Mother Of All Invention

Since everything is so far from normal right now, my usual plan for Easter for my kids isn’t happening. For one, it really snuck up on me and I didn’t have time to get some of our traditional things. When Hubby did go for our grocery run, the candy section was absolutely wiped out. He managed to get a single bag of basic jelly beans because it is the one thing BG asked for (though we all much prefer the Starburst jelly beans, we aren’t complaining).

Not that the candy even matters to the kids. MC has even said over and over this last year that he just really doesn’t want any (for any event). It is more about having or doing something for them. They opted to still do their traditional scavenger hunt, which doesn’t require anything but time, so we will do that as it has always been their absolute favorite thing about the day.

When we talked about alternative options, I was trying to brainstorm something for them that they would enjoy. Dying eggs crossed my mind, but my kids have never been that into doing that and I didn’t want to use a bunch of eggs. Then I mentioned sugar cookies. They both jumped on the idea of doing egg shaped sugar cookies that they could decorate. Perfect!

Except… I didn’t have a cookie cutter. I tried to find something that I could still use and make it work, but didn’t have anything. I considered doing a card stock template and just cutting around it. I’d done it before and it worked, but it was a little bit of a pain. Then I remembered I had a bunch of copper plate in my stash of jewelry making supplies. I’ll make my own cookie cutter!!

Yeaaahhhh… easier said than done.

I don’t know why I was absolutely convinced that I’d used copper in a solder project in the past, but apparently I remembered incorrectly because my solder does NOT work with copper.

What should have been a relatively quick project took me forever to figure out that I couldn’t solder this before then needing to spend some time trying to figure out an alternative. I finally figured it out and it works, but because I attempted to fire and solder this, there is some fire scale that I didn’t want to spend any more time than I did buffing and polishing out.

So, it isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but I now have an egg shaped cookie cutter and I’ll be working with the kids on making sugar cookies later today.

It was a fun learning experience, though. I might try to make some other simple shapes in the future because it really wasn’t all that hard once I figured it out.

Bake Sale 2019

Holy frickin’ cow! I’m DONE! At least for another year. I am so wiped out it is crazy. Being on my feet for three days in a row for 10 hours or so each day, is a lot. Especially when you aren’t used to it.

The final totals of what I sent in…

16 Boxes (4ct mini) – Pumpkin Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing
16 Boxes (4ct mini) – Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
40 Individual Mini – Maple Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream
10 Bags – Candied Pecans
18 Bags (2 cookies each) – Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
25 Individual – Sugar Cookies

And that is only what I sent, not what I made. I have probably close to a third (maybe a little less) of what I made still here for us to munch on.

I was really impressed with how my sugar cookies turned out. I did end up making 2 batches because I rolled about half of the first batch too thin. The second batch came out much better.

Pumpkin Decorated Sugar Cookie
Pumpkin Decorated Sugar Cookie

Considering this is only the second time I’ve tried to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing, I think I did a decent job for an amateur. They aren’t perfect by any means, but I kind of got the hang of it. Also, super proud of the fact that I actually got that stupid leaf tip to make an actual leaf. In all my years of doing cakes, I’ve NEVER got it to produce actual leaf shapes consistently. Go me! Apparently the lady manning the table with my stuff was impressed and thrilled to add them to the mix.

Pumpkin Decorated Sugar Cookies
Pumpkin Decorated Sugar Cookies

I love doing this every year. I really do, but it is so much work. I’m kind of floored that everything turned out so well. I always run into an issue with something. This year, it was me being a dork and unable to do math and count. I checked my box supply in plenty of time to order, but miscounted or misestimated what I sent previous years. Turned out, I didn’t have enough and didn’t realize it in time to order more. It is nearly impossible to find boxes for mini cupcakes unless you want to pack a dozen or two. I completely lucked out in finding the individual boxes and getting them here in time.

I absolutely hate how much waste all of this is, but I have always thought it was important for people to be able to take what they buy home and not just eat it all at work. Especially since I’m not the only one sending stuff in. That is a whole lot of junk for people to try and eat at one time. I have yet to figure out a better way, though. I can order boxes without the windows, but people want to actually see what they are buying. Same goes with the bags of goodies. I think I may have to spend the next year doing research on better packaging.

It is funny, though. I get running commentary via text from Hubby throughout the day of all the comments people make. This isn’t the first year someone has asked him if I do this professionally and take orders. It is a nice little ego boost on top of them loving to eat what I make.

Today I have a little bit of aftermath cleanup to do. Then I’m spending the rest of the day, and maybe the next few, being an absolute sloth. Especially after tripping going up the two measly, short stairs from the garage this morning and then dropping my phone on my cheekbone earlier. Sheesh! I’m a mess and need to just quit trying to move today.

Sugar Cookies

My baking for this year finished up on a batch of Sugar Cookies, which I rarely ever attempt because I have just never gotten them right. Either the cookie is wrong because I’ve rolled them too thin or over baked them, or the icing turns out like crap. This year, I wanted to play and decided to try again. I think I did them right this time.

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