June 20, 2013

Seriously the Best Cutout Sugar Cookies



I'm always looking for a good sugar cookie recipe that is three things:
1) A dough that holds its shape well
2) A fairly basic recipe that doesn't require half of your pantry
3) A great tasting cookie that isn't dry or crunchy

Well, I have found one that holds up very well to those three things! I tastes just like the package mix that you buy at the store and add butter and egg. It rolls out very well after being refrigerated. And it holds its shape for the most part (probably wouldn't be good if your cutout has small legs, intricate pieces, etc).

In addition to being an overall good cookie, they stay fresh for a couple weeks as long as they are in an airtight container. I sent them in a care package to the summer camp my sister is working at and she was still eating on them when I visited her the next weekend.

The recipe is from Pillsbury, which makes since because they sell tons of baking goods so they must know something about good recipes! You can find it here or keep reading below. I also pinned them, along with a bunch of other great recipes on Pinterest and you can follow me here!

Also if you have read my post about 101 in 1001, this is my first month of baking something new each month!

Cutout Sugar Cookies

(makes from 12 to 18, depending on your cutter size)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and the granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder and salt until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour. Heat oven to 400°F. Divide dough in half; keep 1 half refrigerated. On lightly floured surface, roll out other half of dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 4- or 5-inch cookie cutters. On cookie sheet, place cutouts 1 inch apart. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool on cooling rack. 

I frosted mine with royal icing using the Wilton Royal Icing Mix, you can get it at Michael's, or any place that sells Wilton products. Or you could make your own from scratch! Enjoy!



Also I got these cookie cutters at Michael's for $1.50, and aren't they the cutest?!

June 12, 2013

101 Things in 1001 Days



This post may not be entirely dessert related, it does connect in some ways. I recently was reading a blog post about How to Move 1000 Miles and Keep Track of Your Stuff, and while I was probably only moving about a half of a mile, I still decided the moving system talked about in the blog post would be a good thing to do. I was so impressed with this lady's organization skills, I kept reading her blog.

And that was when I found it. The 101 in 1001. At first I saw it mentioned in another post and I was confused as to what she was talking about but then I found the tab at the top of her blog that introduced me to something I soon was hooked on.

Day Zero Project is the website that came up with the 101 Things in 1001 Days list. Now you're all probably like "what is she talking about????" Let me explain.

The Challenge:  Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days (roughly 2.75 years)
The Criteria:  Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?:  Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks.
My list is still a work in progress, but this is it below. I will update it frequently, so check back for updates if you want to follow my progress. Also if you make a list on Day Zero Project you can follow me! 
If you remember at the beginning of this post I told you it wasn't completely dessert related, but if you look in the In The Kitchen section below I have the goal of baking something new each month and I will share it on here. Also I will include links in some of the finished or in progress goals to see pictures or notes about what I've done.
I hope you all will be inspired to make a 101 in 1001 list too! 

My Start Date: June 11, 2013
My End Date:  March 8, 2016
Items that are yellow are in progress.  Items that are bold and blue have been completed!

