Some people who are near and dear to me are/were teachers so I have a special place in my heart of those who guide us toward critical thinking. My 2017 gift box for the classroom teacher is right/write track.
And it all adds up for cookies that are calculated to make the math teacher smile….
Happy Pi day my fellow geeks! Twice today, the calendar/time will read 3.14.15 9:26 (am or pm)! A perfect Pi day!! As always, my take on this “epic” Pi day is from a slightly different angle; hope these goes down as easy as pi(e). Oh, and have a relatively happy birthday Albert Einstein.
I have this friend- Kathy- who is smart, kind, funny, clever, incredibly resourceful, etc etc. You get the idea why any and everyone would want to hang with her! But in the summertime, it is extra lovely to be her buddy because she grows this incredible garden. No little plot with a handful of peppers and some tomato plants- rather it is a tilled and crop-rotated masterpiece. A HUGE undertaking from which we all benefit! so…I thought it apropos to make her birthday cookies that would help her ‘veg out!’ with something other than veggies. Surprise, surprise- the puns are back.
What got me thinking about this theme was a trip to Crate and Barrel. They had some vegetable plates that were humor provoking. It doesn’t take much to send me in that general direction. Some of the puns I had seen on-line in various places (wish I had the memory to tell you exactly where) and some just randomly popped into my head. Hope you find them “wet your p(l)ants” funny!!
Inspiration comes from strange and wondrous places. Instagram holds treasures; that is where I found sewlovetheday and my inspiration for this BIG 7.5 x 7.5″ cookie (check out her daughter’s sew-love-the-day-blog…also chock full of goodies!). I love happy, clean designs with fun as a founding principle.
Using royal icing, I first made the number “9”s on wax paper. Could not decide what color it should be so I made several choices. PS. I did not have a cloud cookie cutter so I drew a couple clouds on card stock, took scissors to the one I thought would work best, and used a regular, sharp knife along the outside of the shape to cut it out of the dough.
After they set completely (4 hours was enough), I decorated the cloud and the little hearts. Place the “9” on the cloud while still wet. I learned from the “love you to the moon and back” cookie to make the big cookie base royal icing a 9-10 second flooding at most (thin for me). Place the cloud and heart cookies on while base icing is still wet. Final details such as the “lace” around the edge and the dots went on after base was dry/4 hours or overnight. Used Americolor sky blue, deep pink, white, and red red.
What exactly is a normal person? I’m still waiting to meet that normal family or witness that normal life. Thank goodness no 2 people think alike. How boring this world would be if we did?
So, I’m going to embrace the fact that my brain function might be considered abnormal. Might? How about we give it a classification of atypical and call it a day? Here is how my mind intertwines with valentines.
I choose you.
Top row cookies pay homage to Buffalo, NY. We like things spicy 🙂 The next several designs came to mind while listening to Usher’s song Scream. You’re hypnotic, magnetic…
And lastly, in cahoots with some fruits… also my version of Valentine nutrition. sigh.
Breakfast cookies? Well, technically we were invited to brunch so all bets were off (um. You already know I am “off”). The traditional egg and bacon breakfast first came to mind (some clever cookie-rs have gone down that route). But fate stepped in; the movie we were watching contained a song from the early 80’s. Okay, Elton John and Kiki Dee sang theirs in the mid 70s but its close enough. Hope you will forgive me…
Move over, York. These peppermint Patties are made with chocolate shortbread (thank you for sharing the recipe Lila Loa) and standard buttercream icing flavored with peppermint extract. Crushed a couple of peppermint candies to decorate the borders and voila. Very Minteresting!