Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Faith, Hope and Joy Cookies!

There are so many different reasons to give a friend cookies.

.....all the holidays

But sometimes, there isn't an occasion.

Sometimes....we just want to spread a little happiness around.

Come to think of it,

That really is the best reason of all.

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Springtime Flower Cookies!

It's raining here today.

Not just a little either...its pouring.

So I'm trying to remind myself of sunny days...

...and gardens full of flowers.

These won't even make me sneeze!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cookies for my grandmother...and a sugar cookie recipe!

I woke up missing my grandmother today.
Not sure why, I just am.

So I decided to repost this.  
It was originally written for frosting for the cause last fall.

If your grandmothers are around, give them a great big squishy hug from me.

Irene Janette Joan Dulcinia Dale Crystal Bridget.

Not many people are quite so fabulous that they need so many names.

My grandmother was one of those people.

She was magical.
Paula Deen with a crystal ball.
Martha Stewart with a wicked sense of humor.
Lucille Ball, without the cigarette, convinced she’d be discovered 
and whisked off to Hollywood at any moment 
(and yes, she had her head shots ready and waiting).

She taught me more things than I can count...
Diamonds go with everything, 
every outfit needs jewelry, 
and pedicures should always be red. 

Most importantly, 
she taught me how to make even the smallest moments special.

Sandwiches are good.
Sandwiches eaten outside while looking at a pretty view - better.

Ice Cream is delicious.  
Ice Cream in a tall, footed, pink soda fountain glass, 
eaten with a long, silver ice tea spoon - that’s dessert.

Cake and cookies are great. 
Cake and cookies on a tall pedestaled cake plate, 
served on antique china - now you’ve got a party.
No occasion was so small that it didn’t deserve a little fanfare.

She had a hard life, like most ladies of her generation.  
Her antique china may have been mismatched, 
but she knew that didn’t take away from its beauty.

While I was in college, we found that my grandmother’s headaches were brain cancer.

A few months after her diagnosis, she came to California 
and got to stand at the gates of Paramount Motion Picture Studios...

She’d finally made it to Hollywood.

We lost who she was before she lost her life.
Brain cancer and its treatments did its damage to her personality.
But...she never lost the twinkle in her eye.
Perfume and jewelry ‘til the end.

I miss her every single day.
....still can’t find her crystal ball.
In honor of my grandmother and her love for all things pretty, 
I’d love to share our family’s sugar cookie recipe with you!  

These are the traditional ‘rolled and cut-out’ cookies that we have made for decades
 and decorated for Christmas.  

This is the recipe that ‘started it all’.  

Now there’s a blog and cookies going out the front door almost everyday!  
My grandmother would have been thrilled with the whole production.
Sugar Cookies
preheat 375 
2 3/4 cups flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup room temp butter
1 cup white sugar
2 room temp eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl (or sift if you’d like) and set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar on med speed until well mixed.  

Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy.  

Stir in flour on low until dough comes together.  

Turn out onto a piece of saran wrap and form into a small round disk.  

Wrap tightly and refrigerate.  Let rest and chill for at least an hour, overnight is better.
Roll out on floured cutting board.  

Now you have some options. 
If you’d like crunchier cookies that are yummy without any icing, roll to approx. 1/8 inch thickness and bake 7-8 minutes.

For cookies that will stand up to a layer of royal icing (like the ones coming up in the decorating tutorial) roll to 1/4 inch and bake 8-11 minutes depending on the size of your cookie.  

Take them out before the edges brown. (this is really up to you, I like the edges a little over done and crisp.  It’s just a cookie for gosh what you like!)

Cool on wire racks.  

Once cool, cover with a tea towel to hide them from children who will eat them before you get to decorate them!!!!
Rosie Ribbon Cookies
I have some fabulous girlfriends that participated in the 
Susan G. Korman 60 mile walk last November.  

These Rosie Ribbon Cookies were made as party favors for a fund-raiser.

Here’s how I did it!

Start with some square blanks, flooded with white royal icing.

....and A LOT of royal icing ribbon roses (I made these the day before)

For Royal Icing Ribbon Rose Tutorial go see
Sugarbelle and Ali Bee!

I made two different colors of pink for a little variety.

Here are the icing bags all ready to go!
I used the smallest leaf tip on the green and #1 writing tip on the yellow and  dark pink.  

The light pink was only used to make the ribbon roses...101 petal tip.

I practiced, a lot. 

 I had exactly the right amount of cookies, not a single extra, 
so I was a bit more careful than usual.  

I spaced out the roses into a ribbon shape, alternating the colors a bit.

I used green icing to glue down the roses,

then filled in the spaces between the roses with tiny leaves.
I certainly could have stopped there.  I couldn’t help myself though...

So with the dark pink and yellow...
I added little dots to fill in the ribbon shape.

and some little yellow centers to a few of the roses on each cookie.
And that’s it!!

I loved baking for you all!  

