It’s your lucky day!

This week I’m bringing you a little bit of the “Luck of the Irish”.  St. Patrick’s Day is this coming week March 17 and here in Boston the preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is underway. Move over snow!

Here are some ideas to make your celebration extra sweet.

If you love Andes mint, this is the cupcake for you. Top it with peppermint buttercream frosting.   Click here for the recipe.

Andes Mint St Patrick's Day Cupcakes @Grandma Juice

 

 

This is for the Oreo cookie lover.  Love the cupcake liner.  So festive! click here.

Mint Oreo Cupcakes

 

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Click here.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

 

 

How about a fun and easy shamrock punch for your kiddos?  All you need are two ingredients.  Click here for the recipe.  Serve it in ball jar and add a matching straw.  This is also a great idea for a baby or a bridal shower.  You can use any kind of sherbert.  It looks so pretty in a punch bowl.  It taste delicious and refreshing.

Lime Sherbet Floats for St. Patrick's Day fun -- a kid-favorite treats that only needs 2 ingredients & 2 minutes! #stpatricksday

 

Here is a quick idea…Get green m&m’s, fill a jar then add a cute tag Adorable!

Awesome Free Printable and St. Patrick's Day Gift Idea by @Matt Valk Chuah 36th Avenue .com

 

Love this idea.  Fill a cellophane bag with Rolo chocolates or any gold wrapper chocolate with this cute “Our friendship is Golden” tag and give it to a special friend this week.

Our Friendship is Golden Favors- St. Patricks Day - cute friend gift

 

After all this baking, show of your nails with this green and gold nail polish by China Glaze.  So pretty!

16 Stellar Manis That Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day via Brit + Co.

 

 

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!  Make Something Beautiful!

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Love is in the air….  These adorable valentine conversation hearts will make your heart go pitter patter.  Here are some ideas for your Valentine’s Day weekend.  Make someone smile!

 

Valentine Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies-Write a message on each cookie using an edible pen (a whole lot easier than writing with frosting) Recipe for frosting and Cookie

 

 

For those of you who love brownies, these red velvet swirls bars will melt your heart.

Red Velvet Chocolate-Swirled Brownie Bars {from scratch, not cake mix} - Big chocolate rivers in every bite!! Velvety soft and so good!!!

 

Royal icing heart cookies

These cookies in a jar make great gift ideas.  Wouldn’t you want one?  I love this idea because the cookies stay fresh and you can decorate the jar in so many ways.

Heart Cookies in a Jar

 

 

Send your valentine a love letter with this lovely sugar cookie envelope.  They will sure to write you back!

 

 

 

Although, this is a flourless chocolate cake, you can still make this with your favorite cake or brownie recipe.  I like this because it’s simple and doesn’t require any decorations.  All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter and voila!

Flourless chocolate cakes for those you love on Valentine's Day!

Which of these treats would you most likely bake and why?  Happy Valentine’s Day!  Leave a comment.

 

Easy Sugar Cookies From Scratch

With Valentine’s Day lurking around the corner, it is never too early to start thinking about those sweet treats for your valentine.

One of my favorite things to bake for Valentine’s Day is decorated sugar cookies.  If you’ve never baked sugar cookies, this is the one for you! It’s super easy and it taste delicious by itself.  Besides, it won’t crumble on you when rolling it out.

These heart shaped sugar cookies were simply decorated with pink and red sanding sugar.  With the sanding sugar you can decorate a lot of cookies in no time.  IMG_4367

So, today I want to share with you my favorite sugar cookie recipe.   This is my go to recipe. I can modify it depending on what kind of cookie I’m making that particular day.

You can decorate it with your favorite buttercream frosting or royal icing or just eat it as is. .  Here are some inspiration cookies for you.

,One of my absolute favorite blogs, Bakeat350. I love all her cookies but I love her double decker cookies!

 

So, you if you try this recipe, come back and share your thoughts.

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 2 dozen

* 2 cups all-purpose flour

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

* 1 cup sugar

* 1 large egg, lightly beaten

* 2 tablespoons milk

* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, brandy, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  2. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.