Call it a testament to the power of Facebook. For when my ThinkGeek catalog came, and I saw the Ninjabread Men cookie cutters, I knew I had to have them... but they were out of stock. I immediately linked and bemoaned my fate on Facebook.
"Fear not!" said friend Jane. "I just saw them at Handmade L.A."
"Wha... What? Where is this wonderous place?"
Well, it's on Ventura in Sherman Oaks, and it is chock full of beautiful things and gorgeous jewelry I studiously ignored in my quest for the Ninjamen Cutters, which were promptly procured in time for some baking this weekend. Behold!
Yeah, that's not black. That's like a terrifying witches brew of green sludge. So I whipped up a new batch of icing and just went with the traditional - for gingerbread men anyway - white. I do think my cream of tartar needs replacing though, because the last couple times I've made royal icing I can't get it to stiffen up the way it should. (That's what she said...)
Still I think they came out OK, and they smell and taste great, if I do say so myself. I also made peppermint crescents this weekend, and I can't remember the last time I made those. I'm pretty pleased with them.
I haven't been able to get into the Christmas spirit too hard-core this year. I'm not putting up a tree for the first time ever, and I'll be spending the solstice celebrating The Social Network at work, so it was nice to do some baking this weekend.
Shout out also to the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar, which is wonderous and beautiful and bringing Christmas joy to my pagan heart even with its inevitable dashes of Christianity. So thankful for my little moment of Christmas magic every morning this month.