Sunday, April 13, 2014

Poker and the State of Alabama

So today is/was my precious Uncle Tom Hugh's 77th birthday. I had planned to do cars, but wasn't nuts about my cutters, so I decided to do poker/casino cookies. I met him and all of his kids and grandchildren for lunch and took these for dessert. They were a hit.

As usual I procrastinated in getting started on them last night after working all day and didn't get started even making the dough for baking them until about 9:45 pm. Then I wasted a ton of time looking for that darn spade cutter. Went back and checked a drawer of cutters I'd checked twice already and there it was after wasting so much time looking for it. I really need a better organizational system for my cutters, because I so hate digging through drawers/bins for them. But I digress. I think I finally went to bed around 1:00 am - second night in a row of very little sleep. Fortunately, I only had to mix the green and black colors because when I mixed the white, red and blue for the Alabama cookies the night before, I knew I would be using them on these as well, so I mixed a lot (I feel like I should start singing, "I like big cookies and I cannot lie!" - ha). Here are the cookies:

Poker Cookies, Casino Cookies

 Yesterday was a co-worker's last day at work. She was here in Birmingham at UAB working on her master's in Genetic Counseling, and while she liked it here, being in Alabama was very different for her since she was from Connecticut. We gave her an Alabama cookbook and a locally made candle, as well as these cookies. 

Once again the procrastinator put off starting these and opted for a nap instead around 6:30 pm. Problem was that the "nap" didn't end until around midnight. So at 12:38 am, I began making the dough to do these. I went to bed at 2:48 am - really not too bad time wise considering I made dough, cut cookies, baked cookies, cooled cookies, mixed icing colors and decorated them in that time span. I'd planned more elaborate designs, but had to give that up and do all wet-on-wet designs since I'd waited so late. These aren't my favs, but she loved them and got lots of Instagram comments about them.

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