Friday, July 1, 2011

I'll Show you My Colors Martha!

OMG!  Sometimes I seriously amaze myself!  I wasn't even going to try and participate in Ms. Debbiedoo's Copycat Magazine Challenge until I saw the Today show this week.  Did anyone else see it?  It was the episode with Martha Stewart when she and Ann made some fabulous firecracker cookies.  Martha said, that magazine was flying off the shelves because ladies everywhere wanted to see the cover, and this was it!

Just look at those gorgeous pinwheel firecracker looking cookies!  After seeing Ann and Martha make them on TV I knew I wanted to make some too.  They looked so easy!   I already wanted to take some cookies with us on the boat to see the fireworks and thought these would be quite a hit!

So I whipped out my favorite Decorator Icing recipe that I have used (very successfully I might add) many times before.

I whipped up a batch...

then seperated some out to make the blue and red icing.

I didn't have any icing bags on hand so I improvised as I have done many times before using ziplocks.

I generously applied my white just like Martha instructed.  I then used my colored icing to make circles around the dot, just like Martha instructed.

And this is what I ended up on the first few cookies!  OMG!  What the.....???? 

But wait ladies, it get's better!

I'm not one to give up easily so I kept on going.  Lordy me!!!

Honestly the sugar I was licking off my fingertips must have been getting to my head because ya'll these things are so dang ridiculous looking I was laughing out loud!

I mean talk about a hot mess!  They look like I was trying to tye dye them or something!  

Or better yet, they look as if the firecrackers exploded on top of them.  OMG!  I just had to laugh about them and do plan to bring them out anyway.  I am just going to wait until it is very dark during the fireworks show and everyone has already had a few beers or something.  LOL! 

Sorry Debbie, I guess I sure failed this challenge.  Maybe you can save this post for one of your bloopers parties!  

Not even close...huh?  Hahaha!

Yep!  Sometimes I sure do amaze myself!

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I hope all of you have a very Happy 4th of July!
I still plan to!  If you can't laugh at yourself , then you are really missing out!
Life's to short to fret the small stuff!
Big smiles Everyone!


  1. Well, I just busted out laughing after I read your post! I saw that show, too. And I noticed that Martha rushed Ann through her cookie decorating and they didn't show Ann's cookie. Now I know why! I always get disappointed when things don't turn out like the pictures, but hey, every once in a while they do. Love your sense of humor.

  2. I must say, that I enjoyed your cookies more than Martha's!! I bet yours even taste better too!! I love this post!!! I'll admit, I was excited to see a recipe, but I am rethinking whether to use it or not!!

  3. This is what I call keeping it real girl...LOL. OK some were actually very pretty, the first batch, looked like my son Jack had licked them all. Tough challenge, but fun. I bet your family will still enjoy them. Happy 4th to you Mary, and thanks for joining in.

  4. Aw! You should not have a *sadface* cookie! Turn that frown upside down!!! You rock! I am visiting from Debbiedoos.

  5. oh my gosh, you are hilarious! thanks for being real!

  6. I am cracking up over this post! OMG how funny! I just knew you were going to show us these fabulous cookies! I love yours! So real and you are so funny! I bet they taste good!!! hugs, Linda

  7. well your's turned out better than mine probably would have!! :)
    Great try!

  8. They sure are better than what I could ever do.LOL I think they turned out great and so pretty too!
    Have a great 4th, we will be on the boat too, tonight and tomorrow!


  9. This post really made me laugh out loud!!! Wish I was with your Fourth of July group to drink beer and eat fabulously fun cookies!

  10. I'm laughing with you, not at you. This is real life!

  11. This is sooooo funny! Martha has a team of people making cookies for that cover shot. Trying to reach that level of perfections is plain nuts. Who cares what they look like; taste is more important. Thanks for such a funny post! Please stop by and enter my summer giveaway!

  12. Well, perhaps it's because you should have used royal icing like Martha did. Buttercream frosting is too thick and grainy to recreate the swirls.

  13. Yes Anon! I couldn't agree with you more. Had I used the correct icing it may have been easier indeed, and the consistancy would have been smoother and easier to swirl. Thank you for clearing that up for me that she said to use Royal icing, though. I had thought she said buttercream, but my recipe is not a true buttercream as it has no butter and thought that maybe that would have made it creamier. I have not used royal icing before and will definitely look for that recipe. I am interested in trying these again! Like I said I don't give up easily and they were still a delicious hit despite their appearance. :)

  14. hilarious! new follower for sure! I don't have a link for this party but I found the party and I have the MS issue with the cookies and I was like, "OMG this is going to be amazing." I swear they are photo shopped except bake at 350 has even prettier cookies than martha! new follower, would love a follow return,


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