Thursday, December 24, 2015

recipe: best sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting ever

Guys, I'm not kidding when I say these are the best Christmas cookies ever. This is one of my grandma's recipes passed onto my mother and we make them every year before Christmas. However, you could make these for any occasion AND you could change up the frosting. Don't mess with the cookie recipe though. The thing about this recipe that is so great, is that they are not too sweet, but just sweet enough. If you have a major sweet tooth, you may not care about that but trust me, when you are working with frosting, it's an important thing to consider.
A few of things before you get started:
- When we make these, we use the whole countertop. I recommend making these where you have enough room to spread out.
- Don't skip the sifting. It's very important to the fluffiness of these cookies.
- Keep the dough chilled until you are ready to use it. Cookie cutters and warm dough are NOT friends.
Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
1 Cup Shortening
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. Salt

Directions:
1. Cream shortening and sugar.
2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
4. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until mixed well.
5. Split the dough in two and cover. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
6. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees and grease a couple of cookie sheets.
7. Coat your surface with flour and roll out half of the dough to about 1/4-1/3 inch thick.
8. Use cookie cutters to make your cookie shapes and place them on your cookie sheets.
9. Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes.
10. Cool on rack and frost and decorate as you wish!

Original Frosting Recipe
1 Tbsp. Melted Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Milk

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Cream Cheese
2 Cups Powdered Sugar, add more to taste
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions: Beat ingredients together until fluffy. Mix with food coloring for colored frosting.

We used cake icing bags for our frosting, but you could just use a knife to frost the cookies. We go back and forth with these two frostings- the original one hardens so you can stack the cookies, the cream cheese frosting cannot be stacked very well, but they are delicious! Anyway, hope you enjoy this recipe and Merry Christmas (Eve)!

xo, Savannah

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Monday, November 30, 2015

baby hippies are actual tree huggers

Well guys, if you didn't already know, we started making children's clothing. We have bells and kimonos right now, but will have some new things next week. SO. EXCITED. One of the really fun things about making clothes (besides the fact that I can't handle their cute-ness) is taking photos of the clothing with actual children in them. It's just so stinkin' adorable! These photos are of a friend's daughter that I took on Thanksgiving Day (I spent the day with their family because mine is all the way back in Texas.)

Of course, this child has the perfect messy bun that I can never achieve.
Anyway, just wanted to share photos from the shoot with y'all, but now I also need to tell you a story about this picture. We went on a little walk around the neighborhood after Thanksgiving lunch and the girls (my friend has two) kept asking to go see "Sad-y". Like Sad (as in the emotion) + eeeeee. Turns out that "Sad-y" is a weeping willow tree that the girls named because it looks sad all the time. And so we went to see "Sad-y" and Kenadie ran up to it yelling "Sad-y!" and gave it a hug. And so I took a photo and now call this photo "actual tree hugger". *Insert cry-laughing emoji here*

Anyway, if you are interested in checking out our children's clothing, visit our website and see many more patterns and colors over there! We are currently having a black friday/ small business saturday/ cyber monday sale. Everything is 15% off, but when you spend $100 you get 25% off. Use code 'BLACKFRIDAY15' or 'BLACKFRIDAY25'!

xo, Savannah

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

diy: live wreath


If I'm being honest, I don't usually like wreaths. I can't really put my finger on what it is, but I just don't. But the other day, we were at Kroger and they had SO much greenery and baby's breath for $.65 each and for some reason I just wanted to buy all of it. And so, I did. I had no idea what I was going to do with it and was considering making some sort of garland as a Christmas decoration. In the end, making a wreath seemed to make the most sense and it looks pretty nice on our front door.

You will need:
- Some greenery and/or baby's breath (or you could use any flowers, but these look pretty much the same when they die)
- Floral tape
- Floral wire (or pipe cleaner when you can't find the wire and don't want to go to two places)
- a wire wreath base
- Scissors
This wreath is really simple to make. All you have to do is bundle the stems and tape them together...
Wire them onto the wreath base...
And repeat. I mixed in one baby's breath bundle after every two green bundles. But the pattern isn't that serious. Do whatever you want, it's your wreath!
You could add anything you wanted to this wreath with the same method. I am considering adding some lights to the wreath, but other than that, I like how simple it is. And I feel like you could spray water on the back of the wreath to try to extend the life of the wreath, but these stems really don't change much when they die. I guess it all just depends on what you use. I don't consider myself a converted wreath-lover, but I definitely think I see more live wreaths in my future. 

xo, Savannah

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