My mom is a school bus driver, and one of her good friends (also a driver) is retiring in a couple weeks. When my mom told me she was organizing the party for her, I knew I wanted to try to do some cookies.
I was a little nervous, since I'm still figuring out what works and what doesn't, and I didn't want them to come out bad. Plus, until now, I've only decorated about a dozen or less cookies at one time, and for this I needed 30... that's a lot.
So 2 weekends ago, I made the cookies, since it was nice and cool, and I didn't mind having my oven on. I stacked them in Ziploc bags, and put them in the freezer.
|Almost 4 cups!|
I started by making a whole recipe of just yellow icing. I was so nervous I would not have enough when I made it and I would need to make another batch and match the color... but it turned out great. I had the perfect amount.
Then I outlined the whole bus (sans wheels) with yellow, and filled that in.
Then I outlined the wheel. I did learn that I am not good with free handing circles. I can follow the curve of the outside great, but some of the wheels would be considered flat in real-life.... good thing this is cookie world!
Once the yellow and black were done, they had to sit overnight to dry.
While I was waiting, I decided to make the stop signs on wax paper, rather than chance messing up on the buses and being SOL.
I now know that I need to make them a little thicker next time... when I went to peel these off, I broke half of them... good thing I made extra! Then while I was packaging them up, most of the signs started cracking, so I had to go back and pop off the signs, and pipe them straight onto the bus... if only I had done that to begin with!
The next day, I added the windows, and other details. Looking at the buses, I knew something was missing... I googled school bus, and saw that most have a black line running the length of the body... so I piped that in. I really think it adds some real life details to it.
Finally, I used my food color pen to add the "M2" (her bus number) and the town name.
I had a few extra round cookies left over, and some extra yellow icing, so I made these too, just for fun. I did the yellow, and added the black dots using a wet-on-wet method, then piped the "M2" the next day,
Wrapped up with cut little yellows bows!
I am very proud of these. They are by no means perfect, but I think they are cute and fun and perfect for a celebration!