We love continuing traditions we have learned in our various travels. One of those traditions has been to celebrate the Day of the Dead. When we lived in Mexico, we went to a cemetery in Zinacantan and spent the holiday with our friends Xunka and Yoli. Last year we spent part of the Day of the Dead in Old Town San Diego. This year, we got a little more creative and we invited our friends over to decorate sugar cookies like sugar skulls.
We had our friends James, Kathryn, and Catherine come over for the festivities. This was their first time decorating a skull for the Day of the Dead, so it was a lot of experimenting on our part.
Caitlin was by far the most meticulous about her skull. She perfected every last inch of the intricate designs, whereas James decided to adorn his with leftover Halloween candy. He definitely won for most creative. For some reason we have a surplus of aprons, so everyone got to wear an apron for the occasion, and we used a special frosting for the cookies that would harden so we could enjoy our skulls for many days after el Dia de los Muertos.
We spent about 45 minutes decorating our cookies, and in the end they were all so beautiful, I don't think any of us wanted to eat them. Good thing we prepared extra cookies just for eating. Nothing like coming off a sugar high of Halloween and then eating a couple handfuls of sugar cookies. :)
Feliz Dia de los Muertos a todos!