I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.
I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes. (or cookies!)
I am an admitted lover of autumn, but a close second for me is spring. I am seeing signs of it everywhere and it makes me happy and twitterpated... and it also makes me want to deep clean every surface in my house. Spring cleaning fever is real and it is catchy.
The talented and super creative Hani of Haniela's has put together a virtual cookie party to celebrate spring and you're invited. She has arranged for 19 cookiers to represent different flowers so it will be like walking through a flower garden. How lovely is that? Let's take a Claritin and get started!
For my flower, I chose lavender. It is in the mint family and it grows like crazy here! (I would say it grows like weeds, but that's just rude). Locally, there are several beautiful organic lavender farms devoted to this humble crop. The flower's fragrance is known for it's purifying properties that help calm and relax.
Even the look of the flower is lovely and serene and I wanted to evoke those feelings with my lavender cookies. My goal was to make it look like I just placed a sweet little sprig right on top of a cookie. Simple and elegant just like the flower.
Here's the breakdown:
After I did a simple royal icing flood base on the cookies I only needed to mix two colors.
For the green I used Wilton's Juniper Green and a touch of yellow to get that soft sagey green for the stems
For the purple I used Americolor's Electric Purple and a little Wilton's violet. Americolor's purple has pink undertones and Wilton's violet has blue undertones and I mixed until I saw the right color. Using my 1.5 tip I piped the stems and a 1 tip for the buds.
Of course I couldn't leave it at that and I painted the little blossoms a touch with some slightly diluted purple food coloring at the base to give it a little depth.
I love how lavender stems have very fine hairs that lend a slight shimmer, so I brushed a little pearl dust on my cookie stems for a subtle sheen.
I also made a bouquet of lavender tied with ribbon and painted a botanical illustration of a stem of the species that grows here on the rectangular cookie. I ah, ah... achoo! I hope that you had a lovely time in my section of the garden and you are feeling calm, spiritually purified, and relaxed. Please do take a glass of lavender lemonade to sip on while you peruse the rest of the flowers. Freshly squeezed lemons paired with the very fine lavender grown locally infuse this beverage so I hope you'll enjoy! Oh, and don't forget a couple of cookies.
There's a few things I've learned in life:
always throw salt over your left shoulder,
keep rosemary by your garden gate,
plant lavender for good luck,
and fall in love whenever you can
A special thank you goes out to Hani for hosting such a beautiful party! All of the amazing participants are indexed below and you are in for a real treat. Such talented ladies!
1. Black Eye Susan by Lisa, The Bearfoot Baker
2. Carnation by Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
by Pam, Cookie Crazie
4. Daffodil by Georganne, LilaLoa
5. Daisy by Stephanie, Ellies Bites
6. Dogwood by Marian, Sweetopia
7. Gerbera by Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
8. Hyacinth by Amber, SweetAmbs
9. Hydrangea by Kim, The Partiologist
10. Iris by Cristin, Cristin's Cookies
11. Lavender by Liz, Arty McGoo
12. Lily of The Valley by Hani, Haniela's
13. Lotus by Marlyn, Montreal Confections
14. Morning Glory by Glory, Glorious Treats
15. Orchid by Ali, Ali Bee's Bake Shop
16. Pansy Nicole, Life's A Batch
17. Poppy by Callye, SweetSugarBelle
18. Sunflower by Bea, Cancun Cookies
19. Tulip by Lorriane, LorrainesCookies