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A Sweet Valentine’s Day Pot Luck Luncheon

14 Feb

Valentine's Day at The Stationery StudioIf you’re planning an office pot luck Valentine’s Day lunch, there are so many fun ways to bring in the heart theme.  When you’re a creative type, you really put some extra love into what you bring so our Valentine’s Day pot luck was so much fun!  It featured homemade heart themed treats from our talented staff along with some heart(y) buffet specialties.  It was so enjoyable to take a bit of time to celebrate this love(ly) holiday.

We thought you might like to see some of our staff specialties!  For appetizers we enjoyed the heart-shaped artichoke dip and Brie En Croute from Wendy. Thanks to Leslie, we could healthfully stuff ourselves with a great veggie platter and a gorgeous green salad from Renee G.   Also, Linda brought 2 beautiful cheese and dried fruit platters that were delicious.

We enjoyed southwest heart-healthy turkey tacos with all the toppings by Renee R., Sweet and Sour meatballs by Shari, homemade bacon baked beans by Sandy H. and we all loved Sandy K’s famous pulled BBQ chicken with fried onions!  For a nice side, Amanda brought a wonderful Asian Slaw Salad.  A big shout out to Diane, who dropped in even on her day off, with some Nachos.  Marc went all out and ordered a pizza. And thanks to Nate we had some fizzy beverages.

Some sweet standouts to end the meal included the beautiful Fruit platter and the Fondue Dip with treats by Joan, the Oreo Cheesecake by Heidi, Coconut Magic Dream Bars by Mindee, and the Homemade Sugar Cookies by Sandy plus a fabulous Banana bread by Shari.

It was a lot of fun and we highly recommend sharing the love in your office for an upcoming event!

Happy Valentine’s Day,


10 Tips on Writing a Love Letter

2 Feb

With Valentine’s Day coming up, love is definitely in the air. Are you doing anything special for your sweetheart this year?  If you think it’s a bit hard to voice the words in person, why not write a letter? A letter is something your special someone will keep and cherish. A tweet or a snap disappears easily but a written note can be forever.  So send that special letter to seal your feelings.  It will be very meaningful.

If you are not sure what to say, we have 10 tips for you.

  1. Be genuine.  Whatever your emotions are, express them from the heart in a genuine way.
  2. So you’re not Shakespeare, big deal.   Well, don’t worry, we all have our skills.  Any message you craft from the heart will be special.
  3. Make yourself a cheat sheet. Plan what you want to write before putting pen to paper to avoid ruining your heartfelt note and having to start over.
  4.  It’s all in the details.  Give a couple details about why you adore this person and perhaps include a special memory.
  5. Make it pretty.  Find the perfect, hopefully personalized stationery or letter sheet or valentine and use your best penmanship with a good quality pen (never typed!). Little details make the difference.


  6. Size doesn’t matter. Your note can be as long or short as needed.  If your personality is more “to the point”, then that’s your style.  If you want to elaborate and capture detailed thoughts and feelings, well, you have your platform.  If you love to wax nostalgic, then so be it, and put the memories on paper.  It’s your canvas so create your own masterpiece.
  7. Look to the future.  End your note with how you look forward to the future and why.
  8. Mailed or Given?  Well, either way is great.  If you want a big surprise in their mailbox (or if you are too shy) then mailing is a great option.  Or, perhaps you want to plan a special date for dinner or drinks or coffee where you can present the card for you both to share together. Or, surprise them with a note on their pillow or breakfast table.
  9. Love letters don’t always have to be romantic. It’s a beautiful idea to  send your children or close friends a special note about why you love them. Let them know why you love them, how proud you are of them, give specific examples and let them know you are there for them.
  10. The letter is enough.  A personal note is a way to give a part of your heart to your special someone.  That’s the best gift you can give. You don’t really need big boxes of chocolates or candies or dozens of roses.  But, if you’re feeling generous, why not!

Happy letter writing,


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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

  • 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

  • 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!