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Happy Birthday Jesus

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Blog, cakes, Uncategorized | 11 comments

Happy Birthday Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus!

 

Tomorrow is a very special day that my family loves to celebrate. We have just a few Christmas traditions that we do every year. One of our favorites is making Jesus a birthday cake. And yes, we sing Happy Birthday Jesus! After all it is celebration of His birth.  It started when my son was young.  A visual picture to help remind him of the significance of what Christmas was all about.

Birthday Cake for Jesus

Now my son is older. Yet he still loves this tradition.

It is really neat for me as a mom to see 14 years later what a traditions affect is on a child.

We always make a simple cake. Nothing fancy.

The simple cake symbolizes that this King was born in humble surroundings.

He was not born in a palace. He did not have well known parents. Yet, He is called the

 King of Kings.

The world we live in today is obsessed with wealth, power, and prestige.

It is fascinating to me, that God himself, chose that Jesus would

be born in stable.

Happy Birthday Jesus

I love this carol. The thought of hearing angels singing gives me chills.

But what strikes me even more, is that the angels appeared to shepherds.

Shepherds were looked down upon. They were the nobodies of society.

God chose that these nobodies would behold angels.

Angels that would herald Christ’s birth.

What an amazing picture of God’s love and grace.

Happy Birthday Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus!

I am so thankful that God so loved the world,

that He sent His son.

We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas this year.

Rainbow Themed Baby Shower Cookies

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Blog, Cookies, Uncategorized | 24 comments

Rainbow Themed Baby Shower Cookies

Who doesn’t love a baby shower, right? I am so excited to be apart of the this rainbow themed baby shower for Meaghan Mountford, from The Decorated Cookie.  Have you seen her book, Sugarlicious? Better yet, have you seen her new little bundle of joy, Violet? Violet came a little sooner that expected but she is absolutely precious. Congratulations, to the Mountford family.

Michelle, from Sugar Swings and Kathia, from Pink Little Cake, organized a fun virtual shower.  As I was debating what I should bring to the baby shower, so many thoughts went through my mind. Should I use one of the ideas from Sugarlicious? Should I do cupcakes with little rainbows? Should I doodle on marshmallows, like Meaghan does? Then it hit me, as long as chevron is still all the rage, I am going to use it.

Weclome to the world, Miss Violet!

You and I have something in common.

 We have birthdays just a couple of days apart.

baby shower

 As luck would have it, I picked just the right bow! The best part is I even debated on what color it should be.

Should it be pink?

Every newborn girl has a pink bow, right?

But, I am so glad I went with violet.

baby shower

Rainbow’s make everything bright, cheery and happy.

Don’t you think?

baby shower

You have to go visit all the other amazingly talented women and their creations for the baby shower.

baby shower

Enjoy!

1.  Vanilla Bean BakerBaby’s First Christmas

2.  Not Your Momma’s Cookie – Rainbow Swaddled Baby Cookies

3.  Crazy for CrustRainbow Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

4.  Dollhouse Bake ShoppeRainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

5.  Creative FoodRainbow Pancakes

6.  Hoosier HomemadeRainbow Jar Cupcakes

7.  Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsRainbow Smores Pops

8.  Pink Little CakeBaby at the End of the Rainbow Cake

9.  Love From the OvenRainbow Cake Pop Cupcakes

10. Munchkin MunchiesRainbow Balloon Cookies

11. The Baked EquationRainbow Baby Shower Cookies

12. SweetologyMarshmallow Baby Pops

13. Sugar SwingsRainbow Madeleines

14. Pint Sized BakerRainbow Meringue Tarts

15. Bird on a CakeRainbow Petal Cake

16. Haniela’s - Rainbow Centerpiece

17. Miss CandiquikMarshmallow Baby Bottles

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012: Clove Crisps

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Blog, Cookie Swap, Cookies, Uncategorized | 4 comments

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012: Clove Crisps

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012: Clove Crisps

I am so excited to be apart of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out what recipe I was going to make. I finally narrowed it down to three different cookies, but one cold evening the cookie I choose spoke to me. Yup, that’s right my cookies speak to me! What is better on a cold winter night than a spicy cookie with hot coffee or tea?

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

A few weeks ago social media sites were buzzing about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012, a cookie exchange being organized by Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen.The premise of this cookie exchange? Sign up to receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Bake three dozen cookies and mail them out to your assigned food bloggers … then wait for three dozen cookies from other food bloggers to appear on your doorstep! It sounded like so much fun, I signed up immediately. It was really neat this year because OXO sent each of the bloggers a nifty cookie spatula. 50% of the proceeds of each cookie spatula will go to pediatric cancer research. Not only is this Spatula a great cooking tool, but it’s a constant reminder to “Be a Good Cookie.”

Clove Crisps

  • 15 ounces unbleached flour {sifted}
  • 3 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup butter {room temp.}
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. Praline Liqueur
  • 1/4 tsp. pure orange extract

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, sift together flour, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and salt. In another small prep bowl, place the egg, Praline liqueur and orange extract.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg, praline and orange extract. Mix until well blended. Scrap the bowl down. Added the sifted dry ingredients in two additions on low speed.
  3. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough forms a smooth disc. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.  Let the dough sit for at least 4 hours to let the flavors develop.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out about 1/8 inch thick. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. This is based on a 2.5″ round fluted cookie cutter.
  5. Let the cookies cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe inspired by Fine Cooking Cookies Holiday 2012

 I had the priviledge of sending cookies to Kristin over at Kristin Pot Pie, Kristin from Per L’Amore Di Cibo, and to Esme from Chocolate and Croissants.  Now let’s talk about the yummy cookies I received. I posted pictures on instagram if you want view the yumminess.  The best part is these bloggers picked some of my family’s favorite flavors. Butterscotch and bacon are my boy’s delight.

Caylas Cookie Jar:  Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Chip Chip Hooray:  Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

Bakeaholic Mama:  Maple Bacon Sugar Cookies

Do you feel like you missed out this year? I know this happened to me last year. Just go to this link and sign up. You will receive email updated about the next Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: http://fbcookieswap.us2.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=66bf80afd570fcb3c6194e49e&id=317a470233

Enjoy!