I want to start by saying thank you all for linking up each week. I look forward to each and every post.
I wanted to let you know as the party has gotten bigger I am finding it harder to leave comments in a timely manner on each and every post. Please know that I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and I will always stop by at some point and visit.
I like to take my time reading your stories and tutorials, etc (which is WHY I'm getting farther behind) and I will always do my best to comment. Sometimes I get sidetracked on your blogs and end up reading other posts you've made and comment on those instead, lol.
Hopefully I won't loose any of you from the weekly party just because I don't make as many comments as often as I used to. I feel we've become good friends and I would really miss you.
Anyhoo, this was supposed to be a short and sweet post because I'm supposed to be in the kitchen making some Pecan Bars for tomorrow!
Make sure you come back each week for a great new cookie recipe, plus each blog will be featuring their own favorite cookie links from the party!
I know you guys are thinking, boring...a sugar cookie, really? But, just hear me out on this one.
Not only is this the BEST sugar cookie recipe I have ever tried, just look what you can do with it. Basic becomes beautiful with just a little effort.
I chose several different looks to share with you today.
Top left: Royal icing topped with silver dragees.
Top middle: Royal icing drizzle
Top right: Fondant cut out
Bottom left: Cream cheese icing with silver sprinkles
Bottom middle: Royal icing topped with candy cane white chocolate bark
Bottom right: Royal icing with a hand painted design topped with silver dragees.
When put together they make an elegant, special, and delicious holiday treat.
(This is from The Confetti Cakes Cookbook by Elisa Strauss)
2 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbs. All purpose flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 1/2 Sticks butter, unsalted
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
In a bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add the other half of the flour mixture and beat until combined. I wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut our cookies to desired shape and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
(If you have any questions on how I achieved these looks please feel free to ask.)
Sweet Holiday Wishes,
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I noticed a mistake on my Pumpkin Spice Creamer recipe and just wanted to let you know I've updated it here and on the original. Please reprint and use the new recipe for making this creamer. I apologize if you have already made this and it was WAY to cinnamon-y.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a week away? I can't.
And right after that it's decorating, shopping, baking, hosting parties, etc......
Let's talk a little about the baking part, okay? Are you a month long holiday baker or do you just get out the mixer a few days before Christmas (or the holiday you celebrate) and make up a few batches right before company arrives? I've done both so I certainly won't be judging anyone :)
Can you believe that it is already one week away from Thanksgiving? I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone by.
Are you the hostess or do you go to someone else's house?
I am giving Thanksgiving this year again and we have a whopping 25 for dinner, Yikes!
I've had that many before it's just been a few years. I'm very excited to be hosting this year with all my family coming :)
Do you have any traditions for Thanksgiving?
We started a new one a few years ago where we have a craft project for either before or after dinner and usually only the women and kiddos participate but sometimes the men do too. In the past we've made gingerbread houses, Christmas ornaments, and decorations. I think it helps get a jump start on Christmas decorating!
Do you ever get stuck in a rut on a specific ingredient and you just think it's the best? Don't want to try anything new? Well let me tell you I learned my lesson with a new applesauce recipe the other day.
A while ago I decided to try Sloppy Joe's for the first time. Yes, I said the first time. I'm sure most of you have your own Sloppy Joe recipe but this one was really yummy so I'm sharing it with you anyway.
I have been trying out my new donut pan a little more and more every week and I decided to try a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts. I slightly adapted this recipe from Blue-Eyed Bakers and made some of these amazing donuts a few weeks ago.
I think I just got the best compliment a Mom could get the
other night. My son said "Mom I
don't know why all the other kids say they hate meatloaf. This is the best meatloaf ever!" To which I said "Honey, not all Mom's
cook meatloaf the same way." To
which he said "Ya, but if they used your recipe, I bet all their kids WOULD eat meatloaf." Such a
sweetie. He sure loves his Mama's
cookin'. He has gone so far as to say
"Mom, when I get married I'm going to have my wife come over and learn to
cook from you, okay?" and this is
from a 16-1/2 year old.