Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

I love love love this time of year!  I love to eat, I love to cook, and obviously I LOVE to bake.  I already started listening to Christmas music yesterday.  Yep, I’m that girl.

I couldn’t wait to get home from work last night and get going on the icing of my Thanksgiving cookies.  Last year was the first year I tackled some fun designs on the turkeys and I was anxious to see if I could pull it off again.  I may or may not have spent almost 5hrs on them last night, but I made 80 cookies!  Hopefully our guests will like them  🙂

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Naked cookies = my canvas

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(Nerd Alert: This is where I start getting excited!!!!)

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Shout out to my beautiful sister, Courtney, for inspiring the tie-dye turkeys!

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Sending Thanksgiving wishes your way!!!  I hope that each of you is as fortunate as I am to be blessed with amazing family and friends that make the holidays so special, and really give us something to look forward to celebrating.  I’m SO thankful every day for the family I was given, and for the extended family I have chosen with my close friends.  You all know who you are!

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my blog.  I hope you come back again soon!  Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

♥ LL

 

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Paddy O’Beers Grand Opening

If you like craft beer, fun times and great people – you all need to go downtown Raleigh and visit Paddy O’Beers on Fayetteville St.  They had their grand opening this weekend, so I got to try out some new cookies I’ve never done before.  I ordered beer mug and beer bottle cookie cutters last week.  The shamrock was already part of my collection.  I’m always excited to try out new shapes/designs, but there’s always a risk that they won’t turn out at all how I envision them.  Luckily, these came out just how I wanted them!

The beer bottles are an homage to my favorite beer, Trappistes Rochefort 10.  If you haven’t had it before, you’re missing out.  Of course, I couldn’t make an exact replica, I’m not THAT good, but I had to at least get the blue 10 in there!

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Go visit the crew at Paddy O’Beers.  Have a Rochefort 10 – you won’t regret it!

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I’ve got a lot of Thanksgiving cookies to make over these next few days, but if you have any ideas of anything to make between then and Christmas, please send them my way!

♥ LL

Congratulations Rachel & Tyler!!!

My super sweet, awesome, and fun-sized friend, Rachel got engaged last month to another one of my equally sweet, awesome, yet not so fun-sized friends, Tyler.  This was such exciting news!!!  We all met at work right here in Raleigh.  After a few years of being great friends, they finally realized that they were perfect for each other.  Seriously, how cute are these two?!Image

Of course I thought the perfect engagement gift would be some cookies 🙂  I’ve made some for Rachel before for her 30th birthday – I’ll have to post those later.  Those were some of my favorites!

These cookies are a little different because I used sprinkles this time.  I also had to improvise a bit and find a creative way to cut the circles out of the middle of the ring 🙂

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I realized as I started these first few posts, that my most recent batches were for some of my closest friends – Tricia, Eileen, and Rachel.  Just wanted to thank all of you (and Tyler of course) for being such great friends and being so supportive with my baking and the new blog.  You guys are the best.  Love you all 🙂

As always, please feel free to reply to this post with any ideas for future batches/comments/questions.

♥ LL

Welcome Back Eileen!

One of my dearest friends here in Raleigh was out on maternity leave for the last couple of months.  As happy and excited as I was for her to welcome her adorable baby boy to the world, I missed her terribly at the office.  I wanted to make sure that she felt welcome and missed when she came back.  I know that she and her family have always been fans of my sugar cookies, so I thought, why not surprise her by leaving cookies on her desk for when she came back to work?

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As you can (and will) see, I find all kinds of reasons and occasions to make cookies.  You wouldn’t believe all the different types of cookie cutters you can find out there!

As always, please feel free to reply to this post with any ideas for future batches/comments/questions.

♥ LL

 

 

Tricia’s Wedding Cookies!

As it grew closer to my best friend’s wedding in October, I thought more and more about what I wanted to give her.  I knew I wanted to incorporate some custom cookies in her gift some how.  I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it, so I looked to her registry for some inspiration.   I went to Macy’s with my mom looking for something that might spark an idea.  I stumbled upon a cookie jar/tin that she registered for and I was SO excited!  The rest was easy.  I mean – I’m not going to give someone an empty cookie jar.  That would just be rude 😉

As I searched through the rest of the registry, I picked up a couple other things – one of which was a set of kitchen towels with rolling pins on them.  I decided to pick those up and use the colors in the towels as my color palette for icing.  I debated on shapes to make.  It was a Fall wedding – so do I do leaves?  Do I do a wedding theme?  Hearts?

I went with wedding cakes and hearts because I had never tackled the wedding cake cookie before and I was anxious to try it.  (Plus I can work the leaves into my Thanksgiving batches here shortly.)  I went with the double hearts as well – though it would be cute to personalize them with their initials.

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— Side note:  I’m trying to be better about taking progressive shots along the process —

I filled up her cookie jar full of cookies, and I also made gift boxes for all of her girlfriends that came out to celebrate for dinner and drinks the weekend before the wedding on Hilton Head Island.  I found the semi-transparent plastic take-out boxes and iridescent paper at Michael’s  – simple custom party favor that everyone seemed to enjoy.  I was honored that Tricia used some of the cookies just a few days later at the rehearsal dinner.

I have a few more that I will posting soon.  I’ve been a busy baker lately!  I hope that keeping up this blog will inspire and motivate me to bake more often.   Please feel free to reply to any post with any ideas/comments/questions.

♥ LL