Love From My Oven

There are all kinds of ways to show people that you care – a thoughtful note, a small gift, a hug, a cup of coffee, or even a homemade treat. Have you ever sent love from your oven? It’s fun! As far back as I can remember I have baked things for the people I love. I remember the first cake I made all by myself for my dad. It was some kind of microwave German chocolate cake. It looked hideous (and probably wasn’t too tasty) but I was so very proud to give it to my dad. Maybe that was the beginning of my love of baking? It made my dad so happy and proud of me and here I am 20 years later baking for the people I love.

A few weeks ago Amanda from i am baker had offered 2 dozen cookies to families who needed some encouragement. People were to send in their nominations and she would pick 5 deserving families to be surprised. Well, the stories came in and she couldn’t say no to even one (because she is the sweetest person you will ever meet) so she sent out a plea for help to the blogging world. Soon every family had a match – 165 families!<

I was so pleased to be a part of this. *My* assigned family was coming home from 4 years of missionary service overseas. I thought a cheery “welcome home” care package might just be the encouragement they need. Cookies can’t change the world but they can make a person smile. And maybe making someone smile will change their world at least.

By the way, I have no doubt Amanda would have made each and every one of those families a cookie care package but she had other things going on in her life that were a little more urgent…like having her FOURTH BABY! We are all very excited for her to welcome little Eddie into the world. Come check him -and all of his red-haired cuteness- out over at her other blog i am mommy.

- Katrina

71 Responses to “Love From My Oven”

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    Mari — March 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely!!! What a nice thing to do!!

    God bless 🙂

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    Shawn — March 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    How sweet!!! Your work is delightful 🙂

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    RavieNomNoms — March 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    That is so sweet! That looks awesome

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    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — March 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    The family who receives your welcome cookies will be so pleased. It’s such a great custom food gift for them. I think cooking love is the best!

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    sweetpeaskitchen.com — March 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    These cookies are awesome! I bet they loved receiving these cookies! 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Those are so cute and what a nice idea.

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    Sinful Sundays — March 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Those cookies are adorable! I would be excited to receive those. 🙂

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    Fresh and Foodie — March 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Great work as always! Very cute — anyone would be lucky to get these.

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    Sue — March 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Can’t think of a better way to welcome them home! So cheery and tasty too! Bravo to you! (I was disappointed that I just missed the cut to help Amanda.)

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    Lynds — March 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Beautiful cookies and what a lovely, thoughtful thing to do! I can’t imagine how touched the family must have been to have come back to that.
    : )

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    Sandra — March 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Ohh Amanda’s boy is so cute!!! I love babies, I should stop right now, because I have already three:))
    Your homemade goodies look fantastic as always! Beautiful happy colors that are making me smile on this rainy day!

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    paddle attachment — March 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Super cute! So much piping with those number cookies, my hand is tired just looking at the pics. (:

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    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It — March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Your cookies look so cute!! Great job! I’m sending mine out on Friday!!

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    Lin Ann — March 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I bet these sure did put smiles on their faces. That’s so nice of you. Also, congrats on top 100 in Babble . . . (# 17 so far!). I voted for ya!

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    Kate@Diethood.com — March 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Woooow! How thoughtful of you… this looks incredible. You did an amazing job… bravo!

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    lauren — March 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Good for you. I think cookies can change the world, especially ones that amazing. 🙂 I too voted for you at Babble.

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    briarrose — March 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Beautiful cookies and a great way to show you care.

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    Peggy — March 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Aww, what a sweet gesture! Those cookies are absolutely perfect!

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    Becky — March 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Your cookies are gorgeous, and I’m sure that the family will be so touched by these Welcome Home cookies, because they are baked with love.

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    Christina — March 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    What a great idea. I love them! Sure to make anyone smile.

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    Steph — March 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    These are so cute!! What an awesome idea!

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    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — March 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    This is such a great idea! How sweet of you to do something like this!

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    Susi's Kochen und Backen — March 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    What a wonderful idea! Your cookies are so fitting and would certainly put a huge smile on my face. Absolutely lovely :o)

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    egb — March 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Great idea! Can’t wait to try this one out!

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — March 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    This is so awesome, what a great idea. These kinds of things should be done more often, I’d be in!

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    Cake Duchess — March 31, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Such a wonderful project to be a part of…great idea Amanda had! Your cookies are so cheerful and look fantastic!

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    Butrcreamblondi — March 31, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Katrina you know how I feel about care packages and I send love from my oven all the time 🙂 That was such a great thing that you did and the cookies are totally cute! They will definitely make them smile 🙂

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    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — March 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Katrina this is just beautiful! you know why I love revisiting your site? I always leave with a smile on my face. The cookies look awesome, who wouldn’t want to come back home to that.

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    A little bit of everything — March 31, 2011 at 1:07 am

    What a sweet way to show you care. And the cookies, I saw them the other day when shared them on twitter. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    Thumb up to Amanda for this wonderful project

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    Elisabeth — March 31, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Such a lovely gesture to welcome a family home with beautiful handmade “welcome” colorful, and yummy cookies. They are so pretty, as well!
    Genius idea:-D

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    Stephanie — March 31, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I love baking for loved ones too. Your cookies are perfect for the occasion. Well done!

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    cookingmisadventures — March 31, 2011 at 4:29 am

    You are simply amazing! I want to be like you when I grow up. 🙂 ~ Courtney

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — March 31, 2011 at 6:51 am

    This is awesome, what a great gesture!! PS- I’m passing the Sisterhood of World Blogger Award to you tomorrow on my blog! xoxo- Lindsey

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    Manu — March 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

    What a fantastic idea! And your cookies look amazing Katrina, I really love them! 🙂

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    Lindsey — March 31, 2011 at 11:54 am

    These cookies look amazing! So very thoughtful!

