We are in full Thanksgiving mode at my house. There will only be a small gathering this year but I am still pulling out all the stops. The bird, the sides, and, of course, all of the sweets! I like to do a little bit each day so that I can relax and enjoy once the holiday actually arrives. Fortunately, I seem on top of things this year and believe I will have some extra time this weekend to make some surprise treats for several worthy recipients. I've been doing a lot of cookie-bombing but I haven't posted those cookie gifts because they're all designs that I've already shared. This time around, I'm hoping to try something new. Fingers and feathers crossed!
While I'm noodling on those new designs, let's get started with this week's hot list*.
#5: Unpainted Santa Royal Icing Transfer by Tina at Sugar Wishes (For the second week in a row, this guy has delighted us to the point that he's appeared in the Spotlight. Impressive all the way around, @Tina at Sugar Wishes.)
#7: Holiday Snow Globe Cookies by Julia M. Usher (@Julia M. Usher's latest Kitchen Club release is trending and with good reason. Not only is it a fun project to do alone or with friends, it is also a terrific gift idea. Check out the comment section under her post for more details about the tools she used.)
#8: Notre Dame Wedding by lulubakes (We have a couple of Notre Dame professors in our family, so this set brought me considerable joy. You definitely did justice to the couple and the institution, @lulubakes. Delightful!)
I must say, at the moment, I am definitely experiencing all of the seasonal feels. My house smells incredible from my early food prep. The sounds of the season are playing in the background. And this week's Spotlight is full of joy and inspiration.
I hope you too are feeling all of the feels! And happy Thanksgiving (in advance) to all who celebrate!
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Lisa Foss is a hobbyist cookie decorator. After careers in corporate communications and freelance writing, she focused her attention on the nonprofit sector. She spent more than a decade at various soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and prison reentry programs throughout New York City. Lisa’s cookie journey began in 2011 when she started making gingerbread houses. After getting a handle on construction, she focused on improving her decorating skills through books, videos, and online tutorials. This exploration brought her to Cookie Connection, which has provided her with an incredible community to learn from and grow with. Though she enjoys making cookies for family and friends, Lisa’s main focus is cookies for charity.
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