November 30, 2013

Gobble Gobble 2013

Okay, so I had intended to post this before Thanksgiving, but then I got busy packing, and traveling, and glutting myself, and never quite got around to it.  So do me a favor, and pretend it’s last week…

When I was younger, I loved to make place cards for everyone at Thanksgiving.  And even though there was never “assigned” seating and no relatives that needed to be kept apart at all costs, my parents indulged my need to participate in the holiday and Thanksgiving place cards even became something of a tradition.

Even after I moved away from home, the place cards were usually requested.

Last year, inspiration struck and I made place card cookies.

They were so well received that I decided to make them again this year!  Last year’s cookies were handprints, traced my by boys’ hands, but as they get older, those cookies are getting rather large!

So I made some turkeys and offset them with some pretty fall trees…even though there are no more fall trees in my area…winter (and snow) has arrived.

Oh! Oh!  And I FINALLY figured out how to write on cookies properly!  You have no idea how excited I am about this!  It turns out that I’ve been using the wrong consistency icing for years.  But after stalking  following some of my favorite cookie artists, like Lilaloa, Sugarbelle & Lizy B, I finally realized that I needed to be using a 20 second icing (I was always closer to a much too thin 10 second icing).  And success!  Super super exciting!

And speaking of LilaLoa, the turkey cookies are also part of her latest cookie challenge, to use to Fall 2013 Pantone color palette in some cookies!  For these, I used Mykonos Blue, Deep Lichen Green, Koi, and Carafe.

I was really fun to have a color palette to direct the cookies.  The turkeys were also inspired by these.

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