Hey there! I’m Colleen and for any number of reasons, you’ve stumbled upon my blog, Royal Icing Diaries. And I’m glad you did, so welcome!
Since you’ve come specifically to my About page, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you want to know a little about who I am and get a small glimpse into my life.
Well, to start, I’d like to tell you that I am a celebrated and sought-after cookie decorator as well as an expert on all things royal icing.
But to say that’s not true would be an understatement.
In reality, I am self-trained home cook & baker who has recently discovered the world of cookie decorating, and I’m on a quest to learn all I can about how to do it. I am, on a good day, a total beginner.
I’ve wanted to have my very own blog for a while now. I mean, all the cool kids are blogging these days, right?
Although I have known all along that if I was going to write a blog, it had to be about my passions; cooking and baking.
That was the easy part.
But I could never narrow down exactly what light I could shed on the very crowded world of recipe and baking sites that’s not already done. In other words, I needed to find my own story – my niche.
Then it hit me. I decided I would document every step of my journey as I explore, discover, and learn the art of cookie decorating. Unlike the pros whose cookies I drool over, I am new to this so I decided to write about every triumph and failure, and all the mishaps and musings that take place in my little old kitchen as I master this craft. This was right up my alley.
My life is fairly simple and the simple things in life are what I enjoy most. That probably explains why I love homemade cookies. I mean, I LOVE cookies! There’s something simple and innocent about them, something rustic and homey.
A little background here on my personal life:
I was born & raised in New York and followed my job as a flight attendant to South Florida, which all went to hell not long after 9/11, but that’s another story for another day.
Nobody could ask for better parents than mine – nobody. They’re simply the best.
I’m the second oldest of five girls and we’re spread all over the east coast at this point.
I’m happily married to Sal, a New York-Dominican.
Sal and I love to travel and we’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling around the world.
I’ve also got two stepdaughters, Sandy & Christine, whom I consider to be my own daughters, and two little grandsons who, thankfully, live nearby.
I’ve got a few passions: family, cooking & baking, travelling, & reading.
I really like to entertain at home and we do. Often. Most of the time it’s casual and it’s outside. It’s a benefit of living in South Florida.
Grocery & specialty food stores, kitchen stores, and farmer’s markets are my favorite places to shop. I seek them out in every city and country we visit. Sal thinks I need to “get a life” as he puts it. He can’t fathom that I know exactly what aisle a specific product is in at our local grocery store but I personally don’t see the oddity in it.
I love to talk and have fun but I’m compassionate and don’t like hurting people’s feelings.
I’m a giver, not a taker, and I have little use for the latter.
I’m hard on myself but definitely not afraid to laugh at myself. That’s come in handy while learning to decorate cookies.
I work a full-time job at a first-rate company, which gets in the way of doing things I love to do, but I actually really like my job: It helps pay the bills and pay for my obsession with all things kitchen-related.
And again, I’m an amateur home-baker and a beginner at cookie decorating. Royal Icing Diaries was born out of my passion for cookies and my desire to learn cookie decorating. The concept of Royal Icing Diaries is simple: It’s my little place to document my progress. Maybe it will be a place where other beginners and wanna-be-cookie decorators can learn right along with me. A virtual cookie decorating 101 school so to speak.
In no way am I setting out to inspire others by what I already know. Instead, I am determined to learn all I can, and I hope THAT inspires other beginners.
I am by no means worthy of a website chock-full of my creations and that’s what sets Royal Icing Diaries apart from other sites. By this time hopefully you have figured out that I readily admit I am NOT a cookie decorator.
But I want to be.
And I’m determined to be.
So these are my personal diaries but I welcome opinions (as long as they’re not nasty, vulgar or otherwise inappropriate because I won’t approve them if they are), questions, and advice. If you see something I screwed up, and you know what I did wrong, feel free to let me know. I welcome any and all tips from others more knowledgeable than I am.
And if you’re a beginner with a question, you can email me at colmcb(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re too embarrassed to post something for the world to see.
Trust me though – once you see some of my mishaps, you won’t be quite as embarrassed as I am for posting them! I laugh and learn from my mistakes though and keep plugging along. If I can’t laugh at myself it’s not even worth it.
Oh and I will forewarn you – I am also learning photography. Yes, I know, there’s a trend here. I’m a beginner at a number of things but that’s what keeps life interesting.
Of course I’m most interested in food photography which at this point is a mystery to me. But I’m starting to understand the whole composition thing and the difference between an f-stop and ISO. If you anticipate jaw-dropping photos of lovingly decorated cookies you may be sorely disappointed for now. I try to do the best I can but I’m learning and have a cool new camera so the pictures will get better – I promise.
And so the journey begins.
Happy Decorating, and always remember to have fun!