Are you ready for the holidays? I looked at the calendar and I'm starting to get worried. It seems like I have 5 minutes to prepare before the kids arrive home again. I'll need food to feed them....lots of food. I spent all Thanksgiving around the stove and am thinking it will be the same at Christmas. I took a class last night at the Culinary Center of Kansas City on cookie decorating. Diana Cooper taught the class and she was great. The class started at 6:30pm and finished at 10:00. Every second was filled with great information about frosting, baking the cookies and small details that can made a cookie really sparkle.
I was the first one done. (Not a good thing when you see my cookies.) I was boxing up my cookies and Diana saw my plain gingerbread boy. She wouldn't let me leave until I added eyes. Now the cookie is just too funny....I swear I can see the fear in those eyes, with good reason too. He must know that Dave can eat a cookie in one bite!
I never felt the need to purchase 3-D cookie molds. But after making the reindeer above, I'm sold on the idea. I showed Dave this Rudolph cookie and said, "Look what my life is coming to!" At least he adds much laughter to the season.
I'm imagining one beside each Christmas plate on the dinner table. He could be an appetizer. (Now his eyes are beginning to look a bit fearful too aren't they?
Diana baked all the cookie parts and we only had to decorate. She had about 30 people in her class. That's a lot of reindeer parts! When she demonstrated how to put Rudolph together and put on his eyes I about fell out of my chair laughing.
Royal icing was used on the mitten. I had to first pipe the icing around the cookie to form a dam. Next "flow" a slightly watered down version of the icing inside the "dam" to cover the mitten. You can tell from the close-up I need to practice the piping part. When Diane came by my table she looked at my cookies and said she liked the coconut on the mitten. She was the best....I knew she was trying to find something positive as I was working.
This light blub is iced with a flosting that dries glossy. You can tell I added a bit much....but we like icing here!
Saturday, I'm taking a cake pop class. I need all the help I can get!
Loose Feather update
Barb and I have the next Loose Feather projects just about done. I have to do photography and get the booklet ready. As Gentle Arts floss company will be closed the 15th, and I'm not sure about Crescent Colours, I'm posting the colors for shop owners to order early.
Gentle Arts floss
GA Cidermill Brown, GACaramel Corn, GA Wood Trail, GA Flax, GA Piney Woods, GA Endive and GA Maple Syrup.
Crescent Colours floss
CC Wild Berries, CC Queen Bee and CC Manor Red.
The Jolly Jabber blog for the Fat Quarter Shop posted a bit of information from us about our new fabric line that has just hit the shops. There is a contest and some fabric to win. Be sure to go and sign up for some Blueberry Crumb Cake fabric.
Hope all your decorated cookies are better than mine!!!