I never realized how much I love the state of Arizona until I married a Utah boy and had to defend AZ all the time. It's too hot, too allergy-ridden, has bad traffic and bad pollution, too brown, too dry...blah, blah, blah. :) While all those may be sorta true, I love Arizona. There is so much that is good about her. Yeah, it's hot. Yeah, it never rains. But I love the warmth. I love the smell of desert plants and orange blossoms. I love the citrus that grows everywhere. I love the diversity...both in the land and the people. You can drive 3 hours out of Phoenix and hit the ski slopes or go camping. You can hike the various mountains surrounding the valley. I could go on and on. But to me it's home. Hubby is coming around. I think he'd miss it if we left. Sorta. :) Anyway, in honor of Arizona's 100th birthday on February 14th I decided to finally do something I've been wanting to do for a long time:
Bake at 350
The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle
These ladies generously share their tips and secrets. And they are super talented. I went with this sugar cookie recipe from Sugarbelle. The recipe calls for powdered sugar instead of regular white sugar. It makes a such a difference. And tastes so good! I also went with her royal icing recipe.
And since Valentine's Day is coming up, I made some conversation heart cookies. For the hearts on the AZ cookie and the wording on the conversation heart cookies I just used Americolor food safe markers. I just wasn't ready to try that with icing.
It was a good first experience with royal icing. I think I beat the icing too long, because it's a little to hard and crunchy now. But maybe it's supposed to be that way?? I also had to go buy more tips. I started off with a 5, but that was too big. I only had a 1, and that was way too small. So I bought a 2 and 3. The 3 was perfect to outline with. I also chose to decorate after the kids had gone to bed. I needed every little ounce of concentration I could muster. :) It was fun! I'm excited to try again!