navygreen: (Christmas: cookie cutter)
It's that time of year, folks! The time when families come together that can't get away during the school/work/winter months, and when I bring out a warm recipe just for "the holidays!"

Well, it sounds nice, right? I mean, it wasn't necessarily my plan, but it sure does SOUND like a great idea. I once visited some extended family in a gorgeous Adobe-style home, and I remember most that they were celebrating 'Christmas in July.' I'd never heard of such things at the tender age of 11, but they assured me it was the only time of year they could all get away to meet. Hey, any time I see a Christmas tree bedecked with presents, I'm willing to believe WHATEVER YOU SAY!

And so, I present you with a lovely piece of Christmas bread on this hot July day. I promise your tastebuds will thank you for the seasonal mistake. ;-)

Cheery Cherry Blueberry Christmas Bread.


(If nothing else, my pals in Australia appreciate this timely winter recipe, right?!)

After you drag your dripping self out of the pool, you sit back in a cabana chair. If you're like me, sitting still is a rarity, and instead of relaxing thoughts, you're hit with ideas at mind-whizzing speed. In one particular case, it was, "What should I make with the leftover pie filling?" ... followed by, "How should I use up the leftover sour cream?" Next up, "Hey, I wonder if I can use 'em both at the SAME TIME?"

Fast-forward to typing ingredients at AllRecipes.com, and finding this recipe among the yielded results. It sounded perfect, but I was ever-so-stumped. When/where was I to use the sour cream, egg, sugar, and almond extract? Was I supposed to combine it with the pie filling? Was I just too dumb to make this bread??

So I asked friends for advice. Almost unanimously, my friends suggested they would combine with the pie filling. I was all set to bake, yet something distracted me, and I'm forever thankful for it. In the time where I was away, my friend Miriam suggested that the recipe sounded like a German pastry she'd made several times before, and that I was to combine the sour cream, etc. and DRIZZLE it over the pie filling. She even researched further and found the same recipe (by the same baker!) on a different website here!

Hooray! The day was saved, and so was my Christmas Bread! I don't know why I didn't think to look further for the same recipe elsewhere, but I wasn't surprised in the least that it showed up at Taste of Home. Me & ToH are practically best friends, after all. We work together every night in the kitchen, and sometimes even more often! ;-)

Recipe and more pictures. )
navygreen: (Baking)
What do you make when you're invited to a birthday BBQ in the summer?

"Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes," of course!

Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.


I came across this idea in my latest issue (August/September) of Taste of Home magazine, and I thought it was just the cutest idea! The original decoration is shown on a brownie, rather than a cupcake, and topped with candies. However, I had some buttermilk I wanted to use up, so I opted to go with my Chocolate Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes (minus the icing and cherry buttercream) as the building block instead. I love the springy texture of this chocolate cake, and it's quickly become my go-to recipe for using up leftover buttermilk. I never have complaints when I give away cupcakes to all our neighbors and friends, either! *wink*

To make these oh-so-hot treats, you'll need the following:

  • 2 dozen cupcakes (or brownies, as the original idea suggests)

  • 1 can store-bought chocolate frosting (omit if using brownies)

  • orange icing sugar

  • 72 pieces Hot Tamales candy

  • black royal icing (piping consistency)


Click for more. )

You could jazz these up even more, too. Try some Hershey's Chocolate Drops™ to make tiny burgers, or small bits of red and yellow royal icing for ketchup/mustard accents. I can't wait to do more the next time I make these! :-D


(As an aside, I'm ridiculously proud of the photos in this posting, as every single shot is "SOOC," or "straight-out-of-camera" with no post-processing at all. *squeee*)
navygreen: (Coca~Cola: bottles)
This is a guest-posting for Frosting For the Cause, but I wanted to keep it here as well for my own records. :-)


Remember those good ol' days? Way back when people didn't die until they lived to a ripe old age, and even then, you hardly ever heard the word "cancer" mentioned? Those days where you could sit on a porch swing and enjoy the company of your grandparents and an ice-cold Coke, and nothing was better...

... 'cept for the times when Pawpaw pulled out the ice cream, too! Nothing beats a Coke Float, right?!

Chocolate Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes.
Chocolate Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes


These deliciously moist cupcakes are so fudgy, yet so light... with just a hint of Coca-Cola. The cola glaze on top adds just a *bit* of fizz to your tongue, but the cherry buttercream is the high note to end on. In addition to the cherry on top, there's a second cherry waiting to surprise you in the cake!

