Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall Flower Cookie Favors

I used Alton Brown's sugar cookie recipe HERE and Wilton's Royal Icing recipe HERE. I did add 1/2 tsp. of clear vanilla for a little extra flavor in the icing. We used these for a bridal shower favor.

To make these take home favors, I added the personalized toppers to the cello bag packaging. Print these 4" x 3" graphics onto cardstock and cut out, then fold in half. You could also use scrapbook paper for this. I printed the names/circle onto cardstock and punched them out using a 1.5" scallop circle punch. 4" x 6" cello bags are the perfect size to hold a large or 2 smaller cookies. Fold the top over and staple outer edges, add the topper and staple in the middle. Using double stick tape, add the personalized circle to the center to cover the staple.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Indie Coffee, Madison Wisconsin

Be sure to check out Indie Coffee if you are ever in Madison, Wisconsin. It's a local coffee shop with a very cozy feel and yummy waffles. We had this Red, White and Blue waffle along with some great tasting coffee and tea.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Tomato Time!

We are struggling with the drought this summer, but thanks to so many dedicated and hard working small farms in the area, we are still able to get fresh veggies at our local farm stands and farmer's markets. Here is an easy salad using some of my summertime favorites along with basil from the garden.

Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
Haas Avocado
Kalamata Olives - pitted
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil

Halve cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olives, cube avocado and mozzarella cheese and add all to bowl. Chop fresh basil and add to bowl. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over all, toss gently and sprinkle with flake salt and fresh ground black pepper. Adjust all amounts to your taste.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cookie Favors For A Bridal Shower

I helped host a bridal shower for my niece last weekend. I baked and decorated these cookies to give to each guest as a take home favor. We wrapped them in cello bags and tied them with a pink ribbon.

This dress cookie cutter is from Copper Gifts. They have great quality copper cookie cutters and a huge selection of shapes for any occasion.

I brushed silver dust on the gray frosting for the rings and sprinkled white and pink sugar on the jewels - doesn't show up very well on the photo!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Crafting

One of the many Christmas Trees we have in our house for the holiday season. This one sits in my craft room where I can see it when I'm playing working on my computer. It's a sweet little aqua colored tree decorated with peppermint dangles from one of my favorite blogs, ALLSORTS . I printed these onto white cardstock, cut them out and punched a mini hole for a twine hanger. I also had to add a little extra sparkle to some of them by adding a tiny red jewel to the center. Sweet, yes?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn in the Midwest

Goodbye summer.....I will miss your long, sunny days!

Yes, autumn has arrived with it's crisp mornings, cooler days and those gorgeous, rich russet colors appearing in the landscape.

And....we're seeing more of these in the neighborhood!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Black & Yellow Bumble Bee Party

Had the "BEES" over for lunch a couple of weeks ago. We're a group of friends that have been getting together for years and I thought it would be fun to go with the black and yellow decor for lunch. Everyone got a little jar of local honey as a take home favor.

The centerpiece complete with chocolate "cake pop" bees....

And a cute bunting decoration using, what else, bumble bee fabric.... I had to make a mini bunting to match!

And one of the girls brought each of us a yummy home made banana pudding with meringue topping baked in these cute little mason yummy!!!

What a sweet day spent with friends!!!