Last night for dinner we had another of R's favorites - Steak Salad. So fast, fresh and fantastic.
While a simply seasoned flank steak and an ear of corn were grilling, I sliced some carrots and red onion and washed the spinach. After the corn and beef were nicely grilled and had time to rest, I threw everything together and served it Willie's style, meaning the dressing was a mix of queso and salsa.
After dinner it was time to get to work. I had decided that I would bake and decorate 50 cookies for the winners of this year's SURVIVOR Challenge. `Each of the 5 tribes created their own flag, complete with tribe colors, slogan and logo. The goal was to somehow incorporate those ideas in the decoration.
What was I thinking????
Here are a few of the baked, un-iced cookies, just staring at me.
Mocking me, really.
I began with the most simple designs
Simplicity and bright colors make me happy
I found the perfect cookie cutter at Hobby Lobby for my MOKO tribe - a crown to match their logo.
This tribe definitely thought of themselves as royalty...
I was not pleased at all with how this next class period's cookies turned out. They had a complicated mascot to begin with and then every time I tried to 'draw' their symbol (the swoosh) it ended up looking sperm-like. Not a good thing when you work with 9th graders.
One kid today told me it appeared that I had 'given up' by the time I got to their cookies! Gotta love 15 year-olds for their honesty.
This tribe's logo was tough to do as well. I mean, a pineapple???
I don't know if I like the buck teeth or the enthusiastic slogan more.
I had to just let go and do the pineapples and leaves 'freestyle'.
It's a loose interpretation. But isn't that what artistic license is????
Finally, we have the tribe that won out of all of my class periods... Thunder From Down Under. Prior to this I had never made gray icing. Who wants a cake or cupcake with gray icing??? How depressing. Thank goodness Hobby Lobby carries every color under the sun.
Notice I did not even attempt the kangaroo
The cookies turned out to be a huge hit and the kids didn't seem to notice every single imperfection that I was freaking out about. They were very appreciative of the fact that I customized them for each tribe. And as much fun as the cookies were to make and decorate, my favorite part was seeing the smiles on their faces each period as I would open the tupperware container and show them their designs.
Just one more confirmation that the classroom is the place for me.