I decided to do something different this year and send out edible Valentines rather than my usual homemade cards. The Valentines were little heart sugar cookies packaged in cutely decorated boxes. I thought, what a treat to get a box of cute cookies in the mail for Valentine’s Day!
For the packaging I went to A.C. Moore and found these great, sturdy, white cardboard pencil boxes. I decorated with a heart and a handwritten message. Then, I put shredded red paper inside to protect the cookies. I decided to hand shred the red paper myself so everything would match – I just put red paper through our home shredder, so easy!
I got the idea for the cookies from my friend Martha Stewart and used her recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing.
I got the idea from the Valentine’s Day episode of Martha’s show to use a squeeze bottle to apply the royal icing to each cookie. This eliminates the need for a pastry bag and makes outlining each cookies easier to ensure you get a sharp edge of icing all the way around to cookie.
Step 1 – outline the cookies with royal icing
Step 2 – fill in with icing
Step 3 – spread frosting out and smooth over
Step 4 – Decorate! Then I just wrapped each cookie in plastic wrap to help stay fresh, placed in the boxes, wrapped the boxes in brown paper, and mailed.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
In honor of the first day of New York Fashion Week I thought I’d share the official Pantone colors of Spring, 2011.
I can’t wait to incorporate these colors into my spring wardrobe. I particularly like honeysuckle, peapod, and regatta! I am thinking about outfits with both beeswax and lavendar, too – that would be intersting. Which colors will you incorporate?
For complete coverage of NYFW click here. This site is great because they stream some of the shows live, which are always fun to watch.
Happy Fashion Week!
I was pulling together the accessories for an upcoming winter wedding I’m attending, when I fell in love with my Sparkle Purse all over again…
We decided to make this delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip for the Superbowl tonight. This dip is so amazing, it tastes like you’re eating buffalo chicken wings. Whenever we serve it at a party, it’s the first thing to go. Whenever we bring it to a party, everyone asks for the recipe. We serve it hot out of the oven with tortilla chips for dipping.
And yes, I baked the dip in an oval dish and used a little garnish to make it look like a football.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2C Ranch salad dressing
1/2C Frank’s RedHot Sauce
3/4C shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 lb shredded or chopped cooked chicken
Heat oven to 350°F. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth. Mix in salad dressing, Frank’s RedHot Sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken. Bake 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Serve with crackers or vegetables for dipping.
To balance out our Superbowl “meal” this evening, we had veggies and dip too.
And I have to recommend this Greek Yogurt veggie dip:
It’s just 60 calories/serving and has a great tanginess from the Greek yogurt! Yeah Football!
I decided to share step-by-step instructions on how I put together a basic homemade thank you card. With the right tools, high-quality paper, and creativity you can easily start making cards too!
Heat embossing tool
Paint the cover of the card with a glitter paint pen. This gives an added touch to a plain white card.
Place stamped piece, centered onto the puffy tape to finish the card.
In celebration of being stuck in our house for almost 36 hours with this snow, freezing rain, slush storm, we decided to bake a 1/2-batch of cookies.
This 1/4-size recipe of each flavor yielded about 7 cookies each. They came out delicious!