Friday, April 4, 2014

Carrot Cake Cut Out Cookies

Just in time for Easter, I made a new roll out version of one of my favorite treats! Carrot cake is just so perfectly, perfect for celebrating spring!




As with all my cut out cookies I started with my basic Citrus Vanilla cookie recipe. It's a recipe that I've tested and tested and I know it's great and it's so east to adapt the flavors.

I added more flour and sugar to this version as you can see, because the carrots add a lot of extra moisture into the mix. If you want to stick with the original measurements or if you choose to use your own recipe and adapt it for these flavors, just squeeze out the carrot juice before adding the grated carrots to the dough.


Just look at those delicious carrot shavings and spices all mingled together! 


Carrot Cake Cut Out Cookies
recipe by me

Ingredients:
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup finely grated fresh carrot (I used a zester to get very fine pieces)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flake coconut (I like to pulse it in my food processor a few times just to break it down so the dough cuts easier)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a separate bowl and set aside
  3. In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the grated carrot and mix until incorporated.
  6. Gradually add in the flour and spice mixture while mixing. Scrape the bowl as you add. 
  7. Add in coconut and nuts (if using) with the last addition of flour and mix until dough is uniform and pulls away from the bowl.
  8. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (I usually do this on waxed paper sheets so I can pop the into the fridge to firm up)
  9. Cut out the shapes you want and place onto your cookie sheets (lined with parchment paper, not waxed paper!)
  10. I usually place a tray of cut out cookies into the freezer for at least 5 minutes before placing in the oven, they hold their shape much better this way!
  11.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be lightly golden on the bottom to very slightly brown on the edges. Remove from sheet and cool on rack.


This recipe yields a softer cookie, with a texture closer to Lofthouse sugar cookies (my weakness). These cookies are super delicious anytime, but seemed perfect for spring! So you can decorate them however you want!



Samantha
Flour De Lis

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cookies and baby update

I have so many things to catch up on! And a few great new recipes to share with you! But first, a little update on cookies and the bump!
The last time I shared a picture, I was only 20 weeks and anxiously waiting for my appointment to find out if baby was going to be XX or XY.

And... it turns out our little bundle of joy is a sweet baby BOY!

Week 20. Hello baby boy!

Baby was not remotely shy this round and was happy to show off his goods ;) 

Week 30!
I feel like I doubled in size from week 20 to 30! And here is where we are now,
  • How far along: 30 weeks this past Sunday, 31 just a few days away! I can't believe only 9 weeks to go! 
  • Baby is the size of…: a butternut squash (17 inches and weighs a little over 3 pound!)
  • Weight gain: 30 pounds
  • Baby Bump: Is big and very noticeable! I am not sure exactly what it is about being pregnant that attracts the long and steady gazes of small children, like everywhere I go... It's strange. And it makes me laugh ;) 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Exercise: I try to get at least 35 minutes on the elliptical and low intensity stretches and weights several times a week.
  • Cravings: Strawberries, watermelon, dates, water, waffles and lemonade (Starbucks iced passion tea lemonade to be specific, I could drink a gallon of it everyday, but I don't). 
  • Mood: Happy and tired, but mostly HAPPY :D
  • Sleep: Lots of tossing an turning and every time I move, baby decided he needs to move too! 
  • Wedding Ring: On
  • Baby Name?: All decided <3 li="" nbsp="">
  • Gender Prediction: I was totally WRONG about this! hahaha I was so sure it would be a girl. 
  • Movement: All day and day and several times at night. He's a busy little mover and shaker.
  • Maternity Clothes: I started off buying just a few bottoms and tops Pink Blush and then snagged a few more at local maternity stores. I really have been living in leggings and maternity tops and at this point I just don't want to buy anymore with only 9 weeks to go!
  • Baby Clothes: It's sooooo hard to not buy baby clothes! I keep telling myself not to buy anything else until after the shower, but it seems like every time I leave the house I come with something for baby!
  • What I am looking forward too: Baby shower!
  • What I miss: Sleeping through the night (on my back!) 
  • What I am not loving: All this added weight is really straining my feet and legs! My calves and feet have never been so sore! 
  • Favorite thing this week: Sunshine! We have had some really gorgeous days this week and I have loved being able to walk around outside and soak it up! 
I am still making cookies, just a few orders a week instead of a few hundred a week. I appreciate the smaller load, I am not sure I could handle much more than I am currently doing! 

Shipped these out earlier this week for a fun Seahawks theme baby shower! Now I kinda wish I was having a Seahawk baby shower! 



I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and enjoying all the joys of spring! It's finally SPRING! Yay!

Back soon with a great new, perfect for spring cookie recipe! 

