Today on Sweet Talk I’m chatting with Terri of Fresh Cut Flours. I’ve followed Terri’s blog for quite some time and have recently been getting to know her better. Terri is not only a very talented cookie decorator but she has a knack for turning what we might consider “junk” or “trash” into treasure. She can refurbish or re purpose furniture like nobody’s business. I wish she lived closer because I would have her teach me. I love crafting but when it comes to using tools, wood, paint and stain I’m just too scared. Thanks for joining us today Terri.
I was both excited, and flattered when Melissa contacted me about doing an interview for her “Sweet Talk” series!
My name is Terri Dodd and I live in Gilbert, AZ…where the summers are hotter than Hades, but the rest of the year it is Heaven on earth! I live with my husband of 37 years, Ron and our two boxers, Lucy and Otis. I have two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Kelli, one son-in-law, Tom and three adorable grandchildren…Thomas, Taylor and Tatum. Until recently we all resided in Arizona, but Tom was presented with a job promotion that he could not turn down, so they moved the family to Colorado. It was devastating to say the least, but frequent trips to Denver and FaceTime, make it almost bearable. Thank God for modern technology!
Tell me about your name. Why did you choose Fresh Cut Flours?
Where do you live?
I was born and raised in Portland, OR. We spent 9 years in Sammamish, a suburb of Seattle, but for the last 12 years, we have called Gilbert, AZ our home.
How long have you been baking?
To be honest…I never really enjoyed baking when I was younger. I would do the basics…chocolate chip cookies, banana nut bread and if I was feeling exceptionally wild and crazy, I would make a cake! And yes, that would be boxed, not from scratch!
Is baking a hobby or a business?
I would have to say that it is a hobby that occasionally makes me a little extra pocket money. I love doing cookies, but I like to keep it light and stress free. Most of the cookie orders that I make for others come by word of mouth, but occasionally someone finds me through my blog.
When did you discover your love for decorated cookies?
About 3 years ago I decided that I wanted to make a cookie bouquet for a good friend for her birthday. I spent hours on the Internet and after watching what seemed like thousands of videos, I got the nerve to give it a try. At the time, I actually thought it turned out pretty good…looking back, I would have to question my judgement about that. Anyhoo, the rest is pretty much history, with over 600 cookie cutters at last count, I think you would call me hooked!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I STILL spend a lot of time on the Internet soaking up what so many talented cookier’s have to offer. I visit many blogs, as well as Pinterest and Instagram. I love looking through books and sometimes just looking at a completely random item has me visualizing it as a cookie!
What one item in your kitchen can you not live without and why?
It would have to be my 6 Qt. KitchenAid!
What is on your baking bucket list?
Hmmmm…tough one! I guess it would be to master the art of character cookies…specifically, FACES! I avoid them at all costs…I think you have to do them perfectly to pull it off, and I seem to struggle with that.
What three words best describe your cookie style/philosophy?
Fun, Creative, Simple
Aside from cookies and baking what else do you like to do? Hobbies?
I am a self proclaimed “Jack of all trades, Master of None”! These days, if I am not decorating cookies in the kitchen, you will most likely find me out in the garage (temperatures permitting)
Let’s have some fun now and do some rapid answer questions. Ready, set, go.
Actually, I think you call it “Revised Royal Icing”…I add a small amount of corn syrup.
Chill or no chill?
Sift or don’t sift?
Sift (powdered sugar only)
Thick or thin?
Outline & flood or one consistency?
90% of the time, one consistency…”outline” for detailing only
Piping bags or bottles or both?
Thank you so much for asking me to participate in your Sweet Talk interview. I look forward to reading this series every week!
Thank you Terri. You have a beautiful family and you are so talented. Would you believe that my first set of decorated cookies was a cookie bouquet for a friend’s birthday? Great minds think alike.
Be sure to visit Terri’s blog and subscribe so you never miss out on the fun cookies she’s making or the furniture that she’s making new again.Until the next Sweet Talk, happy baking and creating friends.
P.S. I’m thinking of changing the Sweet Talk series to a once or twice a month series. Life is just so hectic and I want more time for creating sweets.