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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!!!

22 comments:

Gollum said...

These are beautiful! Did you use a pen for the initials, or a paintbrush? I have trouble controlling a pastry bag--and especially the icing in a can...they are the Jack Sprat of the food world, something they shoot out fat wads of icing and other times, thin strings.

I have been dying to attempt something like this, but the Lingering Fear of my Bad Cookie Incident is stopping me.

Suzy said...

Thanks Michael! I used the paintbrush for the initials since I hadn't discovered the pens yet. It wasn't the most natural thing for me, but with practice it could be easier. I really think you could do this. I am really really not very artistic AT ALL. I'm not good with the pastry bag thing either. It takes some kind of control I don't possess lol. I tried to think of the cookies as more of a water color thing..a little more free form so good for someone who has no form!!!

Happy To Be said...

Love these and what wonderful details you did on them..thanks hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kristi said...

I think your cookies are beautiful and you should give yourself more credit!! They are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing and have a great Friday!

Chandy said...

I love all of those cookies! They are almost inedible because I'd be too sad to eat them and not have anything pretty to look at anymore.

Wowie!

Happy Friday!

Foley said...

Suzy - I think your cookies turned out great!! I'm going to try these for Easter..Thanks for reminding me of them. I looked at Zoe's on Flickr..they are unbelievable!!!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful cookies...almost too pretty to eat!

Susan

susan said...

I think you are QUITE the artist!!! Beautiful!

Mimi said...

Suzy, how can you say you are not artistic, those cookies are beautiful!

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, I bought all the "supplies" last year when you made your beautiful cookies, and I can't wait to try my hand at them this Easter. What a great job you did!

Jayne said...

Suzy, I thought yours looked great when you first showed us. They are fun to make. Hope you warm up soon. Happy Spring!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Suzy, the cookies are amazing! Beautiful!!

SusanQ said...

Many of us tried them after Mary showed her beautiful designs but yours turned out much better than mine! For some reason my food coloring kept etching into the icing.

Yea! Happy Spring! I can't wait to see pictures of your garden again, Suzy!

Sara said...

Gorgeous flowers, and your cookies are beautiful too, they look professional!

imjacobsmom said...

This looks like a lot of fun! Your cookies are amazing and so cute! I so want to do this. ~ Robyn

Cynthia said...

Suzy, Happy First Day of Spring ... I love all your plant and flower pictures, but the lilac buds emerging is my favorite. Love the detail.

I think your painted cookies are delightful. I don't think you're giving yourself enough credit; I think that you have more artistic talent than you realize.

Did Jigs get to eat his own cookie?

Darling post...

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

These are too pretty to eat! "Simple?" design? Goodness no!!!! beautiful!

Kathleen said...

You did a beautiful job on the cookies! I never even tried..although I ran out and bought the brushes after Mary showed us!

And the flowers, sigh...

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Cass said...

Wow! Gorgeous cookies. You may say you are not an artist. . . but those cookies say otherwise!

Libby Murphy said...

edible works of art! how lovely

Marsha said...

The flashback to last year's spring flowers is beautiful but the cookies are gorgeous! I am really enjoying these flashbacks.

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