Health, Fitness, Style:
1. Get my hair permed
3. Get a tattoo
4. No fast food for a month
5. Participate in a color run
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Reading, Writing, Learning:
11. Read 100 books (3/100)
12. Make a custom recipe book
13. Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days are over
14. Learn sign language
15. Research my family tree
16. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
17. Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal for 6 months
18. Buy a Wreck This Journal and finish it
19. Decide on a major
20.
Family / Nurture:
21. Visit Eddie and Tonia in Texas
22.Plan 12 dates for Justin and I (1/12)
23. Get professional pictures taken with Justin
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Challenges:
31. Don’t complain about anything for a week
32. Get a job
33. Spend a day without technology
34. Complete 7 goals in a week
35. Eliminate non-fitting clothing from my wardrobe
36. Go a month without buying anything that isn’t a necessity
37. Move $5 to savings every time I finish a goal
38. Create a budget and stick to it for 4 weeks
39.  Update my blog at least once a month
40. Finish this challenge!
Crafting, Sewing, Creating:
41. Take a photo of the same place every month for a year and then turn it into a calendar for the next year.
42. Complete a 1000 piece puzzle
43. Build an iPhone app
44. Build something out of wood
45. Finish 5 crafts that were never completed (1/5)
46. Organize baby pictures in a childhood Project Life album
47. Complete a Project Life album for Justin and I
48. Make a skirt for myself
49. Make Amber's cross stitch iPhone case
50. Make "Open When…" letters for someone
In the Kitchen:
51. Bake 15 different cupcake flavors
52. Host a dinner party
53. Make at least 5 recipes that I’ve pinned on Pinterest
54. Bake something new each month (2/34)
55. Learn to make homemade bread
56.
57.
58.
59.
60.
Fun / Friends:
61. Attend the midnight premiere of a movie
62. Make 5 new friends in college
63. Go parasailing
64.  Sleep under the stars with Justin
65. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
66.
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68.
69.
70.
Travel, Entertainment, Adventure:
71. Go outside of the continental United States
72.
73. Go on a cruise with Justin
74. Ride in a hot air balloon
75. Attend a live taping of a TV show
76. Go to an amusement park or water park with Justin
77. Go to a concert
78. See a Broadway musical or play
79. Go on a train trip
80. Visit 10 restaurants I've never been to before (1/10)
For Others:
81. Donate blood 6 times - June 26, 2013
82. Influence a person to make a Day zero list - Dakota
83. Visit an old teacher
84. Send flowers anonymously to a friend in need
85. Send someone a care package - Josie while she was at camp; June 2013
86. Contribute to 5 of the Craft Hope projects (1/5)
87. Index 100 records at Family Search (102/100) - June 15, 2013
88. Say a compliment to every person you see for a day
89. Do 10 Random Acts of Kindness in one day
90. Send cards/care packages to soldiers
Simple Pleasures:
91. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
92. Go skinny dipping
93. Build a blanket fort and sleep in it
94. Kiss in the rain
95.
For the love of a Party:
96. Have a Pinterest party
97. Throw a “favorite things” party
98. Throw a surprise party for someone
99.
Growing:
100. Identify 100 things that make me happy
101. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
COMPLETE: 3

In progress:  13

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! This is a special holiday to me because my mom does so many amazing things for me; she really is the best mom. But I guess I'm probably biased.

This year we are celebrating with some really rich cupcakes, but they are delicious! I found the recipe at Pale Yellow and they are called Cookie Crazy Cupcakes. I highly recommend them if you love rich cookie dough, Oreos, and chocolate chips.


I also made some Mommy-To-Be cupcakes for my boyfriend's co-worker, and they turned out SOOO adorable! I'm sure she will make a wonderful mom someday soon!



Happy Mother's Day, go spend some time with your Momma and tell her just how much you love and appreciate her.


May 4, 2013

New Letterhead and Order Forms!

This past week I decided since I've been more orders lately, I needed to become more official. I found a template on Microsoft for a purchase order, and completely personalized to make it really cute! I'm still trying to think of a name, Kaitlin's Cupcakery is only temporary. If any of you have name suggestions, let me know! Also let me know your opinions please. (:


April 29, 2013

Recent Cake Orders

I've been pretty busy the past few weeks, between the end of school, Wilton classes, and cake orders. But I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of my cake orders! (:

Two weeks ago I made a wedding reception cake for Cathi and Bill. I made a red velvet cake filled with cream cheese frosting and decorated in red and black because they are University of Georgia fans. They loved the way it turned out and it was my first stacked cake.














This past week I made an adorable birthday cake for a little girl who was turning six. I absolutely loved the colors and was very happy with the way it turned out. The mom who ordered it found a picture and sent it too me, and I have to say it turned out really close to what the picture looked like. The cake was strawberry and the cupcakes were white cake.