sugar baby 

Here’s a throwback from just a few months ago (in case you didn’t read the previous post, I’m reposting some “oldies but goodies” this week) but it was just so darn cute I had to share again. 

I realized today I haven’t been to a baby shower in like six years. None of my friends are having kids! So I guess that fact, millions of unused Pinterest ideas, plus the fact that I’m not having my own, made me pretty excited for the shower I’m going to tomorrow.

I decided to make some cute baby themed sugar cookies in the color scheme of her registry and the party.
I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a lot of work. But the result is well worth it and people love them! One nice thing is you can make the cookies ahead of time. I make a double batch of Martha’s recipe (found here) as well as her royal icing recipe which is just 2 cups of powdered sugar and 5 Tb of meringue powder mixed with a little water. The trick is getting the texture right, you want it nice and thick for piping the outlines but then thinned with water for flooding the cookies. It sounds complicated, but once you get the hang of it it’s pretty simple. Here’s my stack after the baking stage. 


That’s a process in itself but now for the real time consuming fun, icing and decorating. I actually enjoy it though and find it somewhat therapeutic, it’s slow and methodical and a great time to binge watch Parenthood on Netflix! Once you pipe and flood the cookies you have to let them dry for a good amount of time.  

And then you can decorate! I got some of my inspiration from Pinterest and some just from the old noggin (wow I really thought spell check would get me on that one, turns out it’s a real word!) Here’s the finished product! 


Pretty cute if I do say so myself! If you like these, check out my tea party inspired chalkboard cookies here


Sunday Style 

You know I can’t resist a polka dot. And this sweet little number from Gwynnie bee (plus size clothing rental service…if you didn’t know that- where have you been?!) had an extra sweet price, only $8 to keep it! I wore this to the baby shower today (it’s a boy so I thought the color would be appropriate) and I got so many compliments! I added my adorable cherry earrings from eBay to this SAMYA Polka Dot Dress With Collar In Blue and a pair of red patent leather wedges along with my signature red lip. We were in Tarpon Springs, Fl and when I saw this soap shop named after ME, I just had to stop for a photo op. 


do me a favor…

Having a tea party, baby shower, bridal luncheon etc and in need a favor? Here’s an easy, inexpensive, and most importantly, delicious favor for you to make! 

You’ll need…

  • clear cellophane treat bags (any size you like, these can be purchased at any craft store)
  • paper doilies (just pick a size that corresponds to the size of your treat bag, these can be purchased at a craft store and most dollar stores) 
  • Stapler
  • Adhesive
  • Your choice of candy*

*although these may look like jordan almonds I decided I didn’t want my guests to break their teeth off so I went with peanut m&m’s instead and bonus! the pastel spring/easter m&m’s  went perfectly with my color scheme. 

How to make the favors 

  • Fill the treat bags with candy. Try and eyeball the right amount based on how much candy you have vs how many bags you’re making. (Don’t forget to account for munching or ahem, “quality control”) 
  • Fold top of bag over and staple.
  • Fold doiley in half, put adhesive on each side, then attach to bag and seal.

And you’re done! You could even personalize each bag or add a bow, ribbon, etc. if you really want to get fancy. 

Pretty in Pink


I know I’ve given you my famous chocolate chip meringue recipe (click here) before but here’s a quick one for pink vanilla meringues, perfect for a little girl party!

4 room temp egg whites
1/4 tsp good vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
few drops pink food coloring
1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 225 f. Whip the egg whites,salt,vanilla, and cream of tartar until frothy. Add the pink food coloring until you get your desired shade but remember it will get lighter as the mixture grows. Gradually add sugar with mixer on high and best until stiff peaks appear and you can hold the bowl upside down without it moving (but be careful!) With a spatula fold the mixture a few more times to incorporate coloring then put into a ziploc or piping bag fitted with your favorite piping tip. Pipe onto parchment lined baking sheets (here’s a secret tip; dab a little meringue in each corner of the baking sheet to help the parchment paper stay put! You can thank me later.) Bake for an hour and five minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cooled store in an airtight (air and humidity are enemies of the delicate meringue!) container and enjoy!