I promised I would share some home made Valentine tree decorations~My tree is frugal..very frugal..from tip to toe:)
I have 2 more posts for Valentines..so I am trying to fit them in.. I'll be quieter after..Just in case some of you like to see different ideas here and there~
I hope you are not yawning by now~:)
So I'll start with the BIG picture:)
For the tree topper..I made a sugar cookie from the recipe below..and cut it out to fit the Fancy Flour Wafer Paper ..Perfect fit..I love those transfer papers..Jain ..alerted me to them and sent me my first order..shipping to Canada..is prohibitive price wise..to me...
I must remember to replenish when I go back to the USA.:)
I still have the charm my dad gave my mom.. not the only one..for her charm bracelet.. with these words inscribed..and they mean the world to me:)..because he did mean every word~
Look how well the transfers turn out..
I used some corn syrup on top of the cookie..a thin coating of fondant.. and then the transfer ..and then the corn syrup to preserve..I won't eat this one..It's a tree topper!You can see the progress of the tree in the collage..
Next I fell upon Bakerella's method of adding molded fondant to her sugar cookies..She has the BEST molds..I used my cookie stamp that I used for the Croxetti..It pales in comparison...And my Etsy find..:) My monogram~
However..I learned so much more than molding fondant etc...
I would love it..if you went to her link and read her post about 2011~
You know that saying about the grass always seems greener on the other side?
I was in awe and humbled when I read what this talented..successful.nice,great blogger has just gone though.
I never knew..I am not a habitual visitor..we have never exchanged words..e-mails..comments..I have left some comments..few... yes..few..and I made her pops for one of my daughter's showers:)..They were a hit:)
But there are soo many people there.. That..I have always felt..(invisible)..
I now gather she reads everything~
I admire her even more..To have persevered.. done everything it takes and more..to succeed..(not the success word I mean)..to have her mom by her side..to have the courage to keep going..:)
This just made me see..once again..we always think life is so rosy..across the fence..when in effect many of us..struggle.. and keep going..and leave it unsaid.
Kudos to Bakerella and her inspirational story..:)
In the links I gave..you will find the sugar cookie recipe she uses..and the credit to said recipe~
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I've stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling (video on University of Cookie).
Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Once the cookies were cooled..I pressed the rolled fondant into my mold..then laid it down after removal.I cut it out with the same cookie heart cutter and laid it on the cookie on top of a thin coating of corn syrup..
Her method is explained on her blog also.
The cookies I have here..are for the tree..but they are edible..
Enjoy her beautiful blog~ She deserves all her accolades and success~