First of all, my apologies for my complete and utter break down a couple of weeks ago. Apparently it's against blogger "Code" (wink, wink) to go out like that. I was going to make up a complete lie and tell you I was just completely exhausted from chronic stress followed by a three day migraine, but I care too much about all of you to make up some crazy story.
The truth is I was off smoking crack, it all started innocently enough. I was hanging out with a blogging buddy that was passing the pipe around, so I figured why the hell not. Before you knew it I was strung out and hanging out in a rather seedy part of town at a local crack house. While I was there I met the most delightful and wise crack whore who offered to take me out to lunch.
I was a little nervous about eating anywhere around our locale. I was hungry and out of sorts, so I took one for the team and forced down some zucchini blossoms stuffed with goat cheese and pork belly sliders; washing the whole thing down with a couple of glasses of Chard - oh the shame.
The worst part about stressing over where to get your next fix was I didn't have the time to make my niece a unicorn cake for her birthday that she wanted. I had been thrown off the Favorite Auntie List; which led to me needing the drugs even more.
I finally hit rock bottom when I woke up on the golf course wearing only a pair of camouflage Converses and an Ozzy Osbourne tee-shirt (don't even ask). I peered up and saw a unicorn dancing around me with a rainbow Hermes scarf on. That's when I decided I'm just gonna say, "No" to crack. I dragged my ass back in the kitchen and made some Rainbow Unicorn Sugar Cookie Pops for my niece, I was desperate for redemption.
The only things you need to make these are my Sugar Cookie recipe and the Royal Icing recipe below. I bought the unicorn cookie cutter at Sur La Table and they carry food coloring and icing tips that you will also need. I forgot to mention you will probably want to set aside a better part of a day, or at least in my case anyways.
1 pound confectioner's sugar
3 tbsp. meringue powder
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup water
Assorted food coloring
Place the meringue powder in a bowl and add a little bit of the water and mix until frothy. Add the confectioner's sugar and extract and start mixing. Slowly add the water and beat until the mixture resembles marshmallow fluff, but a little thinner. You might not need to add all of the water to get the right consistency.
Separate into bowls and add food color.
I like to use this consistency as a dual purpose icing, it's thin enough to pipe on and it spreads out a bit, so you don't have to both outline and fill.
Thank you everyone for your kind comments and emails. I'm just fine, just deeply engrossed in some long overdue projects. I don't think I could get rid of some of you even if I tried. I wanted to share some of my favorite comments and e-mails I received.
Ann from Anncoojournal: I'm sad that I'm going to miss you dearly. Please update once in a while and I promise I'll be the first to leave you a comment.
For the record, I don't keep score and am appreciative of each and every one of you that takes the time to leave me a comment; I know just how precious time is. Besides these days I can't even remember if I fed the dogs' dinner or not. I even resorted to asking them, "Did I feed you"? The bold faced liars had the nerve to shake their heads, "No". Who knows what they will try and get away with next!
Elisabeth from Food and Thrift Finds : "I'm coming to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival and I will hunt you down and find you if you don't attend".
Take it easy Elisabeth, I've secured my ticket and I will be there. I'm still working on my required blogging uniform though. I was envisioning something with neon flashing lights; does anyone think that might be a tad much?
Patty from Patty's Food: "Quit smoking crack and get back to blogging"! Thanks Patty you are the best.
I found my inspiration for these cuties here.
Gina-I am so privileged to be the first comment on your "return" blog. You are too funny, and I was on the floor, laughing so hard, i almost peed my pants, lol. Can I say that on a food blog?ReplyDelete
Your cookies are beautiful and good therapy for your "crack addiction." Glad to see you back!
Becky, I won't tell anyone if you don't! lolReplyDelete
Gina glad to have you back! Hope you are doing much better now. Your unicorns are so cute! Hope you make it back on the aunty list =)ReplyDelete
Hi Gina! Glad to see your post! You are too funny and we all need good laughs from reading your blog! These unicorns are too cute! My daughter would love this!! About neon flashing lights, that will be a legend!! ;-) heheeReplyDelete
Good to hear you found your way back to the "right side" otherwise, you wouldn't have posted those adorable and delicious cookies.ReplyDelete
Love the little uni's.
