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    Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Ideas

    Valentine’s Day is next week, so in preparation, I’ve been decorating some Valentine’s Day cookies with various types of icing. I’m no expert cookie decorator, but I enjoy trying.  I watch people who are amazingly talented on YouTube ice cookies, but my experience attempting to recreate those is limited. Here are the results of my baking for Valentine’s Day this year.  I think when you look at them with a sweeping glance they look quite cute!  If you look closely, you’ll see my shaky piping (LOL).  So ignore that! Here are the iced Valentine’s Day cookies: Now my intention when sharing this blog post is not to portray myself as…

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    Candy Cane Cookies and Chocolate Snow-Top Cookies

    One of my favourite aspects of Christmas time is partaking in holiday cookies. I love to bake cookies for my friends and coworkers. This year I’m participating in a virtual cookie exchange with a few other craft bloggers, and for the exchange, I’ll be sharing not one, but two cookie recipes! These cookies are both delicious and pretty to present on a plate to your cookie exchange recipients. One recipe is for Candy Cane Cookies, and the other is for Chocolate Snow-Top Cookies. The candy cane cookies are more labour intensive but are very fun to make.  The snowy cookies require some resting time for your dough, the perfect amount of…

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    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

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    Adventures in Cake Pops

    I previously posted about my misadventures in cake pop making; my previous attempt at making cake pops were a failure, and was not a great start for my 30 before 30 series.  Oh boy. My friend Danielle came to my rescue so I can officially check this tricky cake pop task off the to do list. (Thanks Danielle!) This time, the results were much better!  Take a look at this tray of cute cake pops.  We used a variety of coatings (milk chocolate, white chocolate, and Greek yogurt) and sprinkles for variety. Cake pop success! Here are some things I learned in the process: My original cake pops were way too big.  The bigger they are, the more…

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    Misadventures in Cake Pops

    Cake pops are irresistible; they deliver a perfectly sized bite of cake in an adorable sphere shape.  Foods on a stick also have a certain charm to them.  To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, I set out to make my own batch of cake pops.  This was my first project to try in my 30 Before 30 project (my project is apparently off to a rocky start!). First, let’s take a look at some adorable cake pops.  Brace yourself: mine look nothing like these fantastic looking ones from Love from the Oven. Yum, that looks great doesn’t it? My adventures in cake pop making turned into a bit of a misadventure,…

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    Mulberry Zucchini Bread Recipe

    This Mulberry Zucchini Bread recipe is a great way to use up your zucchini and mulberry harvest. This is my first year having zucchini in my garden, and it’s shocking how many zucchini the two plants I have growing in my backyard garden have produced. I can’t eat it fast enough! My front yard has a mulberry tree, and I have the same problem. Mulberries too are growing faster than I can consume them. If you don’t have mulberries on hand, you could swap them out for another berry of your choice.  Blueberries would be delicious too! This recipe will yield two loaves of mulberry zucchini bread.  One loaf is…

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    Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

    With September halfway through and fall slowly creeping up on us, I tend to find myself craving warm home cooked meals and treats baked by scratch. Now not all of us can find the time or the ingredients on hand when that craving hits but here is a great classic recipe using what most of us should have on hand in the kitchen. Here is my simple version of those classic peanut butter cookies.     Ingredients: 1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Brown sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla 1/2 cup Peanut butter 1 1/2 cups Flour 1 tsp Baking soda 1/4 tsp Salt *Makes 2 dozen…

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    White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Hemp Seed Cookies

    Lately, I’ve been trying to add more protein to my diet. To do that, I’ve been sprinkling hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds from the health food store) into my salads, cereals, and even…dessert?! This is my delicious white chocolate and butterscotch chip hemp seed cookie recipe. Try saying that three times fast! Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup butterscotch chips 1/2 cup hemp hearts Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix the butter, white…