Friday, July 24, 2009

Soldier Boy

soldier boy
These cookies are special. A blog reader asked me to make them for her husband who was coming home from a year long deployment in Afghanistan. I know from watching my sister whose husband came home from Iraq last year what an emotional and happy time it is when they finally come home!!! I was happy that the cookies could be a just little part of it for this family.
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Because I've never made soldiers before, I was nervous, but in the end...I'm a little in love with them. :)

All week, I've had that 1960's song by The Shirelles "Soldier Boy" running through my head....
Soldier Boy,
oh, my little soldier boy,
I'll be true to you....
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Here's how to make them:
  1. Using a #2 tip and olive green icing (AmeriColor Avocado mixed with Super Black and Lemon Yellow) pipe in the putline of the shirt, pants and hat.
  2. With a #2 tip, pipe the outline of the face and hands using a flesh tone icing. (AmeriColor Copper/Fleshtone)
  3. Thin olive green, ivory, brown (for the camouflage) and flesh tone icing to the consistency of syrup. Cover with a damp cloth and let sit several minutes.(AmeriColor Ivory and Chocolate Brown)
  4. Stir gently to pop bubbles that have formed on top. Pour into a squeeze bottle and fill in outline of the face and hands with flesh tone. Use a toothpick to coax the icing into all corners and to edges.
  5. Fill in the shirt and pants with olive green, ivory and brown. Use a toothpick to swirl slightly.
  6. Let dry at least one hour.
  7. Using a #1 tip, pipe hair in brown icing.
  8. With the black icing and a #2 tip, pipe eyes on the face, make a belt and draw on shoes.
  9. With red icing and a #1 tip, pipe on a smile. (AmeriColor Super Red)
  10. With olive green icing and a #1 or 2 tip, pipe over the edges of the clothes and cap. Add button and pocket details to the shirt.
  11. Let dry overnight and give to a soldier! :)
Welcome Home, Dale!!!
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