Today is the last day for summer vacation and I spent it baking with old friends. It’s always amazing fun hanging out with them, and I know I owe them a lot! Like, I have a bad way with friends sometimes but I’m doing my best now. Even though if feels like I’m pushing this reset button and starting over (either with myself or with my relationships), it just went to show that they really are important for me.

Today is the first time I saw them since forever. I mean, I’ve been gone for four months and we haven’t been hanging out together prior to that, so I’ve been missing a lot from their lives.

us with our cookies.
us with our cookies framed in a blurry pic.

We baked some sugar cookies with royal icing (which we made an apple green color, naturally) because I really, really wanted the kind of cookies with hardened icing. Although we ran out of confectioners sugar for the icing, made worse by putting too much egg — amended by adding more sugar, it was still a good batch! I mean, definitely waaaaay better than the muffin mess I made last Thursday. I was trying to remember how Ayo did it when we made muffins at Gino’s, but well, the muffin batch practically proved my memory is made of fail. THE MUFFINS WERE TERRIBLE. Practically trash save for the blueberries. If not for the blueberries NO ONE would have eaten them.

APPLE GREEN ICING. the cookie on the right is supposed to be a BUNNY.
APPLE GREEN ICING. the cookie on the right is supposed to be a BUNNY. There are sugar bits because we ran out of confectioners sugar and put normal sugar instead.

At least this means tomorrow I have cookies to share with my friends!!! YES, I AM THIS EXCITED. I mean, the last time I remember making sugar cookies was in kindergarten, when my school was still called Little Farm House and we had this fantastic curriculum that included baking. Not that as a kid we really made them but I have this vague memory of a teacher baking so it was probably more of a one-day thing where they just showed us how. What I really remember are the red oven gloves and the wound on my knee that day.

But I digress.

I have so many plans for my next cookie session! I’ll learn to make customized cookie cutters because I don’t have one, but I want to invent my shapes. Plus, this time I’ll have enough sugar and more food coloring so I can DECORATE. I feel excitement literally bubbling from the pit of my stomach just thinking about it. (I might have been spending too much time on tumblr, surfing through pages of colorful cupcakes and cookies).

I really find baking fun! And making desserts and sweet things like that. Maybe one time I’ll just decorate a tea party and invite people over.

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