Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Aunt Melody's Sugar Cookies
4 sticks of butter (softened)
2 cups sugar
2 T milk
2 t vanilla
6 cups flour
6 t baking powder
Cream butter and sugar, slowly add liquids, then flour (sifted with baking powder). Mix until a dough forms. Fashion into manageable portions, wrap in cellophane, and freeze for 20 minutes. (I say manageable portions because this recipe-though this is it split in half-makes LOTS of dough- too much to roll out all at once. So it's easier if you divide it into thirds or fourths and only take out of the freezer what you can easily roll out on your counter. The dough is far easier to handle when chilled. If you get too much out it gets sticky before you can finish rolling and cutting cookies.) After chilling (in freezer for 20 minutes or 'fridge for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours) roll out on flour surface and cut out cookies. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 min.
4c powdered sugar
3 T milk
1 1/2 T vanilla
If icing is too thin, add more powedered sugar; if too thick, add more milk or water. If you're going to use liquid food coloring to dye your icing, mix the frosting a bit thicker as the food coloring will thin it down. Should be easily spreadable on cooled cookies and will dry with a pretty gloss. Cookies, once dry (20 minutes) can be easily stacked on tray.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I begin with this: I tried this Tropicana Pure juice blend the other day because they had them at the store in little bottles, and if you're a juice fanatic like I am, I suggest you do so, too. They're yummy. Thus far I've had blueberry pomegranate and raspberry acai. I can vouch for the deliciousness of both.
Second, I made cinnamon dough ornaments. While I've tried this before, and have had marginal results (mostly dough that was too wet or too crumbly), this time I was determined and found success. I did have to add some extra applesauce and did a lot of kneading. The recipe I used was Martha Stewart's found here. They do take a while to dry, though. And they must be turned often so they won't curl up. I'll post another picture once they're decorated. Also in the kitchen- we had the Lowerys over for dinner on Tuesday so I fixed Hungarian Goulash (recipe here- also Martha's). It's one of my favorite fall/winter meals. Though the prep work can be somewhat lengthy- it's a make ahead meal so it's worth it. Fresh baked bread and gingerbread with Extra Creamy Cool Whip rounded out the best autumn meal I've served this year (if I might say so myself)!...and while we're on the subject of food...I've had two really cute doughnuts in the past couple of weeks. Naturally, I photographed them. A pink iced doughnut with sprinkles, and a raspberry filled all dressed up for halloween! Now Halloween leads me to...Gatsby! I took a picture of him because he'd gone to the Plush Puppy and they always send him home with a really cute bandana. Of course, this week it was a halloween one.Finally, since Halloween is almost here and past, and Christmas will be here before you know it, I couldn't help getting a few new decorations, because Kohls has this whole Sugar and Spice collection this year (and it's 50% off this week). These things will go perfectly with all my sweet Christmas decor! :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here are close ups of her cute little necklace...which I may have to borrow. I don't think she'll mind! :)And just look at all these extras! Those are caramel apple candy corn...and they're yummy! And if you haven't had a pez dispenser lately...I urge you to get one. Like Silly Putty or a Slinky, these things aren't just fun...they're inherently happy! I'm going to carve a little jack-o-lantern just for one of those "candles". They're battery operated, but they flicker like a real candle!!
Here is a picture of the doll I made for Annie. I think he may be my one and only foray into doll making. :( I fear sewing may never be my thing! He was a lot of fun, though, and the swap was definitely worth it!
Friday, October 17, 2008
And here's a cute vintage Santa...in whipped cream atop chocolate pudding. (It's all inedible, of course!)
sweetly, happily and artfully yours,
Monday, October 13, 2008
Then came a truly spectacular package from Susan filled with STRAWBERRY gifts! There were crafty things...Useful and decorative and sweet smelling things...(Susan lives near Chicago...hence the cap. Which I'm loving, by the way...it's the only cap I have...and it's proving to be the best fix for a bad hair day! :) Plus it's pink...and that's just cute.)...and some really yummy things!!Even the recipes were pretty...What fabulous, generous swap partners, you say? Why you're absolutely right- I couldn't have asked for better!!
And finally- I had to take pictures of this lovely package I received from Andrea (proprietor of One Hundred Wishes who blogs at: Everyday Beauty). I won a ribbon naming contest on her blog last week and within just a couple of days my prize package arrived on my doorstep! Everything at One Hundred Wishes is gorgeous (and so is the stuff it comes wrapped in...you should order something just to see the packaging!) I had to photograph all this beautiful ribbon and packaging so you could see it... :)
Thanks to all for making this such a splendid week!!
sweetly, happily, and artfully yours,
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
...filled with these! I just love all of them!!
But this is my favorite...a modern witch ATC. It really made me laugh. It's front and center on the Halloween display in my dining room!
Then, there's this adorable black cat goody basket filled with jelly belly candy corn and the sweetest little lollipop I've ever seen!
How cute are these little guys? And the hanky-definitely a favorite!!
It keeps on going! These are all little fall and halloween-y cookie cutters...there's a witch, a cat, a pumpkin, a ghost, moon and others including...
...get this...an OWL!
And, finally, check out this sweet deck of Tricks and Treats for Halloween......each one is so colorfully illustrated and has a fun little idea on the back! What an awesome score, right? I'm still ohhing and ahhing over all this great stuff! :)
sweetly, happily, and artfully yours,