I am a newbie to the cookie decorating world. I just started making cookies in November of 2013. But the obsession has taken hold of me. I found out about a convention for people who are weird just like me. It is called Cookie Con. When I first learned of the convention I was sure that it wasn’t for me. It was for the professionals, the real decorators. I found out it was held in Salt Lake City, a.k.a. home. That was a nudge, but I still wasn’t convinced. I kept going back to their website over, and over and over. It was kind of expensive for a hobby and again, I’m not a real cookier. Then I saw the presenters and their topics. They are like the Olympus of cookie people. The GODS!
I sheepishly told The Strongman that I wanted to talk to him about something. He got really nervous and wondered if I was going to ask him for a divorce (not really, I don’t actually know what he was thinking, but I know I made him nervous). I said, “I want to go to Cookie Con.” He promptly answered, “then go.” I had expected more of a discussion about the wisdom in spending bajillions of dollars on a hobby. But, hey, I wasn’t going to prompt that discussion! (I am waiting for him to say, “Anita, I want to sign up for this exceedingly expensive bike race.” and I’ll be stuck.)
So, I went to sign up and guess what? It was full. LAME.
But, guess what else? A spot opened up and I signed up.
Well today is the day that it begins. I am super nervous and super excited. It is like the first day of school. Not knowing if you’ll find somebody to eat lunch with. Not knowing if your brand new Girbaud jeans are still in fashion. You know.
One of the activities at Cookie Con is called the Sugar Show. You enter some of your decorated cookies into various categories and everybody votes for their favorites. I had NO intention of doing that. Refer to my feelings of inadequacy above. However, I read some past attendee’s tips and hints for attending Cookie Con. Over and over, they said that you should enter, even if you don’t feel like your cookies are that great. It was about the experience.
I decided I would do it. (The clincher was that nobody’s names would be posted next to the cookies. So I can just pretend like those lame cookies came from somebody else.) I had planned on working on them yesterday (which really isn’t sufficient time in the first place.) Then I had to take The Wrecking Ball to the dentist. He had to be sedated and the dentist told me he would sleep the rest of the day. HE LIED! He lived up to the Wrecking Ball nickname. He was beyond bonkers when we got home. He was falling over and running into walls and trying to punch me and screaming jibberish and climbing in the freezer etc. I was sure we would be visiting the ER for stitches because he was like a very terrible drunk 3 year-old. (He does have some pretty awesome bruises on his face today.) I was playing defense against a crazed lunatic most of the day. Then I handed him off to his dad and went to work until late last night. So, it goes without saying, that I did not make cookies yesterday.
I knew I couldn’t possibly make the cookies I had planned on. But I did get some inspiration on my drive home from work late last night. This was the inspiration…it really came from my drive home.
Yep, the category is, “Tell something about where you are from.” I chose not to highlight our national parks, Temple Square, The Great Salt Lake, the state universities,the mountains and ski resorts or anything that makes sense. Instead, I’m highlighting our major freeways. “Hey guys come visit my state. And while your here, make sure you try out our freeways. They are the highlight of our state.” I have a feeling nobody will be presenting this same cookie. 😉
I can’t tell you how stressful it is to make cookies like this. It is one thing to make them for somebody who doesn’t know how to decorate a cookie. But to make it for real decorators. Pressure. Cross your fingers that I don’t embarrass myself, just kidding cross your fingers that I win! (Although I heard the prize is a unicycle and I already have one of those.)
I’ll tell you all about my experience after it is all done. Hopefully I will meet lots of new cookie friends!