Hey guys!  So I had a craving for pink sugar cookies and realized I haven't done a food blog in a while...so as difficult as it was not to immediately bake and devour these the night I got all the ingredients, I waited til morning for you guys!-so I'd have decent light in the kitchen to document the recipe (even though it was still pretty bad lighting -ugghhh)

I'd seen this recipe on various other blogs/pinterest and I've always LOVED pink sugar cookies.  Not like the nasty store bought ones, but like bakery or home baked ones.  They are just so buttery and sweet, but kind of light, but also dense??  I don't know, they're just perfect treats.
Anyway, I guess there is a place called the Swig Drive Through in Utah where these bad boys originated, and this is supposedly very close to the original recipe.

Here it is:




For the cookie dough:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar and dash of salt (for shaping cookie)
For the sour cream frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1 drop red food coloring


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a stand mixer, combine the butter, vegetable oil, sugars, water and eggs. Mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes or until it is a smooth and creamy texture. While the wet ingredients are blending, mix the baking powder, salt and flour together in a separate bowl. Slowly add in the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, about 1 cup at a time. Allow the ingredients to thoroughly incorporate. The dough is ready when it is soft and crumbly.
3. Roll the dough into balls slightly bigger than a golf ball. You should be able to fit 12 on each baking sheet. Mix together the 2 tablespoons of sugar and dash of salt on a small plate. Using a drinking glass, slightly dampen the bottom of the glass and dip it into the sugar mixture. Then press down the cookie ball until is is 1/2 inch thick. This gives the sugar cookie it’s signature cracked edge and shape. Do this to all 24 cookies.

It's snowing!

3. Bake each sheet on 350°F for about 8 minutes. Do not leave them in any longer! They should be soft and doughy, but baked enough they hold their shape. Once they are done baking, place them on a cookie sheet and store in the refrigerator to chill.

4. While the cookies chill, make the sour cream frosting. Cream together the butter, sour cream, milk and salt in a stand mixer. Slowly add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until the frosting is a thick consistency and making folds. (The more powdered sugar you add, the thicker the frosting will be.) Add in one drop of red food coloring to give the frosting its classic light pink tint. Place the frosting in the refrigerator to chill for about 5 minutes.
5. Once everything is chilled, pull out the cookies and frosting and heap 1-2 tablespoons on each cookie. Keep leftover cookies and frosting refrigerated in a sealed container. Grab a glass of milk and enjoy!


DIY Easy (ish) Wall Shelves

Happy New Year!  I can't believe it's 2016!  I am looking forward to this being "my year" and our year, because honestly, the last 2-4 years have been pretty rough.  I could use some love/success/stability.  Not to seem ungrateful for the amazing relationships and good things that have happened to me, it's just that overall, there has been enough struggling to last a decade, and I would LOVE to just have things make a bit more sense for a while.  I know life will always be hard and unpredictable, but some things should make sense.  Some things shouldn't be so uncertain, and that's what I'm praying for and hoping for this year.  
Anyways!  With a new year approaching, I suddenly had the itch to change some things around the house, almost like I get in the Spring...but it's far from Spring here in Washington.  It's actually 17 degrees out right now.  
Pretty, but way too cold for me.  I'm always cold. 

So yeah...onto the shelves.  I got the inspiration and all instructions from Mandi's awesome DIY blog, Vintage Revivals.  Here are hers:

Here are ours!:

I'm so in love with how they turned out!  I totally copied her even down to the globe and I don't care.  I had a globe sitting around upstairs already so it just seemed meant to be.  Anyway, the first hurdle was convincing the husband to help.  He sighed a lot, looking through the directions, but eventually decided he wanted to do it, and thank God because there is NO way I could have done it without him. Plus once we were done, he was so proud of himself, it was so cute.  I am so proud of him too!

Here is a list of what you'll need (all from Home Depot or your tool kit):

- 12 X 8 shelving brackets
 -1/4 " Hex Caps (2 per shelving bracket)
 -2" Hex Screws
- 2 " Hex Bolts (2 per bracket)
-A Level
 -A Stud Finder 
 -Painters Tape (ours is so dirty, ewww)
-A cheerleader for the times you want to give up
-wood (we used 1.5" X 38" to fit the wall space)
When measuring your wood, take into account you'll want some overhang.  We gave ourselves an extra 1.5 inches on each side. 
We just bought pine or birch I believe.  It was about $10 and they cut it for us.  We sanded it a little at home but not much.

Once you have all the supplies and the wall picked out, you will need to mark your studs.  We used pencil and painters tape.  We had to settle on a wall that was not our first choice.  Not even our second or third choice!  But you have to work with where your studs are, and our house is older and nothing makes sense (going back to my life the last few years not making sense...), so we had to be flexible with where the shelves went.  
You want to keep in mind the depth of the wood, plus the amount of gap you'll want, and then clearly mark where the final measurements are.

Once everything is marked where it's going to go, you can start drilling!
First drill a pilot hole with a smaller sized drill bit.  That way you won't split the stud, plus it just makes things easier.  Then screw the brackets in with the hex screws.  
Beautiful.  Next, mark the wood where you're going to drill and then go ahead a drill.  The way we figured out where to drill was by holding the wood up to the brackets and using a pencil to outline the little slots.  Definitely a two person job.
Then you can just attach the wood with the hex bolts and caps.  This is the easy part.  We did use a socket wrench to get them in really tight.

We did this project at night and I patiently waited til morning to take photos of it all decorated.  Muuuuch better light!

What do you guys think?  I hope you like it!  I love to read your comments and questions if you have them, so don't be shy!
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