Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blue and White Cookies

I have a wonderful, beautiful friend who was recently married.
She just finished her undergrad degree, got married and moved across the country with her husband.
So I mailed her a little package to say hello and help her relax after all the big changes!

 No package is complete without a few cookies :)

Congratulations on so many wonderful accomplishments Victoria. So happy for you and Lee and I love hearing about all your new adventures!

Flour De Lis

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Egg Cups

Another great idea from Pinterest.

These egg cups are easy and delicious!

I made two varieties; turkey, red pepper and basil, and tomato, red pepper and basil with avocado and fresh salsa.

Added some lovely bacon roses for the boy and cute little heart shaped toasts to make it a meal.

I only get to make breakfast on the weekends, since I am up for work at 5 am and out of the house hours before DH2B is even awake. So I like to try new things and keep it fun when I can.

Fall is here too, so we had to have out spicy chai :)

It's been a great day so far! 
Now off to go hiking so we can enjoy what looks to be the last day of sunshine before the rainy season (read next 9 months) gets underway.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple Pie Scones

Fall is here in Seattle. Unlike most places, we didn't melt in the long hot summer before it arrived. In fact we only had a few weeks of summer this year.
But I am not complaining. Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather. It's the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa, and a fresh batch of scones to watch Friends re-runs.

These little scones are perfect of this occasion. They are fresh and full of fall flavor.

I went to high school in a tiny little town in Eastern Washington. I went back last weekend to catch up with some old friends and grabbed a box of fresh organic apples while I was there.

I started with this simple recipe and tweaked it a bit for my preferences.

Apple Pie Scones
Adapted from allrecipes
2 cups of flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
2 small Honey crisp apples, finely chopped (I didn't peel mine because they are organic and I like the little flecks of red)
1/2-3/4 cups cold milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in bowl.
2. Cut cold butter into dry mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.
3. Add in chopped apples and milk and stir just until everything is moistened.
4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a circle.
5. Cut into 8 even sized pieces.
6. Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes, at 350 degrees, until the bottom is golden. 
7. Let scones cool completely before adding any glaze.
You can enjoy them just like this, no glaze. Just fresh apples and spices. Hot out of the oven. Yum!

Or you can mix a little powdered sugar and milk and drizzle it on top.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

I am so ready for fall!


Flour De Lis

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rainbow Birthday Cookies

One of my regular, local customers has a daughter who is turning 10 this week and when they asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her party, she said instead of cake she wanted my cookies!! 
That totally made my day :)
And it got even better when she described what they had in mind for the cookies.

Remember that AWESOME rainbow scratch paper? You know the stuff that looks like shiny black paper, but when you scratch it, it reveals wild neon colors underneath? Like a rainbow lottery ticket. 

When I was in middle school that stuff was the coolest thing EVER! It might still be. 

And evidently, it's making a comeback! 
Here is my interpretation, made for the birthday party.

She's having a rock theme party, which also seems to be pretty popular this year.

I made a big platter for the family to enjoy and a whole bunch of little bags for all the party guests.

 Thanks so much for your continued business Theresa. I hope the party is lots of fun and Sherilyn enjoys the cookies as much as I enjoyed making them :)

Flour De Lis

Monday, September 12, 2011

Custom Cookies

These cookies were personalized for one of the cookie winners on my recent giveaway. She wanted something fun. Her favorite colors, red, yellow and black.
Here is what she got!

I am so happy she liked them!
Congrats on winning miss Ruby!
It was nice to see you.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yummy yummy Pinterest

I am an addict. I admit it. Only here, only to you. But now you know :)

I needed to share that with you. I share EVERYTHING else with you, so you should know about my serious addiction to "pinning".

I spend many, many wonderful hours here! Go ahead, take a look. Shoot me an email and I'll send you an invite if you want to see WHY I am an addict.

A few days ago, I found this amazing looking recipe. I may never would have stumbled across this blog had it not been for Pinterest. And I am so glad I did.

You want some don't you? I am telling you now, it's the best thing I've eaten all summer. Maybe all year. 
I may eat it every night this week! 

Please stop whatever you are doing at this moment and make this.

Chunky Avocado Salsa
Adapted from just cook already

1 large tomato, diced
2 avocado's 
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of sweet white corn (whole kernel)
a dash of garlic powder
a dash of black pepper
sever dashes of Tapatio hot sauce
seasoning salt (optional)

1. Add beans, corn and tomato to a large bowl and season with garlic powder, pepper and Tapatio. Add 
a sprinkle of season salt (I used Johnny's) if desired.
2. Dice avocado's and add to the bowl. Toss lightly to avoid mushing them too much.
3. Cover and refrigerate until you can't wait another minute and than enjoy :)

I ate mine on a bowl of chopped Romaine lettuce and served DH2B his with some salmon cakes and chipotle aioli.

Seriously. Make this now.
I made it. I ate it. I died. It's that good :)


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Locks of Love

You may remember these cookies from a few weeks back, when I guest posted over at Frosting for the Cause.
These cookies were part of my commitment to raise money for childhood cancer. I am also participating in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk in Seattle, later this fall.

I decided I was going to donate my hair to Locks of Love before the walk. So a few weeks ago I scheduled my appointment and yesterday I did it! Well, I didn't really do anything except sit there and chatter away while someone else did all the work.
I am really thankful that I had enough hair to donate and I am so happy to know that one amazing child will get my hair. It's a small act for me, but hopefully it will make someone smile a little bigger this year.


I had a wonderful experience getting my hair cut and really happy I did it. Especially know it's going to such a worthy cause.

Not the best picture, but I still love the result!

I made these cookies for my wonderful friend Aza, who just happens to be an AMAZING stylist.

I hope she likes them as much as I like my new bob :)

If you are considering cutting your hair, I recommend doing it for a great cause!