Polar Vortex … whoever heard of the term before this winter? It has now become part of the vernacular and even late night comedians use it in their stick. It’s a crazy phenomenon that usually hangs out closer to the North Pole providing bone-chilling temps to Russia and Canada, but this year dipped into Dixie with temps colder in Georgia than Alaska.
We have had a normal winter in Northern Virginia but for the Midwest, Great Lakes Region and New England it has been a grueling winter, wearing out nerves and snowblowers. Just as one storm passed another was on its heels. Maybe it wasn’t such a goofy idea for The Weather Channel to name the storms so as to differentiate between them. Although, where did they come up with those names? ... Boreas, Cleon, Kronos, Quintus … sounds like Gladiators meet Star Trek. We’re currently up to Storm Seneca but hold on, winter may last long enough to see Storm Vulcan and Zephyr. Hang in there … Spring is just around the corner.
Here is a complete list of winter storm names and their meanings.
Snowflakes are my favorite cookies to decorate and I wait all year long until winter arrives to make these cookies. This design comes together quickly and is fun to decorate. I cannot decide whether I prefer them with or without sanding sugar. Which do you like?
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Purple with AmeriColor Electric Pink, AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Turquoise
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
CK White Sanding Sugar
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Outline cookie with # 2 tip in white icing.
Flood cookie in white icing. Let sit 30 minutes.
Pipe plus sign and X sign with #2 tip in purple icing.
Pipe detail with #2 tip in purple icing.
Pipe dots with #2 tip in purple icing.
Sprinkle white sanding sugar on some cookies. Leave others plain.
Let cookies dry overnight.
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