Sugar Cookie Flowers and Cyberspace Gremlins

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Yesterday I wrote about these lovely sugar cookie flowers.  For those of you who have signed up to receive notice of a new blog post via email you may or may not have seen a picture of the cookies.

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But for some reason Feedburner sent out this picture of a momma and her baby! I took the picture a few weeks ago just down the road from where I live.  But since it doesn’t have much to do with sugar cookies I’m not sure how it ended up in some of your emails.

Will you do me a favor (and yourself too?)

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Sugar Cookies In A Fun Bouquet

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy sous chef dish-washing mom and I belong to a garden club. By the very nature of “garden” club one might think we are gardeners.  That would be wrong.  We like plants, we have both toyed with growing a flowering plant or two, but gardeners we are not.

little garden
We do have this little garden close by the house but the “real” gardening (and weeding) is done by the love of my life, our Chief Gardener!

Weeding The CornOnce a year it is “our turn” for mom and I to host the garden club members for a brunch/lunch meeting.  Typically members will decorate the center of each table with a floral arrangement.  Mom and I were talking about what we should do for our floral arrangements  and we got to thinking about doing what we know best — something from the kitchen!

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We decided on making sugar cookies in the shape of flowers (great idea) and then making them into a table arrangement (another great idea!)

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Our first practice round looked like these.  Cute, very tasty but not much like flowers.  That was when we knew we needed to call in reinforcements!

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We wanted our flowers to be free-form and so we made the dough into a ball, squished it with the bottom of a glass and then carefully inserted baking dowels gently into the middle of the dough.

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When our very-talented and darling neighbor Abby arrived, we had 80-some cookies frosted with a glossy colorful frosting, ready to be transformed into flowers. SONY DSC

Abby is a culinary arts major and decorating cookies is child’s play for her.  I suggested I could “help” since we had so many cookies to decorate.  After one attempt we both agreed that I would be the cookie foreman, keeping the frosting made, mom would do the dishes and Abby – well, she would create!

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I am including three recipes with this post.  My Gram’s sugar cookie recipe which you can see HERE as Christmas cookies.  Then there is the colorful glossy icing that dries hard and shiny and is perfect for frosting the cookies.

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Buttercream Decorator Frosting

And finally, the butter cream frosting Abby made to use as decorator icing.  All-in-all I wouldn’t do anything different.

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My neighbor Kathy can’t eat chocolate and so whenever we bake something that is “non-chocolate”  she gets some!  I am told she shared these with her granddaughter.

Happy Baking!
Blessings, Catherine

Sugar Cookies
 
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After making this sugar cookie recipe you won't want to use any other one. Crispy on the outside and moist and yummy on the inside. Just perfect every time.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter or Margarine,* softened
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups and 4 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • Sugar, frosting, or sprinkles as desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream sugars and butter; add oil and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
  4. Mix flour, salt, soda, cream of tartar. Stir into the wet ingredients.
  5. Use medium cookie scoop, roll dough into balls. Using the bottom of a glass, press into sugar and then press cookie ball down on cookie sheet to flatten slightly. If you are making into flowers then gently insert a cookie stick into the middle of the dough, making sure it does not poke through the dough.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will be light colored but done at 10 minutes. If you want them crisp and brown add another minute or two. They will spread slightly when baking so be sure and allow plenty of space around the dough.
  7. Frost and decorate as desired.
Notes
* I use butter, not margarine, but the original recipe says either one works.

To place cookie flowers into floral arrangement, add floral oasis into a flower pot, making it as tight as possible. Gently stick each cookie into the oasis forming a bouquet. Cover top with decorator grass.

Glossy Sugar Cookie Frosting
 
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This frosting will "dry" hard and is a perfect frosting to use alone or in conjunction with decorator frosting on sugar cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Frosts 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 4 Teaspoons Milk (or more for desired consistency)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Teaspoon almond extract * Optional
  • Food Coloring as desired
Instructions
  1. Mix all together with small wire whip. Add milk for desired consistency.
  2. Add food coloring as desired.
  3. Frost cookies using small amount of frosting as this will spread slightly as you use it. Try not to put so much on the cookie that it runs off the sides.
  4. Enjoy!
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After this frosting is dry, decorator frosting can be piped over this for a "stand up" look.

Buttercream Decorator Frosting
 
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Exceptional frosting and very easy to make. Use alone to frost cookies or cake, or place in piping bag to create a lovely decoration.
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter (2 sticks)
  • 32 Ounces Powdered Sugar (Approximately 8 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • Milk to desired consistency.
Instructions
  1. In a mixer combine butter, sugar and vanilla mixing slowly.
  2. Turn mixer to medium and begin to whip the frosting add milk 1 teaspoon at a time.
  3. Continue beating until the frosting is very light and fluffy. Keep adding milk 1 teaspoon at a time until frosting is desired consistency.
  4. Use as base frosting for cookies or cake or as piping for decorating.

 

Soul Food: God’s Everlasting Love

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God Bless American Psalm 33-12 copy
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  Romans 8:31-32 (ESV)

Many people claim this scripture verse as “their favorite” and rightly so.  When God says, I, the creator of universe am with you, how in this world under the sun can I feel alone?  I too claim this scripture as one of my favorites and often times the one I run to when I feel the world closing in on me.  Thank you LORD for reminding me to stop my striving and switch my focus from my problems to Your Presence.

Dear Heavenly Father, what an everlasting Father you are! When you tell me -  You, the Creator of the Universe, are with me, I am awestruck and speechless.  This mental picture brings me to my knees in worship of you.   LORD, I understand that you are sovereign and your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not my ways.  And when I look at the mess I tend to make of my days, I am forever grateful that you are with me.  It is because I believe you and feel your presence in my life that I can accept your gift of grace and everlasting love.  Thank you for the sacrifice Jesus made so that you and I can have this relationship. The sacrifice that shows that You are for me even when the world stands against me. Thank you Lord for loving me today, tomorrow, and always.  Thank you for blessing the nation I live in.
 In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen.

Have a blessed day,
~Catherine

Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

 

Psalm 33:12 (ESV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

 

Slow Roasted Crock Pot Root Beer Pot Roast

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Pot Roast, roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes
Slow Roasted Root Beer Pot Roast

When our friends Kathy and Len came for dinner and a movie at our house they brought with them a six-pack of root beer.  After a fun evening of food, laughter, movie and dessert they left a couple of bottles of remaining root beer.  Those bottles sat in my refrigerator for a while and on a whim I started looking up recipes to make with root beer.

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