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Monday, May 25, 2009

MIlk & Cookies Picnic

Graduation is over. It's hard to believe our girl is all grown up. We are very proud of her. We had her reception at our house. Everything went well and it was great to see all of our family and friends.

Anyway… now that graduation is over and all the cleaning, sprucing, planning and baking (that we did to get ready) is done, life is getting back to "normal" and I finally have time to write a quick blog post again.

I am really, REALLY, enjoying this Memorial Day weekend. A 3-day weekend with nowhere to go & nothing important to do was just what I needed. I don't even have enough ambition to put together a full fledged picnic at the park. Instead, I decided it would fun & easy to pack up some cookies and milk and have a "snack" in the park. I made the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from a recipe in the March, 2008 issue of Cottage Living. The cookies are just your basic peanut butter cookies. The filling is what makes these cookies delicious. Here's the recipe:

2 (3-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
5 T. powdered sugar

Beat all ingredients until smooth. Spread about 1 T. of filling onto flat side of cookie and top with another cookie.

Hope everyone else is having a great Memorial weekend too!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!

Just wanted to show you the May Basket Cupcakes I made this year and share with you some great new baking supply shops I've recently discovered.

I bought the plastic basket handles and cupcake liners through Layer Cake Shop. This etsy shop has lots of great things and I was very pleased with my order.

The same basket handles and similar cupcake liners are also available (and less expensive) through Bake it Pretty. (it pays to shop around). I can't tell you how excited I was to find this shop! You know what it's like to find a shop that so exactly matches your sense of style that it feels like it was created just for you? I just ordered her vintage button chocolate mold. Here's a link to her "Candy Buttons 101" tutorial. I can't way to play with this!

I think it's obvious that I was very influenced by the colors and designs shown on both of these sights.

I'm also excited to to tell you I've been visiting with Lyndsay from Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Bakery & Cupcakery Supplies. She has an awesome baking supply shop with a great section called "Handmade for you By Talented Cupcakies".

My daughter will be graduating from high school in a couple of weeks. We're having her reception at our house so I've been working feverishly to whip this badly neglected home into shape! I finally got some of the redecorating projects I've been working on done! I've posted the photos on flickr and I'm about to blog them at Flying Time Designs. This weekend my mom is coming over to help me tackle the yard. So that's my excuse for being such a lazy blogger lately. Who knows when you'll be hearing from me again! Until then, take care!