Valentine’s Day Cookies – Part 2

Yesterday I posted about the cookie part of the Valentine’s Day sugar cookies that I made. However, everyone knows the best part of any good sugar cookies is the frosting.

Some places will use royal icing for their frosting and pipe it onto the cookie. While this definitely allows for a clean and professional look, they don’t taste that great. For these cookies, we use a frosting that has a much better flavor, but has to be spread onto the cookie and has a more rustic feel.

Sugar Cookie Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup margarine (Imperial or Blue Bonnet) *cut up if cold
1/4 cup half-n-half

  1. Pull all of the ingredients in the mixer
  2. After blending, whip on high for 5 minutes
  3. Add food coloring if desired (*I prefer gel food coloring)

I would like the thank my friend Kristin Boyd for coming over to photograph this baking session. Kristin is a trader by day, amature photographer by night. She is currently taking a photography class that focuses on environmental photography. For her homework each week, she is asked to photograph people in their natural environments. So when I asked her to come over and take pictures of me in my kitchen for this blog, it was a win-win for both of us! I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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What do you think? Could I be the next Food Network Star? Or maybe just a really good Room Mom.

30 Day Challenge

When I was home this weekend, my mom and I were talking about happiness.

Happiness seems like something that you should  achieve naturally. It seems like it should be this euphoric state that comes over you without a conscious effort to make it happen. Because if it were something that you were working towards, it would feel too forced to be true happiness. However, we both decided that this isn’t the way things work.

We were saying how happiness isn’t something that just happens; you need to take steps to find it and achieve it. You need to put yourself out there and figure out what will make you happy and then do it. It requires work, which can seem counterintuitive.

One of the things I miss most about swimming is the concept of being part of team and having goals that you work to achieve together. Having people hold you accountable for your actions and contributions to those goals can lead to incredible things. It may sound cliché, but we can achieve so much more together than we could as individuals. So, this weekend, we decided that together, we were going to take steps together to help us continue to find happiness in our lives.

After being Freshly Pressed last week, I had to opportunity to read a lot of blogs from folks who left comments on my post. One blogger wrote a post on her blog, “A Bit Of Everything” that featured a TED talk about 30 day challenges:

After watching it, my mom and I knew this was something we wanted to try. There are so many little things that we have always wanted to do, but for some reason or other, have never done. The 30 day challenge packages these things in a way that seem manageable and somewhat fun. After inviting Abby into the fun, we decided to start a blog  so that we could document our shared experiences (sorry, it is private – my mom isn’t ready for the fame that comes from a public blog just yet).

So with our newly minted blog, we have set out on our first challenge: take a picture every day for the next 30 days and post it to our site.

Our first 30 day challenge is not earth-shattering. It will not change our lives. But it will allow us to share and appreciate a small piece  of each other’s daily lives. And while it may not be awe-inspiring photography, I believe we will at least capture a few moments and memories that we may have otherwise missed.

Onward to happiness!

Say Cheese!

Today my mom went to pick up the cd that contains our wedding photos. I am super exciting to look through them all, although I have a feeling it might make me sad that the day is over. I loved every minute of the wedding and honestly couldn’t have asked for me. I can’t wait to post all about it!

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