Category Archives: holidays

mixing bowl sunday

Superbowl Sunday is my day in our house.  It is the day when Nate goes off to watch football and I have the house to myself.  I cheerily bake Valentine cookies and snuggle in with Masterpiece.  It is one of my favorite days of the year.   Read more…

gingerbread!

I love the smell of gingerbread.  Gingerbread in the oven fills my kitchen with Christmasy happiness.  After the warm gingerbread-scented air subsides, I sniff the cookies.  I’m not proud… but it is soooo good.  Read more…

dreaming of a green christmas

Last Spring, we planted new bushes in front of our house.  Since 2014, our front garden has been a sad and barren wasteland in Winter.  So when we chose our new plants, we selected mostly evergreens.  It has been a total revelation.  2016 was not the best year ever, but a little green in Winter helps a bit.   Read more…

give thanks+tutorial

This year, Nate is thankful for pumpkin spice toffee sugar cookies, adapted from this recipe.  He has been eating the dough out of the freezer as fast as I can make it.  I did manage to get a few cookies out of the batch, but I’m told the uncooked dough is even tastier than the cookies. Read more…

baby birthday Valentine

Last year, two of my favorite people in DC gave the world a very special Valentine, an adorable baby girl (you can see her baby announcement cookies here.)    Read more…

“cozy New Englandy” Christmas cookies

Remember when I was making crazy bright Christmas cookies?  That was so 2 weeks ago.  I dramatically changed the color mood for this set.  I was starting to worry that they were a little drab when a friend said they have a “cozy newenglandy feel.” Read more…

the good deal tutorial.

Here’s a secret that every winter cookier should know: piping pine/ coniferous needles is crazy easy.  The end result looks like it requires way more skill and effort than it actually does.  It’s like getting a really good deal– this design is the 40% off coupon code of cookies. Read more…

I’m dreaming of a bright Christmas

I have such a difficult time transitioning to cozy winter colors this time of year.   I’m still thinking summer can’t possibly be over.  When I was cruising the internet for holiday inspiration, I was more drawn to Pantone’s Spring 2015 palette than to Pottery Barn’s current holiday color trends (I passed over a lot of buffalo plaid on my way to making these cookies.) Read more…

baking season!

A few days before Halloween, Nate declared the 2015 baking season officially open.  At my house, “baking season” means that cookie-ing goes from a monthly thing to a daily thing.  It consumes my kitchen, my dining room, and most of my spare time.  To celebrate baking season (and Thanksgiving!) I made pie cookies: COOKIES THAT LOOK LIKE PIE. Read more…

antique halloween

Today is my birthday.  I’m in my thirties; I don’t need to reveal how deep into my fourth decade I am, but deep enough that every birthday hurts just a little more (I mean literally; there are aches.)  What do aging aching cookiers do for their birthdays?  Cue up all the best NPR podcasts and cookie all day. Read more…

reuse, refresh, renew

I had planned to make a Valentine set based on the art of Roy Lichtenstein.  But last week, a colleague inspired me to do a bit of blog digging in the archives.  It was an interesting trip.  So, instead of pop art, I decided to make a whole set based on refreshing prior cookie designs. Read more…

a lot of cookies.

I try to pace my posts this time of year, but inevitably, I end up doing a Christmas Eve blog dump.   Read more…

nordic sweater tutorial

I am a big time doodler. I doodle during meetings at work. I doodle during conference calls. I doodle during regular calls. I doodle a lot, and mostly cookie patterns. Read more…

’tis (almost) the season

I got a jump start on holiday cookies this year.  Last weekend, I started to make Thanksgiving cookies.  I cut out a bunch of circles, intending to revisit the pie cookies I made last year. Read more…

once upon a midnight dreary

I am still playing around with my new airbrush.  For my final set of 2014 Halloween cookies, I used it to create a neat antique effect.   Read more…