Don't get me wrong, I love decorating cookies, but I don't like the time it takes to mix all the colors and clean up all of the supplies. In an effort to stick with my philosophy of KISS--keep it simple, (it's just a cookie), I have been experimenting with painting on cookies. Since I have no training in art, I took baby steps to reach a comfort level with this decorating style.
I started with simple eggs . . .
followed by a little tree. . .
. . . and now flowers.
Since I have always loved the simplicity of white cookies, I used up some left over dough, iced them with white frosting, and painted on a hint of color. KISS and pretty.
Amazing how the same cutters can look so different with a few simple decorating changes.
Move over Pet Rocks, Rubik's Cube, Furbies, Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi,
Koosh Balls, Slap Bracelets, Squishies, it's time to make room for . .
Great-niece, Mary Grace, sent me a video of fidget spinner cookies with a note that said, "I bet you could make these, but yours would look better." Challenge accepted. 100% edible and they spin!
Once I made the cookies, I was worried about how to package them for the party and thought that my usual treat bags wouldn't be sturdy enough, therefore, I opted for cupcake boxes filled with shredded paper to cushion the delicate cookies.
Great-nephew, Elliot, requested "all sports except soccer and volleyball," for cookies to share with his friends at his birthday party. I was surprised that soccer wasn't included because he enjoys playing the game. I'd like to think that we have a special connection and he just KNEWthat soccer and volleyballs are two of my least favorite cookies to create. However, I think the decision was probably due to a conversation that went something like this:
Mom: "What cookies would you like for your birthday this year?"
Mom: "What sport?"
Elliot: "All of them."
Mom: "Nooooo way! That's way too many cookies."
Elliot probably smiled, pondered (he does that), and eventually eliminated two sports.
I decided that the treat bags would have seven cookies for Elliot's seventh birthday.
Mini footballs, basketballs, baseballs, and tennis balls. . .
Hockey because it is one of Elliot's favorite sports . . .
Bowling in honor of Hall of Famer, Great-Uncle Matt . . .
Since it is Elliot's special day, I even added a few soccer and volleyball cookies as a surprise just for him in a package that he will have at home with his family.
Congratulations to my great-niece, Megan, who is graduating from Emmons Elementary, the home of the Raiders.
Since our family is big on tradition, her cookie collection had to
include at least one "look out ______ high school" book cookie and a
diploma tied with a heat-shaped ribbon.
The Emmons school mascot, the Raider, is now making his third appearance in cookie collections for Meg's family. My interpretation of the Raider has evolved from literal and scary. . . to a whimsical treasure hunt . . .
to a sweet, smiling pirate for Meg.
In addition, I added cookies to represent her school activities.
Today is the day we celebrate Kaley's graduation from Illinois State University.
Kaley was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as President for two semesters, so I departed from the bold colors used in this collection to include ZTA's colors on a few cookies.
Since teaching is Kaley's chosen profession, her collection included various designs to honor her new career.
As I baked and decorated this set of cookies, I realized that Kaley and I have a few things in common. By the age of twenty-one we both graduated from college, had full time teaching positions, and were enrolled in graduate school. Hopefully, Kaley will find her career as rewarding as I did during my thirty-six years in the classroom.
No doubt about it, Kaley earns high marks from me.