Valentine’s Day is still weeks away, but I have been thinking about it a lot this year.
I think when you have kids, each holiday gets a bit more attention. Or maybe that’s just for those of us who like to craft stuff?
I wanted to practice the new cookie decorating hobby, so in the spirit of the holiday I made some cookies for my sister and her husband for their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.
This book contains a partner link for the book that became the inspiration for these cookies. You can read our full release here. My sister’s favorite childhood book has always been Shel Silverstein’s, The Giving Tree. When I was a kid, I found the book boring. True story.
It had simple pictures and it was about love. Yuuuuuuck! And to be honest, I kind of think it went over my head when I was little – I really wasn’t that bright as a kid!
But my sister was always just a bit smarter and more polished than the rest of us, and perhaps that’s why she got it.
I know that there are people on polar opposites regarding this book. A quick Google search will tell you that some people love this book because they believe it is about unconditional love and others think The Giving Tree is a horrible story about an abusive relationship, causing one to be destroyed to support the other.
Regardless of the positions one could take and / or that Silverstein said it was a book for adults and not kids, my sister still loves this book and I wanted to create something for her with it in mind.
So, moving from the ‘heavy’ to the sugary…
I decided to create a couple of cookies inspired by the simple drawings in The Giving Tree.
I’m not an artist, but I will say that when I drew these on the cookies with edible marker, they looked great!
And then when I tried to pipe the outline icing on them, well… They don’t look as great. The legs of the boy and girl kind of ran together and now they just look like big sticks. But I think the overall cookies look decent enough – I mean, you can tell it’s a tree, right?
This last one was just because I had one more flooded cookie. I free-handed the script, and looking back now, I should have practiced it… Oh well, lesson learned. I’m off to work on some more designs for Valentine’s Day to use up the icing I made for these cookies.
Let me know what you think – about the book, about the cookies, about life :) – in the comments section. We love hearing from you! P.S. If you want some entertainment, go check out the reviews of this book by clicking on the title, The Giving Tree with CD, for a partner link. Read through the reviews (at the time of printing, it has 1,099 reviews), to get an idea of the strong opinions.