Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine Frosting Tutorial!

I’ve always loved (and swooned over) beautifully frosted cookies, and last year I posted a Valentine's  Day frosting tutorial that I just had to share again.

Much to my surprise, it was quite easy to make fun designs and marbled effects.  And although royal icing doesn’t always taste the best, it is very easy to work with and actually quite forgiving!

By the way, if someone has a royal icing recipe that actually tastes good, please share your secret!


These frosting techniques will work on any type of cookie, but to be extra festive, I used heart-shaped cookies... just make sure your cookies are fully cooled before starting!

To make the royal icing combine 4 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tbs of meringue powder, 2 tbs of an extract of your choice, and 1/3 cup of water into a mixer and mix until smoothly blended.

I used a vanilla extract, but it did tint the white frosting a bit - use a clear extract if you want your frosting to remain pure white. Divide the frosting into smaller bowls and add food coloring.

Pour the colored frosting into piping bags, and at the end of each piping bag cut a small hole (or, you can be fancy and use a piping tip!). If you don’t have cake decorating bags, you can also use a sturdy Ziploc baggies (don’t use anything too cheap, because they will bust open!).



To make a marbled cookie:

- Begin by piping an outline of frosting around the border of the cookie. 
- Let the outline sit for 30 seconds and then fill in (flood) the center of the cookie. 
- Give the cookie a little shake to smooth out the frosting. 
- Next, add horizontal lines of frosting across the cookie. 
- Then, add a second set of horizontal lines in between the first set. 
- Give the cookie a few taps to settle the frostings together. 
- Using a tooth pick, draw vertical lines through the frosting starting from top-to-bottom.
- Lastly, using a tooth pick, draw vertical lines from bottom-to-top in between each vertical line already drawn.



To make hearts:

- Begin by piping an outline of frosting around the border of the cookie. 
- Let the outline sit for 30 seconds and then fill in (flood) the center of the cookie. 
- Give the cookie a little shake to smooth out the frosting.
- Next, add dots throughout the cookie where you want the hearts to be... larger the dots, larger the hearts.
- Give the cookie a few taps to settle the frostings together.
- Lastly, using a tooth pick, draw vertical lines through the dots, dragging the frosting down to create hearts.



To make lips:

- Begin by piping an outline of frosting around the border of the cookie. 
- Let the outline sit for 30 seconds and then fill in (flood) the center of the cookie. 
- Give the cookie a little shake to smooth out the frosting.
- Next, add oval dots throughout the cookie where you want the lips to be... larger the ovals, larger the lips.
- Give the cookie a few taps to settle the frostings together.
- Using a tooth pick, start in the center of the oval and draw horizontal lines moving out on each side of the oval to create the corners of the lips.
- Lastly, using a tooth pick, draw a vertical line through the center of the oval, stopping about halfway through to make the center of the lips.



To make a heart border:

- Begin by piping an outline of frosting around the border of the cookie. 
- Let the outline sit for 30 seconds and then fill in (flood) the center of the cookie. 
- Give the cookie a little shake to smooth out the frosting.
- Next, draw an inner heart in the cookie around the border (but not quite on the edge!).
- On the inner heart, add dots where you want the hearts to be... larger the dots, larger the hearts.
- Give the cookie a few taps to settle the frostings together.
- Lastly, using a tooth pick, draw lines through the dots, dragging the frosting down, in the direction that you want the hearts to be.


With very little practice, you will be shocked at the cool designs you can make!

Let the royal icing sit for about 2 hours before storing (or, you can just eat them right away like my hubby does!).





Monday, January 25, 2016

Happenings!

After eight days in Arizona for work, I'm finally back home in Texas... and just in time for my birthday! Officially 28, y'all! 

I would love to talk about all the great times we had celebrating this weekend, but honestly, after being away from home for the last week, all I wanted to do was hang around the house and spend time with John and the pups - that's perfection in my book!

Here's a quick look of what we've been up to the past few weeks (and here's to hoping the rest of the year slows down a bit... yikes!).

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I left for Arizona last Friday, and I was not looking forward to being away from our cute new pup... I don't think she could be any sweeter! And poor John, I asked him to send me pictures of her every 5 minutes (he finally told me no more, haha).


Although I was very busy with work while in Arizona, I was able to squeeze in some of my favorite things (food related, of course...). Iced tea and tons of tacos - I was a happy, well fed girl!


While everyone else was braving blizzards this past week, I was enjoying the beautiful 70 degree weather. And as pretty as snow is, I wouldn't trade the sunshine for anything... I am a warm weather girl!


While I was away, John took Scout hunting, and I just have to brag on this pup... she is little, but she is very hard charging - go, Scout go!


Scoutie riding shot gun!


And John was also able to squeeze in a little fly fishing on the Guadalupe!


Arizona is always good to me, but after a week or so, I was ready to head home and see my man! And sleep in my own bed. And do laundry. And use my own shampoo. You get the point...


I was greeted by these two cuties who seem to be warming up to each other quite nicely - with close monitoring, of course...


Although I was really only interested in lounging around for my birthday, we did make our way out of the house to see The Big Short and have a tasty dinner out - can't go wrong with that!