Samantha
Flour De Lis

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baking/Blogging Bucket List

I have more than a dozen blog posts that I've started, with recipes I want to try or recipes I have tried and just haven't taken pictures of etc. I have good intentions and then I never turn those intentions into posts! 
My pinterest boards are bursting with "to-do's" but not very many have moved to the "tried and true" or even the "epic failure" boards (I don't actually have an epic failure board, but with the long list of very intimidating recipes I have ahead I foresee one ;)
I am making an effort to hold myself accountable! This is my resolution. So I am putting this out here, my list of dishes I want to make. Some are sweet, some are savory and some are just so darn delicious I just can't wait to share them with you! Now you can help keep me on track!
That's what friends are for, right ;)
I will try to come back to this list and update it with links to the results as I go. 
  • Macarons 
  • Caramels
  • Beignets
  • Snowball Cakes
  • Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies
  • Tiramisu
  • Marshmallow Cream
  • English Muffins
  • Hand Pies
  • S'more Whoopie Pies
  • Tempering Chocolate
  • Marranitos
So there is my list (well part of it). So what about you? Do you have a list of recipes you want to try or want to see me try first ;) C'mon little peer pressure can be helpful here!

P.S. If you are wondering about little baby Ngy, I'll have another update for you soon :D 


Samantha
Flour De Lis

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nursery Plans

The one thing I had known for sure when I got pregnant was that I wanted to do the nursery in mint and gold. It's pretty, it's gender neutral and it doesn't need to be overdone to be great!

I had pinned a ton of ideas over the last year (way before we decided to get pregnant!) that I really loved and some of them will definitely end up in the nursery!

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I am CRAZY about this wood wall hanging! Can't you just picture it with a soft mint background ;)

I am not a huge fan of the chevron trend, it's cute, but I am over it! But I still love the way it looks in these colors.
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You can never be wrong about a cute dresser with a fun pop of color AND a wall of cascading gold polka dots! This must happen!
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1. Print, 2. Palette; Mint, White and Gold, 3. Custom Baby Blanket (from my sweet friend Natasha), 4. Gold Polka Dot Wall Stickers, 5. Crib, 6. Gold dot changing pad cover, 7. Changing Table/Dresser, 8. Glider and Ottoman, 9. Print



Samantha
Flour De Lis

Sunday, January 19, 2014

20 Weeks

I am officially halfway through this pregnancy! It's so crazy to say that, I feel like I JUST found out! It's already gone by so fast. 
I am not really tired, but I have no energy if that makes sense. Making cookies seems impossible just about every day, but I have so many ideas that want to be created! The mr got me a sewing machine for Christmas so I plan to start on my lengthy list of crafts instead! 



I bought this picture frame over a year ago and painted it in a lovely mint green shade. It's been sitting in our spare room for ever! After finding Charlene's blog Becoming the Barrs, I decided I was going to use the frame to document baby's growth month to month. 


We're currently super excited to watch the NFC championship game today! GO HAWKS! 

I can't even remember how many of these cookies I made this week! Seattle is a great place to live and a great place to watch football!



So here is how I am doing this week, 
  • How far along: 20 weeks on Sunday, already halfway done baking! 
  • Baby is the size of…: a mango, a banana or an eggplant depending on which one of my pregnancy apps you believe
  • Weight gain: 10 pounds
  • Baby Bump: Oh yes! Been showing for several weeks now and my belly button is getting close to being an outie!! 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Exercise: I try to get at least 35 minutes on the elliptical and low intensity stretches and weights several times a week.
  • Cravings: Fresh fruit, loft house sugar cookies, girl scout cookies, waffles, starburst, dates, anything grapefruit...
  • Mood: Happy and tired, but mostly HAPPY :D
  • Sleep: A little more would be great, I am sleeping pretty well at night, but having CRAZY dreams and waking up sore. 
  • Wedding Ring: On
  • Baby Name?: We've got baby girl covered, but not for a boy...
  • Gender Prediction: Girl
  • Movement: I think I am feeling movement, several times a day and at night!
  • Maternity Clothes: I found some great maternity clothes at Pink Blush and luckily scored some awesome deals on cyber Monday. 
  • What I am looking forward too: Finding out who baby will be 
  • What I miss: Sleeping through the night (on my back!)
  • Favorite thing this week: A totally sweet mint and gold surprise from my awesome friend Natasha! It's so perfectly perfect and unexpected and I just can't wait for baby N to get here and enjoy it!
1. Bringing up Bebe, 2. Pinterest, it's really helping me keep everything organized these days! 3. Fig Newmans 4. Belly Butter, 5. Jessica Simpson maternity leggings, 6. Pink Blush Maternity sweater, 7. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, 8. Yogi Mother to Be tea, my sister gave me some when I was visiting her and I love it!
I m seriously in love with the cocoa butter belly butter! It's AMAZINGLY smooth and rich and my skin is so soft!
I am getting really excited to see baby's room come together! I'll share my ideas soon :)

Samantha
Flour De Lis

Friday, January 10, 2014

Brownie Bottom Raspberry Coffee Cake

I could eat coffee cake every day, it's one of my most favorite things. It's delicious any time of day, and it's a perfect portable treat for office parties, brunches or just because you feel like baking and want to share it! I really love the crumb topping and soft texture of the cake. Extra points for fresh berries or a ribbon of cream! This recipe pairs the perfect texture of coffee cake, with a delicious crumb top, a ribbon cream cheese, fruit preserves and (that's right AND) a rich, decadent brownie bottom! What could be better?!



