I love sugar. (I know, huge revelation, right?) I love to eat baked goods. (I know, another shocker.) Thing is, with this blog, there are always baked goods around. I have pictures saved from months ago and ideas in my head that will take me well into next year or beyond.
The problem is that if I make all my ideas for this blog, then they are in my house. If they are in my house, I will eat them. Period. I have no willpower. I try to pawn off my desserts as much as possible, but after awhile I can see that the “Thanks! Ooooh I LOVE cookies!” (big smile, happy face) is replaced with “Oh, thanks…again…” (nervous smile, happy but wary face). I mean, I can only make other people gain weight for so long before they realize that I’m deflecting said weight from myself.
Which is why I absolutely love it when other people ask me to bake for them. A few of my friends have asked for cakes or cupcakes for birthdays. (I’m hoping word will spread and I’ll have more opportunity. Hint, hint, friends…)
(On a side note, I can make cupcakes way better than Walmart can and I don’t charge much more. And your kid won’t end up with a neon green mouth.)
Recently a friend asked me to make desserts for a baby shower that her sister-in-law was giving. It wasn’t a cake party; she was having a dessert table. These cookies are part of what I made for her.
I used my sugar cookie recipe (which got rave reviews, thank you Land-o-Lakes) and SweetSugarBelle’s royal icing. I’ve always used Wilton’s meringue powder, but I happened to come across some at the Williams-Sonoma mecca that is their flagship store (in San Francisco). I like Williams-Sonoma meringue powder a lot. I like it more than the other brand. BUT, it wasn’t glossy, so I will add corn syrup to it next time, because I like that glossy look.
The idea for the onesies and strollers came from Pinterest. (I am growing to love that site too much. It really is a time suck, but who cares. It’s fun!) I was daunted by the amount of detail at first, but it was super easy.
Jordan even got in on the action. She really wanted to decorate her own cookies. Once I was done I gave her the pasty bags and let her have at it.
I think she did pretty good for her first time with royal icing. She used a food writer pen for the owl. A little Crazy for Crust in the making. Gotta spread it to the next generation, after all!
Thank you to my friends who ask me to bake treats for them. It lets me do what I love without the threat of calories!
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