Sing it with me, now! "I'd like to buy the world a ... cure!" ♪♫

Making these is simple, and I promise you will love them! Recipe & more pictures. )

Philip and I dropped these cupcakes off to the midnight crews at the oncology ward of our local hospital. What a surprise they were for the ER attendants when we came in the middle of the night! :-)
navygreen: (Eeyore)
Philip took the boys downtown to the arena last night for the Monster Truck Rally. I think they had a good time - they came home talking about mud, spinning tires, people getting stuck, rollbars crashing off, etc. Not only that, but next year, the boys want to ride in Philip's truck as he races through the mud at the event!

I'm glad they had a good ol' time, but that is sooooo not my kind of thing. I had a quiet girls' evening with my friend Tanya, and we watched Letters to Juliet and snuggled with kitties. It was my second time seeing it, but it was still just as cute.

Still, we didn't take pics of our night, but Philip did snap a few at the arena in downtown Minot:

A.J. and Jack at the Minot Monster Truck Rally.
A.J. and Jack at the Minot Monster Truck Rally.


Two more pictures. )

I had spent the afternoon baking chocolate chip cookies per Philip's request, and then we delivered them to neighbors and friends. I have a full week of sugar cookies ahead of me this week, but I wanted to pop in. I did so well posting at the beginning of the year, but I've been too quiet the last two weeks... so much so that [livejournal.com profile] gardenmama even had to LJ "nudge" me! Thank you for that, C! :-)
navygreen: (HP: Wood - snitch)
We just returned home from the Jones's Super Bowl party. Everyone had a great time, even if Philip was the only Steelers fan in the bunch! (Not that everyone else was a Packers fan, of course. Some were Dolphins, Panthers, etc.) There were a ton of kids in the 9-16 range this time, so the boys were quite entertained as well - an unexpected bonus!

When I asked Jennifer earlier in the week what she needed for the party, she said there was plenty of food planned, but nothing sweet. Sweet?! I'm pretty sure I can handle that! *wink*

Super Bowl Cookies.


I made cookies & cupcakes! I had an order for Steelers Super Bowl cookies for today, so I figured, "Why not go ahead and make double?" Then I decided to make a gift dozen for my friend Jan (HUGE Steeler fan!) and surprise her with them. While I was cutting out the cookies, Philip asked if I could make a few extra for a guy in his squadron, so I made eight more for Benford, too. Suddenly, 24 cookies turned into 61!

Click to see LOTS more pictures of the cookies! )
navygreen: (Dr. Horrible: shoulder shimmy)
Philip is becoming addicted to the yard sale feature on Facebook. (I already was.) I've scored a neat apron, several DVDs, some cookie cutters, and I'm currently waiting on a changing table. It's cherry wood, matching my dining room, and I've been looking for one for a while that would work well for all my cookie stuffs. At the moment, however, Philip is out buying a barely used 120gb video iPod for just $60! He is stoked!

Yesterday was a banner "retail therapy" day! I had nothing that needed "therapy," but boy, I sure managed it anyway! While the boys were in school, Philip and I headed to town. We went to the mall first, to Bath & Body Works especially. I'd been all out of wallflowers, and I stocked up big time - I bought 18 scents! I also nabbed two new wallflower units, as well as a couple jar candles.

Then, we headed to Walmart, and I ducked in really quick to return a shirt. Afterwards, we went to Menards. Philip grabbed a wall patch repair kit, and I stocked up on more rods for my second cookie cutter rack. (Yes, I've halfway filled a second rack now. It's a disease, and I'm not looking for a cure.)

Philip then suggested we stop by my favorite kitchen shop, and how could I resist?! I bought a second half-sheet pan and a second Silpat to go with it, and then I picked up just one more cutter. I also bought my fifth set of measuring spoons. I promise I needed them, as it seems that all of mine are constantly dirty. Have I mentioned that I bake quite a bit? *blushes*

When we returned home, I had two boxes waiting for me. The first was a small box of cookie cutters I'd ordered early in the week, and the second was a GIANT box of stuff I ordered from [livejournal.com profile] ginky's Tastefully Simple party last weekend. Super-quick shipping, both of them! I put all those goodies away, too.

And all of this post is reminding me that I haven't even thought to check the mail today...
navygreen: (Christmas: cookie cutter)
w00t! Today was great, and tomorrow is forecast to be even better. Our high today should've been 11° or so, but instead, we were hanging out at 16° when I checked this afternoon. Even now, we're currently 14°.

