Monday is Family Day in Ontario. It’s more than just a long weekend, it’s chance for parents to store away the demands of their jobs and for kids to stash the demands of their classes. It’s an opportunity for families, big and small, single parent or parents with partners to spend some quality time together as a family unit.
My local food bank, The Table Community Food Center in Perth, Ontario hosts a Family Day dinner and prior to our leaving for Florida, they asked me if I could make some decorated cookies for this event.
I went back and forth on design ideas. Mainly wanting to choose between stick figure families or another design. When I saw this on an Ajax, Ontario McDonald’s site for Family Day 2011, I made my decision and went with the Circle of Life. As someone once said, “Friends come and go but family is forever.”
An image of the design was printed to be used with my KopyKake projector. I used my large rectangular framed cutter and cut off one of the curved sides before baking.
Once the cookies had cooled, they were piped with bright yellow piping icing using a #2 tip. The flat side of the cookie is the bottom of the cookie for this design.
The cookies were then flooded with bright yellow icing and left to dry overnight.
With the printed image in my KopyKake, I piped the design with deep blue icing using a #2 tip.
When the blue piping had dried, the image was flooded with the deep blue flood icing.
The province of Ontario has had Family Day as a provincial holiday on the third Monday of February only since 2008 and surprisingly, we are only one of the four provinces that celebrate the family in this manner. In fact, according to Wikipedia, only two U.S. states celebrate it along with Australia, South Africa, Vietnam and Vanuatu (an island nation in the South Pacific). Personally, I think every state and nation should have a special holiday to celebrate the family.
Being in Florida these past few weeks, I’m really missing my family and I’m so grateful for email, Face Time, the telephone and all other social media that enables us to keep in close touch while we are many miles apart.