Tonight I plan on eating massive amounts of cake and drinking wine, all while watching the Bachelor... can't think of a better way to bring in a new year of life?! ;)

Friday, January 15, 2016

16 Point Introduction

To say 2016 has been busy would be an understatement - 2016 has been insaneee... and I am only finding enough time to get the essentials done: ergo, I'm just now finding time to get around to posting to a New Year introduction!

But better late than never, right?! 
So without further ado, here's a 2016 16-point introduction!


The Basics.

ONE  |  My name is Lisa, and I am married to John; we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this summer.



TWO  |  I am a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus.

THREE  |  I will be 28 years old in 10 days - yay for birthdays!

FOUR  |  I live in San Antonio, Texas... we moved here in October from Scottsdale, Arizona and are excited to make Texas our "forever home."



FIVE  |  I work from home for a medical device company located in Arizona; I feel so blessed to actually enjoy my job.

SIX  |  John and I have immediate family that lives all over the country: Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Colorado - the different places make for fun reasons to visit family!

SEVEN  |  I have an older brother and younger brother... cheers to being a middle child!

EIGHT  |  I am the proud owner of two cute pups and one sweet kitty. We just brought home our sweet new puppy, Lily, last week.





The Details.

NINE  |  I have a rock solid immune system... I haven't been sick in over 3 years! Which is a good thing, because I have a huge "sick" phobia.

TEN  |  I have the hardest time waking up in the mornings... I am not easily motivated when tired. 9 hours of sleep? Nothing better (God help me when I have children some day...).


ELEVEN  |  I really don't like it when grocery baggers toss around my produce. I mean, I just bought those apples, and now you are bruising them - what the heck?!

TWELVE  |  I love all candy except Skittles and Starburst... ish!

THIRTEEN  | Speaking of sleep, my dog sleeps in bed with us. I wish it wasn't true, but it's too late now. We make the new pup sleep in the crate, but we (or, rather, John...) just don't have the heart to kick Scout out of the bed.



FOURTEEN  |  I despise when the apps on my phone aren't up to date and when I have unopened emails - phone organization, people!

FIFTEEN  |  I don't drink coffee, and I don't plan on starting. If I've made it this long, then why start now, right?! However, I have an irrational fear that I could be 20% more productive if I just started drinking it...

SIXTEEN  | I love Lawry's Seasoning Salt and will put it on anything from meat, to vegetables, to popcorn... it can't be healthy, but it tastes so yummy!




Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Shenanigans!

Shortly after Christmas, John and I had our first round of guests come stay with us in Texas. My parents, younger brother and good family friends that are like family all journeyed down south to spend the week with us.

Here's a quick recap of our time together!

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A quick trip to Fredericksburg.


Burgers and tornado fries


Country music at Luckenbach Dance Hall 


Everybody is somebody in Luckenbach, Texas


Lots of foosball


Barbecue in Lockhart


Waiting in line at Black's


If there was only one food I could eat for the rest of my life... it may be brisket. Delish!


In a food coma


Games, lots of games! For Christmas my brother got me the board game Pandemic, and we played several rounds together.


Touring the Alamo


It was a bit dreary weather almost all of the days that we had visitors, but by the end the sun finally came out to play


Riverwalk


We took a riverboat tour on the San Antonio River through the Riverwalk


Riverwalkin' and enjoying the sunshine


All of the Christmas lights were still up which made for pretty night time views


As much as I loved having family in town, I think Scout may have loved it even more - girlfriend loves to sit on laps!


Horseback riding in the hill country


A natural cowboy!


It was great to get outside and spend some time in the sun


I made sure to pick the blonde horse with braids ;)


A quick stop in Gruene


Ice cream at the general store!


I can't think of any better way to bring in the new year than with those that you love the most! 

Now here's to hoping I can remember to date things "2016"...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Holiday Happenings - Christmas!

I feel so behind the 2016 curve, but I'm hoping to catch up this weekend... Honestly, as of yesterday, I've still been in full-on Christmas mode! John and I did quite a bit of relaxing this Christmas - eating, more eating, and watching movies... it was kind of amazing. :)

Here's a quick peek of all that we were up to!

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Barbecue at the original Rudy's


Texas "fall" - it came and went in a matter of two days, but that didn't stop me from loving every minute of it of the pretty foliage


Kelli celebrated her birthday with tasty mimosas and DIYs - two of my favorite things! :)


Breakfast tacos on the side of the road... and they were unbelievably delicious!


Mexican food at La Gloria!


Lots of scrabble and wine... the best kind of at-home date night!


Y'all - it was absolutely incredible weather over Christmas... In the name of all things festive, I had to beg John not to wear shorts around town!


We had a delicious Christmas dinner - crab legs, cheesy biscuits, a salad, and champagne... the essentials!


On Christmas Eve we went downtown and walked the Riverwalk; it was all light up for the holidays, and absolutely beautiful.


We watched a ridiculous amount of movies... and I loved every second of it - a perfect way to relax!


My parents, brother, and good family friends came down to visit shortly after Christmas, which was just the motivation we needed to finally paint the pink and purple bedroom the prior owners left us.

Note to self: never paint anything pink or purple (or any color requiring multiple coats of primer...)


More barbecue at the Salt Lick (gotta get that brisketttt!)


I'm tellin' ya - major deliciousness!


I'm feeling refreshed after the long break, and hope you all are too!

Next up, New Years family recap!


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