I hate sugar cookies

Okay, maybe hate is a strong word.  But sugar cookies and I? We have beef.

When I first started playing around with cookie cutters and new recipes, I was excited to dabble in this venture; however, I am slowly learning that sugar cookies and I are currently intertwined in quite the love/hate relationship.  Or, maybe I am just grumpy from this week’s baking escapades.  Or, maybe I’m just grumpy in general? It could really be either option. 

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On a random side note: I swear, I will go bankrupt from buying butter – but I digress!

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Tomorrow, my manager and I have our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch; although the event is catered, staff have the chance to bake dessert to help show our appreciation for all of the work our volunteers do.  Naturally, I was walking into this week excited to bake my brains out!  This year’s theme for Volunteer Appreciation Month is Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place, and a reoccurring symbol within our brunch is a butterfly.  My plan was set: I was determined to make butterfly shaped cookies.  Unfortunately, this feat did not go as well as I had hoped.

All week, I had three trays of cookie dough chilling in our fridge.  The first tray was great, chilled to perfection and ready for cutting.  The second tray did not mix well at all.  Sometimes when I double my batch of sugar cookies, the dough at the very bottom of my mixer fails to blend completely, leaving behind a wet and sticky dough.  This tray did not work out.  The third dough had chilled well; however, our refrigerator had dripped water onto the pan, which seeped through the parchment paper spoiling the dough.  Luckily, I was able to salvage the first tray and I began to brainstorm other dessert options.

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I quickly whipped together a chocolate chip cookie cake, and as long as I am able to successfully transport it, it should be brunch ready!  Although this week’s baking adventures did not go as well as I had anticipated, I am still happy about the cookies I was able to salvage and I hope our volunteers enjoy them as well!

Sundays in the Park with Peanut

For me, Sundays are made for hot yoga, baking and Breakfast with the Beatles.  However, who doesn’t mind a break from routine every now and then?  Yesterday, there was no better way for me to spend my Sunday than driving with the windows down, blasting Eights Days a Week, and on my way to see Peanut (aka my niece, Liv).

I could not believe how incredibly amazing the weather was; it was certainly a day that I feel many of us craved: a chance for us to get out of hibernation mode, to shake those muscles that have frozen over and just be at ease.

And yesterday was definitely a much needed at ease day, especially when you get to visit this little peanut!

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And of course, you have to love it when ZoZo girl gets in on the action.

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Although Zoey and Toby stayed behind, Liv definitely enjoyed her first trip to the park (at least for the parts that she was awake for).

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Naturally, I could not visit my brother and sister-in-law empty handed; it goes against every Italian bone in my body.  So, in honor of visiting Peanut, I baked sugar cookies shaped in her likeness (sort of).

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About a week ago, I finally decided to be brave and play around with cookie cutters.  After finally nailing down my sugar cookie recipe, the idea of rolling out dough and cutting it still seemed quite daunting.  Although I use a wine bottle as my rolling pin, I think I am finally getting the hang of it.  The decorating can still use a little work, but I suppose that’s an adventure for another day.