This was a dessert-on-demand loaded week. So while making some birthday cookies that nobody really expected – the discover in the break room and smile type cookies – I decided to let things go a bit. Usually, I have a plan for decorated cookies. A color scheme and a theme I intend to execute with some recognizable precision. These (admittedly self set) expectations can tamp down creative exploration a bit.
Right before mixing the dough, I went down to the great cookie cutter bin stored in the basement and randomly picked shapes that said “fun.” Or at least said, “forget about the diet today.” Then I limited the palette to three colors, made with just a couple drops of Ateco food coloring. I forced myself not to tinker with the color mixing, which can take half the night on its own.
Then, much earlier in the evening then ever before, I sat down at the kitchen table and doodled. Instantly, I was back in Mrs. Nutt’s high school social studies class – or Spanish class – I always messed around in Spanish class, making random loops with my pen in the margins of the notebook. So here we are again, however many years later, letting go in the midst of “deadlines.”
As these pictures demonstrate, I’m kind of partial to the ice cream cones. (: