Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stone Cold Fox (cookies)

I couldn't just leave well enough alone with the skunk heart cookies.
fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes
Seriously, I can almost feel a heart-animal cookie obsession starting to take hold, but I'm trying to push it down...I have too many other Valentine cookies I want to get to first. Plus, heart animals are really appropriate at any time of year. Right?

fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes
These little foxes are super simple to make and will be the perfect valentine treat for your favorite stone cold fox or foxy lady.

To make fox face valentine cookies, you'll need:
how to make decorate a fox cookie with a heart cookie shape
Use a #2 tip to outline the hearts with black icing. (I used a #3 tip to outline the cookies with the "foxy" wording.")

Thin the orange icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin. Count of 2-3 is good. Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

fox valentine cookies flood photo foxfacetutorial1of4.jpg
Stir the icing gently with a spatula, then pour into a squeeze bottle. Flood the cookies with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and pop any large air bubbles. Let the cookies sit for at least one hour.

how to decorate a heart-shaped fox cookie
Use a #2 tip to outline a white heart on top of the orange icing. Reserve a bit of the piping consistency white icing. Thin the remaining white icing as above. Flood the white outline.

Let the cookies sit for at least one hour.

fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes
With a #1 tip, add the ears in white. Use a #3 tip to add the nose in black, then switch the tip to a #1 and add the eyes.

Let the icing dry uncovered for 6-8 hours or overnight.

fox and skunk cookies from a heart cookie cutter, simple cookie decorating tutorials
I like the skunks and foxes together, too. It's like a forest of love. Or, something like that.


fox and skunk cookies from a heart cookie cutter, simple cookie decorating tutorials
If you have any heart animal cookies ideas, leave them in the comments!

fox and skunk cookies from a heart cookie cutter, simple cookie decorating tutorials

Be sure to check out this incredible ebook bundle for all sorts of DIY projects: photography, homemade gifts, sewing, cake decorating with modeling chocolate, etc. Such a great resource and only available for purchase for a few more days...
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Go forth and be FOXY
fox cookies made from a heart cookie cutter : post has decorating tutorial and recipes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Those projects you've always wanted to try? Here's when to do them...NOW.

go do them!
*source: modern hepburn

I have a problem. A Pinterest problem. I really try to pin only the recipes and projects that I *actually* might do someday. (Or, that I might try to convince Mr. E to to...like this cat tentfor instance.)

However, over 6,000 pins later, I can count the number of (non-recipe) projects I've managed to accomplish on one hand. I find myself getting overwhelmed; there are SO MANY projects I want to start that I end up doing none of them!

Here's where the Ultimate DIY Bundle comes in.
I was contacted several months ago to add an ebook of cookie decorating tutorials as part of a "bundle" of over 70 DIY ebooks.

cookies for the seasons ebook, part of the Ultimate DIY ebook bundle on sale through 1/26
My first thought was why would I put cookie tutorials that are on the blog already in an ebook? Then I started thinking about my Pinterest problem. How, maybe if I had an ebook on photography, I'd actually READ it. How, maybe if I had a sewing pattern and book to walk me through it, I might try it...rather than getting overwhelmed with ALL THE THINGS. Maybe having an ebook of cookie tutorials might be just what someone needs to jump in.

My ebook is just one of the books in the bundle. There are over 70 books!!! All sort of DIY topics are included.  Here are a just a few...
a few of the 76 (!) ebooks available in the Ultimate DIY Bundle, on sale through 1/26
{That homemade personal care ebook has body scrubs, body butter, lotions, lip balms...I'm all over that one!}

a few of the 76 (!) ebooks available in the Ultimate DIY Bundle, on sale through 1/26
{Hardware Store Decor? Cannot wait to start in on that one. I have a feeling Mr. E's project list is going to grow.}

a few of the 76 (!) ebooks available in the Ultimate DIY Bundle, on sale through 1/26

These are just some of the ebooks available. Will I use them all? Probably not. Have I already downloaded and started gathering my supplies for some? YES! (I'll show you some later this week.)
Take that, Pinterest!

I have a feeling that you're like me. You love creating...you may have started with cookie decorating, or creating gifts, or photography, but there are always more projects you want to try.

