Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Topographic Leaves

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Using real leaves from real trees, I traced and decorated the insides. I then traced a few different colors around each leaf, switching colors once I ran into the next leaves' color pattern-like a typographic map, yo-until the whole page was filled, kind of like when we traced our names in grade school! They look pretty sweet with a black frame and white matting. Easy fall decor, and fun for kids!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn Leaf Cookies

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It has been a tradition in our family that for nearly every holiday we make sugar cookies. Once I accidentally served some up for a baby shower and instead of putting 4 cubes of butter, I put four cups, and man those cookies were good. Gran’s cookies are a perfect recipe for moist, yet firm dough for cut-outs.   

To create these tasty beauties, you will need the following:

1. Sugar cookie dough (recipe below)
2. Leaf cookie cutters (I purchased a set at Williams-Sonoma.)
3. Frosting (canned or home-made will do)
4. Food coloring (the professional kind such as "Wilton" brand that will make rich colors)
5. After cookies are made and frosting is ready, apply dollops of colors desired. Spread with knife in a "wavy" direction. Let your impressionistic skills loose! Tip: Don't over mix the colors.

Grandma Blickenstaff's Famous Sugar Cookies

  • 4 cubes butter (not cups) 
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 tsp. baking powder
  • 6-7 c. flour
  • Cream butter, sugar, and eggs. Add dry ingredients. Dough should not stick to fingers when pinched. Dough will work best if refrigerated for a few hours. Roll to desired thickness, and let the fun begin. Bake on non-greased cookie sheet at 350° for 9 minutes. Enjoy!