Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
For Yoda's ears, I got a fleece hat that fit Clayton and then sewed two pieces of green fleece over the original hat, inserting the "ears" in the seams. I used pipe cleaners in the ears to give them some body so they would stand out. Since Yoda is old, I added some batting for the wispy white hair that Yoda has in the movie. I added green fleece feet to a pair of brown leggings and added a piece of elastic on each leg that would go under his shoes. He carried a walking stick. I made the sleeves long rather than making something to go on his hands, as I did not think he would tolerate something on his hands.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Gibbs Gardens is located in Ball Ground, GA in Cherokee County (north of Atlanta). It is home to the largest Japanese gardens and is beautiful all four seasons, but especially spring and fall! These photos were taken a week before the "peak" color is expected, but I don't think I could handle much more beauty than this! The maple to the left of the wedding gazebo is just breath taking!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Anyway, I found a method they used for rolling out the cookies intriguing and wanted to try it. In addition to a lot of information and designs, there are recipes. I do think there was a typo on the measurements for the Meringue Powder Royal Icing, so if you get the book, be aware of that. I tried their Rolled Sugar Cookies recipe, which uses butter instead of shortening like my regular recipe. It definitely was easier to handle as the butter set up more when refrigerated, but I still like the taste of my recipe better. I also want to try their Rolled Chocolate Cookies and Rolled Gingerbread Cookies.
After mixing the dough, they instructed to lay down wax paper, put a portion of the dough, another piece of wax paper and then cookie slats along the edge, close enough that the slats will be under the rolling pin.
I did not have cookie slats so I went to Home Depot, bought an eight foot piece of lattice slat, had it cut into two foot pieces, sanded them and painted them. There are slats that people sell on Amazon, but I got two sets for $1.07 plus tax!
The slats are a quarter inch in thickness so when you roll the cookie dough, the thickness is the same throughout the piece of dough.
Another way to color a cookie is to do an egg wash. Egg wash also gives a nice sheen to the cookies. I used one egg and a little water with decorator coloring, which I painted on to the cookies.
I like to use Meringue powder for my frosting. Parchment paper is wonderful to use on your cookie sheets and it can be used over and over until you are finished baking.
If you need to spell something on your cookies, there are letters to make indentions in the cookies like below, and there are also pens made to write on the cookies.
This is such a fun craft and the recipients always are thankful! Again, I do recommend the book I mentioned. I have requested the Cookie Craft book also, but I am sure it is just as good!