Feb 6, 2016

~ valentine cookies (a la holly-da)

The recipe for the cookies!!

My very best childhood friend, Holly Darr, or as we affectionately called her, Holly-da, is responsible for sharing this recipe with me. We rolled out these cookies together in middle school, and my family made them for many years following. I continued the tradition with my own children for the last 20 years. Thank you Holly-da!

So in my last post, I got all excited about some fancy decorating options. Because Pinterest. Some days I love Pinterest, some days it overwhelms me. I am just a normal human. I don't have time to professionally decorate Valentine cookies. I mean, seriously. I did muster up the energy to make the standard cookies I am comfortable with, but I hope they are not a major disappointment. 

I mean they are pretty enough, right? And who cares anyway... they are delicious. And this isn't a competition.

Butter Cookies with Frosting

Cream 1 C butter and 2/3 C sugar
Beat in 1 egg
Combine and add 2.5 C flour, 1/2 t salt
Add to final 1 t vanilla

Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling

*Roll out on wax paper or flour. Use flour on rolling pin also, and move quickly. As the dough gets warmer, it gets sticky!

Bake in 350 degree oven for approx 8 min. Do not overcook!

2 C confectioner's sugar
1 t vanilla
1/4 t cream of tartar
2 eggwhites

Combine ingredients and beat vigorously until mixture is light and stands in peaks. 

Add color.. :)

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Heart cookies are the perfect gift for anyone. Except dieters. These little numbers do not qualify as paleo, and do not fit into any other diet plan that I know of :) Or should I say :(

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Feb 1, 2016

~ valentine cookie inspiration

A favorite butter cookie recipe from childhood, perfect for a little Valentine celebration, has been on my mind recently. Rest assured, my collection of heart-shaped cookie cutters will be put to good use this February. Thanks to this Pinspiration, I plan to experiment with some more serious decorating than usual...

Valentine Mosaic Monday

February is here!

Cookie recipe coming up...

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Jan 28, 2016

~ even more mignon :)

This will be the final installment of Mignon's house, so enjoy every minute! 

One of my favorite things about Mignon's house is the color palette. Although I pride myself on using color with confidence, I am also drawn to and adore the softer pastels Mignon uses throughout her home.

The artwork and rugs are key sources of color and although they are soft and pretty, they make quite a statement...

Her bedroom is heavenly...
The bed is so smart... modern and sophisticated.

The master bath is awesome...

I love this painting!

A guest bedroom...

Another bedroom... I love her daybeds!

Each bedroom is serene and peaceful. I felt like tiptoeing upstairs. Everything is perfectly placed, and there is no excess. I need to clean my house! Immediately! Love this kind of inspiration!

I adore the new modern kitchen Mignon designed and planned...

Again, the mix of modern and antique is perfect...

This is outside at the entry to the first floor...

And this is the hallway upon entering...

That mirror is so amazing...

The media room downstairs.

Yet another gorgeous antique mirror...

I am so thankful to Mignon for inviting me into her elegant home, and allowing me to take about two million photos :) I adore this house. I am in love with the color palette and her antiques are absolutely stunning. I was especially taken with Mignon's placement of her carefully chosen accessories, and the clean lines and soft color choices of the inspired decor. Upon returning to my home, I was overcome with a new energy to clean, organize and edit. I've been at it for a week and it feels so good! Thank you Mignon! 

See you at the Nashville Antique Show! 

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