Heather... deep and heady. Me... shallow and with a ferocious sweet tooth.
Yeah, sounds about right.
Today is the day of the month we partner with our visionary friends at Fancy Flours to select the object of June's Cookie Cutter Challenge. Dana and other Highlowaha newbies, here's the quick run down on how this works...
Each month I select a holiday or special occasion worth celebrating. Then, you the readers of Highlowaha, scour the selection of 600+ cookie cutters available at fancyflour.com (http://www.fancyflours.com/site/cookie-cutters.html) to choose the cookie cutter you believe will pose the greatest challenge. What do I mean by challenge? I mean the cookie cutter shape LEAST related to the holiday we are celebrating. If it were Halloween you might select a tulip or palm tree. Christmas might yield a tractor. And, for Valentine's Day you might vote Terradactyl.
Once the cookie cutter is decided (either by earning greatest number of votes or by random drawing), I set out to create a connection between my holiday and your cookie cutter. I bake, decorate, and package up the cookies all before month's end.
April brought Earth Day and porcupines. May was National Back Yard Games Week and big mouth bass fish. So, what'll it be this month? Only you know, so let's get to work.
First some background about the source of this month's holiday celebration.
My husband is a great man.
My husband is a great man with a lot of interests.
My husband is a great man with a lot of interests and a love of "equipment."
If he wants to learn to play the guitar, first he's got to go out and get the fancy new guitar. Fly fishing? First he needs the rod, the reels, the waders, as sundry flies. Triathlon training? Books, sneakers, bikes, and athletic attire. You get the gist.
My husband is into outdoor cooking. We used to have a grill AND a smoker in our backyard. That wasn't good enough. Now we have a Big Green Egg. The Green Egg is supposed the be the latest and greatest - the Radio Flyer - of all outdoor cooking devices. I'd go into all the features, but your eyes would probably glaze over like mine did and, besides, amazing features isn't really the point of my story.
$1,149.99 is the point of my story.
No matter how you dice it, that's A LOT of money! I could tell when first talking to Richard about the Big Green Egg that no amount of opposition or even reason was going to work. The switch clicked in his brain and no matter what I said, that Green Egg was going to be his. So, in a last ditch effort I declared, "Fine, but that is your Father's Day and birthday present all in one!" What? Was I crazy? What the heck about Fourth of July, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Ground Hogs Day, and Easter too?!? $1,149.99!
Richard turns forty-one on June 29. No matter how much I'd like to believe I'll dig in my heels and let the day go by without anything for him to open, I know I won't.
So save me. Hook me up with a cookie cutter I can use to wish Richard a happy birthday. Scour and vote now... http://www.fancyflours.com/site/cookie-cutters.html
Oh, and while we're on shallow topics... a quick poll of neighbors standing outside voted Cassie P. the winner of our Nail Polish Naming Contest. Her suggestions... Pinky Pink, Go for the Gold, and Screaming Orange. Cassie, I'm not sure what, but something foot-tastic will be on the way to you.
Signing off until tomorrow...