Home for the Holidays & Gingerbread!

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“Had I but a penny in the world, thou shouldst have it for gingerbread.”

-William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost

These cookies−the time I spent icing them will one day be the cause of my debilitating carpal tunnel, but it will have been worth it. I love how they turned out! Their decoration was quite an operation, but it couldn’t have gone better. Fortunately, these cookies, being altogether too pretty to eat, aren’t really cookies at all: they are ornaments! I made a hole for ribbon in each one before baking. How does one preserve cookie ornaments? Most decorated cookies will hold well for quite a while, but, just to be safe, I plan to brush these with clear shellac to keep them in tip-top shape. They should be able to grace our Christmas tree for many years to come.

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I have successfully completed my first semester of college, which is a thought both wonderful and saddening. Exams were not nearly as bad as they could have been, but I am glad to have them behind me. Christmas break has been marvelous so far. After flying home Wednesday morning, I went to the MHS Christmas concert the same night. Thursday saw my baking of these collegiate sweets, and on Friday my family saw Star Wars: The Force Awakes. Having been all too disappointed by reboots in the past—primarily, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. The Last Crusade should have stayed the last—I had very low expectations for episode VII, but those expectations were exceeded a thousand times over. No spoilers, of course, but I will just say that it was brilliantly done, I loved it, and I can’t wait to go see it again!

As for the rest of break, I certainly have plenty planned. Those cookie photos were my first project in my quest to learn my dad’s camera-jedi ways, which will be continuing until I go back to school. I did promise in a previous post that my photos would improve, and with the switch from a smart phone to a real camera, they already have! I also plan to, finally, finish getting my driver’s license. Driving has never been my favorite thing, but after having my temps for three years and going through driver’s ed, I guess I really should follow through with it…

Countdowns:

Christmas Day-4 days!

New Year’s Day- 11 days

Sherlock Christmas Special- also 11 days!!! (so, so, so, so, so excited)

Downton Abbey Season Premier- 13 days

Twelfth Night/Epiphany-16 days

 

Posts to forward to:

More on my Freshman Survival Guide

Special Christmas Day baking (I promise it will be stunning)

Extra-special, traditional Epiphany baking

More photography adventures

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