Monday, December 16, 2013

Sugar Cookies


Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons whipping cream
1 Teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
3/4 Cup Butter softened
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
3 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt

In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, butter, egg, whipping cream, vanilla and almond extract.  Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add flour, baking powder and salt.  Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Chill 1 to 2 hours, or until firm. 

Heat oven to 400 F.  On floured surface roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.   Using large cookie cutters, cut desired shapes into dough.  Place shapes 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.

Decorate cookies with royal icing and granulated sugar.  Let dry completely before storing.

Royal Icing
(makes about 2 1/2 cups)

2 cups of confectioner's sugar ( plus more if needed)
5 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 cup of water (more if needed)

Beat together all ingredients in a electric mixer with whisk attachment on medium speed until smooth and opaque white.  About 7 minutes.  If the icing is too thick add more water.  Use immediately or store in refrigerator in covered containers.


Decorate your cookies as desired.  Enjoy!!



Mini Gingerbread men and M&M cookies


The combination of the gingerbread and the chocolate is delicious!!! 

Mini Gingerbread and M&M Cookie


2/3 Cup shortening
1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
2    Teaspoons ground ginger
1    Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of salt
1    Egg
3/4 Cup molasses
3    Cup flour
1    Teaspoon baking soda
1/2  Teaspoon baking powder
Royal Icing (recipe posted below)
Mini M&M for decoration (you can find it in the baking section of your grocery store)

Cream together the shortening, sugar, spices and salt.  Add egg and mix thoroughly.  Add molasses and blend.  Sift together twice the flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Add the molasses mixture and stir until blended.  Chill for a least an hour in the refrigerator.  

Preheat oven to 375 F.  

Roll our a third of the dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured sheet of wax paper or parchment paper with rolling pin.  Cut with mini gingerbread men cutters (inch and a half in size) or any other cutters desired.  Transfer carefully to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and repeat with remaining dough.  Bake for 5 to 6 minutes depending on size of cookies.  Cool on a rack.  Decorate with M& Ms and royal icing.  

Royal Icing
(makes about 2 1/2 cups)

2 cups of confectioner's sugar ( plus more if needed)
5 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 cup of water (more if needed)

Beat together all ingredients in a electric mixer with whisk attachment on medium speed until smooth and opaque white.  About 7 minutes.  If the icing is too thick add more water.  Use immediately or store in refrigerator in covered containers.

To decorate the gingerbread men I use the royal icing as a glue to adhere the mini M&M to my cookies.  Let the icing dry for a hour or two.  Enjoy!!!




Friday, December 13, 2013




Working on my handmade gifts.  Starbucks recycable cups with a crochet coffee sleeves in bright colours and a gift card are great Christmas gifts for teachers, coaches or friends.  It and inexpensive way to wish those special people a Very Merry Christmas.





Click Here for the link

This tutorial is super easy and super fast.  Great for beginner crocheters.  Hope you try it.  It's a great gift to give all year round.

















Sunday, August 4, 2013

DAILY ROUTINE FREE PRINTABLE INSERTS




I was always on the hunt for the perfect planner/organizer that would help me achieve the ultimate goal of "getting my life in order".  This quest has always failed because I had a tendency to fall out of love with a planner after a few months.  This was true until I purchased my first Filofax. 


The Filofax planners has been the answer to my prayers.  The calendar inserts can be arranged to my personal preferences. It's customizable!!!   The best part is,  I am able to beautify my organizer with decorative tapes and stickers.  I am in love with this system  because I am having fun organizing my life's plans.  





Adding beautiful washi tape and stickers to my pages encourages my artistic side to participate in keeping my life in order.   I find myself eagerly needing to jot down my to do lists and appointments because it is fun creating beautiful pages.  My home and my life seem to be more organized because I am enjoying organizing my day in a creative way

I have received so much pleasure from planning my life that I have created inserts for my daily routines.  This list is a daily reminder of the small tasks that need to be accomplished for my day to run smoothly.



On back of this insert I created a place for reminders.  What 's for dinner, things I need to purchase at the store, and a place for notes or miscellaneous items that I want to remember during the day.

The final list on the back side of this insert is my before bed routine. This checklist of important tasks acts as a reminder that no matter how tired I am the list must be accomplished so I can have a good nights rest

The Daily Routine List I created was influence by the Flylady system and other fantastic printable that I have used in the past.  I tweaked my list to fit my needs and life style.  Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do.



 
Free Printable:   Daily Routine



*** I print my sheets on card stock so my list stand out in my planner and to give the insert pages extra strength.



















Please let me know if you print it out and if it has helped you.  Please leave a comment below.  Thanks!!!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WEEK 24 - PERSONAL FILOFAX LAYOUT

Week  24 -  Personal Filofax Layout

I am really enjoying decorating my week on two pages.  Looking at the pretty pages with all its lovely stickers and embellishments really pleases the visual side of my personality.  A beautifully decorated page makes me want to accomplish the tasks that are listed on the weekly sheets. Crazy as it may seem, these embellished pages really keep me organized.  I find myself wanting to open up my planner to see the pretty decorations which some how makes the tasks seem less mundane.

A friend of mine commented on how she was too busy to craft. Taking care of her family spares such little time towards her passion for crafting but being able to decorate a planner feeds the need to organize the family and satisfies ones need to craft. Win, win on both sides. Yay!!!!

On this page I have used a variety of washi tape from Michael's,  recollection label from my friend Kanani owner of Studio L2e,  ribbon paperclip from my YTS  ( Youtube sistah) Nadine,  sticker sock (to remind me to pair up socks in my laundry) from Nadine and some card stock embellishments from my crafting stash.