!

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  28. p.s. I never got to tell you b/c I forgot in the middle of the move, but your email was SO FUNNY about the person who googled and got to your site! I laughed out loud! They obviously meant to type "gourmet mom on the go". :)

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  29. I disagree: these couldn't possibly be done with just ANY state ;)

    These are completely adorable. I love 'em!

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  30. You've got one heck of a steady hand when it comes to icing cookies. Love these American map shaped cookies. Really love them.

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  31. I love maps, ergo, I love these cookies.

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  32. Yay for Texas! It's slightly ridiculous how many Texas-themed items I own, but it's a great state.

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  33. Yay!!! I love these. It's great to have them back home in Texas!

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  34. Ha! These are so great. Congratulations on your family moving back. We have been considering something similar, from OR back to NY.

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  35. Looks like I'll have to get myself a Louisiana cookie cutter though...

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  36. Awesome cookies. Houstonian here!

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  37. These are adorable! And so sweet!

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  38. Sorry for my bad english. I would like to get updated with you new posts as I love to read your blog. Add me to your mailing list if you have any.

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  39. this has got to be the cutest thing I have seen all day! :D

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  40. my husband is in Afghanistan and I'd love to order these with Ohio to ship to him... how do I do that? or do you even take orders? lol

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    1. will you please email me at 31byRobin@gmail.com because I found these randomly and have no idea how or if I will find this page again if you respond.

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