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Emoji Cookies for Valentine’s Day

24 Jan

 

I am lucky to have daughters who love to bake.  We try and reserve Sunday afternoons for baking and love trying new things.  This last Sunday we decided to make emoji cookies to share with friends.  Seeing that emojis are still so popular, these cookies were a huge hit!  I even brought some to work to share with coworkers and everyone commented on how cute they were.

If you’re looking for something sweet to gift this Valentine’s Day, these emoji cookies would be the perfect thing!  If you really, really love emojis, you need to check out our personalized emoji gifts that make great Valentine’s Day gifts, too.

Here’s the recipe I used from Karenscookies.net:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup superfine sugar, or granulated sugar, processed in blender or food processor for 30 seconds
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. Almond extract or emulsion, optional
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour.

Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with mixer set at medium speed (see Dough Preparation and Baking tutorial for more information on creaming times). Add yolk, beat well. Add whole egg, vanilla and optional almond extract and beat until well-incorporated. Add flour; beat at low speed just until flour is mixed in; do not overmix. Divide dough in halves or thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dust work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick, sprinkling with additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment or silicone-lined pans. Bake in preheated oven until cookies appear dry on the surface and are light golden brown on the edges, about 10 minutes (very large cookies may take up to 12 or 13 minutes). Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks and cool completely before decorating.

For the frosting/glaze, I used this recipe, also from Karenscookies.net:

  • 2 lb powdered sugar
  • ½ C plus 2 T milk (10 T)
  • ½ C plus 2 T corn syrup (10 T)
  • 1 T. flavoring, any combination (I like 2 tsp. clear vanilla, ½ tsp. Almond Emulsion, and ½ tsp. clear butter flavoring, but you can get creative and try different things.)

Mix together till smooth. Divide up and color as desired.

You can use this icing just the way it is for both outlining and filling in. If you’re looking for more detail, you can thicken up your outline color with a bit more powdered sugar if desired. The formula is not set in stone, feel free to experiment with different ratios of liquid to sugar to get the consistency you like the best.

Hope you have fun making your own creative treats!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Wedding Inspiration: Greenery

28 Dec

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Out latest wedding inspiration board is all about the 2017 Pantone color of the year: greenery! According to Pantone,  greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.  Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.  Greenery would make a great color palette for a Spring or Summer wedding.  This fresh shade of green could be incorporated into most everything in a wedding scheme from invitations, to dresses to tabletop accessories.  According to Brides.com, greenery bridal bouquets are a major trend.  So there is a lot you can do with this fun and fresh color.

Get inspired with our picks:

Green and gold foldover notecards, Green block save the date photo magnets, Banded self-inking stamper, Floral laurel wreath napkins, Your text own handled bag in your color choice, Personalized laurel wreath with heart plastic plates, Sophisticated scroll personalized gift wrap, French garden save the dates cards, French garden reception cards and Grey floral pattern on white and green invitations.

 

 

Other Image Sources:

Bridesmaids: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/1135903

Boutonniere: http://www.brides.com/story/pantone-2017-color-of-the-year-wedding-ideas

Table Number: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/862455

Green Floral Crown: http://weddbook.com/entry/2225286/10-ways-to-use-greenery-in-your-wedding-decor-and-save-money

Leaf place card: http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/romantic-and-timeless-green-wedding-color-ideas/

Table Setting: http://blog.stylishwedd.com/top-10-wedding-colors-for-spring-2017-inspired-by-pantone-s/

Bride and Bridesmaids: http://www.randomtuesdays.com/green-wedding-inspiration/

 

5 Ideas for Giving Back This Holiday Season

7 Dec

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone is so busy getting ready.  Holiday cards, presents, parties, baking (need I go on?).  The holiday season is also about giving back to those who may not be so lucky to be “busy” with all the things so many of us take for granted.  If you’re feeling inspired to give back but not sure where to start, here are a few ideas that may inspire you:

  • Host a food drive where you work.  You can set up a collection box or site and have employees deliver the items to your local food pantry.  Be sure to contact your local food pantry ahead of time to see what they are in most need of.
  • Host a blood drive where you work.  There is almost always a blood shortage and most blood centers offer mobile services.
  • Sign up to help with your local soup kitchen.  Helping those in need where you live is a great way to connect with your community.
  • Call your local pet shelter and see what supplies they might need (they often are in need of newspapers, blankets and towels).  You can clean out your linen closets and help a charity at the same time (win win!).
  • Donate your gently used coats to those who don’t have any.  Many churches and local food pantries accept donations.  You can always find a drop off center at One Warm Coat.

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I hope these ideas inspire you to give back this year!  The Stationery Studio hosted a food drive for our local food pantry this year for #GivingTuesday.  We were honored to help those in our community where we work and many of us live.  Along with the food donated, TheStationeryStudio.com gave a monetary donation to help with items they need to stock their shelves.