Friday, December 21, 2007

Baking :: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies


This morning I was blog browsing and came across this recipe for Sour Cream Sugar Cookies on Kristina Werner's amazing blog so I decided to make them for a baby shower.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
1-1/2 cups sugar (I keep my used vanilla beans in my sugar jar for extra vanilla-y cookies)
1 cup butter
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla scraped from one vanilla bean)
1 cup sour cream
4-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Mix well, but only until flour is incorporated.
2. Refrigerate and shape.
3. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes (or longer if they're a bit thicker... just watch the first batch and then adjust the cooking time accordingly).

Martha Stewart's Royal Icing:

Makes 2 1/3 cups
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites
  • water


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. Mix until icing holds a ribbon-like trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.
Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 10, 2007

{ oh baby }

Here's a card I whipped up this afternoon so I could deliver it to my newly preggo friend. I'm *so* excited for her!!

{ good neighbor }

Wow! Look what my friend/neighbor delivered to my door just now... still warm chocolate zucchini cake and this cute card! Thank you so much, Rhonda! That was so nice of you.

Monday, December 03, 2007

{ our snowy house }


Here's a picture of our snowy house (taken yesterday). It's now raining, so the snow is all slushy and gross, but it looked pretty over the weekend.

If anyone needs our new address (you know, to send us a Christmas card wink ) please email me and I'll give it to you.


Sunday, December 02, 2007

{ stamping in the snow }


Wow, what a gorgeous snowy day! Here's a cute advent calendar I made today and last night while watching the snow fall. I got the idea from Beate's tutorial on and pretty much copied it. :-)


ETA: Here's a tip... if you're going to make one of these advent calendars do not laminate any part of it! I laminated the squares and everything is falling off now. I may try crystal effects or crazy glue to get it to hold.