Chinese Sugar Cookies

Chinese Sugar Cookies 1This month I am really focusing on ideas for Missionary farewells and homecomings.  My nephew Paul is headed to the Taipei, Taiwan LDS Mission for two years.  I wanted to make some Chinese themed sugar cookies for the event.  I found some ideas online, but they all seemed for appropriate for a little kids birthday party — actually to be honest I wanted a Chinese themed sugar cookie without having to mix tons of colors and spend hours making cookies.  I contacted my brother John, and he sent me this Chinese character that means “good fortune” or good luck.  This seemed like an appropriate design for someone headed to abroad for two years.  Keep reading to see how I made these Chinese themed sugar cookies. (more…)

Missionary Cookies

missionary cookies

I made these missionary cookies last year for a Valentines Day party.  My nephew Douglas was receiving his mission call on Valentine’s Day and was planning on opening his mission call with all his close friends and family present.  My sister in law ordered these cookies and requested a butter-based icing.  It is possible to decorate with buttercream icing but the cookies will not have the crisp edges of Royal icing.  As you can see above some of the icing did not stay on the cookies and the letters are less than perfect.  Overall, these missionary cookies were a perfect combination of delicious flavor and decorated sugar cookies.  I decided to make missionary conversation hearts to combine the two themes.  My favorite cookie of the set ins the heart shaped CTR cookie.

Keep reading for more details on how I made these cookies – along with a link to the original buttercream icing recipe. (more…)

Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad

spinach salad

Rayanne made this salad for her annual Easter party and I could not stop eating it!  The flavor was a perfect combination of sweet and salty and was perfect with the sandwiches served.  This is a recipe I will use for parties again and again.

Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad

  • 1 head romaine
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 package spring mix
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch green onions (optional)
  • Granny smith apples, peeled and sliced (optional)


  • 1 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup red raspberry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Blend in blender until creamy. Then add 1 Tablespoon poppyseeds and pulse.

How to Make Tostadas


We love making tostadas for “Taco Tuesday.”  This meal is so easy to throw together using ground beef that I usually have ready to go in my freezer.  I also use homemade refried beans that are a staple in our house.  I found that the meal went smoother if I premade and warmed the tostadas in the oven before dinner.  This is almost like making a Mexican Pizza – layering meat, beans, cheese and other fresh toppings.  Keep reading for more details on how we make the tostadas. (more…)

How to Draw on Cookies

how to draw on cookies

I was so excited when I first realized how easy it is to draw on a cookie!  What could be more fun than creating a little edible masterpeice and EATING it!  Or in my case, trying to draw, realizing it didn’t work, then shoving the whole thing in my mouth at once.  Problem solved!  Art consumed!  It is so easy to write or to draw on cookies.  Imagine the applications.  Birthday parties, mother’s day, father’s day, holidays… I could go on and on with what you can do with this.  But really, the absolute best part about this is how little of a mess decorating a cookie this way makes.  No frosting mess, no sprinkles, nothing of the sort.  The kids have just as much fun making their little cookies with edible ink markers and there is no huge mess!  Also, a young child really doesn’t have the motor skills to make what they want with a butter knife and a pile of lumpy frosting.  They love writing on cookies because they have much more control with a marker.  In this case I tought a group of kindergartners how to draw on cookies.  They loved it!  Each made a unique Mother’s Day cookie card.  This activity was a success!  Keep reading to learn exactly how to draw on a cookie. (more…)

How to make Mustache Cookies

mustache cookies 1

My kids really wanted to make mustache cookies for Father’s Day.  We found a perfect cookie cutter at a local cake decorating store.  Not too big, not too small.  The kids want to make them all black.  Sometimes I use black icing for details, but I try to avoid it for flooding an entire cookie.  It takes A LOT of food coloring to get a true black.  For these cookies, instead of flooding the entire cookie in black icing, I first used a spatula to add thinned royal glaze icing in white.  After the cookies were dry, I airbrushed the mustache cookies with black airbrush spray.  This makes it so just the outermost layer is black, and not the icing throughout.  Keep reading for more details on how to make a mustache cookie. (more…)

Apple iTunes Cookies – Teacher Appreciation Day Cookies

itunes apple cookies 1

An Apple for the teacher!  I made these cookies for Teacher Appreciation day.  I thought they would be perfect to go along with the iTunes gift card I purchased for each of my kids teachers.  These were so simple.  I baked several two inch chocolate squares, iced them in a rich meringue buttercream icing, then used silver royal glaze for the apples.  Once the apples dried, I gave each one a metallic sheen by carefully painting on silver metallic airbrush paint.  These were perfect teacher appreciation day cookies. (more…)

One Hundred Dresses Cookies

one hundred dresses

A friend requested cookie favors for a large one hundred dresses event.  The budget was tight so we decided to keep these one hundred dresses cookie favors very simple.  I outlined and flooded each cookie in royal icing.  When the cookies were dry I added a simple white sash to each dress along with a small fondant flower.  The cookies were individually packed with a coordinating ribbon.  This was the perfect favor for a one hundred dresses event.

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How to make Spa Cookies

spa cookie 1bI loved making Spa cookies for a good friend’s birthday party.  They turned out adorable.  I decided to make all cookies the same as she only wanted one dozen cookies.  This spa cookie is rather complicated so if I made spa cookies again I would make just a few of the spa girls and do simple designs to go with a platter.  Ideas could include bubbles, sparkly with disco dust or sanding sugar.  Cucumbers, nail polish, brushes, combs, whatever goes along with the spa birthday party theme.  The image used to create the spa cookie above came from the invitation used for the party.  It think I only had to change the hair color to match with the birthday girl.

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