lofthouse cookie love

my friend madison and i are obsessed with lofthouse cookies. before she left for austrailia, i think we had them almost every other week in the summer. they are gone before we even know it and we dont regret a single thing.

when i miss her a lot, i go buy them and eat them pretending she is with me. i came across the recipe on pinterest by Sweet Pea Kitchen & now that i have found out that i can make them at home, i am happier than ever. you will loooove the way these turn out. enjoy!

what you need:
COOKIES
– 6 cups flour, divided   – 1 teaspoon baking soda  – 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 cup butter, at room temperature   – 2 cups granulated sugar  – 3 eggs
– 2 teaspoon vanilla extract  – 1 1/2 cup sour cream

FROSTING
– 1 cup butter, room temperature  – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  – 4 cup powdered sugar
– 6 tablespoon heavy cream  – food coloring   – sprinkles

Directions:
COOKIES
1-  cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. add the eggs, one at a time. add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined
2 – add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined. the dough will be a bit “sticky”. divide dough into two sections. flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. let the dough chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm.
3 – once the dough is firm, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
4 – use the plastic wrap that you chilled the dough in. dust the top of the dough and then flip and flour the other side, keeping it on the plastic wrap. with a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

FROSTING
1 – cream together the butter and vanilla and slowly beat in the powdered sugar.
2 – once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your  desired spreading consistency. if you want to, add food coloring and beat until combined.
3 – once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

* depending on the thickness of the dough, this recipe should make about 5 dozen cookies

diy wrapped chain bracelet

chain link bracelets with colorful woven accents have been popping up all over the place, such as on the LN-CC website. Aurelie Bidermann’s Do Brazil bracelets are stunning, yes, but oh so pricey. they take the friendship bracelet to a whole new level. here is a way to create your own for a price that fits any budget.

what you will need:
– a chain curb link bracelet   – embroidery thread   – 2 bobby pins   – a pair of scissors

cut 2 sets of 15 strands of the thread, each strand the length four times the length of the bracelet. knot all of the threads at the top, leaving youself about 2 inches of slack. pin each set of strands with your bobby pins which will help you to pull the threads through the chain given you the weave. lay both sets of threads to the left of the bracelet. pull the first color of thread (coral in the pictures) from under the first link, and over the top of the left side.

lay the second color (blue in the pictures) over the first (coral). pull the second color under the same link and over the top left once again. repeat the steps moving on to the next link: put the first color (coral) on top of the second color (blue) and pull it out from under the second link and over the top left. lay the second color (blue) on top of the first color (coral) and pull it out from under the secondnd link and over the top left again.
depending on how large the links of your bracelet are, you may want to weave the threads through each link more than once. the pictures show each link woven twice.

repeat the steps until you have woven through the whole bracelet. tie a knot at the end, and trim the excess threads.

photo creds
http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-woven-chain-bracelet/  & http://becauseimaddicted.net/2011/01/diy-woven-chains.html

other cred
http://www.aureliebidermann.com/

talk with your hands? perfect.

if you talk with your hands and have lots to say, this is perfect for you! such a fun idea for a manicure!

1 – put on nail polish and let dry, a pale pink or tan perhaps, although any pastel color would look lovely
2 – dip fingernail in rubbing alcohol
3 – press a strip of newspaper big enough to cover the whole nail on to your alcohol soaked nail
4 – pull off slowly and be really impressed with yourself
5- paint top coat if desired