Halloween Sugar Cookies for the Neighbors (Using the best recipe ever!)

halloween cookiesHi guys! I’m just over here making some yummy sugar cookies for the hood and I thought I would share the recipe because it’s legitimately the best and easiest recipe I’ve ever used!

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine soft butter and sugar in mixer until smooth
  3. Add vanilla extract and egg to the butter/sugar mixture
  4. add baking powder and salt. Mix and scrape sides of bowl with spatula to make sure it’s evenly combined.
  5. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, scraping down sides of bowl periodically to make sure it’s all combined.
  6. Remove dough from the mixer and separate it into workable sized chunks.
  7. Sprinkle flour over your clean work surface and roll out dough.
  8. Cut cookies, add to pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 6-7 minutes. They will continue baking on the pan so don’t leave them in much longer than 7 minutes!
  9. Let cool, then decorate!

Here is a link to the dough recipe… I made a few slight changes (mostly in how to combine the dry ingredients) it is so good and the shape stays well.

frosting recipe

(so basic, but works!)

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp of milk

Directions:

  1. Mix together with a whisk and add food coloring as desired! add more milk if you want it more liquid-y and add more powdered sugar if you want it stiffer.
  2. Add food coloring as needed.
  3. For solid color areas, spoon and spread the frosting on the cookie.
  4. for details, use stiffer frosting (add more powdered sugar) and pipe the frosting onto the cookies.

This doesn’t make tons of frosting so you may need to make a few batches, which is fine especially if you will need a few different colors. I made 2 batches and turned my orange into brown for the pumpkin stem, then I used another batch and left some plain white to pipe out the skeleton, after that I added blue to do the bats, and then added yellow to my blue leftovers to make the green.

Beginner tips

make a few batches, add food coloring, and decorate quickly so the frosting doesn’t dry out
To make very basically decorated cookies a little cuter, make sure to add more than one color or add edible embellishments like the eyes I used!


I’m really excited to bring these to the neighbors with some cute cards tomorrow because we usually don’t do anything like this, but we have been learning lately how important it is to be good neighbors. Jesus even says we need to be so I guess we can’t argue with that!
Xo,
Kellie

Berries, splash pads, and so much fun!


Hey y’all! Just popping in on my 33 week mark to say hi and to share photos from today’s excursions!
When I was contacted by someone at The Feed Feed to do this collaboration with FeedFeed and Driscoll’s Berry, I was over the moon excited because I think the thing I’ve craved most this pregnancy is fruit, but particularly berries! I told them I was willing to follow the food truck around all summer for free berries, but they said I didn’t have to do that. Darn! lol
Anyway, tonight when my little family and I went to the Eagan Food Truck Festival to [finally] experience some of their tasty creations and we were not disappointed!! If you follow me on Instagram, watch my story on there if you haven’t already; those berries were huge and delicious! And fun fact: they are giving away delightful, free berry treats as a way to say thank you to the Minneapolis area for being the city in the USA that eats the most berries! The truck isn’t done yet so check out Driscoll’s site to see if you can hunt it down too!!!!

Wolfie LOVED the photo wall with the fruit props!

He also LOVED his smoothie (and Beckett’s dish of fruit too)!

Look how cute the little smoothie was!

look how handsome they are!

It was 90 degrees so the splash pad was an absolute must!
Also, Beckett gave this little boy a sno cone…. and now his face and that shirt may be permanently stained. 😉
Xo,
Kellie

This post is brought to you in partnership with Driscoll’s and TheFeedFeed, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recipes for the week of July 23-30

Meal plan for July 23
*add Mac & cheese to your list!Free shopping list for July 23

Recipes:

Monday

L: hotdogs & coleslaw
S: Sweet & sour chicken with rice

Tuesday

L: Leftovers or cold cut sandwiches and a side of fruit
S: beef tacos with sherbet as dessert

Wednesday

L: Leftover sweet & sour chicken with a side of fruit.
S: Box mac & cheese with a side of peas and brownies for dessert

Thursday

L: Leftover taco salads with berry parfaits for dessert.
S: Meatloaf, homemade potato fries, and fruit compote for dessert.

Friday

L: Use leftover Mac N Cheese to make a bake (crackers and cheese on top & baked @ 350 until cheese is melted) — not really a recipe, just a way to make it a little bit special.
S: Pizza bites made in a muffin tin… use either a premade crust or try this recipe with me!

Saturday

L: Potato soup, side salad, and fresh fruit.
S: Leftover Meatloaf (could make into sandwiches too) and cooked carrots in butter, brown sugar, and water.

Sunday

L: Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sandwiches with a side of fruit.
S: Leftover pizza bites and a side of remaining veggies & fruit.
Hope y’all are having a great week! This week I’m feeling a little under the weather so I tried to keep things simple and comforting!
Xo,
Kellie

recipes for the week of 7.16.18

real recipes for the real girl top imageHappy Monday, loves! Remember today that you are valuable, beautiful, and capable no matter what life throws your way today.
Take a look at this week’s easy meals:7-16-18 The Classy Artist Meal Plan Master
Here’s the Grocery List:7-16-18 Free Shopping List for The Classy Artist Budget-Friendly Meal Plan
And the links for recipes:
Mon:
L: Using tortillas leftover from last week, make egg, cheese and lunchmeat wraps. Be sure to heat the meat to sizzling if pregnant!
S:Â Honey Basil Chicken Sliderswith homemade sweet potato fries.
Tues: 
L: Grilled cheese, tomato soup, fruit and a side salad if desired.
S:Â Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta
Wed:
L: Leftovers
S:Â Crockpot Mac N Cheese
Thurs:
L: Leftovers
S: Avocado & Onion burgers with homemade potato French fries.Â
Fri:
L: Salad with chicken, walnuts, dressing, Mandarin oranges.
S: Homemade pizza with a side salad. I highly recommend using remade crust in a tube because it makes the process foolproof.
Sat:
L: Leftovers
S: panini (can be made on a press or like grilled cheese on a stovetop).
Sun:
L: Salmon and Brussels sprouts with a side of fruit.
S:Â Cheesy vegetarian chiliwith a side salad and fruit.
Well, there you have it! A week in meals that are balanced, relatively good for you, yummy, and won’t take all day to make! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these recipes!
xo,
KellieÂ