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)

Dressing:

  • 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

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…)

Fourth of July Cookies

 

Fourth of July Cookies

We had such a fun, busy summer.  Lizzie started walking at ten months and keeps us all on our toes.  She is into everything and wants so badly to keep up with her four older siblings.  Totally unrelated to these cookies, but sort of related – when she falls she holds her breath.  She holds her breath until she turns purple and passes out.  So scary.  Something about a little fall startles her and she looses it.  After trips to the pediatrician I have learned that these are called “Breath holding spells” and can be normal for some kids.  Keeping Lizzie from passing out and hurting herself has been a time consuming, exhausting job.  So of course – no time for cookies.  That should be the name for my blog this past year.  Although there really was no time for cookies I came up with a design for the simplest Fourth of July cookies.  I was literally taking this photo as we left to go to Bear Lake for the weekend.  I think start to finish I made these cookies in less than two hours.  They fit perfectly on a tray and make such a  nice presentation.

Keep reading to see how I made these Fourth of July Cookies. (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…)

Cute Father’s Day Cards

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If you are anything like me you find yourself scrambling to get things ready for all these little holidays.  This time it was about 6am Sunday morning and I needed cards for Father’s day.  I started cutting construction paper and this is what I came up with – cute little Father’s Day cards.  All you need is white cardstock, or even printer paper and construction paper.  That is it!  We added a hole punch to some of these cute little Father’s Day cards and put them with cookies for “Dad.” (more…)

Tie Cookies for Father’s Day

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These mini tie cookies were a favorite at a neighborhood bake sale the weekend before Father’s day.  Tie cookies are perfect for Father’s Day because there are endless ways to decorate them.  You can do just about any fun pattern that you would find on real ties.  For these we made three colors of royal glaze icing.  We first sectioned off the top portion of the tie cookies and let that set for about 20 minutes.  We then frosted the lower portion.  Once the icing was completely dry we used coordinating airbrush colors and stencils to complete the designs.  Keep reading for more details on how we made these Father’s Day tie cookies. (more…)

Father’s Day Cookies

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Father’s Day 2014 🙂 I loved making these Father’s Day cookies this year.  The way things turned out I didn’t have any of these Father’s Cookies left over for my dad or my husband.  I donated these to local bake sales and they were gone – very quickly!  I wasn’t sure if they would sell but they were gone quickly.  I even had people call to see if I had more.  I loved the way these Father’s Day cookies looked packaged.  I would definitely would make these again 🙂  This same Father’s Day cookie design would be great for Mother’s Day, or with someone’s name at the end.  I love the long rectangular shape – these Father’s Day cookies are like a fun cookie bar!

Father's Day Cookies

I have learned over time that the cookies don’t have to be totally perfect.  Just put a lots of love into the Father’s Day cookies and they will turn out just fine.  On these cookies some of my cookie shapes aren’t perfect, nor is the lettering – but overall, the design is simple and effective.  Keep reading to see how I made these Father’s Day Cookies.   (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…)