Homecoming mums are a Texas tradition. They were so common where I grew up, I didn’t realize that mums are almost strictly a Texas thing.
What is a mum, you ask? Basically it’s an artificial flower stapled onto cardboard backing with ribbon and trinkets attached. In my case, a TON of ribbon and trinkets. Let me show you.
How about my date, er, I mean mum. Talk about Texas-sized! It was almost as big as me.
Traditionally, boys give their date a mum and they wear a matching garter. Unless you have no date, then your dad gets the mum…not that I know anything about not having a date.
Anywho, apparently, no one mentioned the garter thing to Tony, but since he’s a foreigner and remembered my mum, I let it slide. Here we are on our way to the dance. He sure cleans up nice, right?
But you know that old saying, “If it looks like a dog, walks like a dog, and barks like a dog, then…”
Yeah, it’s a mum.
- Stiff white piping and 20-second icing
- Blue piping and 20-second icing
- Red piping icing
Begin by using white 20-second icing to create a flower in the center of the cookie. Once it has set, use blue 20-second icing to flood the remainder of the cookie.
- Use a #2 tip to pipe a squiggly line onto the flower. Use a small leaf tip (#66) to pipe the white portion of the border then switch to a small star tip (#13) to add textured ribbons.
- Next, repeating the steps above, use a small leaf tip (#66) to pipe the red portion of the border, then switch to a #2 tip and add ribbon.
- Fill in the remaining space with blue ribbon.
Oh, and if you have a million questions about this crazy Texas tradition (and I know you do), just leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer!