Like Arabian days,
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways.
Come on down,
Stop on by,
Hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian night.
During the summer between 7th & 8th grade, I had a crush on this cute, older boy in my church youth group. He was two years older than me, and a year younger than my older sister, and I think we both fancied him a bit. Somewhere early on, I learned that his favorite Disney film was Aladdin, and I was certain it was fate: that was my favorite movie, too! Though the movie had come out the Thanksgiving before, our local “dollar theatre” picked up Aladdin for summer showings, and Steve and I saw that movie SIXTEEN TIMES over the course of the summer (sometimes with my older sister, sometimes not). At least once, my friend Melissa came as well, and my sister and I were both disheartened to see that it seemed our crush Steve liked *her* instead. :-/
Still, my love for the movie hasn’t wavered over the years. Just last week, I watched it again, and I can still recite every single word of the film easily. Oh, Ali – you’ll never betray my younger heart! ♥
As for my newer “loves,” I belong to a group of the sweetest (literally!) cookie friends a girl could have, and for the last month, we’ve been working on an exciting collaborative project – a virtual Fairytale Baby Shower! My darling friend Anne, of Flour Box Bakery, spearheaded the project, assigning each of us a fairytale character. Our assignment was to make a set of baby shower cookies centered around our character as a baby. Other than those guidelines, we had creative freedom!
I was absolutely tickled pink to wind up with my old friend, Aladdin! I began sketching, and I took a bit of “artistic license,” deciding instead to make a more toddler version of him, and I had so much fun involving so many details of the Arabian soon-to-be prince.
I can finally crawl out of the kitchen for just a moment. I swear, I’ve been tied to both the kitchen and my oven since early Friday morning.
I was working on an order of 230 cookies for pageant gifts, and it was so very time-consuming. Altogether, my tally sheet looks like this:
- 18 sheets of dough (9 batches)
- 80 rollouts (each time I rolled out and re-rolled scraps)
- 39 bakings at 12 minutes each (six cookies to a sheet)
- 4 batches of royal icing
- two very, very exhausted hands
I’m very pleased with the final results, though. It was such a relief this morning to bag up these cookies and reclaim some space in my dining room, bar, and kitchen! Tonight, I’ll tie up tags onto the bags (dropped off by the little girl’s mother), and then I’ll pack these into shipping boxes tomorrow morning. These cookies will be mailed down to Arizona for the Worlds competition of “Little Miss La Petite,” and I wish Abigail the very best of luck!
In case you’re curious as to how MANY cookies 230 really, really is, here are several more pictures from the process.