This coffee cake is super simple and absolutely delicious! You can start with any brownie recipe you like, or even grab a box mix if you really want to simplify! The other half is my favorite coffee cake recipe. It's so tasty and so versatile!



For the brownie bottom,

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the coffee cake,

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam



Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. For brownie base, combine butter, sugar and vanilla in mixer bowl. Add eggs and mix until well blended.
  3. In separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa baking powder and salt. Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture and beat well between each addition.
  4. Spread brownie batter evenly into bottom of greased 9x12 pan or 18 muffin cups.
  5. For coffee cake, combine flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and blend with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles course crumbs. 
  6. Set 1 cup of crumb mixture aside. 
  7. Add baking powder, baking soda to mixture and blend.
  8. In a separate bowl mix sour cream, vanilla bean and 1 egg.
  9. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just moistened.
  10. Pour mixture on top of brownie base and spread evenly.
  11. In another bowl, combine the cream cheese, vanilla extract, 1 egg and 1/3 cup sugar. Beat until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of cake batter. 
  12. Spoon dollops of raspberry jam onto top and gently run the spoon through the batter to swirl in.
  13. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture generously on top of cake.
  14. Bake for 40-45 minutes or about 20-25 minutes if making individual coffee cakes in muffin pan.
  15. Coffee cake will be done when edges turn golden.


I hope you enjoy these tasty treats as much as I did! These pregnancy cravings are bringing together some pretty delicious recipes ;)

*Tips*
The coffee cake batter is very thick, especially if you use greek yogurt, so I added a 2-3 tsp of milk to make it spreadable. You want the crumb mixture for the coffee cake batter to be pretty fine, but you want the crumb topping to be pretty chunky so when you reserve 1 cup of the crump mixture for the topping, I like to add an addition 1 Tbsp of butter and cut it in to the mixture to make the crumbs larger for the topping. I like to use coconut oil to grease my cake pans, it doesn't add any coconut flavor and it's so easy to rub into the pan.



Samantha
Flour De Lis

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year

Christmas this year was so fast and furious! I don't think I managed to take a single picture (aside from Instagram) of the 1200+ cookies I made! Between cookies, family visiting, traveling, and the holiday joy I am not sure I managed to get a much of anything productive done, but I sure had a lot of fun this year!
If you follow along on Instagram, you have probably already seen most of the picture to follow but I am sharing them here just to recap the past few months!


These were the very last set of Christmas cookies I made this season! Simple and festive!



600 gingerbread cookies for REI's holiday employee party! They smelled absolutely amazing and might be the most delicious cookies ever! If you haven't tried Sugarbelle's gingerbread recipe, YOU MUST! I am not even kidding when I say they are incredible :D

We put up our tree, hung our stockings and decorated the house, and on Christmas morning we had cinnamon rolls! Pretty much the same things we do every year, but this year we added a little something new!

An extra stocking!! Baby Ngy will be joining us in June and I am so darn excited!


We rang in the New Year in downtown Seattle, and watched the fireworks at the space needle! I may or may not have taken a nap around 10pm… Growing a person is tiring! At least that's what I tell my husband when he asks what I did all day ;)

Here's where we are now:
  • How far along: 17 weeks, 18 this Sunday
  • Baby is the size of…: an onion
  • Weight gain: 10 pounds
  • Baby Bump: Oh yes!! Been showing for several weeks now!
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Cravings: Fresh fruit, strawberry popsicles, miso soup, guacamole, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, water (seriously, I can't get enough water!)
  • Mood: Happy and tired, but mostly HAPPY :D
  • Sleep: A little restless, I am a back sleeper and that's not working! Plus I have to get up at least once to use the restroom.
  • Wedding Ring: On
  • Baby Name?: We've got baby girl covered, but not for a boy...
  • Gender Prediction: Girl
  • Movement: None, I am so anxious! I spend a good part of the day checking ;) 
  • Maternity Clothes: Yes. For about 3 weeks now. I can still fit in most of my tops, but not jeans. Leggings and maternity leggings are my best friend!
  • What I am looking forward too: Finding out who baby will be and feeling some movement
  • What I miss: Sushi! 
  • Favorite thing this week: Spending time with my sister and seeing her new baby! It got me really excited to meet mine :)


1. Avocados!
2. YOU Having a Baby, by Dr. OZ. I finished it and it was great! 
4. Vitafusion Prenatal gummies. I tried several other prenatals and these are the only ones I can stomach
5. No Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven. So delish!!
6. Organic Cotton Headwrap from Sweet Kiddo Co  on etsy.
7. Strawberry popsicles! I may eat like 3 a day! 

This year, New Years came pretty quickly! Maybe it always does, but it seems like the holidays just flew by today! I am not even sure I had time to think about a resolution!!  But I hope you did! They are fun and sometimes they work out ;)


I'll try not to let baby Ngy take over the blog, but I hope you don't mind if I keep you all updated in between cookies and crafts!



Samantha
Flour De Lis