Tuesday, May 06, 2008

what's cooking wednesday - the cool mom campaign edition


This is a Cool Mom Campaign edition of What's Cooking Wednesday. Now I really wish I could take credit for this because it is a great idea, but I can't. I first saw this over at "my blog" and I thought it was just the greatest idea ever! I have since seen it on a few other blogs, so it's clearly an idea that's catching on. Family Movie Night, with themed snacks! How cool does that sound?

I had copied The Reef (I have a dvd recorder and the Movie Networks so I record to dvd any kids movies that are playing) which is really a poor man's Finding Nemo/Sharktale. It was not great, but that was what movie I had so, that's what we watched. For snacks I made blue Kool Aid (aka Ocean water) and we had gold fish crackers. Well poor man's goldfish crackers, WalMart's Sea Creatures. And cookies. Fish shaped lemon sugar cookies, the recipe I got from anno. She used it for her WCW a few months ago. I really can't say enough about how easy this dough is to work with. That was always my biggest sugar cookie complaint, pain in the ass dough! The only thing is, I think anno left out the flour measurement. I added 2 cups to my dough and it came out perfectly.

Now what makes a great sugar cookie out of this world? Well the sugar cookie icing of course! I always loved the nice glossy frosting you see in bakery cookies, but have never been able to reproduce it at home. Until now...

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Sugar Cookie Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp almond extract
assorted food colouring

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glassy. If icing is too thick add more corn syrup.

Divide into separate bowls and add food colouring to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies or paint them with a brush.

Recipe Notes: Well I was making lemon sugar cookies so I made the icing with lemon extract instead of almond. This is a great easy to make icing. Abby loved the shark cookies. I did try one cookie completely coloured in and it looked great, but I didn't get a picture of it. The icing stayed nice and shiny and the colours were bright. Definitely will be making this again. Possibly for another movie night. We've got The Wizard of Oz and Surf's Up next on the movie list, so we'll see. Abby loved everything about this movie night. Another win for the Cool Mom Campaign.

And now I would like to take a moment to wish a very happy birthday to my friend Normie who writes over at The Mommy Project. Who knew someone I had so much in common with was right under my nose the whole time!? Thanks to Abby and Maddie for playing "matchmaker".

And lastly, my wickedly cool and awesome brother is involved in a little thing called The Ride For Africycle 2.0. This year Dave and crew will ride their bikes around Lake Ontario to raise funds for Africycle. Tune into the Chex TV news tomorrow, May 7th at 6pm or 11pm to catch a spot with some of the crew. While you're over there, feel free to check out the rest of the website. Learn what Africycle is all about and then perhaps use that big donate button to help the guys meet their $15,000 goal!

What is What's Cooking Wednesday and how can I play?

What's cooking Wednesday was born out of a desire to get out of that what's for dinner rut. Playing is easy, on Wednesday post a recipe that has been tried and tested by you and then pop over here and add your name to the Mr. Linky. When entering your name also add the name of the recipe in brackets and make sure you link to your What's Cooking Wednesday post and not just your blog's front page. And don't forget to link back here, the home of What's Cooking Wednesday.

So for example I would write Shan (Speedy Chicken Stir Fry) in the name section. For the URL section I would post this: http://shanrev.blogspot.com/2007/10/whats-cooking-wednesday-speedy-chicken.html

I'll let you in on a little secret. Much to Kaffy's chagrin, my WCW recipes are almost never made on a Wednesday. So feel free to cook and photograph whenever you have time and join us posting on Wednesday.


bleeding espresso said...

Oh those cookies are adorable! And I love that icing!

I can't wait to have movie-theme nights! So much more fun with kids.

Renaedujour said...

The cookies look great. I have had trouble decorating cookies in the past so will definitely be trying that icing.

Norma-ann at The Mommy Project. said...

This is a fantastic idea, Shan and I plan to copy it! ;) Your cookies look really professional.

Thank-you for all the Birthday wishes!!! :-X

I'm in the middle of my first annual "Five Days in May" - so I'll be back for WCW next week.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

The cookies look awesome! Mine would never come out that way. ;-)

Heather Lee said...

That's so great! I love the food/movie theme. And I think my boys would totally get a kick out of it. now to find cool shaped cookie cutters...

anno said...

Your cookies look fantastic! I'm a bit mortified about forgetting the flour measurement, though. The original recipe calls for 1-1/2 cups of flour, which makes for a dough that needs to be really cold in order to roll it out. When my daughter's making them, though, we just add flour as needed to make it workable.

I love your decorations -- and the cool mom campaign sounds, well, very cool... and a lot of fun.

Shan said...

BE - Thanks it was a lot of fun. I think I had just as much fun planning it out as she did watching the movie.

Renae - So have I. It seemed so easy when my Mom did it when I was a kid.

Normie - I can't wait to hear how the girls liked it. And you are very welcome!

Jen - thanks!

Heather - I got a huge bucket of them at Michaels. Wilton makes them. I think they were $20, but worth every penny. I use them all the time to cut shapes out of sandwiches, toast, pancakes. The girls love it.

Anno - no worries, I've done it myself. I didn't even realize until I mixed a batch up. I just guessed at the two cups. I like how firm the dough is. Great for when my little sous chef is helping me.

Karen said...

Well, here I am, better late than never, I suppose!