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December 22, 2009

Frosting and Rambling (Part II)

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Last week featured cookie decorating night at the Running and Rambling house:

When we did this a couple of years ago, my creative instincts got a little bit carried away, and I posted a photo of one finished product that, to my wife’s dismay, has become one of my kids’ lasting memories of frosting cookies: a peed-on snowman.

So my take-home lesson from that evening was that apparently urine-related humor crosses the line of good taste when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Or something like that. And the ground rules for this year’s decorating session were clear from the outset: everything had to be in good taste.

The good news is that despite the restrictive edict, we still managed to have fun and come up with some clever stuff. We’ll start, of course, with my wife’s batch:

Completely classy all the way around. Note the attention to detail: the scarf on the snowman, the fringe on the angel’s gown, the alternating-color diagonal sprinkles on the candy cane. When it comes to decorating cookies, my wife doesn’t mess around.

On the other hand … messing around isn’t necessarily bad, as my 6-year-old’s collection demonstrates. She subscribes to the “the more toppings, the better” philosophy of decorating – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

A small collection from my older kids, including an iPod-wearing snowman from my 11-year-old son. I liked his idea so much that I sort of ripped it off for one of my own, as you’ll see later on.

A gathering of shortbread angels made by all of us. I was pretty proud of the Tinkerbell fairy I made, except that when we were delivering a plate of cookies to friends, Tink’s wing broke off, so part of our Christmas offering became an amputee fairy. Not exactly what comes to mind when you think about Christmas.

Since our two older kids are Nintendo DS fiends, there was a distinct Mario Party theme to some of the cookies. On the bottom, that’s Luigi (my son’s), Mario (mine), and Yoshi (my 8-year-old daughter’s). Mario was part of a larger character lineup for me …

… including Charlie Brown and an angelic iPod advertisement. The angel kind of triggered my wife’s “good taste” radar for a few seconds, because before the earbuds and cords are put on, it bears a strong resemblance to the Angel of Death. Fortunately, after presenting my completed creation, the iPod angel made sense. Unfortunately, my Charlie Brown seems to have a shrunken head.

Predictably, I couldn’t let a whole evening go by without at least one item related to running – so the easiest thing to make was this:

My favorite trail running socks, of course. After all, what’s Christmas without a little bit of commercialism?

We give away about 95% of these cookies, so the bad news for me is that I don’t even get to eat most of these yummy creations. We save our favorites to give to Santa, so there’s a possibility that I can sneak in some cookie-eating before he gets here on Christmas Eve ... but I don’t know that I want to screw around with taking stuff away from Santa. I’ve learned that when it comes to these holiday cookies, it’s best to just avoid trouble altogether.


craig 12/22/09, 10:51 PM  

Thanks for providing the link to the soiled Snowman. It was just as funny the second time around and is a testament to your great sense of humor(but you don't have to tell your wife I said so). Can tell you guys had fun and made another family memory.

Anne 12/23/09, 6:36 AM  

There's certainly a strong creative cookie streak in your family, Donald. I'm just wondering why your Charlie Brown and his friend look so "pissed" this year. (Sorry, I just had to....)

Dave 12/23/09, 7:58 AM  

Great pics..and good times. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dave 12/23/09, 7:59 AM  

btw...the peed on Snowman is classic....right down my aisle of sense of humor....

Backofpack 12/23/09, 3:44 PM  

Yum! Wish we were close enough to benefit - though we did manage to chow down on some our neighbors made. Have a Merry Christmas Donald!

Rainmaker 12/24/09, 8:12 AM  

Awesome...and hilarious.

I just showed The Girl these, and she was impressed. We were both laughing at the Tink amputee comment. :)

shel 12/24/09, 9:31 AM  

love it! merry christmas donald!

stronger 12/24/09, 3:03 PM  

Thank you, Santa!

The cookies are getting better every year!

Stuart 12/27/09, 11:42 PM  

They look awesome, we're still chiseling frosting off...well everything!

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