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adventures in cookiemaking and more [Dec. 19th, 2005|12:00 am]
Aikarin
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It's been crazy the last several days, with all of the holiday parties and with the cookies! I’m trying to make them as X-mas gifts! Someone brought funky decorated sugar cookies to work and it’s really inspired me. ^_^
Here are the ingredients…ah, I went a little overboard.
Most of the stuff was from Ralph’s, some of it from Wal*Mart, and a bit from Michael’s. The cookie cutters are snowflakes, a dog bone, a gingerbread man, and small X-mas shapes.

The sugar cookie recipe is from Alton Brown. Fairly fast to make (about 15 minutes for the dough) and it tastes great, especially with the Royal Icing. The cookies don't expand much during baking, so you can squeeze many of them onto a cookie sheet.

Royal Icing is made from 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract, 3 ounces of pasteurized egg whites. I actually added 4 oz of the egg whites, since the mixture seemed sort of stiff. And they're pasteurized, which means I won't be giving salmonella along with my cookies. ^_~

I’ve never made gingerbread cookies before, so it was a little adventure. Lots of spices (cinammon, cloves, allspice, and ground ginger) are needed to make them tasty! These cookies to expand, so leave an inch between each cookie.


They turned out better than I expected! The sugar cookies are really fabulous with the icing. It would have been great to decorate the snowflakes with some silver nonpareils, but unfortunately, they are not available in California. An environmental lawyer thought they were unsafe for human consumption, since they contain trace amounts of metals, and sued a supplier.

And I also tried making cookies based on Martha Stewart's stained glass cookies, made with melted Jolly Ranchers. They did bubble a little, but they turned out nicely. Make sure they're completely cooled before taking them off the cookie sheet.


And, I painted a few layers of Princess Broccoli's symbol. Another 3 or 4 layers should give it the depth I'm looking for. She's probably not going to be finished until after the New Year...I just have too much to do and I only have Friday of this week off from work.

The Borg Pony is drying from her re-paint. I'll try posting a picture before the holidays.
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[User Picture]From: yodallama
2005-12-19 08:44 am (UTC)
mmm you've made me want cookies...perhaps I will have to use some of those recipes while I'm home for Christmas break, hee.

Princess Broccoli looks great so far!
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-12-21 08:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! LOL, the cookie recipes are delicious. I took some to work & they were devoured before noon. ^_^
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-19 08:51 am (UTC)

I love PB !

OOhh I love PB she is soo kute.
I lov the eye shadow too.
I finsed a custom too
she is a purple baby unicorn in the origianl pose (one foot in the air)
she has blue purple and orange hair with loads of tinsil. . .but need help with symbol . . . any ideas?
from baby merilnina
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-20 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: I love PB !

well if the colors on her are dark i'd go wih "NightQuest"
if the colors on her are light i'd go with "Grapecaper"
but thats my opinion i hope you pick one!! ^-^



love, guest#0987
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-21 01:20 am (UTC)

Re: I love PB !

well mabbie her symbol can be like a purple blue orange glitter combo? name :,baby merilnina muhahah. sorry.

ponylover27
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-12-21 08:16 am (UTC)

Re: I love PB !

Thank you! Hmmmm...you probably want a symbol that contrasts with the blue background. How about an orange colored design?
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[User Picture]From: kirei_hikari
2005-12-19 12:44 pm (UTC)
PB looks really great. n.n Can't wait to see her finished. and YAY for cookies!! I love Alton Brown's recipes. n.n I used his cheese fondu as a guideline and OMG so good. o.o I really miss watching him since we have no cable. ; ; XD Anyways. Happy Holidays!
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-12-21 08:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! I watch Alton almost every weeknight at 7PM. He has episodes available on DVD now...maybe you could rent or purchase some. ^_^
I haven't had time to cook much...ahhhh...I wish I could try out his other recipes!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-19 07:35 pm (UTC)
she is sooo pretty!!! sorry i haven't been on for awhile its just there was holidays coming up and things to do, places to go i love all the ponies you've made so for but i think this one is gonna be my favorite!!!


,Warped
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-12-21 08:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment. I'm thinking about re-rooting her with a medium green hair and green or purple tinsel.
I've been pretty busy with the holidays too...I hope I can get this one completed before the New Year! ^_^
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-21 01:30 am (UTC)

Aikarin I forgot . . .

I forgot to give you my web sit URL:
http://www.matmice.com/home/shimmer_valley

I love cookies too.

from

Baby merilnina
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-12-21 08:24 am (UTC)

Re: Aikarin I forgot . . .

Awwww...what a cute site! I love the flutter ponies. Can't wait to see your new custom ponies. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: alexlady
2005-12-22 08:00 pm (UTC)

whoa

I just stumbled on your website, and i am uber-impressed with your ponies! wowza!
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-01 06:50 am (UTC)

Re: whoa

Thank you! I spend a lot of time on them. ^_^
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-04 03:33 am (UTC)

princess broccoli

dear pearson i would love to buy her. i live at 11 alabar creant globe derby park. my zip code is 5110. i live in austrila. she the best from a mysrty person
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-04 03:36 am (UTC)

princess broccoli

dear pearson i would love to buy her. i live at 11 alabar creant globe derby park. my zip code is 5110. i live in austrila. she the best . what time can you delivery her from a mysrty person.
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-08 07:28 pm (UTC)

Re: princess broccoli

Ummmmm...it's probably not a good idea to post your real address. Also, she has already been placed on hold.
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From: wogs
2006-01-06 01:05 pm (UTC)

got your mlp email!

I couldn't reply this morning and I don't have access to hotmail now that I'm at work. *sigh*
I AM still interested in doing the 'Snowed In' commission. I have part of the commission amount in my paypal and have just transferred the rest in there so that I can pay you in full in a few days (once the transfer goes through).
I hope it's okay that you have to wait a few days. :)
Either way, once I get home, I'll email you again.
-Jess (wogclan at hotmail dot com)
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-08 07:27 pm (UTC)

Re: got your mlp email!

I received your e-mail...it sounds good. I don't mind waiting for the transfer. ^_^
I'll be working on your concept sketches today.
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