Even better than THAT, however, is that we're in the mid-30's tomorrow! And for the next day! And upper 20's the day after that! What a great weekend!

I was so thankful for the 5-6 days of 30-40° weather we had last week, even if it did dip back into the negatives again over the weekend. I mean, it's winter, after all. Once the snow comes, I expect it to be there nonstop until spring. However, that huge warm-up caused all the roads/sidewalks to be not just clear, not just wet, but down to DRY PAVEMENT. That is a huge plus in my book. I love a fresh start!

I received a great box in the mail today. Philip surprised me with a set of lights I'd found after the season and been drooling over: Williams-Sonoma Cookie Cutter Lights. I found the item one night, and intended to order it the next day (they were on clearance). However, the next day, they were sold out and gone!. He contacted his sister-in-law to see if they had them in her local store in Greensboro, and then she found a set on eBay later. He created a new account and bought them for me! They will be perfect on my kitchen Christmas tree next year!

I've got about 48 hours' worth of baking in front of me. Four cookie requests, plus a cheesecake. I've got to get to the kitchen!
navygreen: (Food Porn)
I made these two new recipes for the boys' big sleepover on the 21st, and I definitely want to share them! They were well received by the crowd of boys, and I am already planning when I will make them each again.

Banana Pineapple Bread.
Banana Pineapple Bread.


This sweet bread has just a bit of tangy pop! from the crushed pineapple, and I thought it would be such a nice perk from the heavier winter foods. I wasn't wrong! It made two loaves, and the nine boys here polished off one loaf in just minutes!

Recipe and another picture. )

Cheddar Sausage Muffins.
Cheddar Sausage Muffins.


These hearty muffins were so light and springy in texture, and the golden bits of cheeses throughout made them practically melt in your mouth. You could easily substitute the sausage for another meat of your choice, too!

Recipe. )
navygreen: (Glee: Kurt - single ladies)
I don't want to mess up my posting streak! :-)

Yesterday's post was locked, of course, but a big THANK YOU to everyone that is supporting me & my work all across the world. I can't possibly love you all more! ♥

The boys had their big bi-monthly sleepover last night. We had seven boys, ages 8-15, and they had a great time, I'm pretty sure. I finally went up to bed around 3:30am, and I heard the last bits of them still 15 minutes later. I'm sure all these guys go to bed early tonight! I made the giant Taco Bar instead of having pizza this time, and I also baked brownies. The kids all had ice cream with their brownies, but I thought mine was pretty rad just plain. ;-)

My friend Jennie dropped by last night, helping me out with a book she had found for me. She ended up chatting for almost an hour and a half... and I didn't realize her car was running all that time outside! I just love her to pieces, and it was so great to catch up with her.

I baked ahead last night too, making this morning's breakfast items. All I had to do this morning was reheat the muffins, and Philip served up milk and juice. Around 11am, parents started trickling in for their kids, and we enjoyed some visiting. The last boy left around 12:30pm, I think.

I'm heading out for a Girls' Night tonight at my pal Nicole's house, and I made Taco Dip and a cake to share. I spent the early afternoon frosting the cake (I baked the layers last night), and then I laid down for a nap before getting up, showering, and getting ready.

Well, my neighbor Tanya is here and ready to split for the party, so I'm off! :-)
navygreen: (Baking)
The secret is simple:

:-)

Fresh, warm Snickerdoodles at my house this afternoon. A perfect companion to cool weather and a cup of tea. :-)
navygreen: (Toast)
Happy New Year to all of you!

We felt so very loved last night, having invitation to three different parties to ring in the new year, but it involved some fancy footwork, too! We skipped the third party, but we attended two, and they were both wonderful times. :-)

I made some cookies, but they were complete and utter FAIL. Trust me on this one. (However, so many folks were already disbelieving on Facebook that I actually did take pictures of the sloppy mess!) I was making them on the 30th, and I was so very disappointed. So, to save the day on the 31st, I baked these instead:

Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Peppermint Buttercream.
Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Peppermint Buttercream.**


They're not cookies, but they were oh-so-good! Not only that, but the lasting minty taste made you feel as if you just brushed your teeth. Rest assured, the sugar involved says otherwise! *wink*

We took the cupcakes to the second party first, dropping them off. The temp was well below 0°, so if the cupcakes had just been in the car, they would have frozen solid! Then we took ourselves and the rest of the cupcakes to the first party. They were very well-received at both places - success!

