Time for the annual Christmas Eve dinner place cards for my sweet friend Colleen. This year she wanted something Santa inspired so I used SemiSweetMike’s mug cookie cutter to create this table setting. Where there is hope and magic, there is wonder. We could all use a little more wonder in this world. Hope your day is merry and bright, where ever and whom ever you are.
Just in QUESO you’re going to a holiday wine and cheese party… Or if you have a friend that is a cheesemonger (I do). Really, really- it’s NACHO fault if you are shaking your head; I CAMEMBERT when I didn’t take advantage of every opportunity to make a play on words.
Let’s talk about mistakes. I work incredibly hard not to make them. But I did. In my haste (4 different sets were on our dining room table that day) to get a friend her birthday cookies on time, I totally misspelled a play on words. No pun pride that day. Luckily, it was a dear friend and I gave them to her anyway. She said she didn’t even notice (that’s how good a friend she is). Despite my spelling fail, the gourds in the set turned out beautifully and the pun was perfect for the season. And, here’s the most important part, the cookies are always tasty.
Bottom line, I just want to pass along a hug to those of you who like things just so, who strive for perfection. It’s frustrating when things don’t go according to plan but mostly it’s US that care so deeply about perceived imperfection. Others, not so much. Here’s to continuing on. May the rest your day still be GOURDeous.
Dear Halloween: I get it. You’re spooky. All that creaking and moaning is very expressive. But I am just not that into the scary vibe. I’d rather flaunt my haunt with a flavor of fun. Turning word play possibilities into probabilities. Hope we can still be friends. My best, MMB
Here are the cookies that went out to the GoBoBakeSale this year (fundraiser for ALS).
I have been on a bit of a watercolor.and.ink binge lately. The cookie version of this involves thinned gel and edible ink pens. This was the method used when asked to do a couple of as-you-go-back-to-university sets. It is a nice option for making a logo when you don’t want too much royal icing on top of the cookie.
The bridal shower invitation showcased a mixer with a electric green background, the theme being all things kitchen. So I “whipped up” 10 dozen KitchenAid mixers for the favors. Each cookie was about 3.5 x 3.5″ and she wanted the traditional shortbread flavor.
I used luster dust and almond extract (though vodka or and clear extract will do- flavors barely are noticeable if at all) to paint the mixing bowl and strip and used an edible ink marker to outline the cookie.
This is what 120 cookies look like.
Bagged and tagged. And Patty wanted 10 on a plate too. Assuming that was for her own enjoyment 🙂