As you will know from my Snapshot Saturday post last week, I recently purchased the most wonderful cookie cutters from The Gingerbread Cutter Company on Etsy! I still love them, they make a very clean cut and they are easy on your hands- metal cutters will often get harder to use when you are making double and triple batches, but the plastic eliminates that issue. Linda was kind enough to also provide recipes with the cookie cutters, so I decided to give the sugar cookie recipe a try!
After my cookie cutters arrived on Friday and I knew that I would be testing out the cutters (and one of the recipes that came with them), it started a train of thought through all of my various cookie cutters. I find baking quite peaceful and calming, and I think that this is the perfect time of year to give out some spring and Easter baking! I do have more cookie cutters than just these- this isn’t including any of the Christmas cookie cutters, I have more of those than most people should…- but these are some of my favourites, and for different reasons.
So, the last few months have been really hard on me. I’ve been incredibly stressed out from a few different areas and it has taken it’s toll on me, mentally and physically. That’s pretty hard for me to admit and I can’t say that coping will be easy. However, I’ve been trying to practice some self care and do things that make me happy. And what has made me happy this week? Continue reading
After my cinnamon bun post, I’ve been musing on what I can do with my remaining yeast packets! It doesn’t need to be used right away but I do find that if I let them go too long, I forget we have them and either buy new packets or end up staring at an expired yeast packet. So, I decided to go with soft pretzel bites- while a full pretzel will hit you a little hard on the calorie/carb side (I’m trying my best to stay healthy), this little guys will satisfy your pretzel craving while not being too much on the health side! Continue reading
You don’t know this, but my family tends to get a little obsessed with cinnamon buns. There used to be a bakery in Gimli that had these huge, delicious cinnamon buns that we would get every single weekend at the lake, and bring some home to freeze. Fast forward to roughly 2010, and the bakery closed. *cue weeping and uncontrollable shaking from cinnamon bun withdrawal* We have since found another bakery on the way to the lake that makes the same old fantastic cinnamon buns, but in the meantime, I’ve discovered that I kind of like making them myself. And I do!
After years and years of searching, after mediocre cookie after mediocre cookie, I have finally found a sugar cookie recipe that I love. I’ve gone through more sugar, butter, and flour than any baker should, and spent more time rolling out failed dough that my rolling pin would like. This post is the celebration of a baking victory- I can finally offer to make cut cookies for events and celebrations, and if nothing else, eat them myself…. Without any further adieu, my sugar cookies!
A new feature on the blog will be Make It Monday, where I will share a recipe or DIY that I have recently tried! (If I don’t have one, it will be an open post.) As I’ve discussed in earlier posts, Santa was very good to me and brought me a waffle maker. In due time, I will be making a tater tot waffle but for now, I’m sticking with a classic, standard waffle recipe. This came with the waffle maker, and so far it’s treated me fairly well.
I’m not going to lie, this is a hard time of the year for me to blog. I want everything to be Christmassy! This is the time of the year that I live for, so I just have a million ideas floating around my head. Also, Canadian Thanksgiving was a full month ago and Remembrance Day just passed, so there isn’t really anything in the way between me and Christmas now. However, I’m going to do my best to not overwhelm everyone with holiday posts, and if you think it’s getting to be too much, leave a comment or shoot me an email! Now that that is out of the way, today’s post is about food and cooking and baking- while there is a good deal of that during the holidays, we also eat year round (or so I hope). This is a loose collection of my thoughts and rants while searching for recipes, baking/cooking, and serving. Continue reading
In my quest for simple and inexpensive DIY gifts, I have come across probably hundreds of projects at this point. Some are not so simple, some are not so inexpensive, and some are just impractical or pointless for the people that would be receiving them. I kept going back to what gifts I like to receive, and the overall theme is something that I can enjoy rather than something that is sheerly practical. A fun mug, a bath bomb, and baking are up there on the list, as they all allow me to relax and enjoy myself for a few moments. The idea of fudge caught my eye; seems simple enough, requires few ingredients, and packaged well will present lovely! Continue reading
In terms of classic, memory-evoking recipes, I don’t know if there is a bigger recipe for me than Rice Krispie squares. Never falling prey to regional or familial variations, Rice Krispie squares are fast to make and faster to eat! I decided to make some for M’s visit- they are one of his favourite treats, so I know that they will be well appreciated. They are also quite simple to make, and given that I haven’t been baking and cooking as much as I could be, this was a good way to get back into it again! So, for those experienced cooks and those brand new to the kitchen, the ever easy Rice Krispie squares: Continue reading