Archive for September, 2010

I realize that keeping blog readers in suspense for an entire month will likely create some unrealistic expectations for this entry…especially for those imagining that I’ve been baking away the last 4 weeks creating new, awe inspiring cookies. Alas, ’tis not the case. Between cramming the last few camping weekends into the summer, and getting my only daughter, Madame, ready for french school, and for the heck of it planning an open house for my parents’ 40th anniversary…I’ve had little time for cookies. But, I didn’t say ‘no’ time….as there is always time for cookies.

The end of August marked the end of an era for us – the end of daycare, and the beginning of school. My husband and I both work full time jobs, and so daycare has been a necessary way of life the last 3 years. I’ve always maintained that I don’t have the endurance to be a full time stay at home mom. That being said, I’ve never been happy with full time daycare. Sadly, no real happy¬† medium. I always had reservations about dropping Madame off at daycare, where she would normally spend a large part of her day with people who were not family. What made the time bearable was finding a phenomenal daycare with caring staff. They eventually became her family and so it was difficult to let them go. I decided to make them some teacher cookies as a thank you. I decided on gold stars, chalkboards, crayons, globes, rulers and apples. Originally, I had wanted to make high heels shoe cookies for Ms. J, who loves shoes, then paint brushes and paint cookies for Ms. Jk, who loves to paint – however, the time required to make all those shapes and mix all those icing colours just wasn’t there.

I started off with my orange sugar cookie dough, using a circle cutter for the globe and apple, a square for the chalkboard, a star, and then cutting out the rulers and crayons with a long spatula. I outlined the baked cookies in chocolate, which is always how I begin my icing.

I let that dry for about 20 mins, then filled the inside with the base colour. When the apple base colour was done, I put a small bit of white (wet in wet) to make the reflection in the apple). Once the base was dry, about 45 minutes, I added the details – apple leaves, lettering, continents, crayon details, ruler markings. Ta dah! Of course, I also made cupcake cookies for all of Madame’s little daycare friends! Soon I’ll post some pics from the big anniversary shindig. 50 days of planning, 300 people, 24 cold salads, 20 pans of squares and a whole lot of acadian fun!


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