Sweet and Green!

Shamrock Sugar Cookies by Posh Cookies

St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookie Assortment by Frosted Bakery

Since St. Patty’s is approaching quickly, bakeries are starting to bake up shamrocks and pot o’ gold cookies to celebrate.   The assortment of sugar cookies in the picture below was purchased at “FROSTED BAKERY”. The picture to the right are of cookies purchased at “POSH COOKIES”. Both are local bakeries in my area. I had to take these pictures quickly before the kids came home from school. Needless to say, there’s only one cookie left in the house! Be sure to check out your local mom and pop bakeries to see what they have for St. Patty’s! I usually bake some shamrock shaped sugar cookies every year, but I’m going to bake cupcakes instead. Will be posting soon!

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Unorganized recipes?

My Tastebook!

How many favorite recipes do you have? How many different cook books do you have to pull out to find all of them? My problem was that my faves were scattered in different books, print outs and on index cards.

My husband actually came across this really cool site that helps you organize your recipes. So I tried it out and its awesome!

Visit http://www.tastebook.com
You can add up to 100 recipes in one book. You can choose a cover, upload your own pictures for your recipes, share your recipes with your friends and family and buy gift certificates. You can upload recipes from recipe websites as well.

I uploaded all of my favorites for the holidays. It took me a few nights to complete it, but it was well worth it. You can also order copies of it if you wanted to give it as a gift.

I highly recommend this site!

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Greet the girls with green!

St. Patrick's Day greetings

Staying in contact with our friends is important. We can easily go under the radar and not be heard of or seen for weeks. St. Patrick’s Day can be an excuse to

send out a greeting to your friends. Whether or not they celebrate it or not, it just says “Hi there!”. They’ll appreciate hearing from you, even if its not a call or an email. In this age of social networks, we need to remember that we’re more than just a picture on a screen. Stay in touch! A handwritten card shows you took the time to remember them.

I always like to use stickers and stamps on my cards. Here’s an example of what I’ve done with my St. Patrick’s Day cards. You can find these cards in packs of 8.


Everything’s Gone Green!

Double cupcake wrapper

March is here! If you’re in a part of the country where the winter is over, then its time to get the garden gloves out and start getting your garden cleaned up. Its been gorgeous here in SE Texas.  Don’t toss out the junk mail yet! There may be a circular for your local garden center. Its a great time to save on your spring plantings.

So while I’ve been planting some flowers here and there, I’m still working on St .Patty’s decorations inside my house. I’m planning on baking up some St. Patty’s Day cupcakes for the kids on my street. I’ve managed to find shamrock sprinkles at Hobby Lobby and shamrock cupcake papers on Amazon. Still waiting for the shipment to get here.

I’ve been seeing cupcake wrappers on just about every blog that talks about cupcakes. I looked them up online and they’re quite pricey for “laser cut” cupcake wrappers. They run about 75cents each. Minimum orders are typically 50count. Too many and too much!

So I went onto Etsy.com and saw some people selling hand crafted cupcake wrappers. They’re selling for less. Most are made to order. So then I found a blog that had a free download for a template and it showed you had to create your own.

So I made some by using wavy scissors instead of a design puncher, but I really liked the look of the design punchers better. Off to Hobby Lobby I went to get a puncher. I love it! How could of I’ve been without one? I ordered a “Bat” lace design puncher online for Halloween. They don’t have the Halloween punchers in stock at Hobby Lobby right now. It’ll be used for my friend’s big Halloween bash in October.

Crafting supplies can get pricey, but if you purchase an item that has many uses, then its worth buying something like a puncher. It can be used for so many different projects. So $10-$13 pays off. Don’t be stingy! Let your friends borrow it!

All I used for these were: Template, wavy scissors, scrap book paper, double sided tape, design puncher, shamrock stamp and ink pad.

First, trace the template on the paper of your choice. You can use just about any kind of paper as long as its easy to work with and sturdy. You can fit about 5 cupcake wrappers on a 12×12 sheet of scrap book paper. Cut out the wrappers. Use wavy scissors or a puncher on the top edge of the wrapper. You can use a stamp or other kind of embellishments at this time. Use double sided table to hold the sides together to make the cup shape. Cupcakes should still be baked in a regular cupcake paper or foil cup. Decorate them before putting them in the wrappers. Get as creative as you want with these!

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