being crafty, my friends' ask me for creative ideas all the time. which for me, is truly an honor to help, but for some reason when they ask me for something creative,
my brain automatically freezes.
"lisa what do you think i should do about so and so's bday gift?"
"hey can you help me think of something for so and so's party?"
"do you have any original ideas about blah blah blah?"
BRAIN FREEZE FREEZE FREEZE.
i dunno why it does that.
i guess it's the pressure of coming up with something right away to blow their mind or whatever that i just go
then when i get a chance to be alone, my brain is like a floodgate of ideas.
anyway, such was the case when a friend asked me to make something for a patient of her's who recently became a widow to a very successful tomato farmer, and that's the only thing she told me about this woman, other than that she was depressed and my sweet friend wanted to cheer her up.
dang! the pressure was on!
but when i calmed myself down i decided to make her some tomatoes.
different kinds of tomatoes like these:
i made some tomato sugar cookies.
but she sure liked them.
let's see how i made 'em shall we?
i used this recipe which was really an easy one to follow and the dough worked great.
i actually colored 90% of it red, 7% green, and left the rest plain.
ok ok i know those percentages are goofy but just so you know i totally guessed on the amounts to color.
hopefully you'll get a better idea of how much to color too after you read the whole post...
now where were we?
oh yeah, let's take a look at the inside of a tomato.
yikes! i thought.
how the heck am i gonna do this?
so i got to thinking again and came up with the following
(thank goodness i was able to thaw out my brain freeze!)
first i rolled out the red dough and cut circles with a 3 inch round cutter.
next, i did this:
then i cut over the cookie cuts again with the cutter, removed the circles, cut a few in half, and got some candy seeds.
(oh the original cookie cuts make it easier to center the middle part of each tomato).
ok i got my tomato slices.
let's make some whole tomatoes now.
now they're ready to bake.
the cookies actually worked-thank goodness i didn't have to royal icing these since i am the poorest piper i know!
but hey...what about the icing part?
are these cookies sweet enough?
i got some store bought cookie icing and did this:
make sure you ice/frost the BOTTOM of the cookies cuz, hello!...
and there goes my tomato treat basket.
something you could make for a summer barbecue picnic or a fruit and vegetable/farm party.
just don't put these tomatoes on any hamburger or salad...