Handmade Cookie Cutters {Tutoiral}

We need goldfish cookie cutters for a party I’m having but haven’t been able to find the right size. A stop at our local library and we found out how to make our own, by using an aluminum can. Recycling and using free educational resources are a great way to spend an afternoon with kids!


Speaking of kids…


I have had the privilege of being an officer/organizer in four separate mother’s groups in my life as a mommy and have met some amazing women as I’ve done this. Apart from being officer, I have also been a participant in a few more.  I was recently asked to name them all and here is a partial list from what I can remember:

  • Bellevue Eastside Active Moms
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Eastside Cool Mommies
  • Eastside Mothers Club
  • Messy Kids, Happy Moms
  • Sammamish & Redmond Mothers and More
  • Seattle & Eastside Mothers and More
  • Sisters of the YaYa Motherhood

On December 31st, this one chapter of my life will be closed on LinkedIn forever as I leave my very last organizing position on ECM, also the last mommy group of which I was still a member. It’s mind boggling to think of all the Mother’s Night’s In, Playdates, Hiking Outings, Book Clubs, Movie Nights, Craft Nights, and the thousands of other things I’ve done as an organizer of moms for the past eleven (!) years.


I wanted to throw a little “retirement” party to help me transition out of my mommy phase.  Now that the girls are older, it’s rare that I even get called that anymore, so it was time to move on. I had named the event as a play on words inspired by So Long and Thanks for All the Fish book by Douglas Adams. My daughter and I spent the afternoon making the homemade goldfish crackers, which were the perfect munchies for a night of reminiscing. 


So Long and Thanks for All the (Gold)Fish Party


We used the recipe here, and decided to make our own fun shapes out of empty and cleaned Diet Coke cans.  We used heavy duty metal snips we found in my husband’s tool box. I made the first cut from the opening as it needs a little muscle then handed the can and tool to my daughter to cut our one inch stripes.

The shapes we came up with were round planet, crescent moon, star, and of course goldfish.  We also had a rocket shape, but the dough keep getting caught and it was scrapped. Once you cut a strip all the way around the can, simply shape it, pinch it in place, and tape the ends together!  If you look at the fish on the right, you can see the tape.


Try to make your pieces connect anywhere other then a corner so that the food doesn’t build up and get stuck to the tape.  This was our final yummy product.

I had no idea it was easy to make goldfish.  Of course my daughter wants to make them again, since the two bowls we made for the party were happily (and quickly) eaten.  We have already decided to try the Asiago or maybe the shredded Mexican blend instead of cheddar cheese next.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year and may 2014 also bring you new adventures!

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.