** Picture is SOOC - no post-processing at all!
navygreen: (Christmas - blue)
I just love-love-love the holidays! I love how everyone is perfectly content to buzz about in their kitchens, measuring and mixing, baking and tasting. I love the floured aprons and pants, the smudge of chocolate on a cheek, and sprinkle glitter all over. I love the magic that transforms from such simple things, and I wish I could bottle the smell of freshly creamed butter and sugar - magnificent!

Best of all, I love turning out treats like these for my family during the holiday season:

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie.


I bake so often. I'm almost true when I laugh and tell folks, "I bake every day." It really is that much, that often! There's something special, something "warm-and-fuzzy" around the edges about holiday baking, though. It just tastes better, and I think it's because there's a little bit of the season's hope and joy tucked in. :-)

More pictures of our holiday cookies. )

I never got the Snickerdoodles made before Christmas Eve, but I still have all the ingredients on-hand. I'm sure they'll turn up here before New Year's, and maybe we'll set them out overnight for Auld Lang Syne. *wink*
navygreen: (HP: Harry - *gulp*)
A few weekends ago, I secretly plotted a special treat for my boys and some friends of ours. These friends were picked specially for 1) being such nice people, and 2) actually knowing things about Harry Potter. Why was that a requirement?

Because you can't truly enjoy BUTTERBEER without knowing it comes from Harry's wondrous world!

Butterbeer and Banana Crunch Muffins.
Butterbeer!


This special beverage was so rich, so creamy, and so very sweet. The deeply caramel syrup makes a frothy foam, perfect for making "mustaches" on your first sip. The homemade brown sugar whipped cream adds a distinct flair to the pretty pint, and we all enjoyed it immensely. To complete the snacktime, I served up fresh Banana Crumb Muffins and Peanut Butter Banana Bites, too.

More pictures, plus the recipe. )

It was a well-received snack/dessert, and my boys keep requesting for me to make it again (though Jack wants to try it with cream soda next time). In addition, a couple neighborhood boys who *didn't* get to try it have been begging for me to make it again, too! :-)
navygreen: (Teeny Super Guy)
When I think of after-school, I think of PBS and after-school television. Which makes me think of the "Operatic Orange" and "Teeny Little Super Guy."

It also makes me think of warm cookies. So, A.J.'s just arrived home from school, and I have the second of two fresh batches of chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven. Jack is bringing home two friends for a playdate as soon as his school lets out, and they'll all have cookies and milk for snack. For now, A.J. has spied Jack's library book, and he's cozied up on the couch reading.

I volunteered at Jack's school this morning. I took along a breakfast of pomegranate seeds and cheddar cheese while I worked. I laminated and cut 288" worth of stuff, as well as made a few hundred copies. I collated a 15-page test, and I made 50 of them. It doesn't sound like much when I write it out, but I was solidly busy the whole morning, and I was starving once it was time for lunch with "The Jack Pack." We had a nice meal, and then I continued working on the tests for another hour. By the time I left the school, I'd been there for 4.5 hours!

Oh, and speaking of cookies, I have these I want to share:

Cookies for Paula's 50th birthday party.


Friday, October 1st, will be the 50th birthday of one of Philip's distant cousins. His family is very close, however, and I was invited to the surprise birthday event (it was ladies only, I believe). Of course, I can't be in Virginia easily (since I'm in North Dakota), but I wanted to send a little something. Her family doesn't know what is coming, but I did contact her husband yesterday to tell him to watch out for a box, and to make sure that it is opened for the party. I thought this was a cute way to celebrate: she grew up near Route 50, it's her 50th birthday, and I mailed 50 cookies in her box. Oh, and these are the cookies that I had no cutter for and was hand-cutting a few days ago! :-)

A couple more pictures. )

So, what do you think? Will she be surprised? Will she like them? I can't lie - I'm kinda nervous!
navygreen: (Fall: pumpkin)
You're either gonna love me or hate me for this one, folks. Maybe love me because it's so good... and then hate me also because it's so good? This is A KEEPER!

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake.


I got the recipe for this from this month's issue of Taste of Home. Surprisingly, the recipe was really just on an ad inside the magazine for cream cheese! I couldn't wait to try it, and I planned it as a special dessert for our dinner guests last night.

Recipe, plus two more photos. )
navygreen: (Fall: pumpkin)
Friday was a whirlwind of school, running errands, and then A.J.'s parade in town for marching band. I already posted about that, but I have so much to post from the rest of the weekend!

