Adam took all of these pictures this morning while he and P made some cookies to celebrate the Olympics starting here in our home and native land, tomorrow. I enjoy the Olympics as entertainment and cheer on Canada and all of that, but I'm really not that into them. My tune might change when we win some gold medals, though!
It's a very buttery shortbread recipe (when I, perhaps the greatest butter lover, ever use 'very' and 'buttery' in the same sentence, it means extremely buttery. I won't even say how much is in the recipe.) I tried making a Martha recipe for royal icing, from her Cookies book with meringue powder in it, since that's supposed to work well to help it stiffen up on the cookies, but it was kind of too thick. Which might be because of Adam's very clever idea (that's not being sarcastic - it's a great idea!) to turn it pink - we used raspberry juice instead of water, to avoid food colouring. It's a lovely pale pink, and tastes quite good, but it's really stiff. Too thick to easily pipe onto cookies. And it doesn't stick very well to the tops of the cookies, either. I've never made it before, and it called for leaving it to mix on low for 10 minutes, which may have been too long. And perhaps the raspberry juice was too much thicker than water for it to work properly. (I just microwaved some raspberries we had in the freezer and strained out the juice.) Either way, now I know what to try for next time!
I hope you're having a good week - I've been busily working away, and have a loooong day with plenty of driving tomorrow. But I've always got in the back of my mind a list of things that I can do to be best prepared for Son #2's arrival, and so I have a question for you:
What suggestions do you have for meals we can start making to have in the freezer for after Son #2 arrives? With Phillip, I had to eat pretty plain foods or else he suffered with terrible gas, so I'm looking to avoid beans and broccoli in particular, and of course, avoiding prepackaged stuff is how we roll. So nutritious recipes (or no-recipe recipes, you know?) made with delicious whole foods would be most welcome! Ones that are particularly hearty would be great, too - I was absolutely ravenous after P was born, and I'm expecting it will be the same story this time around. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Have a fantastic weekend, and go, Canada!