Sunday, April 22, 2012

Flower Cookies - Completed

You've all seen these cookie dough balls getting cut up on Pinterest, right? Yeah, well when you click on the picture it always takes you to some bogus link and you never see what they turn out like.  For some reason, I was skeptical that they would be cute and conveniently, when I saw this idea, I had some leftover sugar cookie dough (recipe here) in the fridge just waiting for the experiment. 

I made up some 1" balls and rolled them in pink or blue sugar.

 Then I cut them in half and then those halves into thirds.
By the way, cutting the whole into sixths just didn't work.

If you cut them too deep, just push them back together.

I chose to bake them 'as is' and not do anything for the center.

Here's how they baked up.

Actually, kind of cute and fun.

The backs were colorful and sugary.

Why was I skeptical these would turn out cute?  They were actually adorable and so fun to bite off a petal.  And so easy!  Next time I will add something to the center like... more sugar?  Or a pastel kiss?  Or a frosting dollop?  Or?  Hmmm... I'll have to think about it.  These would be so cute in the right colors for a spring party or a baby shower.  I will definitely be making them again.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Trio of Pots

Succulents - what the heck?  Are you suddenly seeing them everywhere like I am?  I have to admit, I  like the colors and how easy they are to grow- it's like, "Oh yeah, maybe I should water these sometime..."  And who doesn't love the idea of trying to make a living succulent wreath.  So, to start off, I went over to my local garden nursery to check out what they might have.  Sure enough, they had a lot of cute little succulents in various shapes and colors for $2.49 each and bigger ones for $4.99.  I was smitten, so I bought a few to plant up some old collectible pots that I had in the basement.

These three colorful cuties looked perfect in this
turquoise McCoy pot where a clay sparrow came to nest.

And that will be perfect sitting next to Sissy's Christmas cactus in this cream art deco (probably McCoy or Hull) pot along with the last pinky green succulent in a Haeger green leaf pot.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Before we get too far away from Easter, there are two things I want to share, no three.  Easter is probably my favorite holiday because of the hope it symbolizes for all mankind through the resurrection.  I also like it for the beautiful colors and spring timing.

Here are two other things that added to this Easter's creative fun.  

One treat I was able to make were these turtle cookies that
I saw on Pinterest from the Pixelated Crumb.

Here's me making them.

Can I just say,
Holy moly.  If you like nuts, chocolate and caramel... 
Run, do not walk to the Pixelated Crumb!

And last, I chose to use my late 1930s Homer Laughlin Organdy Swing Pastel china on the Easter table.  I only have four place settings of this hard to find china (hard to find in grown up sizes).  I had been holding out until I acquired more settings, but decided instead of waiting, to use it now and mix it up with my cream colored Wedgwood.  The pastels are just too perfect for Easter.  Mr. bunny approves.

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