Today's project was making Royal Icing and frosting the cookies.
Mistake #1. Reading only The Joy of Baking and not checking in with the Doyenne of All Good Things, Martha Stewart, to get some helpful hints.
Mistake #2. Coating cookie first. Outlining second. IF I had read Martha's site, I would have known about first piping the outline, then "flooding" to coat the cookie.
Mistake #3. Using chocolate/toothpicks/paintbrush to outline. Don't even ask.
Mistake #4. Forgetting to wish The Husband a Happy Birthday as I was too focused working on this blog.
The finishing touch was the beak, otherwise it would look more like a chick. All in all, I am happy to say that the cookie, when bagged and tied with a pretty ribbon, isn't too shabby. It's all smoke and mirrors.
Presentation is everything.