|The beginning of the 2013 Valentine Cookie Season|
While cleaning out my freezer I found a double batch of Apple Butter Cookie Dough all nicely wrapped and ready. I had completely forgotten that I'd made that before everything crashed around me. Score! While that was thawing, I felt motivated to make a batch of LilaLoa's "The Vanilla Variation"" of her Sugar Cookie Dough and between the two, that got me baking! I ended up with 16 large hearts, 40 medium size "shapes" and 60 minis. I still have some vanilla sugar cookie dough in the fridge.
My first efforts were just some circles, squares, and rectangles in hopes of getting my piping skills going. I'm one of those "don't use it you lose it" people. I felt vaguely cursed because NONE of my icing turned out the way I wanted. Again, when you do it regularly, you do it right. This time, well...not so much. My piping icing was too thin to hold some of the shapes, my flood too thick to lay down straight, I got craters, my little heart transfers didn't "heal" properly, and I learned I can't make my nail flower go in a complete circle without having to reposition my fingers. (oh, so clumsy) Add to that, my icing didn't hold it's shape for the ribbon roses either. It was supposed to be the thick stuff! Man, I was screwed. I kept telling myself the Dory-the-fish line "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming".
I decided I would indeed just keep going and finish the cookies I had... I was trying out new tools I got for Christmas and as part of my retail therapy shoppingin January. I got a heat gun from my son and I bought myself some stencils and new cookie cutters and better tasting Red Tulip AmeriColor gel from Karen's Cookies (man, I love opening boxes from Karen and Mike!). I read a post from Sweet Sugarbelle about why this red food color isn't as icky as some of the other reds we've all used. I ordered a big bottle! Between Valentine and Christmas and Patriotic cookies - red is a popular color! I also broke out my new airbrush and practiced with water...that will be the next thing I attempt "for real"!
Anyway, I got to it and this is just a post with a few photos (with the good, the bad, and the not-so-ugly). Why I would share some of these? I don't know. I think I just have to start somewhere. This will help me move along so I prove to myself I can do better. I won't point out all the booboos, but the cookiers will be able to see everything I'm talking about. No need for anyone to point out the obvious (like when I was wiping my tip and accidentally sucked up a drop of water from my too damp cloth and then aimed right down at my cookie...oh mercy).
|I am dot crazy apparently. I just felt like|
everything was looking better with dots!
I love having the virtual friendships that have allowed me to continue to talk about cookies and tips of the trades on Facebook. I think I now officially converse with cookiers more than my "regular" friends (oh wait, none of my friends are regular...they are all unique). I'm not sure that is a good thing...but for now, it's what I need. Cookie Convo! I am also completely dedicated to finding my way to Cookie Con 2014. Fingers are crossed.
|I'm no van Gogh...but this is MY blue period!|
So, here they are. They are packaged up and ready to give to people who don't care that I'm not perfect and know what I've been going through. Now that I think about it, I'm really surrounded by lots of good souls. I feel happier than I have in a good bit. Hope it's a trend!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!