Sugar Cookies and Kids: A Winning Combination

When you are invited to bake holiday cookies with a precious curly-haired four year old, you know you must be someone special.  So, I packed up my favorite baking pans and rolling pin and headed to the home of friend and fellow blogger, Leigh Hines (Hines Sight Blog). Have rolling pin, will travel?  Absolutely.

Leigh’s daughter had requested this event not long after meeting me last summer.  She and I share a special bond–we’re both curly headed girls!  It was an instant connection only made stronger by the fact that I could converse with her about ALL of the Disney princesses.

Baking with children is not only fun, but it can be a great way to teach math, kitchen safety, and share a life skill that will stay with them forever.  Having baked with my own children, who are now grown, I knew engaging my curly-haired friend in hands-on work would be important.  I chose easy to decorate shapes: candy cane and snowflake.  I opted for colored sugar and three colors of icing to keep in simple.  She was a pro at helping me roll out the dough and cut the cookies.  Decorating is the best part, but it can be difficult for a little one to wait for that task.  So, while the cookies cooled, she assisted me with measuring the ingredients for the icing.  When waiting became cumbersome, she was easily reengaged rolling out some of the excess dough and cutting out a few more cookies (to be baked while we decorated).

The whole event was captured by her mom, Leigh, and placed on Leigh’s Hines Sight Blog.  Check out the fun, the smiles, and the recipes here.  I can’t wait to return next year for Holiday Baking 2.0!

These Christmas trees were last year's design.  Maybe my curly-haired friend and I can conquer these next year!

These Christmas trees were last year’s design. Maybe my curly-haired friend and I can conquer these next year!

One Year…and Counting!

A year ago I embarked upon this blogging journey.  After years of longing to write about farmers markets, using local produce, and great restaurants, I finally created my first post on November 30, 2013.  I cannot believe it has already been a year.  I admit, I would love to write more often.  In a perfect world, I would spend every day in the kitchen–cooking, creating recipes, and snapping photos of my creations.  Perhaps, some day…my perfect world will exist.  Until then, I will settle for perfect moments.

I am certain that my purpose in life is to be a connector.  The satisfaction I feel when I share a resource with someone or connect two people with similar interests is what makes life worth living! I appreciate the opportunity to give readers my favorite recipes or enlighten them with creative ways to use local produce.  I find joy in supporting local farmers and businesses by telling everyone about their products.  Thank you for reading my posts, sharing them with others, and continuing to walk with me on this food journey.  It wouldn’t be the same without YOU!

What better way to say thank you than a plate of heart shaped palmiers?

What better way to say thank you than a plate of heart shaped palmiers?

This is one of my favorite recipes because it is so good and SO easy.  Check out Ina Garten’s Palmier recipe, and impress your friends!