Cut-out sugar cookies are something that I want to master. They’re just so versatile and you can make them for any occasion with just a good sugar cookie recipe, some cookie cutters, and royal icing. When I saw these cookies on Not Martha’s website a few weeks back, I knew I had to try these. Sure, it might be way out of my league (I’ve only made cut-out sugar cookies twice in the past), but I knew I wanted to try them in the near future. I immediately sent the link to D- thinking he’d be amused by the cookie, and he told me that his workplace is actually holding a bake-off for their Halloween party. We totally were going to make this for the bake-off.
You know that feeling when you wake up from a bad dream, that you just know … “Today is going to be a bad day.” Even though nothing terrible happened to me today, I felt like nothing good happened today. My dream just set the mood for the whole day. Whenever I get bad dreams, sometimes I think “why can’t I just not dream at all!?” That terrible dream where you are being chased for (what seems like) no reason just doesn’t put you in the right mood for a whole day at work.
D- was going to a football draft meeting turned potluck lunch a few weeks ago. When he told me about it, I was first excited about going to his drafting because I always wanted to see how that goes. But then immediately after that thought, I said “Let’s make dessert!” I am always in the mood to make cupcakes, but I never really have a reason to make them, so this was the perfect opportunity. I went browsing through my cookbooks one night and found the perfect cupcake recipe in Flo Braker’s book.
Baking is such a fun hobby to take on. Not only do you get to enjoy yourself by doing what you love, but your friends and family can enjoy them too. They’ll secretly love you more (than they already do of course 🙂 ). Since I don’t have much family and friends around me, I either give them to my co-workers and/or D-‘s co-workers. It boosts up morale in the office and you get to hear what people think of them. I love how I can bake treats for D- and his co-workers because with much stress at work, there’s a little glimmer of happiness when treats are being passed around.
I used to make these little cupcake bites from Bakerella quite a few times on my own (you can see my halloween version here). I feel it is a very relaxing process to make these because there are so many steps, but yet it’s very simple to make. It’s almost like an assembly line. Such order can make you feel like everything is in your control. You can change the colors of the candy melts or the cake and frosting in the middle, but the whole process usually stays the same, which I like. I also like making the chocolate go on perfectly (no cake is showing). It is quite difficult, but once you get it, it feels so good!
I have been a big fan of freezing foods to save for later for some time now, but I only recently started to put the freezer to good use. I’ve been exploring other parts of life with D-, that I don’t always have the time to bake cookies from scratch (there’s just no other way to do it!). Who knew Diablo III can be so much fun? 🙂 Of course you gotta balance the gaming out with some exercise. I have a new found joy for jogging outdoors. You might run the same path every time, but there are always different things to look at in the park to keep things interesting.
This is a recipe of many firsts for me. My dad came home with a bag full of lemons and I had no idea what to use them for. It’s crazy, right? Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits. I decided to take it easy and use them in a cookie. Seems simple enough… and it is!