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    Belinda @zomppa — March 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    What a sweet (literally & figuratively) and touching act of kindness. =)

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    Parsley Sage — March 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This post gave me happy goosebumps. What a lovely thing to do! And the cookies look incredible 🙂

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    Erin — March 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Your cookies are awesome and you are too! You’re right about changing the world. You can, one person at a time. And my guess is that your cookies definitely put a smile on their faces. Amazing!!!

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    Andrea @ strawberry-chic — April 1, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Wow, thats awesome! Its amazing how a simple treat can help brighten someones day!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — April 1, 2011 at 2:05 am

    What a wonderful idea!!! These cookies look delicious and I’m sure they’re very appreciated!

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    The Harried Cook — April 1, 2011 at 6:00 am

    How gorgeous are your cookies! Awesome idea… Love them! Congrats on Top 9 🙂

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    Cleo Coyle — April 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

    This is one beautiful idea. Brava! Your cookies are gorgeous, too. And Amanda’s new baby is a little red-headed angel. 🙂

    Cook with joy!
    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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    foodblogandthedog — April 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Such a beautiful idea! I’m sure the family will be really happy, I know I would be. The cookies look delicious!! Congrats on Top 9!!

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    Becky — April 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

    congrats on the #1 Top 9 today! Yahoo!!!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — April 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, I saw these on the Top 9 today and didn’t realize it was YOU! 🙂 Darling cookies…and what a SWEET welcome home for that family! Love it!

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    Chic Cookies — April 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    So fantastic, LOVE these!! The perfect welcome home.

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    spiceblogger — April 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Beautiful! Beautiful cookies. Beautiful pictures. and a Beautiful idea!

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    Rumana Rawat — April 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    It is really a very nice thing to do:)

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    Lin Ann — April 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Congrats on No. 1 of Top 9!!!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    You all really overwhelm me with your kind words and encouragement. I am truly moved by each and every comment. It speaks to me that you all would do this same thing if given the chance. I hope to take part in something like this again. In the meantime let’s all share the love and bring a smile to someone else today. It really does make a difference.

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    Sonia — April 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Cute cookies dazzling on the top 9…congratulations to you dear for the brilliant idea and execution Katrina !

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    Kim - Liv Life — April 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Katrina, what a wonderful package you put together! I’m certain that the family who received it opened it and that smiles were had all around. These cookies are so pretty I’d be tempted not to eat them… but then my kids would say “Mom… they are cookies, they are meant to be eaten” and they would sway me. Lovely job! A well deserved Top 9!!

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    Anonymous — April 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Hi, I saw this on foodbuzz, and I absolutely love, love, love your cookies! Do you mind posting the recipe, as well as how you frosted them. I have attempted sugar cookies, but never know how to ice them. Thanks so much!

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    Mateja ^_^ — April 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    What a heart welcoming home Katrina! It is obvious that you put your heart into baking these lovely cookies! Thank you and have a great weekend 🙂

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — April 2, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Hey Anonymous – I know this was a weird post because it didn’t have any recipes! I will be posting my sugar cookie recipe soon but you can use this technique on any sugar cookie as long as you make it thick enough to hold up under all of the icing. I frosted them using Royal Icing. You should visit Bridget over at Bake at 350 to see step-by -step instructions on this technique. I want to be like her when I grow up! 🙂 There is a wonderful recap of Bridget’s skills over here at Pioneer woman as well:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/12/decorated-christmas-cookies/

    I hope this helps. Good luck! ♥

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    Suzanne (You Made That?) — April 2, 2011 at 3:50 am

    what a cute message and cookies. Love the idea that Amanda had, how nice.

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    Tania — April 2, 2011 at 4:09 am

    What a great idea! And such beautiful cookies.

    I want in on the next round…if Amanda decides to do anything like this again.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Your cookies are so sweet and thoughtful.

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    Allison Hillberry — April 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I am new to the blog world and just found yours, I am loving it! It has made my Saturday special!…Check out mine-afarmgirlsview

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    lizy b — April 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

    What a lovely surprise to come home to! We love to surprise people with a little ‘cookie love’!

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    Lizzy — April 3, 2011 at 12:56 am

    What a fabulous story! This kind gesture reflects what I’ve come to know of the food blogger world.

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    Simply Life — April 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

    oh what a fun project -these are adorable and anyone would be lucky to receive them!

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    Kankana — April 4, 2011 at 2:46 am

    This is excellent and a beautiful post. Such kind gesture .. such beautiful thoughts 🙂

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — April 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Katrina, this is such a wonderful program to take part in, and you are so sweet to give your talents and time to others who gave their time to such important causes. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    kitchenmorph — April 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    incredibly beautiful! and cookies can change my world ;P
    pl upload in flickr if you have a profile. do you? these are so sunny and bright!!!!

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    Megan — April 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Katrina, this is Megan, the one who nominated Shannon for the welcome home cookies! Thank you so much for the beautiful job you did! I know she is going to love them. Thanks for your willingness to volunteer your skills to bless someone else. 🙂 I’ll be following your blog now!

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    jeffshan — April 19, 2011 at 2:50 am

    THANK YOU Katrina for the cookies for our family, what an amazing talent you have, they were beautiful and SO YUMMY!!! Our kids were delighted and we felt truly blessed by our good friend for nominating us, and for your willingness to bake!! I look forward to reading your blog!

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    livininthekitchen — May 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Oh! I think this is literally one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. I love it, and the Welcome Home fit perfectly!

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