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MISSISSIPPI love: The Mississippi-shaped cookie cutter is not just for cookies!

It's always fun to show love and pride for our great state and heritage by sharing Mississippi gifts. This Mississippi-shaped cookie cutter is not only perfect for cookies, but may also be used as a pattern for some other creative gifts.

Of course, everyone loves the Mississippi cookies made with one of my favorite recipes that is so easy to prepare. I like putting a small heart sprinkle on the icing to signify different places around the state.

Several other very special gifts can be easily made by tracing around the outside of the cutter and cutting out the shape from cardstock. Use different colors and patterns of cardstock that coordinate with wrapping papers to make gift tags. Just punch a hole at the top, label, and tie onto presents with ribbons or braids. You may even want to tie a magnolia blossom on the bow.

The cardstock shapes are also great glued to white or cream note cards with messages such as "Hi Y'all from Mississippi" or "Thanks from Mississippi." A set of Mississippi note cards tied with a ribbon and a special pen makes a lovely hostess gift or present for a teacher.

It is also the perfect shape and size to embellish with a small magnolia, a cotton boll, a monogram, a small framed photo, or a wedding invitation to create a special Christmas ornament.

And why not have a Mississippi dinner with Mississippi-shaped place cards and menu cards for each place setting?

So grab your Mississippi cookie cutter, some sugar, butter, flour, or some cardstock paper and scissors, and show some love and creativity with our great state in mind!

photographer BONNIE DICKERSON

Caption: MISSISSIPPI gifts tags

Trace the cookie cutter on cardstock, and carefully cut out the shape. Punch a hole at the top of each, and attach ribbon or braid. Write a sentiment or "To and From" with a fine-tip gold marking pen on the front or back, if desired.

Caption: Gold-leaf dish is from BellaChes in Ridgeland. The cookie cutter and recipe are available at mismag.com.

Caption: MISSISSIPPI ornaments

Trace the cookie cutter on cardstock, and carefully cut out the shape. Trace around the edge with a gold marking pen. Embellish with small paper magnolias, paper cotton bolls, monograms, photos, or invitations. Punch a hole at the top, and attach ribbon or braid.

The beaded tree is from Tuesday Morning, the Italian bowl and pinecone trees are from Annelle Primos and Associates in Jackson, and the sequin scarf is from Kohl's.

Caption: MISSISSIPPI place setting

For place cards, trace the cookie cutter on white cardstock, and carefully cut out the shape. Trace around the edge with a gold marking pen. Script each name using a fine-tip gold marking pen. Embellish each card with a small paper magnolia. For menu card, print the menu on white cardstock. Cut around the copy with a larger shape of Mississippi. Embellish each card with a small paper magnolia.

Caption: MISSISSIPPI note cards

With computer, using a nice font, print sentiments on each note card. Trace the cookie cutter on different patterns of cardstock and carefully cut out the shapes. Glue the Mississippi shapes to the individual note cards.

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Title Annotation:FOOD & ENTERTAINING: Easy Does It: Project
Author:Roper, Patty
Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:Nov 1, 2017
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