Racecar Cookies

I bought a 3D printed racecar cutter that was going to be PERFECT for these racecar cookies for Syler’s Hotwheels party. When it came time to cut and bake the cookies, I pulled out the cutter and it had somehow gotten warped! Like unfixable, way too skinny, crooked warped.

Onto Plan B. I’ve had this 57 Chevy cutter since way back when – when I made 300 of them. It is way too long and fancy for racecars, so I had to do quite some trimming. I used my warped cutter as a reference.

I outlined in black to make the colors POP.

Then filled them in a bright blue.

I added window and tires, then red rims and a big red 4. Because Syler is 4! (Remember when he was 3? and 2? and 1?) I can’t believe I’ve had the privilege of making cookies for every birthday he’s had!

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Happy Birthday Syler!

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High Heel Cookies

Made these for a family friend. It was a prize she won at my baby shower (a year and a half ago) and we finally found a time to make them happen.

She loves high heels so I incorporated that, and then used my new cutters to spell out her name. These alphabet cutters are so fun, I can’t wait to use them again!

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Valentine Owl Cookies

Whoooooo is your valentine?

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Sorry, had to.

But seriously. Owl be your Valentine.

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Okay I’ll stop now. :)

I made these cute little love birds for Valentine’s Day. Kept it simple by having only 1 color of outline/detail, and just a couple other colors for them all.

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I love the way they turned out! <3

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Stitch Fix Maternity #2

Each of these pictures I’m pairing the top I got in my StitchFix with these amaaaaazing maternity skinny jeans I got at H&M. They are my absolute favorite. I kinda wish I could just wear them everyday.

This first cardigan I absolutely LOVE. I was in need of something “outerwear” that was Navy blue and this is perfect. It’s not too thick but not too thin, and has this fun pattern on the inside. The sleeves were a tad long so I cuffed them out, and then realized that I think they’re supposed to be like that. This isn’t maternity but works perfectly over my maternity tops. Definitely keeping this.IMG_8617

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This caridgan fit me a little funny. The sleeves seemed like they were too short. If I would have shifted to any other position they would have been about an inch or two from my wrist. The sweater is super thick so it would be great for winter, but I don’t like the “hairy” look of it. The colors and pattern are great though, and I love the way it drapes down the front. I didn’t keep it.

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This top was technically not maternity, but fit over the bump because of the poncho style. I felt like it was super unflattering and just didn’t work for me. Not keeping.

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This top is light and comfy. I prefer my maternity tops to be more form fitting, but it wasn’t too loose to make me feel like it was unflattering. And the back is SO SO cute! It’s perfect material for dressing up for a night out, or dressing down with my polka dot toms. Decided to keep this one.

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My fifth item was a scarf, and I just don’t really do scarves. I let them keep sending them to me thinking if I like one of them enough I would try to make it happen, but every time I end up sending it back. After this time I decided to give up, and I changed my profile so they don’t send me scarves anymore. :)

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Sexy Undies Cookies

These cookies, believe it or not, were for a man’s 60th birthday! I think they are just perfect for Valentine’s Day though!

I love doing cookies like this because I can do every single one different and unique and yet the whole set goes so well together. And it’s so fun to look at all the designs and try to pick a favorite!

These started out as a heart cookie cutter, and I just cut the tip off to make a nice round canvas. :) And of course I had to do black and red because those are the “sexiest” colors!

I did all kinds of undies…

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and some cute bras to go along with them…

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The details are what really make them all so different. Dots and bows and ties…

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These were so fun to make and I hope they inspire you to make something fun and naughty for Valentines Day too!

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Bowling Cookies

I made these cookies for Eli who turned 4 and had a bowling party.

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I made the balls swirled just like the real ones at the bowling alley. They ended up looking totally 3D which was awesome!

Piping a perfect circle for the ball turned out to be harder than I thought. Especially since only half of the circle matched up with the outside of the cookie. After doing a few (and making many fixes) I decided to trace a circle cutter onto the cookie with a food color marker. It worked FABULOUSLY and saved me so much time and aggravation!

