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Heavenly Blossoms {Cookies}

Today was the day that I stayed home to play housewife.  I sent the child to daycare and the dog and I baked cookies and made dinner, it was something I really wouldn’t mind doing once a week (Hint, Hint husband 😉

Never the less, today I bring you a forever family favorite recipe.  Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.  I don’t know why we only make them at Christmas time, but we do, always have.  And they will likely be gone within a week. Seriously if you’ve never had these, you are missing out on a tiny slice of heaven.

Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe (6 dozen)

1 C. Margarine
1 C. Peanut Butter
1 C. Sugar (plus a half cup for sugar-coating at the end)
1 C. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. Vanilla
2 1/2 C. Flour
1 t. Baking powder
1 t. Baking soda
1 t. Salt
1 bag of Chocolate Kisses (unwrapped)

Directions:  In large mixing bowl, mix together margarine, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix at low-speed.  Let chill for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350.  Roll into 1-inch balls and place in a bowl of sugar.

Cover the ball with sugar and place on baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Immediately after taking out of the oven, place a chocolate kiss in the middle of each cookie and flatten the cookie.  (be careful, the chocolate gets soft soon).

Remove from baking sheet and let cool.

Of course, I need to recognize Diesel for his assistance and patience.  He is extremely helpful in making sure no crumbs hit the floor.
He’s also quite the character.  As I was cleaning things up at the sink while waiting for a batch in the oven I noticed him eagerly waiting for an opportunity to sneak a taste.

Hope you enjoy one of our family favorites 🙂



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Cupcake Wars {Cake Decorating}

A few months ago a girlfriend and I decided to take a cake decorating class. Tonight I took 3 minutes (literally) to sit down and scroll through TV channels and saw the Cupcake Wars show which reminded me of all the supplies in the closet. Now I totally am in the mood to decorate a cake. Instead I’ll share my works with you..

We attended the Wilton Cake Decorating class at our local Michael’s store. Class 1 we learned how to make frosting- nothing to show from that. But class 2 was much more fun- Here was my cupcake cake.

Week 3 was all about cupcakes.  We got to try different tips and tricks for making various flowers and leaves.  This might have been my favorite night.  I totally love the simplicity of a bunch of different cupcakes.

And the grand finale class we made a full cake and learned how to make roses.  Since it was the week before Mother’s day (I wasn’t kidding that it was ages ago in my life) and I had my in-laws headed to town, I decided to make a very “Mother’s-Day-looking-cake”

Very traditional Mother’s Day cake- right?!?  Cake Decorating was put on the back burner until my shoulder is rehabbed a bit more, but definitely by late February I’m ready to kick things back into gear as my husband and I have our own cake war to prepare for our son’s birthday.  This past year we both made a “Big Yellow Digger” cake for my son’s construction themed party

Honestly it was WAY easier than I thought.  My biggest challenge was making a butt-load of frosting in various colors, and cake or dozen cupcakes each week.  By week 4 my husband was so sick of cake (even the fancy ones with filling were not appealing by the last week).  It was something different and unexpected than my typical craft.

If your cheap like me you could easily teach yourself using a few you-tube tutorial videos, but the social aspect was fun.  It’s kind of an expensive hobby- this coming from the girl with a room full of expensive photography and scrapbook supplies.  Enjoy.

If you have a sweet treat that you’ve made and would be interested in being featured on Fostering a Creative Life email me at: Littled.tales@gmail.com
PS- sorry for the watermarked images having my other blog info on them.  I’m off to bed so I’ll come back and change it another day!

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