I had a great time this past weekend at the EVO Conference.
You can read all about it here.
Oh say, can you see?
These bright and cheerful patriotic cookies are going to be great for your 4th of July festivities.
By the dawns early light?
No need to get up that early. You can put these beauties together pretty darn quickly.
Oh the beauty of a cake mix.
This past week has been full of events that have given me the opportunity to reflect a bit on the blessing it is to be American.
At my daughter Annas school the 5th grade teachers helped the students put on a great little patriotic program. I loved hearing the cute kids sing about America, and the wonderful gift that freedom is.
(I have to admit to a few tears. Kids singing in a
little program can do it to me every time…
I’m a sucker for cute musical number)
my friends, is what I had on the mind while I sat in a camping chair holding LittleTwinBoyNate, watching some spectacular fireworks.
The rest of my family was around me, as well as
some of our closest friends.
All I could think about while I watched was…
I live a blessed life.
Blessed with a beautiful family.
Blessed with dear friends who make my life so full.
Blessed to live as I choose…
Blessed with so many wonderful
things to choose from,
And most simply, blessed to live in the
land of the free, and the home of the brave.
Red White and Blue Cookies
Yield: about 40 cookies
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!
2 white cake mixes
1 C butter, melted
2 T water
1 small package blueberry jello
1 small package raspberry jello
1/2 t red food coloring gel
1/2 t blue food coloring gel
2 T butter, softened
4 C powdered sugar
6 T milk
dash of salt
1 t vanilla
3/4 C white chocolate chips
1 t shortening
red sprinkles (optional)
1. Here are your ingredients in all their glory! To make the red dough combine one of the cake mixes with 1/2 C melted butter, 1 egg, 1 T water, raspberry jello and the red food coloring. Mix until everything is well combined and you have the color you like. You can add a bit more food coloring gel if needed.
2. Make the blue dough by following the directions in step 1…just add the blueberry jello and blue food coloring this time.
3. Roll them into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them on a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees (6 minutes at 330 for convection ovens) Watch them closely. I like to take mine out when the cookies have cracks running along the outside, then let them finish cooking on the hot sheet for about 3 minutes.
1. Put all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and beat for about 2 minutes, or until the frosting is the desired consistency. (add a bit more powdered sugar if it’s too thin. Add a bit more milk if it’s too thick)
2. Frost the underside of each blue cookie, then add a red cookie to it!
1. Melt your chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Only heat it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each cooking interval. Don’t let the chocolate get too hot!
2. Add the shortening and stir it around a bit until it melts into the chocolate.
3. Place the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag. Carefully cut a little hole in the tip of the bag. Decorate as desired and sprinkle with the red sprinkles. If you are using the sprinkles be sure to use them before the chocolate sets up on the cookies.
Enjoy! Happy Fourth of July everyone!