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I filled in the ball as thinnly as I could with blue icing, then added the white to make the swirl.

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Then I used a toothpick to “mix” the white into the blue and make the swirly effect,

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For the red lines I used a thicker tip so that I could make wide flat lines on the pins.

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I just love the way they turned out!

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Vegan Buttercream & Vegan Icing

I outline all my sugar cookies in buttercream frosting. Not only does it taste amazing (duh, it’s buttercream), but it holds shape well and gives me texture I can’t get with my normal runny frosting.

A while back (when I made these) I made vegan buttercream using vegan butter. I made it a little bit different this time, but honestly it’s super adaptable so you can go many ways.

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Vegan Buttercream

Ingredients:

1 stick vegan butter (I used the Earth Balance baking sticks)

1 lb powdered sugar

3 tbsp almond milk (you can also use soymilk, coconut water, nondairy creamer, etc.)

2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. Dump powdered sugar in the mixing bowl, and top with the vegan butter, cut into small chunks.

2. Add the almond milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.

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The next part was more challenging. I normally use an icing made of just powdered sugar and milk, and it dries into a nice hard icing. THANK GOODNESS I tested the icing with almond milk the night before I needed it. It never set up! (Even 3 days later!) Once I realized this, I jumped into plan B. Pam at Cookie Crazie to the rescue! Pam is a minority in the cookie decorating world because she uses Glaze instead of Royal Icing. Royal Icing is made with either egg whites or meringue powder (which is made of egg whites). Glaze is made with corn syrup and water! Perrrrfect for vegan cookies. As I had never made actual Glaze before, I started with Pam’s recipe and tweaked it just slightly.

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(Vegan) Glaze Icing

Ingredients:

1 lb powdered sugar

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/2 tsp clear vanilla extract

scant 1/2 tsp almond extract

approx 1/4 cup water

few drops of white food coloring

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients together, adding white food coloring last.

2. Add more water to thin if necessary. (I did add a bit more water to mine.)

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This icing is so lovely. It flows only slightly thicker than my icing, but works pretty much the same way. And it dries so much nicer than mine.

I was bummed that I didn’t have any extra cookies for the shower so that I could taste one with the icing. The next cookies I make I’m going to use Glaze again so I can taste test. :) It might just be my new icing of choice!

 

 

 

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Vegan Sugar Cookie Recipe

I recently made vegan sugar cookies for the first time. I was stressed about it because I was planning on using an egg substitute that I’d read about but I couldn’t find it in any of my local grocery stores. I’ve used vegan butter in the past (when I made these) so I knew that wouldn’t be a problem.

We came across this recipe from Betty Crocker, and it seemed simple enough so I went with it. I only changed 1 thing – I used almond milk instead of soy milk because that’s what I had on hand. If someone has a nut allergy, make sure you use the soymilk! The dough was a little hard to work with, as it was very crumbly. My usual dough is pretty sticky so it was a challenge for me. But I didn’t have to use even a sprinkle of flour. I rolled it right out on my board and went to baking. The first sheet I only baked 3 cookies on. I didn’t want to waste my time rolling it all out if they weren’t going to bake well or taste good!

Well….. they were SO SO yummy! Like almost good enough to use just this recipe from now on! Almost. The crumbly dough part will keep me from that. Next time I will tweak it a little bit to try to get it a bit wetter/stickier. For now though, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to make vegan sugar cookies, so I wanted to share!

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup vegan butter (2 of the baking sticks)

1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

2 1/2 cups flour

Directions:

1. Mix together powdered sugar, butter, almond milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Add cornstarch, baking soda, and cream of tartar. SLowly add flour. Knead well to help mix in the crumbles.

2. Roll and cut, then bake at 375* for 7 minutes. Let cool for a couple minutes before moving to a drying rack.

Later this week I will share my vegan frosting and icing recipes! :)

 

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(Vegan) Elephant & Giraffe Baby Shower Cookies

A girl I went to school with is currently a surrogate, in her 3rd trimester with twin baby girls! Surrogacy is such an amazing thing to be able to do and I love following her story!

