Too many things scheduled for the weekend…and now I’m glad it’s over! My cookie exchange was Saturday morning. Here is what remains of the oh, so delicious, chocolate mint brownines…no, I didn’t eat all of them. This is what is left after sharing them around…and, well, eating a few.
To update you on my sugar cookie dilemma…no one gave me any advice on my post, so I did a Google search. It seems that once you ice sugar cookies, you have to leave them out at least 24 hours so that the icing dries thoroughly. Do not pack them in anything. One suggestion was also to pop them in a hot oven for a minute after they have set to make sure they are good and dry. I also learned about Royal icing from watching a Martha Stewart video. (oh, how I love hi speed internet) I made the sugar cookies on Monday just to try out the recipe. I figured I could make some more later in the week if needed. On Thursday I iced them with a basic powdered sugar/water icing. On Friday I had some of those little icing-in-the-tubes in different colors, so I then did some decorating and let them sit. My husband kept eating them off the tray on Friday night. On Saturday my guests remarked how good they were, so I tried one. They were very delicious; the cookie was nice and crisp/tender, and the icing was just the right touch. I was very pleased. I forgot to get pictures of them all decorated and now most of them have gone to new homes. I have two left over sitting on top of the pretzels. I like to have something pretty for cookie trays at Christmas, so I know I will be making these again.
After the cookie exchange was over, I left and drove about an hour and 20 minutes to go meet up with my friend SuznQuilts . We ate lunch and she gave me my birthday presents. Now I have new stamps in my collection. She has kept a good eye out at yard sales and the like. The thing on the right is very old and we are not sure what it is exactly. However I do know what to do with it.
The next item is very interesting. It is an old wooden stamp and it is Chinese. Pretty cool, huh?! We think it must be a chicken.
Merry Christmas to all. I hope your holidays are filled with peace and joy and love as we head into the new year of 2009.