Five things that happened this week

My orchid finally bloomed again. I was give. This orchid two years ago. Of course it was blooming when I got it, but then the blooms died away with the stem. I kept watering it thinking that it would bloom again, but it didn’t. The. I noticed that the roots were cramped so I changed the pot and put fresh orchid mix in there and now look! I have a pretty orchid just in time to brighten things up on this yucky winter day.

Otto is just about done. I just have to touch up the background and give I’m a couple coats of varnish and he’s good to go. Next up my little Zelda.

Monday was a kitty cuddle kind of day. I woke up and could barely walk leaving me on a heating pad on my back while the kitties and Zelda took turns making sure I was properly cared for. No worries though my back is better, at least for the most part anyway.

Harper took most of these home, but I will have you know that I accomplished the task of eating all the cookies she left behind. This is an accomplishment that I not so proud of, but they were yummy after all.

The last item I don’t have a picture of but I am happy to report that I am once again able to park my car in the garage. It is just in time for this ugly snowstorm too. Unburying my car is not something I am very fond of and I have been doing a lot of it recently.

I haven’t been that diligent this week with my posts, but I vow to pick it up next week!

Fun with Harper

To keep my niece entertained during the Super Bowl we baked some cookies. She picked the shapes and the colors. I think she did a great job of decorating them too. I let her bring home a cookie sheet full and of course she picked all the ones mommy and auntie decorated, but I don’t mind. I missed out on these younger years with my girls as we adopted them at 8, so any chance I get to have kid creations around my house, I count myself blessed.

As for the game…it’s a bummer that the Rams didn’t win.

Yesterday I did a Thing

I finally did it! I bought myself a Kitchenaid mixer! Of course, I had to use it. I had so much fun icing those Christmas cookies a few weeks back that I decided to try my hand at some more.

It worked great, it was everything that I imagined it would be. Now, I need to do a lot more baking. I have decided that I am going to make Birthday Cookies for all my family members. It just so happens that today is my youngest sister’s birthday!

Happy 27th Birthday Kirsten! I hope you love your cookies and I hope that they make it to Michigan in one piece. Sorry they will be a few days late, but I hope they are a great surprise.

Tried Something New Last Night

I have been seeing the most creatively iced cookies this year on the Food Network and in blogs, so I had to try it for myself.

I learned a few things in the process. I would definitely make my own dough next time though, and I was not happy with the consistency of my flood icing, so I would need to work on that too.

All in all it was fun though. I almost wanna go out an buy the supplies to make more. Or, maybe I will buy the stuff and make some cookies to send to my family in Michigan for my sister Kirsten’s birthday on the 2nd of January. She might get a kick out of that. I could find some cool cookie cutters that look like cats or something else she might love.

Just a thought though. It looks like it would be fun to do with children, but unless you have the patience of Job I would not try it. It was very messy and I am a 42-year-old mother of two teenage girls who did not enjoy cleaning up the mess that I made alone.

The Best Tasting Holiday Tradition: Cookies!

On Sunday I spent 9 hours creating hundreds of cookies to be gobbled up by family and friends.  Every year my sister and I get together for a whole day of baking.  On various years we have different helpers.  This year we were joined by my Auntie Barb and my niece Harper.  Of course Harper is only really interested in eating the sweet treats and decorating with sprinkles.

This is the first year that we have had Aunt Barb with us and she is so much fun.  She only has boys, and now that my mom lives in Michigan, it’s great to spend time with her.  It’s fun to gossip about my parents as teenagers and my grandparents too.  She’s always full of good advice and I love to hear all her fun stories.

We start out by putting all the things that we will need on my sister’s card table.  On a side note, do people use these for playing cards anymore?  It helps to have all our ingredients in one spot, we just have to make sure that we put it back so that we can find it for the next recipe.  This is apparently a difficult task for us at times, but at least we try to get ourselves organized.

My sister and I work really well as a team.  Her kitchen is small but we make it work  with these stack-able cooling racks.  Peanut Butter Blossoms take a long time to cool and you don’t want to smoosh the kisses.  There’s got to be a joke in there somewhere.  New to the cookie line up we added Sandbakkels this year in honor of my grandmother LaVonne, Auntie Barb’s mom, who passed away this year.  They are buttery goodness, but take up lots of space when cooling.  Thank goodness for stack-able racks!

(Cookie Lineup : Almond Bark covered Pretzels with sprinkles, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Spritz, Sandbakkels, Haystacks, Melting Moments, Glorified Grahams, and Pumpkin Cake-balls at the top.)

The marathon day of baking is the fun part for me, and the copious amounts of delicious treats aren’t bad either.  I can’t wait for next year!