Squirrels and nuts and leaves.
Last week at the bakery we got a phone call from a customer in Italy named Massimo. This was unusual for two reasons. First, who knew we had customers in Italy?? Second, Massimo wanted Thanksgiving cookies, which is not normally something you associate with Europe. But Massimo was extremely kind and explained that he was having trouble finding this kind of decorated cookie in his part of the world. He wanted to give them to his family. I was so touched by this that I really pulled out all the stops with this set of Thanksgiving cookies. I reworked the color scheme of last year's set and really got into the details of the cookies. It's the kind of work I love to do. Before I even shipped the cookies, Massimo sent me this wonderful note:
"Thank you so much for baking and decorating the cookies for us. The first thanks of Thanksgiving goes to you and the ability God gave you. I am sure everyone will be stunned and that your cookies will be the best we ever had."
That's definitely one of the kindest notes I've ever received from... anyone. Wow. Massimo: I hope these cookies arrived safe and sound in Rome, and that they are anywhere near the best you ever had. Happy Thanksgiving!
It's hard not to love a squirrel in a sweater.
Some abstract leaves.
Working with greens.
Another take on the acorns.
An assortment of fall leaves.
Footnote Massimo received his cookies:
Yesterday as i was teaching we received the magic box!!!! Everybody was very curious to know its contents but it will be a secret until Thanksgiving dinner. Today i could not resist and i opened one of the boxes to take a glimpse and...WOW!! THEY ARE GREAT!! I did not eat them (not even tasted one). I just looked at them. It also seems that we didn't have too many 'casualties' (broken cookies). It will be a great surprise. In this country we bake stuff, but cookies are never so nicely shaped, iced and decorated. It's obvious you do this with genuine love. Now i just need not to give in the temptation as the boxes are hidden right beneath my desk. :)