New House Kookys, part 2….

And here they are…

An igloo, a key, a red windows, an Southwest style adobe house, the kitchen sink, and a pink siding house. This isn’t my last attempt. I think cardstock patterns (key, igloo) are not bad alternatives if you can’t locate metal cutters in a pinch, or just don’t have the budget.

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Key
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Use any rollout recipe you like, but I think old-fashioned simple, sweet or spiced is best. Not just the look, the nostalgic smell to them…

Honey Butter Kookys

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks butter

1 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp soda

Cookie cutters: doghouse cutters, fondant cutters in oval and square shapes, square biscuit cutters, cardstock, scissors. I also picked up some candy, gel writing tubes, raw sugar, and colored sugar crystals, and cupcake icing.

Chill 35 minutes. Take out, roll out onto wax paper, top with another piece of wax paper. Chill again for 30 minutes or longer if needed. Colder dough is easier to work with, especially in steamy weather climes. Put out more wax paper and tape it down for a work surface. Sprinkle with all purp flour. Roll to at least 1/4″ thickness. Peel off with wax paper on it and re-chill if needed.

Cut out shapes in dough, using the utmost dough “sheet” for cookies before re-rolling. Next take each shape and add unique details–lines spaced about 1/2 inch apart for to imitate wood siding.

If you have the budget, plastic fondant molds can be purchased that allow you to imitate brick. I think I will play with that next time I try this.

This go round, I am tried cardstock technique after sketching all the housing details I could think of in a sketchbook; I am also seeing how greased rickrack will work for roofing detail on a mini-house.

Meanwhile preheat oven to 350. Bake for 11 minutes. Allow cookies to thoroughly cool before trying to decorate them. Refrigerate

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New House Kookys

“The Kooky things I’ve been up to, Spring always means change…”

In this previous blogpost about 3 months ago, I hinted you could celebrate things that aren’t typically celebrated with cookies. ‘Where was I going with that? A new house.

For some reason, you see Christmas ornaments that commemorate a new house purchase, but not baking supplies. ‘Come October, the gingerbread house kits at art and kitchen and art stores will abound. The rest of the year, they are hard to find. And they all look the same anyway.

And yet, every year thousands of people move. According to census bureau stats from 2010, there are 131,791,065 occupied housing units in the USA, and 51,277,394 people moved into one between 2005-2010. While it’s convenient to move during summer when the kids are out of school, not everyone has kids, and it’s possible to move any time of year. Movers and realtors wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ironically, one selling tactic used by real estate agents is providing freshly baked cookies. The smell of fresh-baked cookies, and serving those cookies, makes a house smell inviting more like home. If they don’t bake, the agent can get a “fresh baked cookies” scented room spray and go to town all over the house before their next walk-through starts. But I do think actual cookies are a better choice.

I set out to change this omission. Here are some photos of my new construction so far…

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Summer, summer, summer….things heat up

Maybe one day in the future all the thinking a blogger does about their blog will show as a status update without being typed in. If that were the case now, there would be a modest billion here at bakingkookys.com.

I have been living without an oven to truly call home for 2 months now. We’ve been in real estate limbo until last month, staying with family or at longterm stay hotels. It didn’t work out, they probably could and should have said something sooner, but at least we finally got some sort of answer. ‘Florida’s own Tom Petty wasn’t kidding when he said the waiting was the hardest part. But, moving on, we had a plan, it’s a good one that still makes sense for us. We’re shopping for somewhere else, and we like several places we’ve seen.

I have newer ideas to bake and post. I have a goal of being seasonal and timely on this blog. I felt awkward and I was very concerned about making a mess in kitchens that weren’t mine while we are guests; but it’s been so long now I am eager to get back in the game. I am jumping back in this weekend, and planning to take precautions. For my first venture, its something very summery, and will involve chocolate and licorice.

My last post about cookies that celebrate unconventional events is on hold, maybe I will do it in August. August is sweltering, but it’s “my month” and I hope everything is going more smoothly at that time.

In other news:

  • At this time, I have written 9 stories for Eat This Charleston’s online feature, Local Bites. All those links appear here. I’ve had an excellent time meeting new people and telling their stories for this series.
  • I am working on a recipe book that will be e-published before Fall arrives; I get ideas for novels and other books that just have to be set aside for the time being.
  • I started writing Julia Cameron‘s morning pages with my morning coffee. It is a great way to clear your head of little distractions so you can get on with your creative work. I included a link via her name so if you haven’t heard of her you can check her out. The Artists Way was originally printed in the mid-80s and its such a classic most mainstream bookstores and libraries have a copy.

So anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to.