These cookies are starting to give me a complex. I just looked at the list of gifts I want to give my husband and so far it includes socks and a book. It's not that I don't love him. It's just that...well... I hate feathers, so that takes the first 4 days right off the list. And he doesn't like gold, so I won't be getting him those rings. And then we're back to the feather conundrum. And I can't hire 8 maids to do our milking because we don't even have a farm. Or cows. Or an actual backyard for that matter. Do you think that banana pudding counts as a gift? I could get him some of that. Then I would have THREE things on the list. Maybe I'll just re-wrap some of his gifts from last year and see if he notices. I bet that would stretch it to FIVE gifts at least. That's almost like 12. I an very nearly as good of a gift giver as this anonymous foul-fancying-song-singing-gift-giving-giver of true love Christmas gifts. At least my gifts don't come with feathers.
3. Use your thick black icing make a bucket. Give it a few minutes to dry.
4. Add two little triangles on each side of the head for bows and two tiny dots for eyes. Fill the bucket with red icing. And... if you wanted to, you could add some pink to her cheeks, but that's totally your call. I mean, if you hate cute cookies and want to ruin Christmas, that's fine. No judging here.
KOREA TOUR DAY 8
Let's talk about rice. They grow it here. And they grow a lot of it. Wherever they can.
In the springtime they flood the rice paddies and just let it sit for a few weeks. And then when it's really muddy and squishy, they go out with a tractor-boat and plant the little bunches of baby rice plants.
I love looking at the contrast of the endless rows of green rice and dark water. (This is July in case you were wondering.)
Seriously, how could you NOT love this?
As the summer progresses, the rice fills in all the extra spaces and creates a dense field of green.
The rice grains develop and the tops start drooping as they mature.
And then the rice paddies turn a lovely shade of gold which is not at all shown in this picture.
They gather the rice stalks up and do something with them that I don't know what it is.
Sometimes they burn them though. (This is October-ish.)
And that brings us to now. Winter. And snow. And rice paddies that are waiting for spring.
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