Five For Friday #8

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Happy 2015 everybody!!! When did the new year get here? I haven’t written in a super long time, I know. Here are some excuses: I went on 5 trips out of town in 8 weeks (Chicago, Houston, Omaha, Omaha again, and Kansas City), the holidays came out of nowhere, I’m pretty sure I had the flu (I can’t remember the last time I was that sick!), then Christmas was here and then New Years and here we are at another Friday. It’s good to be back.  Here are the top 5 things on my radar this week!

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1. Some resolutions that I can totally keep.

In reality though, I do have some resolutions for the year. Eat more vegetables. Explore more of St. Louis. Read the entire Bible this year. Watch less Netflix (the time has come… but I have all year to work on this one so I don’t have to turn off the episode of The Office I have going right now… right?) Make my lunch for work the night before (and don’t count on myself to do it in the morning because I’ll forget that was the plan and I’ll hit snooze and then I’ll get to work and have to order Bread Co. Again. Delicious but EXPENSIVE.)

2. Another resolution is to read more! I already love reading, and I sometimes get overwhelmed with all the choices. I have quite a few books in my apartment that I still need to read, and I love going to the library- just so many choices! I found this list to help me decide what to read this year and I’m excited! I got started on the list over my Christmas break from work and I’ve already knocked three off the list!

3. THIS LETTER COMPLETES MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok maybe not, but I was SO EXCITED when my friend Jen sent this to me today! If you have watched Gilmore Girls, you know how exciting this is. There is an episode where Lorelai writes a letter to Rory that is delivered by Logan (I won’t give anything away here, just watch the series already). We see Rory reading the letter, chuckling, nodding in agreement, and then pondering at the end for a second… but we never knew what was in the letter! Until now!

4. I make a lot of sugar cookies and my go-to recipe has me chill the dough for an hour. I always left the dough in the bowl and stuck the whole thing in fridge, but I’m definitely going to give this technique a try next time. Game changer.

5. I sent out Christmas cards this year! I did it! I might have sent them out the day before Christmas… and I maybe have a few stragglers in my purse waiting for me to go buy stamps… but A for effort, right? I ran across these tips on making last names plural and it was very handy while addressing my envelopes!

Well that is all for now! Today was my first day back at work after the Christmas holiday and it was… umm….. ok to be back… I’d say about 1/4 of my coworkers showed up today so it was nice a quiet. And even though I had a one day workweek, I am so ready for the weekend! I am going to brunch tomorrow with some friends and am already hungry for some yummy breakfast food! Happy new year!

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Sugar Cookies and Amazing Glaze

One of my favorite things to do in life is to bake. I love making a mess in the kitchen, creating something delicious, and then sharing my homemade treats with friends and family. Decorated sugar cookies are always a big crowd-pleaser (not to mention that the cookie dough tastes delicious!) but I don’t make them too often because they tend to take a lot of time and energy. But this time around, it was worth it!

I found a great recipe for big batch sugar cookies on the fabfood website and it was fantastic! This particular recipe made 53 total cookies of mostly medium size and in fun fall shapes. That last part really doesn’t have anything to do with the recipe, I just thought I’d throw it in for good measure. My favorite part was that the entire recipe could fit in my KitchenAid, which is always a bonus!

  • Big Batch Sugar Cookies
  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 cups flour

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture, mix well. Chill for 1 hour. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to cool completely on wire racks.

Quick side note about the cookies, I ended up baking them for about 8 minutes and 30 seconds. You don’t want then to bake for too long or they’ll get to crunchy. When you take them out of the oven, they might look like they still need some cooking time but trust me, they’ll be perfect once they cool!

Next step- add the perfect glaze on top of your cooled cookies. I got this particular recipe from my mother and it is my all-time favorite thing to go on top of sugar cookies. It sets up hard so you can stack them once completely dry, but it stays smooth and creamy on the inside. Not to mention it tastes amazing!

  • Sugar Cookie Glaze
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Mix water, corn syrup, and almond extract until the corn syrup is dissolved. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

The yellow batch is the consistency that you get from the recipe above. Very easy to work with, but runs off the sides a bit. For the orange glaze I added a teensy bit more corn syrup to the original recipe. It was still really easy to spread on the cookie and I like that it didn’t run off the sides at all. You’ll just have to experiment with it yourself and see what you like best! I let mine sit out overnight so that they would be ready to stack and put in a container in the morning, but letting them sit for just a few hours should also be sufficient.

These turned out so wonderfully- and yes I did do ‘poison control’ and try a few to make sure they were yummy enough to bring to my small group at church. And yummy they were. In fact, I think I might just need to go have another one… or seven…