Saturday was crazy-busy cleaning day. We all cleaned together, each of us doing certain chores. We rewarded ourselves with a lovely, planned playdate that afternoon with friends and a very special snack: Banana Crunch Muffins, Peanut Butter Banana Bites, and Harry Potter's Butterbeer!

*geeks out*

Oh, it was all so, SO good. The kids were smacking their lips, and we were all on a sugar high - fantastic! The kids continued to play together for a few hours, and then A.J. received an impromptu birthday sleepover invitation for another friend. He left for that, while Philip and Jack went shooting with one of Philip's buddies from work. Jack came home with some shells and the things he'd blown up, and there were tales of the evening. I had made a yummy roast, and we had a cozy dinner with Philip's friend staying for supper.

On Sunday, we woke bright and early and drove down to Bismarck to visit the pumpkin patch. There's a couple small patches more local, but this one was rumored to be the largest around the west side of North Dakota. We were not disappointed! It was super-cheap to get in, and we all had a good time. Even after Jack "broke his butt," we kept on having fun. (That's a story in itself!) We played in the autumn spectacles, had lunch, played some more, had a snack of cookies and cocoa, then picked our pumpkins and headed home. That night, we had a warm beef stew waiting for us from Saturday night's delicious roast - yum!

Yesterday practically continued the weekend, I swear. With the exception of the boys heading to school, it still felt like it to me! Since we had already visited the pumpkin patch, I was in the mood to get full-on decorated for fall. Philip brought in all the bins from the storage room in the garage, and I busied myself putting up my fall pretties while waiting on the maintenance man to come fix my oven. It was such a treat to unpack everything - it had been two years since I last decorated for fall and Halloween (last year, we were moving, so we didn't decorate in that last month). I baked up a batch of cookies for a special order, and by 10:30am, I was STARVING. I think I inhaled my BLT for lunch while Philip played his new birthday video game. Heehee!

When the boys came home, they were amazed to see the transformation inside and outside the house. I had hung lights and put decorations in the yard - it was all complete. It was so fun to turn on my Halloween lights last night and feel really festive. Since it wasn't a "soccer night," I took the boys into town to a beautiful park and took some fall portraits of them. I'll work on them soon. :-)

Today, I finished up the pictures from that sweet, newborn baby boy I photographed last week. His mama was overjoyed with all of them, and I couldn't be happier! I burned a Raspberry-Vanilla three-wick candle on the table most of the day, and I watched Ginny (the cat) nearly try to light herself on fire when she tried to make sense of the dancing flame! I made fried chicken for dinner, and then after the boys went to bed, I settled in and watched the season premiere of GLEE. I saved this week's episode of Parenthood to watch while Philip is off these next two nights.

We're having dinner guests tomorrow night, and I think the day will be fairly busy, too. I need to head to the commissary, as well as prep something for dessert for them. My friend Valeen's husband is deploying to Guam for six months, and we wanted to have a farewell dinner with them before he leaves. Wednesday was the best bet since Jack has another soccer game on Thursday. He's in charge of snacks this week too, so I'll finish those up tomorrow as well.

I have literally TONS of pictures that need to be posted from this weekend. I'll never catch up!
navygreen: (Fall: leaf)
Well, we were supposed to have roast tonight for dinner. I planned it this way so that we could have the resulting leftover beef stew tomorrow night - an easy dinner after Jack's first soccer game of the season. However, when I pulled the chunk of meat out of the fridge at 2pm for searing, it was still a solidly frozen block. Drat.

Instead, it's back in the fridge for more thawing time (though it already had two days!), and tonight I've bumped up a meal from later on in the week: goulash, broccoli, and cottage cheese. Just a bit ago, I was standing in the kitchen, wondering what to do with myself. It was still a little early to prep dinner, but I really wanted to be in there. So... I whipped up a batch of fudge brownies, and now they're in the oven. We'll have them for dessert tonight.

Today, I updated the boys' book lists, paid all our bills, entered all Coke points into the system, cleared my desk and the bar (paper "hot spots" in this house), dropped off a prescription, shopped a short list at the commissary, stopped in and had lunch with Jack at his school, chatted for over an hour with [livejournal.com profile] bigbrain61 on the phone, filled the prescription, and put away the groceries. Believe it or not, that was ALL before noon! By the time I was done with all of that, I laid down on the couch for a quick nap, and then I woke up when A.J. came in from school. Once Jack was also home, I loaded up the boys and headed to the barber shop. It's payday, as well as the day before Picture Day at the elementary school, so there was quite a lengthy wait. Finally, the boys were sheared, and then we did some birthday shopping for October.

