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Happy Hearts Day!!!

February 13, 2013

A few months ago, I won a cookie decorating book from the lovely Alison at Writing, Wishing. The book has so many cute cookie ideas, recipes for different types of cookies, clear instructions about how to decorate them and also how to make royal icing. Being the baker that I am, I couldn’t wait to try out a recipe.

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With Valentines Day right around the corner, I decided to bake heart shaped cookies for middle daughter’s class instead of buying store bought cards and candies. Easy, piecey, right? Bake a few dozen cookies, throw on some icing and bag them with a cute card attached.

Well, not so fast. This little endeavor took me 4 days… yes, you read that right, 4 days of baking, decorating, bagging, tying up pretty bows. Throw in photographing, designing and printing a card and you have one tired mommy today. Part of the reason it took me so long is the fact that I had to take a little time here and there to get the work done.

AshValentineThis is the card I designed. I loved how the photograph came out with the silhouette and the sunset and Middle making a heart shape with her hands.  Thanks to PicMonkey this is what I came up with. Pretty cute, right? I do so love PicMonkey.

bakingheartcookiesMiddle was good about helping me every step of the way, a little here and a little there. Enough for her to be proud of what we accomplished. I baked the vanilla cookies Sunday night and we iced them the next day.

frostingcookiesHere we are in the middle of icing all the cookies. It was the first time that I used royal icing. I had to adjust the recipe a bit as I couldn’t find meringue powder at any of the stores we went to. It came out very well and we were happy with the results.

valentinechocolateheartcookiesThe day after we did the icing, I baked the chocolate cookies in the morning. The original recipe called for some Nutella to be added but I had to leave it out since one of the kids in Middle’s class has a nut allergy. I cannot wait to try it out with the Nutella. The kids and I love, love, love it. Even though I did not add it, the cookies still came out great and have a scrumptious chocolaty taste. 

frostedchocoheartcookiesThat evening we frosted and decorated the chocolate cookie hearts. And also tried a few here and there. 🙂

frostedvanillaheartcookiesAfter making sure the icing was dried all the way-(I waited until the next day) – I used writing tubes of colored frosting to add each child’s initials to the vanilla cookies, again making sure that it was dried all the way so the cookies were safe for stacking.

valentinesThen, this morning it was time to bag all the goodies up which Little One helped me with by breaking the little twisty ties apart so I could secure each bag. In the afternoon, I picked up the printed cards. Middle and I tied them on with a cute little ribbon. And finally, we are all finished! I do hope that the children and teachers will like their valentines. If I hear one bad remark, I might just have to whip out my broom stick and go for a ride! (Just kidding.) 🙂

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I wish of all of you, yes, every one of you, a very Happy Hearts Day!!!

Since I took all of these photos with my phone I’m linking up with Greta of G*Funk*ified and Sarah of The Sunday Spill for ippp!!!

 

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Co-hosting the fill in fun

August 9, 2012

Another week almost over, another week closer to the start of school. Summer always flies by in the blink of an eye. Why is that? This week the boy and I went to buy his books, and get his locker. He needs a locker in school now, I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that he’s in middle school. How did that happen? We still have a few more things to take care off… like buying uniforms, new shoes and of course, school supplies. My mom got each of them some cool new back bags so that’s one more thing scratched off the list. Today, I’m taking the boy for his yearly check-up and physical. Can’t wait to find out how tall he is… he went from fitting just under my chin to hitting the middle of my nose in no time flat. Everyone keeps telling me he’s gotten so tall. I guess, I don’t realize it so much because I see him daily. But others definitely notice the change. And then, later I’ll be meeting with the lovely Nicolette of Working on a Project. I can’t wait to get my hands on her beautiful new baby girl. Both Middle and Little One are excited to go and spend time with her daughter Miss. M and see the baby.

But now, on to the important matters at hand. Hilary made me co-host for this weeks Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun. How exciting is that? I came up with the last two statements.

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop!

She would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1) When I was little my mom  _____

2)___ is my favorite condiment

3)I don’t like to celebrate____ because____

4)My ­­­­­­­____takes up more space  _____ and I can never__________

My answers:

1) When I was little my mom used to make me toast with butter and cinnamon sugar and fennel tea when I wasn’t feeling good. 

2) Ketchup is my favorite condiment.

3) I don’t like to celebrate Valentine’s Day because we shouldn’t need one day a year to show someone we love them. It about the little every day things…

4) My dog, Macy takes up more space on the bed and I can never move at night. 

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It's a day for love

February 14, 2012

I just came back from checking on my friend Leslie at Time Out for Mom and she joined Bianca at Bits of Bee for her Quotable Bits. I loved her idea of a quote about love from a movie. So, I decided to join because I remembered a movie of my own. One that I haven’t seen in a while but that I truly love.

Imagine source IMDb.com

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

I just love that line and remembering the movie I will have to go and check Netflix now…

 

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day.

We really don’t make too much of a big deal out of this day… because love should be celebrated and appreciated each and every day!!! 🙂