As Christmas approaches, I thought I’d break out photos of an old project—edible stained glass ornaments. Made from the multicolored shards of flavored sugar and held together by a lattice of royal icing, these hollow ornaments are a fun and colorful addition to your tree (especially if you decide to go the popcorn and cranberry garland route). Alternatively, you can do what I did here and give them out as small gifts!
After forming the ornaments inside spherical ice cube molds, I (carefully!) tied a golden thread around each one. Not gonna lie—one or two shattered before I worked out just how tight to tie the thread. A few ornament boxes later, they were ready to be handed out!
It was especially fun to see people’s faces light up when they learned the whole thing was edible (several even asked me to explain how I’d made them more than a few times, thinking that I had to be joking!).
A trip taken for the little girl who dreamed the streets would flood and she could sail to school.
By day it is filled with boat traffic – water buses, delivery boats, gondolas – if something floats and it’s in Venice, it moves along the Grand Canal. And by daylight it is one of the glories of the Earth. But at night, especially when the moon is full and the soft illumination reflects off the water and onto the palaces – I don’t know how to describe it so I won’t, but if you died and in your will you asked for your ashes to be spread gently on the Grand Canal at midnight with a full moon, everyone would know this about you – you loved and understood beauty.
– from William Goldman, The Silent Gondoliers