Shoot for Realism with Airbrushing
Thanksgiving and the weekend that follows are big hunting days where I live. A few extra days off of work and lots of Thanksgiving leftovers makes hunting even more enjoyable. Folks bundle themselves up, head to their favorite stand, and wait for that perfect buck to show up. Kinda like these realistic deer!
Take a look at the "before" and "after" below. After I created the deer and allowed it to dry, I wanted to take it to the next level. I pulled out my trusty airbrush and went to town. Look at the difference a little shading makes!
Sometimes, I get a little overzealous with my airbrushing, and over-shoot my intended target. Time to pull out the trusty boo-boo stick to scrape the extra coloring from the cookie.
Thanksgiving is in the VERY near future! Do you have your guest list finalized? I have never hosted Thanksgiving. My hubby, kids, and I alternate between my parent's house and my in-law's house from year to year. This year, we'll be at my in-law's, and my contributions include Maryland Crab Dip, cookies (of course), and pumpkin fluff dip (a new addition to my recipe binder!).
I sometimes wonder about those individuals who are in charge of organizing the big meal- and how stressful it would be! What if there were unexpected guests? Like Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving when half the neighborhood kids show up to Grandmother's house for turkey? We're out of mashed potatoes! There's not enough plates! SOMEONE ATE THE LAST COOKIE! It's enough to give me nightmares.
However, I wouldn't mind THESE extra guests to my dinner table!
This pair o' pilgrims is sweet and simple- and you still have enough time to make them for YOUR unexpected guests to enjoy!
So many times, people say "Oh, I can't eat that cookie because it's so pretty!". You know who DOESN'T say that? KIDS. Especially little kids. They don't look at the fine details that I fussed over. They don't notice the craters, the not-so-even floods, the color bleed. All they see is a tasty treat that they get to eat!
One of the joys I have is to make cookies for a local daycare. My friend creates elaborate birthday parties for each of her daycare kids. Stepping inside her backdoor, you are transported under the sea with jellyfish floating above you, or deep within the woods with mushroom stools to rest your body upon And she asks for special cookies to sweeten the day for the children. I put my heart into each one of those sets, like these little sweet grapevine hearts!
Start with a flooded and dried heart. I used Americolor's Ivory- I love the creaminess of it!
I'm Amy. Wife, Mom, former science teacher- and now full time cookie baker on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Pull up a chair and we'll create! I'll bring the coffee- maybe Mike (The Cookie Widower) will make it for us.