April 22, 2012

Wedding Bliss

I love weddings so so so much. Love, food, Jesus, cake, family, friends, food, dancing, food. I love it all. Whoops, did I say food more than once? Oh well. What can I say? Let's just say there's a reason I run.

Anyway, weddings. I got to go to a wonderful family friend's wedding yesterday, and it was absolutely beautiful. The day before the wedding, I had the privilege of making a cake for the bridesmaid's luncheon. Ruffles galore!

Here it is at the luncheon...

Then, yesterday, I made some Alabama cupcakes for a birthday party. Half were red velvet with cream cheese icing and half were vanilla with vanilla buttercream.

I'm all baked out this weekend! Luckily I get a chance to recuperate this week with about 3 tests and a paper. Sounds relaxing, huh? Yea, didn't think so. BUT, I will be DONE with classes in one week! Praise the Lord!

Hope everyone has a happy Sunday :)

April 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Today is Tuesday. Tuesday is, unfortunately, my least favorite day of the week.

Yesterday was Monday. Monday is, luckily, one of my favorite days of the week because of Freshley. I just love the people I spend Mondays with.

Speaking of Freshley, yesterday was our last small group, so I made cookies for everyone...Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies to be exact. 

If you're as much of a peanut butter lover as I am, you will love these cookies. PLUS, they got positive feedback from my small group, so I would recommend making them yourself (this is for you, Breanna)! 

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 18 sandwich cookies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup quick-cooking oats
For the Filling
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Finally, add the oats and mix until just combined.
3. Take about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a cookie ball. Place on a baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly golden and the edges are set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. While the cookies are cooling, make the filling. Combine the butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth. Add the heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy. Using a knife, spread peanut butter filling onto the flat side of a cookie. Find a cookie the same size and sandwich the cookies together, pressing the filling to the edges.

April 15, 2012

First Birthday Fun

Good morning!

I have a few free minutes before I have to head off to church, so I thought I'd squeeze a quick blog post in.

These next few weekends (this weekend included) are busy, busy, busy when it comes to baking, so I will have plenty of posts coming up soon.

The baking agenda for this weekend was all about a sweet little baby's first birthday party.  The party theme was owls, and I got to make a smash cake for her. It was so much fun, and it actually ended up being one of my favorite cakes.

I can't wait to see pictures of little Kensley digging her hands into it!

I hope everyone has a happy Sunday full of family, fellowship, and worship of our sweet Jesus!

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24 

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

It is SUCH a beautiful day.

I started it with a trip to church to celebrate the Reason for this day. I am so, so, so thankful that my Jesus was (and is) powerful enough to overcome the grave. 1 Corinthians 15:14 says, "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." BUT, verse 20 goes on to say, "But Christ HAS INDEED been raised from the dead." We are victors in Christ. Shame, guilt, sin, death, condemnation...they have NO power over us. Why? Because Jesus suffered on the cross on Friday and rose again 3 days later.

"Where, o death, is your victory?
Where, o death, is your sting?"
1 Corinthians 15:55

Praise the Lord!

Where the secular Easter bunny and egg hunts came into the picture, I have no idea. Nevertheless, I couldn't resist the opportunity to make cute, colorful cookies.

I hope everyone enjoys this day with their family to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!