A very Minnie Mouse birthday

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A week ago, the daughter of one of my best friends turned 2. About a month and a half ago, my friend had asked if I would bake some cookies for the party, which was a Minnie Mouse theme. To be honest, I was surprised at the Minnie Mouse theme at first. I thought kids today didn’t know who Mickey and Minnie are and only knew about the Disney Princesses and the characters from the Disney/Pixar movies. But, apparently Mickey and Minnie are back and as popular as ever thanks to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV show (which I didn’t even know still existed).

Of course, I said yes to my friend’s request and immediately started thinking of what kind of cookie I would make, how I would decorate them, what fun stuff I could add to them. Even though my friend had just asked for cookies that looked like Minnie’s head, I knew I wanted to do more. So, I searched Pinterest and Esty and got the idea to do individual Minnie bows and number 2s. Then, it hit me–I need to make cake pops!

The first time I ever made cake pops was for the baby shower celebrating the now 2 year old. Then, for her Winter One-derland first birthday party last year, I made snowman and snowflake cake pops. So, obviously, I HAD to make them for this party. It’s like my thing now for her, right?

Since I knew I’d be making sugar cookies (using my go-to recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen), I decided to go with a chocolate cake pop to add in some more flavor. I had made melting snowman Oreo truffles last year for Christmas and figured that the recipe could easily work for cake pops. And, it’s so easy, like ridiculously easy. Continue reading

Bridal Shower Sugar Cookies

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My sister is getting married in a month and two weeks ago, we celebrated her bridal shower. My aunts organized the whole thing, and it was held at The Shawnee Inn, a place near and dear to my sister’s heart.

Although all of the food was being provided, I decided it would be a great idea to volunteer to make all of the cookies for the shower, and then we could just have an assortment of other desserts there too. When I came up with this brilliant idea, I was hopped up on pain killers after undergoing knee surgery and wasn’t in the clearest of minds. As the shower got closer and closer, a part of me couldn’t help but think, “I volunteered to do what? I have to make and decorate how many cookies? What if they don’t turn out good and then everything is ruined?” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little bit of pressure because my perfectionist self (at least when it comes to baking) would be scrutinizing everything and would be mad at myself if everything wasn’t perfect. I was so nervous of screwing up that I almost backed out. But, my sister has always been one of my biggest fans when it comes to baking (she seriously asks me all the time when am I going to quit my job and open a bake shop), and so I decided that I would see my drug-infused promise through. Continue reading

Healthy Two Ingredient “Cookies”

 

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Recently, I did something that I swore I’d never do when baking. I made healthy cookies. That’s right, healthy, clean-eating, no sugar, no oil, no eggs cookies. Do they really count as cookies if it’s missing all that stuff? Jury’s still out on that, but the end result was tasty.

Why healthy cookies, you ask? Well, as much as I love baking, I can’t be eating a ton of cookies every week. Well, I could, but then I’d have to spend hours at the gym, and who really wants to do that? And, with my sister’s wedding coming up in September, I need to look good in my dress! (Totally vain, I know, but what girl doesn’t have that thought)?

I had some bananas sitting around that were just slightly too ripe and I needed something to do with them. I remembered seeing a recipe on Pinterest that called for cookies made with bananas and oatmeal. So obviously I went and found it and whipped up some cookies. Continue reading

Memorial Day Golf Ball Sugar Cookies

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Memorial Day is my 3rd favorite holiday, behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. I know, it seems odd, most people wouldn’t pick it as a favorite. But, for my family and me, it’s a big deal. Every Memorial Day weekend for the last 31 years, my parents have hosted a golf tournament. What started off as an idea between my dad and his handful of friends to make sure that they all got together at least once a year, has turned into a full-blown, weekend-long, 50+ people affair.

It starts with golfing on Sunday morning and culminates in a picnic at my parents, complete with plenty of food, beer, and an awards ceremony. The awards are typically joke awards that are relevant to things that have taken place in the last year, the winner gets a horrible plaid jacket that they have to wear throughout the year (unlike the Masters’ jacket, this isn’t one that you’re dying to win. It’s from the 70s and hasn’t been washed since. It was found in my grandfather’s closet when my dad decided to throw this bash together all those years ago).

When I say I love this day, I’m not exaggerating. Family, friends, laughter, it’s what life is all about. By the time the weekend rolls around, I’m so excited to see everyone.

Because of the number of people who attend, everyone brings a dish to the picnic, so as to alleviate some of the cooking that my mom has to do. The past few years, I’ve tried to make something golf themed. A few years ago it was a cake that looked like a golf course, after that, donuts that looked like they were sitting on a green. I did deviate last year and made star cookies that were red, white and blue that were then made into a flag (it is Memorial Day after all, let’s not forget the real reason for the 3-day weekend). This year, I wanted to make the cookies again but make them golf related. And that’s when I remembered this adorable picture that I had found on Pinterest.

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So cute, right? I can totally recreate that, maybe just a little less complicated (and just the golf balls, not the “course”), I thought to myself. And it wasn’t too hard to do either! Continue reading