So, a few changes in regard to my blog.
Change #1: I have added a wedding inspiration page! I think cookies are the perfect wedding favor, addition to dessert table, or way to ask a friend to be a bridesmaid, don't you?
Change #2: I have cleaned up my sidebar. Too much stuff, and I hate clutter. I was also set to do advertising, and I have changed my mind. No ads, no awards - no nothing except a list of great blogs I follow, MY followers, and that is about it. I really want my blog to be focused on my baking, and to that end...
Change #3: Waaaaaaaay fewer link parties. They are fun but take a lot of time - time I should spend in the kitchen if you know what I mean. They are great for building readership, but I really write this blog for myself. It is a journal of sorts, and in the midst of new blogger excitement, I think I lost some of that feeling. I really hope all of you keep reading, and commenting, and following me because I love all 146 of you!
Change #4: Well, its not really a change, but rather a pledge. I will continue to not use the terms "easy peasy" or "cutie patooty". Ever. Under even the cutest circumstances. Oh yeah, and I will never tell you something is easy if it isn't. If I struggle with something, you will know it.
Ah, now I feel better. On to the baking!
Naturally, I would have to do this cookie theme post Bastille Day. Better late than never, right? This will be my theme for the week, and I'm already having a very good time. Lots of research and baking and decorating and ordering new cookie cutters and drinking champagne...hmmmm, maybe every week should be French week. I actually made a bunch of cookies for Brooke's French class for the end of year, but was in such a huge rush, I didn't have time to take pictures of them. I also made French cookies in honor of the Philadelphia Flower Show back in March. Once again, didn't take the time to photograph. So here we go, Francophiles - THIS TIME I AM TAKING PICTURES!
I thought it appropriate to begin with the most iconic symbol of Paris, the eiffel tower.
And I'm kind of proud of myself for resisting the nearly overwhelming urge to use pink icing. Pink would have been very nice, but I am loving the aqua. For some reason, I seem to enjoy doing really detailed piping work. The more lines or squiggles, the better.
Speaking of detailed piping, my French inspired chandeliers had me almost popping a blood vessel in my head.
Worth the effort, though. I am crazy about crystal chandeliers and would put them in the garage if I could. I have these nifty little magnetic crystals that attach onto a chandelier to change out its look. Red, black, orange, green, pink - whoever thought this one up was genius. I got mine at Hobby Lobby - I highly recommend them if you love crystal and, like me, have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to changing decor for the seasons.
So this is day one in France at The Enchanted Oven. I have lots more pretties to come, so keep checking back this week. Here's a little hint, there is some champagne involved both in image and flavoring! In the words of my hero The Barefoot Contessa, "how bad can that be"?
My streamlined list of blog parties:
Savvy Southern Style
A Stroll Thru Life
Mod Mix Monday
Wickedly Crafty Saturday