Recipe: Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
It seems the recipe I've used to make cookie sandwiches from cake mix has disappeared off the Internet. Don't worry, as I've replicated it here below. In this instance, I made carrot cake sandwich cookies but you can use any cake mix + icing combination you want. Devil's food cake! Birthday cake! Yum! These are suuuuuper low on the effort with a really nice flavor reward.

A great alternative to baking yourself an entire carrot cake. Much more share-able.

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients
1 package of carrot cake mix
2 eggs
3/4 cup of shortening
Frosting Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese (1 package, softened)
4 Tbsp of butter (softened)
2 tsp vanilla
2.5 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Oil cookie sheets.
  3. Blend all ingredients together in a medium bowl until completely combined.
  4. Roll soft dough in small balls (smaller than you anticipate) on a cookie sheet, don't press down.
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Be sure to spin the sheets around partway through. Do not over cook!
  6. Let cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a plate to cool completely.
  7. ** Note: If you're using a 'decadent' cake mix that has you rehydrate the carrots/raisins, be sure to press out as much water as possible before adding to the ingredients. You also might have to add some extra flour to get the right just-barely-roll-able consistency.
  8. Mix frosting ingredients with beaters until smooth.
  9. When cookies are cool, frost the backs and press together making a cookie sandwich.
  10. EAT MOAR COOKIES.

Placing carrot cake balls onto cookie sheets
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
Icing the carrot cake cookies
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

How To: Split Stitch Felt Leaf

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Step 3: Split stitch leaf veins with embroidery thread

I needed a felt leaf to go along with my flowers, so I went with this tutorial from 5 orange potatoes on split-stitched felt leaves, but I went with a hibiscus syriacus leaf instead.
  1. Trace leaf pattern.
  2. Pin leaf pattern to felt.
    Step 1: Trace leaf pattern
  3. Cut leaf out of felt.
    Step 2: Cut leaf out of felt
  4. Embroider leaf veins using a split stitch.
    Step 3: Split stitch leaf veins with embroidery thread

Japanese Teas!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hojicha

Hojicha is a roasted, nutty tea from Japan. Not exactly my favorite, but for some reason my Adagio tea subscription included two of these over the year. I'll get through it, it's just not my favorite. I tend towards much more obviously flavored varietals.

I was super relieved to discover that I could get my absolute favorite super green tea/matcha iri sencha at the Japanese grocery store (not, however at the Korean grocery store). Complicated. This was my absolute favorite tea in Japan and I drank several cups daily without even knowing what it was. Well. It was low quality matcha powder mixed with low quality sencha. What's not to love?!

Matcha Iri Sencha

How To: Ombre Pink Felt Peony

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Completed Ombre Felt Peonies

I really liked Hopes & Seams' Felt Blooms, but I wanted to try something a little more three dimensional. The large blooms came out lovely, but maybe a bit too large so I ended up constructing a flatter bloom based off the original tutorial.


Method 1: Three Dimensional Felt Peony

  1. Cut out squares, each color has equal sized squares (1", 1.25", 1.5", 1.75", 2")
    Step 1: Cut out squares, each color has equal sized squares (1", 1.25", 1.5", 1.75", 2")
  2. Cut petal shapes out of squares
    Step 2: Cut petal shapes out of squares
  3. Roll fringe and sew
    Step 3: Roll fringe and sew
  4. Sew petals to fringe at base, one petal at a time
    Step 4: Sew petals to fringe at base, one petal at a time
  5. Keep sewing petals one at a time
    Step 5: Keep sewing petals one at a time
    Step 5: Sewing more petals, going up in size
    Step 5: A view of the bottom of the flower
Tutorial: Ombre Felt Peonies


Ombre 2D Felt Peony Tutorial


Method 2: Two Dimensional Felt Peony

Based off Hopes & Seams' Felt Blooms - Guidelines tutorial.
  1. Cut petals out of squares (1", 1.25", 1.5")
    Step 1: Cut petals out of squares (1", 1.25", 1.5")
  2. Sew the bottoms of first row of petals with a couple stitches
    Step 2: Sew the bottoms of first row of petals with a couple stitches
  3. Hot glue the sides of the first row of petals together
    Step 3: Hot glue the sides of the first row of petals together
  4. Attach larger petals underneath using hot glue at the base
    Step 4: Attach larger petals underneath using hot glue at the base
    Step 5: Keep attaching larger rows of petals
  5. Roll fringe, secure with stitches
    Step 6: Roll fringe, secure with stitches
  6. Hot glue fringe to center, done
    Step 7: Hot glue fringe to center, done

Completed Ombre Felt Peonies
Completed Ombre Felt Peonies

Ann Arbor

Sunday, May 10, 2015

University of Michigan

I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan for work recently and it was really nice. I had a jasmine tea latte at Sweetwaters (weird), a fantastic banquet dinner, and a lovely stay at the Campus Inn. I didn't get much time to walk around since this workshop was intense, but on my one free night I did manage to have dinner during a poetry slam at Silvio's. 'Topped off with a banana nutella calzone.

The workshop itself was super productive (sooooo many necessary meetings!), which is a nice way to spend a Monday-Tuesday.

View from the Campus Inn
University of Michigan
State Street University of Michigan
State Street
Daffodils

King-sized Triangle TARDIS Quilt: Complete!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I friggin' love this beautiful, sloppy quilt.
Dizzy Enjoying the New Triangle Quilt
And how it coordinates perfectly with the backside of the hexagon quilt.
King-Sized TARDIS Isosceles Triangle Quilt
And its ambiance of a modern log cabin.
Side of the Triangle Quilt
And the matching pillowcases.
Triangle Quilt with Matching Pillowcases
And TARDIS undersides.
Back of the Isosceles Triangle TARDIS Quilt
Dizzy loves the quilt, too.
Cat Yawn on the New Quilt
What a meatball.
Dizzy Enjoying the New Triangle Quilt
  1. How To: Cut Isosceles Triangles Without Templates 10/13/2013
  2. How To: Assemble an Isosceles Triangle Quilt Top 10/16/2013
  3. Step 1: Isosceles Triangle Quilt Top Completed 10/18/13
  4. TARDIS Applique 10/27/13
  5. Coordinating Pillowcases for the Isosceles Triangle Quilt 11/6/13
  6. Step 2: Isosceles Triangle Quilt Backing Assembly 3/18/15
  7. Step 3: Isosceles Triangle Quilt Sandwich-ing 4/1/15
  8. Attaching the TARDIS Applique 4/8/15
  9. Step 4: Machine Quilting the Isosceles Triangle Quilt 4/15/15
  10. How To: Continuous Double Bias Binding Strips 4/22/15
  11. Step 5: Binding the Isosceles Triangle Quilt 4/29/15
  12. A Review of the Isosceles Triangle Quilt 5/6/15

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