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I Mustache You A Question

18 Feb

I don’t know if you’re aware, but there is a mustache craze going on right now. Between products like these and the popularity of Movember, I think the mustache trend is here to stay. Personally, I became obsessed with mustaches because of this little lady:

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One glance and I was hooked. And incidentally today is Sally and my one-year anniversary! Yes, I am celebrating my anniversary with my kitty-kat. I used to think these “kinds” of people were, ahem, a little weird, but I can proudly say I am now one of them. Before I get to the recipe {there is one, promise} let me tell you a story of a kitty that needed a home and a girl that needed a kitty…

When I moved to Boston, I really wanted a cat. Desperately. I grew up with cats all my life–when I moved to the East Coast, I left these babies at home:

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My fluffy cat, Kalypso

My dad's cat {and replacement for his children, ahem} Mr. Cat

My dad’s cat {and replacement for his children, ahem} Mr. Cat

I knew getting a cat in Boston was not the smartest idea, since I had no idea if I would be staying in Boston after I graduated. So I waited. And waited. And then grad school was over! And the bf and I decided hey, let’s stay in Boston! So off to the shelter I went.

The first round of shelter-visiting was not good. We went to a Petco adoption day, which apparently only existed on the Internet. Sigh. We visited another in-store adoption, but alas, no matches. Double sigh. The next weekend, we decided to go to the Boston MSPCA. I picked a cat online via Petfinder that I liked {he had six toes! I mean, come on!} but he was sick and not ready for adoption. As I walked into the cat room/area, I thought that this was the end, I would never find a kitty to love.

But then, at the end of the room, in a cage all to herself, was my Sally. Back then, she was called Callie {for calico}. And Foliage. She has two names because she was–and still is–bad-ass. I opened the door to pet her and BAM. Instant connection. You can ask Elise about it, she saw. Sally immediately nuzzled up to my hand and started purring. I grabbed her info sheet off the door and ran to the front desk and said “THIS IS MY CAT”. Luckily, Sally was already spayed and microchipped, so I got to take her home that day! It was fate.

Sally's first photo

Sally’s first photo

Sally gave birth to four little babies when in foster care {I threw away the picture of her and the babies when I moved, why?} and when they were brought to the shelter, the babies got snatched up, but no one wanted the mama. That’s ok, because I did! We did the paperwork, payment, checked with the landlord and roommates to make sure they would even let me have a cat, and then we ventured home. I take pride in the fact that my Sally turned my non-cat loving friends into {conditional} cat lovers.

Oh, and that whole part about getting a cat in Boston because I would stay in Boston? Yea that didn’t last. In April, I decided to move back to California. And so started the trans-America move with cat in-tow. Hence the leash video and pictures like these:

Torture

Torture

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with Sally. Like,crazy-stalker obsessed. Luckily, when John and Sally met, it was love at first sight. He is also obsessed, as seen here:

Sally and John

And here:

John petting Sally

The moral of this story is: I love my kitty, my boyfriend loves my our kitty, adopt kitties from the shelter because they are the best! Use Petfinder.com to find pets in local shelters! {not a sponsored post, btw}

And with that, I give you these awesome mustache sugar cookies! These cookie cutters were a gift from said boyfriend. He found them at Target!

Sally’s Mustache Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

Sugar cookie dough {either from scratch or from a pre-made mix}

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350

Prepare dough per directions

Add two tbsp cocoa powder

Mix well

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick

Rollin' the dough

Cut out dough with cookie cutters {they are cutters on one side, and a stamp on the other!}

Mustache cookie dough

Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet {I put mine on parchment paper, worked great!}

Bake for 5-7 minutes and let cool

Take funny pictures

Mustache Sally

Mustache Sally

Happy anniversary my Sally cat! You are the weirdest, funniest, sweetest kitty ever and we are lucky that you are ours :) It’s true when they ask…do you rescue pets, or do they rescue you? xoxo

Weirdo

Weirdo

Superbowl Snacktime

6 Feb

Hope you guys all had a fabulous superbowl! I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly a fan of either team (this California girl was cheering for the 49ers) but I was really excited to get together with my friends and eat some amazing food! Juliana, of the blog Novice Noms made AMAZING, sour cream, cheesy delicious dip, and of course, I was in charge of bringing the baked goods.

I decided to stick with the sugar cookie category because they are easy to bake (I already had all the ingredients), easy to transport and super fun to decorate! So, my contribution to the party were these adorable football sugar cookies (can we call footballs adorable??)

I know that the season is over, but hopefully these inspire you to make other sports-themed sugar cookies–it is still basketball season, after all. Or these would make a great treat for a baby shower for someone who is having a boy, or a birthday party for a sports enthusiast.

I present…football sugar cookies. Recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Directions

Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm (I left mine in the fridge for about 2 hours). Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Using a pre-made football (or any shape) stencil, cut dough in desired shape.

Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Let cool completely before frosting.

Football detailing: 

Frost cookies completely with chocolate frosting. Using a 1/4 inch piping tip (or using a ziplock bag with the corner cut off) draw the lace details with white icing. Bring to party and let friends eat and enjoy!

Yields ~40 cookies.

 

I was super stoked with how these came out. They were such a hit and I will definitely be making these again–and branch out into different sports. When baseball season starts, expect a baseball cookie post :) Have fun baking–it’s a cake walk!

Snowed In: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

24 Jan

This weekend in Boston we finally got snow, and lots of it! Although there was a storm in October (that’s right, October) the snow didn’t last long and the winter has been pretty mild. After a morning at the gym, I was dying to bake something with my new mixer, but I didn’t want to venture out in the terrible weather to buy ingredients. So, I rummaged through my kitchen cabinets and lined everything up on the counter, and tried to figure out what I could make with the basics: sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, eggs, and cocoa powder. Earlier in the week, I made brownies and I didn’t want to make plain sugar cookies. After some Google-ing and blog-reading, I found this blog (I think it is my new fave) and this awesome recipe for chocolate sugar cookies!

Annie’s blog not only has great dessert recipes, but she has AMAZING decorating tips, especially for novice and non-professional bakers. I’ve already started to scour the Internet and Amazon for the best pastry bags and tips (I would love any advice, readers!)

Hope you guys enjoyed your snowy weekend. Drink some tea, coffee, or chocolate–or all three–enjoy some cookies and snuggle under a blanket :)

And FYI, the pink beauty is now called Sandra Lee.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp. butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners aka powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt, mix together and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter with an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, approx 2-3 minutes  (I put Sandra Lee on speed 4 and it seemed to work fine).  Blend in the egg and vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated and no streaks remain.  Form the dough into a disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours.

Sandra Lee mixin' away

Ready for the fridge

  • Preheat the oven to 325˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness.  Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place cut outs on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes, just until set.  Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Decorate as desired.

The finished product

I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the cookies before my roommates and I devoured them during our Lifetime movie marathon. And yes, those are Christmas cookie shapes (when there is snow on the ground, Christmas is always in season).

Be on the lookout for a special birthday/bachelorette themed post next week–mature audiences only :) Happy baking and remember, it’s a cake walk!

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