Noah’s Kindness Eggless Cookies – Decorator Kits

I decided to take the Noah’s Kindness Cookie Recipe and play.. I wanted to know the following:  1)  Could I substitute an egg replacement made from ground flax seed so my daughter Tamara (the workout mama) could enjoy them; 2) Would they bake well if they were shaped in balls 3)  Decorate with a cloud of buttercream frosting and different colors of sanding sugar mixed together to create the rainbow effect; 4) Create cookie decorating kits for my grandchildren

Please click here to learn about the special baby these cookies were created in honor of and access the recipe HERE

  1.  Yes – Tamara thought they were good using the 3 Tbsp of water to 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed.  Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes before adding into recipe where it calls for 1 egg.  Keep in mind that the flax seed will create a sprinkling of color in the dough.

2).  They did bake up well in the rounds and were faster than creating the log shape in the original recipe.  Bake for 3-4 minutes longer.

3).  This worked well.  Buttercream Recipe – 1/2 cup of softened butter, 2 1/2 cups of powered sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla and a Tbsp or two of milk, your choice.  Blend until desired consistency (too thin – add more sugar; too thick – add a little more milk).  I use almond milk.  I placed my frosting into a pastry bag with decorative tip.

4).  The Cookie Kits – I was happy how these turned out.  Using a plastic bowl with a lid, I placed 12 cookies in each (because you want to make sure each child is getting the same number), a small container of rainbow sprinkles with a lid (I put the combination of sugars together which works better than 7 different containers of sugar to deal with), and a small container of white yogurt chips with a lid.  I had a plastic portable file cabinet that used to hold my craft paper and I almost threw it away.  I’m so glad I didn’t – the bowls and frosting fit perfectly and I will use it to take over future projects for my grandchildren.  I took two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper with me so that they each had a workstation on the table to catch the majority of sprinkles.

I find that baking the cookies ahead of time works well with young children’s attention span.  I was so proud of  them both – they didn’t eat any of the frosting or sprinkles while they were decorating which was a first.

I can see these cookie kits being used for holidays, birthday parties, delivering a meal and if you are having little people over to your house as a project for them to do so they can contribute.  How cute to let them finish up the dessert to be served at a family or friend dinner.  I am already dreaming up something fun we can do with these cookies for Thanksgiving.

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Picture Makeover

A few weeks ago I had a chance to visit a few thrift stores.  I found a few new toys for my grandchildren, a cd, a journal and I found the picture I’ve been looking for to place on a wall above my desk at work.  There was a connection when I saw the picture.  It reminds me of one of Jeff’s and my favorite moments when we visit Oceanside.  We check the time for sunset, then head down to the beach and sit on a wall about 15 minutes beforehand watching the sun disappear slowly into the ocean.

I’m going to tell you the story of the picture and its makeover.  Please excuse my reflection in the pictures.

I purchased at a Goodwill.  Price $3.99.  It had a wood-colored frame that was peeling in a few places.  I came home and took all the pieces apart, carefully handling the glass.  I wet a soft towel and wiped down the frame and glass.  

I used Goo Gone to remove the sticker and glue residue and a glass cleaner on both sides .

I went through my paint supplies and held them up to the print deciding on a combination of two blues I had.  I laid down a shower curtain from the Dollar Store to protect my rug.  I mixed up the paint and begun to apply the blue letting it dry between coats which doesn’t take too long in Arizona.  I usually put a layer of saran wrap on the plate for easy cleanup but forgot this time.

I wanted the picture to be a constant reminder of one of my favorite verses “Be Still and Know that I am God.”  Mark 4:39, Psalm 46:10. I pulled my leftover stickers and fortunately had the letters to spell out “Be Still”  I had in mind to use one of the pieces of Oregon driftwood my friend and coworker Cindy had brought me back for her vacation last year.  

I had a little Mod Podge and placed a few layer over the self adhesive stickers.

I then took the painted frame and driftwood piece outside and gave it a good coating of sealer.

After the sealer had dried, I put the glass, print and cover back together.  Then glued the driftwood piece where I wanted it.

Here is the finished project which is now on my office wall.

 

 

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Football Bouquet

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I wanted to share 2 ideas that were used at our college’s homecoming tent this year.  They can easily be used to decorate your own football game day.

The first one: creating a football bouquet from a clay pot that is painted with brown craft paint – several coats.  Once the paint is dry, blue painters tape was used to mark off football lacing, white craft paint is used in between the blue tape lines or if you have a steady hand, this can be done freehand.  A styrofoam ball will be needed to sit on top of the painted pot.  The size will depend on your size of clay pot.  Then lollipops were inserted into ball.  I found some green grasslike plastic at the thrift store and we tucked in around the top of the pot.

Inspiration came from 2 sites I found on Pinterest (one doesn’t have a link so unfortunately I can’t give credit).  But here is the picture.

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Here is the other idea that was utilized – lollipop bouquet (this is a much smaller clay pot than I used and dum dum lollipops were used.  Our bouquet used tootsie pops.)  Besides we are Arizona State University and I couldn’t use lollipops called Dum Dums – so wrong.

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The second idea is an inexpensive way to create a football garland.  It is a free printable from Centsible Life  Download, Print on color printer, cut and glue or tape. 

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It is fun to find ideas to create a fun atmosphere as we gather to cheer on our favorite team and create memories.

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