I didn't have to travel to New York this weekend. Although I love going back every weekend because I miss NY more than life itself, traveling from DC to NY once weekly really can kick the crap out of someone. Namely, me.
Therefore, I had a whole weekend with NOTHING. TO. DO. Seriously. I was going stir crazy. I spent far too much time at the gym. I decorated my apartment for Christmas and Hannukah. And I made my boyfriend watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for the first time in his life.
Now, I haven't seen Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in years. I never really noticed it when I was younger, but this cartoon is kind of messed up. My boyfriend put it perfectly (parents, please shield your children's eyes if they are reading this):
"Santa's a d*ck."
And he IS! He is so mean to the elves and reindeer! He's a cranky old man! The elves sang a beautiful carol for him. "Needs work", Santa huffed. Rudolph's faux black nose fell off. "You should be ashamed of yourself, Donner", he scolded. Because he had a child with a deformity! That wouldn't fly in today's world!
And since when is Donner Rudolph's dad? What's going on there?
I had to turn it off. I was almost scarred. It reminded me of the feeling I got when I found out all of the people who animated Disney cartoon's put sexually suggestive innuendos throughout their drawings.
I needed something to calm my nerves and restore my faith in Christmas again. I decided that it was the perfect time to bake up this week's TWD recipe - Grandma's All Occasion Sugar Cookies. And then I proceeded slather them with tinted royal icing while making a mess of my kitchen because I think I'm the pastry painter's Van Gogh.
The cookies were absolutely delicious. Ulrike of Kuchenlatein picked a winner. Light, buttery, soft and sugary. No problems there. But the paintings? Well. Normally, I am a very artistic person. I draw. I play the piano. I act. But paint, I do not. So please excuse the fact that these look like they were painted by a 6 year old.
You know what, though? I'm kind of proud. For my first foray into cookie painting, I think I did alright (don't laugh).
Maybe if Santa found these under the tree, he'd lighten up a bit, no?
Check out TWD for some more fabulous sugar cookies!