Have you taught yourself something new recently? Had anything you’ve always wanted to learn how to do and finally decided to treat yourself with learning it?
I did it! I’m decorating cookies…flower cookies!
I’ve collected cookie cutters for as long as I can remember. I have a HUGE plastic box full of cutters, all sorted by holiday or time of year or theme. Yep, super organized cutters that have resided in my storage room for six years.
January 1st, as I took down the Christmas trees, I popped YouTube up on the Roku and started watching cookie decorating tutorials. I made a batch of royal icing that night and practiced piping on parchment.
So my first efforts? Not pretty. I only shared them with my hubby and my sister. At least they tasted good!
Now I’m making flowers, and reviews are good! (click to see larger)
Each flower is 6 or 7 individual sugar cookies, decorated with royal icing. Mostly wet on wet marbling, so the cookies look pretty, and I get to work on improving my skills while focusing on the fundamentals:
- dropping the outline instead of pulling,
- properly flooding with no craters or sinking, and
- getting the royal icing flavor, consistency, and color right.
What a perfect blend of my artistic side (pretty much dormant of late) and my gardening side! I get to take the cookies to Master Gardener meetings and events, share with friends and coworkers (mine and hubby’s), and share with family at get togethers.
Oh, and you know the old tales of the pizza maker who never eats a slice or the donut baker who can’t stand the smell of oil? Constantly having cookie ingredients, dough, cutouts, and cookies in the house is helping me with my lack-of-control issues around baked goods!
*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**