Thursday, March 19, 2009
Flashback and Foodie Friday ~ Happy First Day of Spring~
This Friday we are flashing back to a year ago to celebrate the first day of Spring. I am so ready! Its been a long winter and that is evident when I compare what was blooming in my garden at this time last year. We are a couple of weeks behind at least!
Last year the lilacs were already showing a tiny bit of color
The 'Wanda' Primula was in full bloom
And the daffodils were all showing their sunny faces
Easter came early last year, and I was inspired by some of my online buddies to decorate cookies. This technique was introduced to me by Mary of Once Upon a Plate and she has done some beautiful ones. Here are more of hers. Mine are very very cheap imitations! Since that time I have discovered some other incredible cookies in a Flickr set. The cookie artist, Zoe certainly takes this to an all time high!!! Are these Delft Tile Cookies not gorgeous?
Here are mine..much simplified and proving that I am NOT an artist.
My favorite of this bunch
These were some I did for my co-workers
The technique is really simple..Mary explains it all, but you start with your favorite sugar cookies iced in royal icing. You paint the iced cookie with straight food coloring when the icing is hard and dry. I used new artist brushes. I have since discovered the food coloring markers which I used at Christmas. They are sometimes easier to maneuver, but really still more similar to a paintbrush than a real marker. These are fun to try and kind of addictive!
Friday is also Foodie Friday hosted by Michael Lee at Designs By Gollum. Go check out all of the fabulous posts. It looks like Michael has a Trainwreck theme..given my lack of talent these cookies should qualify!!!