Besides painting the kitchen and getting ready for my Easter family dinner bash, we also have my favorite son and daughter-in-laws reception to get planned! Oh, it is going to be so special.
I think I've told you that I used to do cakes when my kidlets were little, haven't I?...Well, I will be doing the wedding cake, or shall I say the latest trend in wedding cakes- you may have guessed- wedding cupcakes! (Along with a six inch top cake for the bride and grooms first anniversary...and I will share pictures of course!) But, right now I am up to my eyeballs in sea shells. Actually seashell cookies. (and raw-brown-sugar sand!)
Considering the fact that I have a temperamental 1966 oven that only heats to the correct temperature when it wants to, I have done a lot of successful baking the past couple of weeks. First cupcakes, and now cookies.
It's been a real challenge. First of all, the oven is tiny. A 24 inch oven. Very small. The door will not quite close when I put in my good cookie sheets. I tried buying a small cookie sheet but the oven was then determined to promptly go into broil mode when I used it-- like it knew the cookie sheet was tiny...very weird. (and maddening.) Also, I don't dare leave the kitchen, let alone the oven area once I put something in to bake. I have to stand, peering through the small window on the oven door, pot holder in hand, ready to tear open the door and snatch the tray out when it acts like it is going to go into "broil" mode. A new oven is not in my "suddenly single budget" at this moment, but I refuse to let this old oven get the best of me. At the very least, I am not going down without a fight.
Since they were married on the beach, we are going to have seashell cookies as wedding favors at my son and new daughter-in-laws reception. (Oh, how I love saying that! MY NEW DAUGHTER-IN-LAW!)
We (The new daughter-in-law, the maid-of-honor, the sewing queen, and I) all had a fabulous time yesterday, decorating votive candles, yakking it up, laughing, baking about a hundred seashell cookies, decorating them, and bagging them up for guests.
Here they are, laying on a beach of raw brown sugar. I wanted to be sure and get the frosting colors just right. Aren't they adorable? They taste yummy too.