Happy dance; happy dance; happy, happy happy dance! That's all I have to say.ReplyDelete
Great to see you back, along with your great sense of humor, Gina! Your Rainbow Unicorn Sugar Cookie Pops are just too cute! :DReplyDelete
Hey Gina, I'm so glad you posted these little unicorns, especially after a stressful week like you've had! My grand kids loved them, you are so sweet for sharing and I'm so glad you're back, like Arnold in the Terminator, I'm back!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the mention, lunch was amazingly good especially the company, looking forward to the next time, sure glad I didn't take you off my blogroll LOL!
Oh Gina. Sorry I'm not the first one as promised but you're always in my heart (HUGS)ReplyDelete
Love this funny post and the Rainbow Unicorn Pops, so cute :))ReplyDelete
Your post made me giggle! Glad that you are back and I know how life can just take over and suck away your time. These cookies are so cute!!! Hope you are having a good start to the week!ReplyDelete
Love the story, you are too funny:)) and of course I love your funky unicorns!:))I am so happy that you are back!!!!ReplyDelete
Funny post! I'm checking out Foodbuzz fest myself but not sure, any tips?ReplyDelete
So glad you came back; your special talent has to be shared; these are so cute.ReplyDelete
Hi again, LOL! Life gets to us - the other day I was so distracted and tired that I seasoned and cooked a whole chicken upside down! Now I've heard people cooking chicken that way to keep the breasts moist, but this was not my intention! Adorable unicorn cookies and the funniest post I've read in a awhile :))ReplyDelete
hi gina, great cookie pop idea! so cute and colorful!ReplyDelete
greetings from germany!
You absolutely must keep blogging...you are my daily laugh out loudly regardless of who hears me!ReplyDelete
These are the cutest things ever!
Hi Gina! The unicorn cookies are just so cute. Btw, I'm coming to the Foodbuzz event too. Will be meeting up with Elisabeth. So looks like I finally get to meet you in person too. Yippieeeee!!! Can't wait.. Hugs, JoReplyDelete
Welcome back! That darned crack has a way of sucking you in. Believe me girl, I 'get it.' Kick ass unicorn cookies! Very un-drug addict :)ReplyDelete
Hooray!!! I'm so glad you cracked your habit ;) Great cookies~ReplyDelete
Gina-I'm laughing so hard, that tears are streaming down my face, about your so hilarious "crack" post! LOL...still can't get over that you came back less than one month that I got you to agree on, to post!ReplyDelete
My heart is pounding, I'm so excited, because I do understand what you are going through with your busy work schedule, family, and blogging...add migraine headache to it, and you're world goes "upside-down"...I do know, because my daughter Lora goes through migraines, and it is not pleasant, lasting for days!
I'm so, so happy you're back, love the utterly cute unicorn popsicle cookies, so creative, and fun!
As for Foodbuzz festival...yeayyy!!! I am coming, already booked my plane ticket, hotel reservation...registered the first day, so yes, I'll be there to "torture" you and everyone else. (just my nature, ha, ha) So happy you are joining us. We will have to make sure we can find each other...we'll discuss that later!
So now, hopefully you can un-stress, now that you're back again with friends:DDD
Hugs, and lots of hugs,
Okay now that I wiped the water off my monitor and face I can tell you this, Gina you crack me up!! This is the best comeback post so thank you crack? No wait crack is whack! Gina you are my crack and I just can't live without my SP Cookie Queen fix. So you better not do that again, kay:) Really I think it is obvious that everyone adores you,your blog and how much you make us all laugh. It is tough balancing life on top of the blog so if you need to take a few days off here and there fine we will give you permission. So so glad to see you blogging again. Sending you a big hug for giving me a good laugh that I so needed today:)ReplyDelete
Gina, I'm in shock. Didn't even realize you were back!! (Wait....is this REALLY Gina?) LOL, glad you tried the crack and all those lovely stuff. At least you can say you've been there, done that!ReplyDelete
I'm so thrilled you're back because it's my turn to feel a bit in the doldrums (yeah, we have to take turns, didn't you know?). Oh well, hope it'll pass soon, I sure could do with a few of these beautiful unicorn pops!
PS. Welcome back! Hugs.ReplyDelete
So glad to see you are back! It's ok to take a break when you need one. We will all wait patiently while you prepare your next post. Don't scare us again!ReplyDelete