Hope you try to make these soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lizy B

‘My entry into Fingerprints on the Fridge’s Feature Yourself Friday, sponsored by Appliances Online and Bosch Washing Machines’ (add a link to your party too!)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Frosting for the Cause!

I wrote my first guest post today!

Frosting for the Cause is a blog that raises money for fighting cancers that affect women and gives food bloggers an opportunity to help!

Frosting for the Cause
(click here to go read the post!!!)

I wrote about my fabulous grandmother,

and made cookies for fund-raising 'thank-you's',

I even made step-by-step directions on how to make them.....

including our family's sugar cookie recipe!!!!!

Big thanks to Paula for her dedication to fund raising and awareness (and for the super nice words she said about my cookies...).

Thanks for stopping by!
Lizy B

(now go visit frosting for the cause!!)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Very Beachy Birthday!

A very pretty 'tweenager' I know recently became a full-fledged Teenager!!!

Happy 13th Birthday Peyton!

I had the honor of making her birthday cookies-yippee!

Miss Peyton loves the beach and all things sparkly and girlie (just my kinda girl!).

for the birthday girl....
someday I'll figure out how to stick real candles in here.

I guess you could just bite off the flame instead of blowing....
Make a Wish!

Here come those sassy bikini girls!

the orange crush bikini....

"What do you think?  Should I wear my pink bikini and green flip-flops
with my new monogrammed towel...."

"....or the green bikini and white flip-flops?
Wait, I'll go try the other one on again!"

"She wore an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny..."
sorry, couldn't help myself.

It's just not a 'Lizy B' platter without a few letter cookies.
Had to have some cupcakes too.

Hope you had a great day Peyton!!

Happy, Happy 13th Birthday!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bathing Beauties

"OMG!  Like, did you notice that your towel TOTALLY matches my bikini!"

" can have it.  I totally have a new one anyway."


...just a little slice of life here in the OC.

Thanks for stopping by...could you pass the coppertone?

Lizy B

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I've decided to put up my feet and spend the evening thumbing through the huge stack of magazines I've neglected since starting this blog.

Meanwhile....please enjoy these pictures of cookies that were never posted!

Lily of the Valley-one of my most favorite flowers

Gossie and her red boots-from the children's book Gossie.
 (one of Jack's favorites)

Gossie yelling at Gertie after she stole her red boots!!!!

Jack practicing his flooding skills...

Some special Mother's Day cookies for some very special friends!

Thanks for Stopping by,

Lizy B

Monday, May 2, 2011

Strawberries and Rosemary

It's that time of year again in Southern California, strawberry season.
It seems like every street corner you drive by has a white booth with
STRAWBERRIES painted across the top.

Most days you can even smell them in the air.
These roadside stands are usually pretty busy, and the berries are absolutely the best.

For me, these stands always remind me of Rosemary.

Right about now you're thinking I have some phenomenal strawberry rosemary scone recipe.
Or a rosemary mojito with strawberry syrup.....nope.

Rosemary is my sister-in-law.

Rosemary is one of those women that can:  kick-a@$ in a boardroom, knit herself a scarf to wear to lunch, pick-up car pool at the middle school, beat her kid's high score on club pogo, make a fabulous dinner and make the best margarita known to man (she even has her own slushy machine)....all in one day.

You give Rosemary a flat of strawberries and five minutes later you have chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry pie AND strawberry preserves WITH a strawberry margarita on the side.

(okay, maybe not five minutes)

So when I saw the flat of strawberries in our fridge.....I was inspired.

And then I added some flowers...because that's what I do.

And then I bagged them up because one family can only eat so many sugar cookies.

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

(Hi Rosemary!)

Shared at The Sweet Deals!  Come on over and take a peek!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter bunnies, flowers and....cadbury eggs?

My husband and I met in college, and were great friends before we were...more than friends.

(Easter bunnies, eggs and grass cookies)

Once we were more than friends, we knew pretty quickly that we wanted to stick together.

(gigantic flowers and eggs)

But I think everyone has that moment when you 'just know'.  You know that this person knows you better than anyone else could in the entire world, and they love you unconditionally. 

One year while we were dating, a few days after Easter, Joe stopped by my apartment with a gift.

He had driven around to all the stores in our little college town and bought ALL THE CADBURY CREME EGGS HE COULD FIND!!!!!!!!

(bunny hiding in the grass, can you find him?)

Yup...that was the moment.

He hates Cadbury Creme Eggs...thinks they're disgusting...but he bought them all (seriously all) for me, because he knew I loved them and couldn't get them again for a whole year.  

And you know what?  After that many creme eggs, I can't stand them either...

So now I make cookies!

(Easter cookies available at 'My Flower Girl')

(spring flowers available at the 'Relay for Life' fundraising bake sale)

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Thanks for stopping by.

Lizy B

(Big thanks to Miss Christy for helping me tie up all the Easter cookie bags!  You rock!)

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