my supplies; embosser, business cards, envelopes, washi tapes , a little writing paper, and a beautiful fossil paper weight. i am loving the new winter oak design... just as the leaves are falling all around us.
The kids are quietly settled in with a few crafts... ahh, the sounds of imaginations and sibling sharing.
Here is the yummy sugar cookie recipe I promised. It is the family favorite. You must try it. My 1 and 2 love rolling the dough and cutting the shapes.
Good Sugar Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
8 ounces light cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prep your cookie sheets, I use parchment paper on my cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese with the sugar. Add the eggs, milk, almond and vanilla extracts and mix until smooth.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Gradually add dry ingredients to the above mixture.
Chill for at least 1 hour.
Roll out dough very thin and cut out shapes. You may need to chill and roll out a few times to get through all the dough.
Bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes.
A ton of powdered sugar
3 tablespoons hot skim milk
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tablespoon meringue powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Combine sugar and milk then add the butter. Mix until smooth.
Mix in meringue powder.
Add vanilla and almond extracts until all is smooth and well mixed.
You can add more or less milk to get the desired consistency. Martha tends to go more runny for a smooth look and the grocery store tends to go thicker for a spreadable frosting. I went more thin in the photo above, I dipped the cookies in the frosting and sprinkled with sparkly sugar.
These cookies are just perfect. Lofty and light tasting. Super delicious.
My new favorite things... Japanese Washi Tapes, more specifically, mt masking tape. So simple, easy, lovely.
I originally planned to use them to package my orders but now I think I will use them for many other things as well.
First plan, some fun crafting with my little ones. They are fantastic for all types of craft projects: card making, scrapbooking, decorating walls/doors, books, for letters, postcards, memos, wrapping presents.... the list is endless.
You can write on this tape, stick it onto containers, plastic bags, paper or boxes. Wrapping, interior and collage projects will keep you busy with this fun tape. It can be torn, so the kids won't ask for the scissors. It does not stain after peeling off, the colors are so cute and there is a perfect degree of transparency from the rice paper. The mt site says it best, these tapes have both sweetness and functionality.
I love them.
Here are a few resources. You know, I love Etsy , so I ordered my tapes from Origamisan. The arrived directly from Japan, quite quickly. Fantastic customer service. I have since found another economical resource as well, Ginko Papers. I just love the name and the owner, manager, buyer, etc. is a woman and mother in California. She has fantastic prices and a beautiful website.
What will you craft or beautify with these fun Japanese tapes?
I got a great deal on some old chairs I thought I would use for the kids' desks when they get older. They needed a little love. B and N picked their own colors. B picked bubble gum pink, of course. Here's a look... Before
It all began in Wyoming.
4 states, 7 moves, 3 houses and counting...
I am the designer behind Brin & Nohl. My most favorite things... #1 B, #2 N, and my sweet professor husband E. My little family is my burst of sunshine. Life is good.