I'm thinking about making some cookies in the next couple days, but they're just "test" subjects, so I haven't fully decided. I have one large order and two small orders to do in the next two weeks, and I still have several cookies I need to post (Facebook seems to get those pictures first, I guess).

It looked light it might rain today, and there was a chance of it, but it never happened. The weather should be nice and warm again tomorrow, though. I'm taking pictures of a newborn baby boy in the morning. (Well, it's scheduled, at least.) He'll be just ten days new, and I hope he's sleepy. His mama was very sweet when I met her at a surprise birthday party for my neighbor last Saturday. I'm excited, and I know she is as well. She understands that this is not really what I do, but she's willing to accept that with good faith!

I hope to pull out my fall decorations soon. I might do it this weekend. We're also discussing which weekends to look at for hanging lights. (When we lived in Alaska, he usually hung white lights on the roof in September. That way, we used them with orange lights for Halloween and later with more white lights for Christmas. Plus, he didn't have to be outside/climb on the roof in the bitter cold once winter and snow had come.) Philip is trying to either get leave or get someone to switch him a shift so that he can have the 24th off next Friday. The boys are out of school that day for inservice, and we're planning to go down to Bismarck for the day. We actually haven't been back to Bismarck since passing through it when we moved here!

Goodness, the brownies are smelling absolutely heavenly at the moment. I just pulled them from the oven, and I can't wait to have a fresh one in a little while! :-)
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
I did a lot of secretive mailing a few days ago. Today, my first friend received her box of surprise cookies, so now I can put the pictures up! :-)

You see, I mentioned last week that I was baking cookies. This friend jokingly asked me to send her a bite... with sprinkles. Now, since I'd not made many sugar cookies with sprinkles, I figured that showing a picture of them so soon after she'd commented would be a dead giveaway. So I waited and waited...

[livejournal.com profile] tigrrgrr sure was surprised, and I love it! *grins*



I had all these fun icing colors leftover after making the cute birdies, and I hated to waste them. Instead, I whipped up a batch of cookies just for my family. You see, we don't get to eat that many sugar cookies because the cookies are always for someone else! I played around with our cookies, just having fun. In turn, we had some easy, whimsical designs:



I worked on the cookies at the dining room table, and when I finished, I began to carry the racks to the kitchen for overnight drying. I wasn't careful enough, and one big cookie began to slide... I scrambled to save it, but in my haste, I wiggled more cookies. Before I knew it, SPLAT! I had five bold, vivid, and very wet cookies face-down on my hardwood floors.

Thank goodness they were just cookies for us! It would have been awful to lose so many on an actual order - yikes!

It took us about four days to finish up our special cookies, but that's good, right? We didn't shovel them all in just one day. :-)

More pictures. )


navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
(Sing it with me, Beyonce-style. "All the pretty birdies! All the pretty birdies! Now put your beaks up!")

:-D

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Isn't that little orange birdie just the CUTEST thing?! Mr. Bluebird (*on my should-er!*) is keeping watching over the tiny orange one, and they're just sweet tweets together. I love them. :-)

These little birdies are part of a special bunch. I created this flock as "test subjects," and I think they are pretty adorable. However, I think they are TOO adorable to keep here in my home, so I'd like to offer these up for sale. Several of you have expressed an interest in my cookies - no matter the theme - and these might just fit the bill. (Ha!)

So... down to details. There are ten fun bird designs, and each one is represented twice. A total of 20 cookies is up for grabs, and they are ready to ship out tomorrow. These are 4" rounds, and normally I would charge $3/cookie for this detail, but I'm only asking $28 for them (including the $15 for UPS shipping).

Any takers? The early bird gets the worm here, folks! :-D

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More pictures! )
navygreen: (Easter - au naturel)
They sound so good. They smell so good. And, really? They ARE so good.

Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.


However... truth be told, they are TOO good. Too dense, too sweet, and too MUCH.

I froze half of the cupcakes when I made them so that I could have them fresh when Heather and her kiddos arrived. Even still, the one that I ate was just so, so sweet, and I thought she might think the same. A week later, she did. (I've told you we share a brain!)

The cream cheese frosting recipe will be a keeper, but I won't be making the cupcakes as pictured again. Still, it was great to try them, and if you ever find yourself in need of a diabetic coma, these are the ticket!

Recipe, plus one more photo. )

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