Friday, July 20, 2012

Chai and Lemon Zest Cookies

Well I finally found the recipe that matched these cookies! 

I had the pictures for a while, but I couldn't find the recipe that went with it. I knew it was in this one book, but after going through it several times I couldn't find it. Turns out I was calling it the wrong thing. Oh well. But here it is!

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of finely ground Chai tea
1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1 egg white, lightly beaten

So, you first mix together the flour, salt, and ground tea in a large bowl. 

In another bowl, beat together butter and confectioner's sugar until blended. Then you beat in the egg and lemon zest. (I didn't add the confectioner's sugar to my recipe and it tasted really good without it, so  just in case you wanted sugar free!)

Gradually start mixing in the flour mixture from the first step and then put the batch in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool down and harden.

Once the oven has been preheated to 325 F and your cookie sheet has been buttered, you can scoop the dough into little circles and spread them out on the cookie sheet.

Then brush the top of the circles with the egg white and cooke them for about 10 to 12 minutes!

Happy eating! I have been so busy lately. I was in PA for a wedding last week and for the next week I will be in South Carolina and won't have internet, so I apologize in advance! My oh my this summer has flown!

Love, love

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thrift Savvy

If anyone knows me, they know I like to thrift. Recently I spent 2 hours in a single thrift store. Why? Because there were too many good bargains to pass up. 

Being a low-budget senior in college, I don't have the luxury of buying brand new designer dresses whenever it strikes my fancy. But, on occasion, I do find a great designer dress at a consignment shop and finds like those get me so excited, making me feel like I just won the jackpot.

Second hand stores also are places clothes go when their owners don't want to put effort into keeping them in great condition. Like this shirt below. Cute right?

Well this little shirt here had one small problem.

It had a hole in it. I knew I could fix it easily, so I kept it in my "to buy" pile. When I got to the register, I decided to ask them if they had a discount they could give me since it was ripped. Sure enough they did. A whooping 50% off discount. So I paid a little over a dollar for this shirt.

It took me about 3 minutes to sew up the hole and now no one can even recognize where it previously was.

It doesn't hurt to ask for a discount! I also got this skirt that day too.

Love, love

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chalkboard Cabinet DIY

I opened my mom's spice cabinet a week or so ago and saw her top favorite recipes taped to the inside of the cabinet. It was kind of cluttered, so I suggested that we paint the inside of it with chalkboard paint and then write the recipes on the cabinet so it would be easier to read. She loved the idea and let me do it up!

I used the sponge because the angles work really well on the edges and it doesn't leave any streaks!

Really easy! My mom keeps showing it off so I think she really likes it. :)

Hope you all had a great 4th of July! We had people over at our house from before noon till almost 11 at night! We had so much fun and enjoyed having lots of friends of all ages come hang out with us.

How did you guys spend your 4th of July?

Love love,