She is throwing a baby shower for the parents of her growing little baby girls, and asked me to make her some cookies. Only thing is they had to be vegan! I have to admit the idea stressed me out to have to find/test a recipe and everything, but they ended up working perfectly and taste AMAZING!

The recipe can be found here.

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For the shower I made pink elephants and purple giraffes. Hope the mama and daddy love them!

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Stitch Fix Maternity

I know this is weird and totally not dessert related. Let me explain.

Stitch Fix, in case you haven’t heard of it before, is basically a personal styling service. You pay a monthly fee of $20, and you get a box once a month with 5 items in it. You get to try them on at home, pair them with things you already own, and get your spouse’s input without having to drag them to the store. ;)

You pick which items you want to keep, and send the rest back. They even give you a pre-paid envelope that fits right in your mailbox. So easy. Then you check out online and pay for your items. The $20 styling fee gets deducted from whatever you decide to keep. If you send all items back, all you pay is the styling fee. If you keep all 5 items, there’s a 25% discount! They send clothes mostly, but also jackets, jewelry, and scarves.

You can leave a personal note such as “I have a Christmas party coming up, send all dresses” or ask for a specific item like a certain brand of pants you loved from your box the month before.

You can also create a Pinterest board with clothing that you love and they actually look at it and try to find things similar to things you’ve pinned. How cool is that?!

Anyway, I’ve been doing Stitch Fix for probably over a year now. I recently left a note asking for no pants or bottoms, and flowy-er tops because I’m in early pregnancy. I also let them know that the next box would probably be my last until after baby.

To my surprise, Stitch Fix now does maternity! There’s always a little note from your stylist, and she let me know, so I went online and updated my Stitch Fix profile. They even ask for your due date so they can keep track of how far along you are.

Immediately I started scouring the interwebs for “Stitch Fix maternity.” Every result I got said something like “even though Stitch Fix doesn’t exactly do maternity…” and went on about how you can make certain things work or tailor your box to your current needs. So now Stitch Fix does do maternity… This must be BRAND NEW! So since I couldn’t find anything, I decided to be the place other searchers will find. Stitch Fix DOES DO MATERNITY NOW!

So I thought I would share what I received in my first Stitch Fix Maternity box! Here we go….

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This cardigan was huge on me. I liked the colors a lot and the style, so I was a little disappointed. It has pockets in the front too. This particular cardigan might not technically be maternity (I don’t know if it is or not), but it doesn’t matter. Cardigans are perfect for maternity because you can wear any maternity shirt with it. I was pregnant last time in the summer so all of my shirts are short-sleeved or sleeveless. I sent this back. It was just too big.

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I really liked the colors and pattern of this shirt. I also love that it comes down to a V in the front. I wasn’t a big fan of the band at the bottom. My belly got pretty big last time so I don’t think this would fit for long. I sent this back.

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I LOVE this sweater. It’s light but still warm, and will fit for a while. The color looks brown here, but it’s really more of a dark purple. I prefer brighter colors, but it’s not bad. I kept it.

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These pants. As you can tell, they’re pretty tight. Really comfy, but a little too “skinny” as far as skinny jeans go. The top is amazing though. The stretch bands are to the side, so I think they would stay up better than most maternity pants do. I sent these back.

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This dress I don’t think is technically maternity. The front-view on the left is the dress pulled down where it’s supposed to sit. The band it right across the top of my belly. Not comfortable and probably wouldn’t fit for long. In the front-view on the right I kind of hiked the dress up a little bit. It fit a lot better and was more comfortable. As dresses with pregnant bellies go, if they’re not maternity they just shorten in the front as you grow. And that’s exactly how this one would go. If I wasn’t pregnant I probably would have kept the dress. Cute for a night out or for a holiday party.

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If you don’t do Stitch Fix, you should try it! Whether pregnant or not. ;) Clicking on any of the links above will take you to the site via my referral link.

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