I'd say I have a lot to be thankful for this year, but the truth is I have a lot to be thankful for every year.
One of the main things I'm thankful for this year is the discovery of my new cookie hobby and all the amazing cookiers and bakers I've 'met' along the way.
I've come across so much fantastic talent this year.
I took some cookies to Thanksgiving Dinner this year.
I've decided I don't like Turkey cookies. Atleast not these.
I white iced them and then decided they needed to be brown. So I used a food marker and colored them.
I call these the "Give Thanks" turkeys. Each one has a different theme. Starting on the top and going L to R, we have My Turkey and all the things I'm thankful for, then my husband's Turkey, the Silly turkey, the generic turkey, the Freedom turkey, the Baking turkey and the Autumn Turkey. In place of the feathers, I wrote different items pertaining to the cookie's theme.
Originally I wanted to do several crosses with bible verses. Then I realized how little space there is to write on crosses and how long most bible verses are.
I had remembered seeing adorable painted turkey placecards over at Bee in Our Bonnet. I had limited time to decorate these cookies and the painted turkey's seemed like a perfect option.
I had also seen some cute Indian cookies at Sweet Sugarbelle and knew I wanted to put my own spin on them. Since I had my paintbrush out, I tried painting them. Her face is painted with a skin tone food gel. Her hair is a black food marker and the head band and feather are piped on in royal icing to add some depth. She was the biggest hit at Thanksgiving.
Pies are all the rage this year in the cookie world. Odds are, one of your favorite cookiers has already posted about pie cookies. I painted this cookie using the food gels. I thought that the outer edge of the cookie looked like a pie crust.
I had a great time spending time with family. Thanksgiving was perfect. My grandmother made it to our meal and the food was excellent. The only thing missing was my husband!
My mom and aunt have been partaking in the Black Friday festivities for close to 20 years now. My freshman year in college I was finally allowed to tag along and for the past 9 years, I've gotten up earlier and earlier and stayed out later and later each year. Last year, the 3 of us were lamenting the fact that some sales (like DVD's at Wal-Mart started at midnight...with their electronics going out at 5 am). We sent my over zealous little sisters and cousin to wait in line for some TVs we wanted at Wal-Mart. They got in line around 11:30....picked out the DVD's they wanted at midnight...and waited for us to show up around 4:30.
If you paid attention this year, you'll know most sales started at midnight and some stores (like Wal-Mart) had their door busters go out at 10 pm. 10:00 pm!!? Don't they know I haven't even digested dinner by then or that Gaga's Thanksgiving special started at 9:30????
My sisters and cousin decided to join in the fun again and we arrived at Wal-Mart at 9:30...just in time to join the mass chaos trying to grab the doorbuster DVDs. My mom and aunt arrived about 45 minutes later. My second sister (the married one) and I tackled the first few stores together. Wal-Mart, a quick check at Best Buy (to determine that we'd rather be at Target when it opened)...Target at midnight for it's opening.
We weaved in and out of the aisles in line at Target around 2:00 am when checking out and somehow a package of chocolate doughnuts ended up in our cart. One of my favorite Black Friday 2011 memories will be scarfing down a chocolate doughnut, a starbucks double shot espresso, sitting in the car in the Best Buy Parking lot, listening to Christmas Music and making a wish at 2:22 am.
We tackled Best Buy, then met up with the rest of the family at Kohl's. The younger girls headed for home around 5 am. Sisters #2 and #3 bailed at 6:00 am and my mom, aunt and I kept trucking.
Until 3:30 pm.
We managed to visit the above mentioned stores as well as Ross', Michael's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Big Lots, Sam's Club, The Mall (Bath & Body Works, JCPenney, Bon-Ton, Macy's, Sears, etc.), downtown State College for some Penn State gear, a different Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble...
And I was in such a fog I'm not sure what I bought or what other stores we may have visited.
I'll let you in on a little secret.
I hate shopping.
I figured if I can get it all done in one day, then that's perfect.
Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and a successful Black Friday
(if you partake in the shopping madness).
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