One of my (many) problems...how to decide which project to dive into next? I'm excited for these projects because when I'm on Pinterest overload, I tend to buy supplies, books, patterns...and then they're normally banished to the hall closet, the crafting graveyard.

Ultimate DIY ebook bundle ... 76 DIY ebooks, only $34.95. On sale through 1/26
Check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! It’s your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from photography and home decor to modeling chocolate and sewing.

For just $34.95 (!), you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76(!!!) eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new world of crafting.




Hurry, though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! 

These include…
A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine (love this magazine!) and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

craftsy artisan bread making class from Craftsy ... FREE bonus class available through purchase of Ultimate DIY Bundle through 1/26
I've already downloaded my bonus from Craftsy...an Artisan BREAD MAKING COURSE with Peter Reinhart.  I'm SO excited! 

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sur la table gift card giveaway
Oh! (longest post ever...) To get you started on the cookie decorating side of things,
I'm giving away a $100 Sur La Table gift card so you can get started on the cookie decorating!  Yay!

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what project you'd love to tackle...or any of the ebooks featured above that you might want to read.

For an extra entry, spread the word...email a friend, tweet, facebook, pinterest, call your sister, whatever...and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did.

PLEASE, make sure I have a way to contact you. Leave your email in your comment, or make sure your name links to an email.

Short giveaway...entries accepted through 11:59CST Friday the 23rd.  Good luck!

Ultimate DIY ebook bundle ... 76 DIY ebooks, only $34.95. On sale through 1/26

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chocolate Banana Muffins with Cookie Dough Streusel Topping

You know those recipes printed inside food product boxes? When I was single, fresh-out-of-college gal, and learning-to-cook, newly-married-gal, those recipes were my go-to recipes. I think I ripped every product box open and read every recipe on the inside. Sometimes there would be more than one recipe! Gold mine!!!

chocolate banana muffins with cookie dough streusel topping!!!
These days, I feel like I have so many recipes I want to try, a gazillion (approximately) cookbooks, my mom's old recipes, creating recipes of my own...and let's be honest here, a whole lot of Kind Bars for breakfast and taco nights for dinner...that I just don't look at those brand packaging recipes any more. (THAT was one long sentence. Sorry.)

chocolate banana muffins with cookie dough streusel topping!!!
As I was tossing yet another empty butter box, a recipe inside caught my eye. Whew...saved it right before it hit the trash can. Chocolate Banana Streusel Muffins.

Here's the original recipe...I found it on the Land O' Lakes website.

chocolate banana muffins with cookie dough streusel topping!!!
This morning, no school, which means: extra time to make muffins for breakfast. Yay!

I made a couple of small changes to the recipe. The original recipe gets all of the chocolate from the streusel itself. I wanted the muffins to be chocolate, too. Also, as I was making the streusel, it occurred to me...this is no ORDINARY streusel, this is COOKIE DOUGH streusel.  It's a wonder any ended up on the muffins at all.

chocolate banana muffins with cookie dough streusel topping!!!
Don't worry as you're scooping the batter into the muffin cups. It doesn't look like enough, but the streusel will fill up the rest.

I liked these best at room temperature, so even if you don't have a leisurely morning in which to make them, whip them up the night before. You'll feel like a rock star serving these to the kids at 6am.

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Chocolate Banana Muffins with Cookie Dough Streusel Topping

{adapted from Land O' Lakes}

for the streusel
1/2 unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

for the muffins
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
3 TBSP Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Line muffins tins with paper liners.

Make the streusel: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, and pinch salt. Cube the butter and add to the bowl. Stir, then use your fingers to distribute throughout, until the butter is broken up and combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, pressing the mixture together into small clumps. (Not all of the mixture will clump together.) Set aside.
cookie dough streusel topping for muffins and quick breads!
cookie dough streusel topping for muffins and quick breads!
Make the batter: In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the mashed bananas, egg, and vanilla. Add in the flour/cocoa mixture and beat on low just until combined.

chocolate banana muffins with cookie dough streusel topping!!!
Scoop batter into the prepared muffins tins. Top with the streusel.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
(I thought these were BEST at room temperature, but who am I to stop you from eating one warm?)

chocolate banana muffins with cookie dough streusel topping!!!
Cookie dough streusel? Let's make this happen.

*I do have a partnership with Land O' Lakes, but this was not a sponsored post...just a happy coincidence.*


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