Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Decor

I was looking around at our Easter Decorations last night. I'm looking forward to Easter this weekend...brunch, egg hunts, baskets, CANDY! However I'm kind of sad it's going to be over, I feel like we just put up all our cute Easter decorations and now it's almost all over.Maybe it's because I've been re-doing it all month. The new built in shelves Jeff made last year have been such a treat to decorate in I have loved trying to find the perfect look. Here is a little peek at what I ended up with....


Monday, March 18, 2013

Fashion Forward Little A

Our little A has a definite style all her own. She knows style and is NOT afraid to think outside the box. With a little creativity she "Transforms" outfits into something new and unique.......
 That's the way they would talk about it on "Fashion Star" or one of those shows right?!?!?
Here is what my little Kooky girl has been up to.

Cute Carters outfit Momma put her in.....

She was NOT happy with that!
Restyled by Little A....
shirt becomes a skirt and pants become a hat

Another pants turned to hat look

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

More Cookies??? YES! Swirled Almond Shortbread Cookies

I know what you are thinking... Has this woman gone completely Cookie Crazy? Is this all she does? Ha Ha. Actually I am not a huge cookie fan but the family has been loving my cookie adventures  and it's been fun breaking out the old recipes. Also Big A loves helping and has become a master at using the mixer and actually is becoming a big helper.

This one is a fun one that is SO yummy and you can customize it with whatever color sugars you want. We did a light and dark green combo for St. Patty's but they work for any holiday.

Swirled Almond Shortbread Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2-4TBL Colored Sugars

Beat sugar, butter, almond extract and egg with electric mixer on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in flour.

Divide dough in half; cover half and set aside. Place remaining half on plastic wrap, roll and press into an 8-inch square. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of colored sugars (It looks best if you use 2 different colors. Use the plastic wrap to help lift, and roll up dough (Like a jelly roll). Repeat with the other half of the dough and colored sugars. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.

Heat oven to 375ºF. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place about 1 inche apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown (I turn the pan after 4 minutes for more even cooking).

Store covered or in an airtight container (Unless you’re like my Mom and like a rock hard cookie, these harden up fast)

The Cookies are DONE!!