Category Archives: Sweets

Baking with Tripp: Valentine’s Day Prep

Yes. It happened! Tripp LOVES to help in the kitchen, so as long as I give him a job, he stays pretty involved and happy. Sometimes it plays out great and sometimes… not. But it’s always worth the extra effort to let him hop in. Isn’t that the constant struggle in raising a tiny human… remembering to SLOW down and just let them hop in to learn?!?

That little proud smirk in the top right says it all. He was so excited to help make these hearts for some of his special people. He thinks the mixer is almost as cool as the blender… but that oven, yall, he wants to know why it has to BE SO SLOW. Hahah… another step that he really liked, pressing the cutter into the dough. And his ULTIMATE favorite step, testing the dough (top left… caught in action). Ha 😉

I used the “Cut Out Cookie” recipe that is in the book, Against All Grain (here it is on Amazon). A similar recipe is on her blog, here. This recipe calls for almond flour, but if you need a nut-free version, she has that on her blog (right here!) too.

We decorated ours with sun butter and freeze-dried fruit (Tripp’s blueberry-sun butter cookie above!) and then I decorated one with a little strawberry jam (so I could eat it for breakfast, basically!). Last year, I crushed up freeze-dried raspberries and sprinkled on top for a pop of color (serve as sprinkles).

We are leaving the hearts for others plain, so they can decorate/flavor it up however they want. But honestly, I love to eat them plain! I crafted up (if you know me, you might laugh at the thought of that line) a little parchment paper bag. Tripp loves his lacing toys, so we punched holes and he laced some baker’s string through the holes. Crayons aren’t the best on parchment, but we made it work. Each little bag had to have a blue tractor and a red heart 🙂

I hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Are you going to bake something tonight or tomorrow? Or do you like crafting little happies? Y’all don’t go crazy with the parchment paper bags… haha I know those are going to take off in craft land!!

What I ate Wednesday:  Birthday Edition  

Hey y’all! What a special day I have had. The Lord has blessed me with so many amazing people in my life. To me, the cool thing about a birthday is that you get to hear from them on this special day. I love that!! Makes my heart just plain happy. 

So breakfast… a special gluten free blueberry muffin from the famous Mason Dixon Bakery. And cold brew + almond milk. 

I got to work and had special office decor and surprises… talk about the works! They went for it with all of my favorite things. 

Lunch… Jason’s deli for the office lunch party (I mean meeting…). Gluten free California club with that delicious cookie. 

Snack was a chai tea latte with almond milk (thanks to Tripp’s Miss Carolyn!) and an RxBar. 

Nothing like a steak dinner + La Croix (a whole case thanks to Uncle Rob!) to end the day thanks to David 🙂 

And desssrt… a “flight” of gluten free cupcakes from Mason Dixon (thanks to David for this surprise!!). Plus the most amazing vanilla ice cream. No corners cut for this golden birthday. I didn’t know about this whole golden thing until recently. Only turn 29 on the 29th once 😉 

What a full heart I have going into this next year 🙂 

And to keep with the birthday theme… I wanted to do something special! I have 3 Beautycounter products that I want to gift to 3 people! The next 3 orders placed using THIS link before midnight tomorrow night (3/30) will get a full size product from me. As I get the order confirmations, I’ll personally email you and give you the product list to choose from and get it in the mail. That easy!! 

Talk about a good time to dip your toe into safer products 🙂 

Thanks for making my birthday SO special!! Tripp did his share and got us matching shirts from the Lady and Little shop on Etsy. 

And he was almost still for a picture lol! I plan to wear my Live Simply this weekend and will be sure to snap a picture of us 🙂 Ha! 

Good night!!