Norah's Birth Story | the preface

This story begins on Monday, October 11.  Since I knew my sister-in-law, Alison, would be seeing the doctor that day, I called her to see how the baby was doing.  I always thought she'd be early, but knew for certain when she told me she was already 4cm dilated.  (At 10cm, you give birth!)  The next day I stayed over with my brother, Ryan, and Alison, anxiously waiting for the baby to come.  I thought for sure the baby would arrive that day, but she didn't. On Wednesday, Ryan and I spent the day working while Alison went about getting ready for the baby.  For dinner the three of us went to grab some sushi, and even though Alison had been feeling contractions here and there since Monday, the baby was still not there.  When we got back to Ryan and Alison's house, Alison and I baked some delicious cookies....

I went back to work.  I finally finished at 6am and as I was climbing into bed, Alison told me to sleep well because she thought the baby would be coming soon....and she did. I think the cookies did it. :)

To be continued.....

Check out the all the posts from my niece's birth story series: preface // introduction // climax // conclusion

merry christmas

My sister and I thought it'd be nice to bake cookies so we set aside a saturday evening and recruited another sister. I can craft like there's no tomorrow, but when it comes to baking, I'm hopeless. However, my sister is Susie-Homemaker, aka a pro at baking. So while she made these ornate pistaschio christmas tree cookies, I stuck with the Krusteaz (just add water) sugar cookies. With her help, I made little snowmen, men and candy canes, covered in sweet powdered sugar icing. This is what I ended up with! 007cookies1.jpg

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these cookies broke coming out of the oven, but I decided to ice them anyway 007cookies4.jpg

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I discovered the secret to icing them. 1. Make a batch of royal icing (the recipe is real common and can be found on the internet, be sure that the recipe includes meringe powder or egg whites so the icing will harden). When making the icing be sure to whip/mix it until the icing is stiff. 2. Separate your icing into bowls. I had three colors, so I had three bowls. 3. Add coloring. 4. Put a third of each color into individual piping bags (I used three ziplock bags, with a small cut in the corner). The left over will remain in the bowl. 5. Pipe ONLY the outline of your cookie 6. Using the remaining icing in the bowls, fill in the piped outline you just made with a brush (i used a cheap plastic craft brush) NOTE: For the icing to dry smooth, it must be watered down. So, in the icing you left in the bowl, add a teaspoon of water until it becomes the desired consistency (which shouldnt be stiff or runny but somewhere in between, THINK: wash-in/wash-out hair conditioner). If the icing is too thick, it'll dry clumpy; if the icing is too running it'll take a long time to dry, or won't dry at all. 7. Add detail with the piping bags!

And you're done!!!