Archive: December, 2013

Tuesday
December 31, 2013

Favorite Products of 2013

We made it. The last day of 2013.

Irene here from designstiles. I normally post on Wednesdays but I wanted to make sure I checked in with my top ten favorite items I’ve shared over this past year.

It’s been a great experience being a contributor here on Spearmint Baby and I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

2013_favorites

1. Felix crib sheet from Little Auggie – Adorable sheets with doggies and “woof woof” writing, with the same name as my son.

2. The Dog by Picasso wall art – I love dogs and the simplicity of this print.

3. Liberty crib by Serena and Lily – A beautiful crib with pretty little details. I would’ve gone with this one if I would’ve had a girl.

4. Asos Maternity Jeans – I purchased a pair when I was pregnant and not only were they comfortable, they made me feel hip despite my belly bump.

5. Belly Bandit – your close postpartum friend. This totally helped me feel like I was getting my pre-baby body back.

6. Rebecca Minkoff Knocked Up diaper bag – definitely one of the coolest most stylish diaper bags out there. Totally looks like a standard handbag.

7. Sam Edelman Petty Boot – can’t tell you enough how much I love these boots. Or how much I wore them in ’13. Just the right amount of height to be comfortable to walk in all day. I’ll still be sporting them in the new year.

8. Menagerie white giraffe bookend – an adorable addition to any nursery. Makes a cute gift as well.

9. Mercado baskets – I love a good basket and the strapping on these create a fun star pattern.

10. Furry stool from Furbish – I’ve used this one in a nursery before but I think it would make a statement in a bedroom or living room, bringing in great texture.

Hasta la New Year!

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Irene Lovett

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Thursday
December 19, 2013

Sugar Cookie Recipe + Homemade Cookie Frosting

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I’ve had a few people ask about the cookies I made for Harper’s 5th Birthday Party. (see more pics on Instagram: @spearmintbaby. My sugar cookie recipe is super EASY & SO YUMMY. & the best part is that it takes no baking skill at all! Following the cookie recipe are a few tips on frosting your cookies. Frosting is the hardest part. It takes time, but follow my frosting recipe and purchase the handy tool I mention & your cookies will look amazing!

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Directions
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. You do NOT need a fancy beater to make the dough. It is easier, but if you are willing to stir and knead a LOT you can get your dough to look like this with no problem:

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Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (I usually chill overnight). If you do chill overnight, take the dough out of the fridge about 1 hour before you are ready to start rolling it out. That way it will soften up a bit before rolling it out.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. I keep LOTS of flour on hand and I like to flour up my rolling pin so the dough does not stick.

Cut shapes with desired cookie cutters. My #5 cookie cutters are from this set (it was only $7.65 on amazon): R & M Number 9 Piece Cookie Cutter Set

Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased non stick cookie sheets. If your cookie sheets are older you can use a bit of cooking spray. I like Pam’s Baking Spray

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Bake each batch of cookies 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before decorating. EASY!

on FROSTING them…

If you don’t already own one, get yourself a Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus

For $10.99 this little machine will make your cookie decorating soooo much easier! You will love it!

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COOKIE FROSTING RECIPE

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tsp corn syrup
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and corn syrup to a medium bowl. Mix. Slowly add more milk until you get the desired consistency. If you want a runnier frosting add more milk, for a thicker frosting don’t add much at all!

For these cookies I used about 3.5 teaspoons of milk. Once you have the desired consistency of frosting, add your food coloring. No real rules for this, just keep adding and stirring until you have your desired color! You can mix colors too. I mixed pink and yellow to get the peachy-orange color frosting.

Pour (or scoop if it is too thick) your frosting into your Wilton Decorator Plus. I used the decorator attachment with the long nozzle and the smallest round hole. My #5 cookies were small and the shape was tricky so obviously I needed more precision & the small hole allowed me to really control the flow of frosting. I like to outline the cookies first and then fill in. Keep your Wilton Decorator Plus tilted/at an angle while decorating so that the frosting does not come out too fast!

After I frosted, I added Wilton Candy Eyeballs.

I had read that the eyeballs turned green if you place them on cookies too early. I didn’t have this problem, although I made my cookies only 2 days before the party. As soon as I frosted each cookie, I placed the eyeballs on. The frosting holds the eyeballs in place. If you do want to add eyeballs later (after the frosting is dry) just use a little corn syrup as “glue” for your eyeballs!

Leave cookies out for about 1 hour to dry. You can store in tupperware, then refrigerate or if you are short on space (i was) you can place cookies in freezer bags and stack flat in your freezer. I served the cookies from the freezer 2 days later and they were absolutely delicious. They were the only food item of the party that was completely eaten up!

P.S. I use this exact same recipe for all of my holiday cookies… Christmas, Hannukah, Valentine’s Day, etc

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Thursday
December 19, 2013

photo of the day

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This is one of my FAVORITE winter/holiday photo shoots. Amazing, right? Photography by the amazingly talented Melissa Audrey. If you are in the Milwaukee, WI area go hire her!!!

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Tuesday
December 17, 2013

Bedroom Redo Progress…

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Remember back in August when I mentioned I was converting our little bedroom into a shared room for Rex & Harper? The original concept/mood board looked like this.

I’ve FINALLY made some progress on the room. The original plan was to tear out the carpet and put some kind of wood or laminate on top of the concrete. After about 6 estimates I decided against this. We are in a rental and I did not feel like spending over $1000 for the floors. It would have cost about $1800 to get the wood I actually liked! WAY TOO MUCH!

Later this week I’ll get some pics/notes up about the concrete painting process. I’ve had a LOT of questions & I pretty much copied Mandi’s process for painting concrete. It was a LONG project for me. It seems that it takes me 3 times as long as everyone else to actually complete a project!

The room is not completely done. I still have to paint the closets, hang artwork and a shelf, find curtains, organize closets. So just a peek at what is done…

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Tuesday
December 17, 2013

photo of the day

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Monday
December 16, 2013

Storage Legos 50% Off

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Looking for fun storage? I was on the hunt last month for something cute that I could slide under their new bunkbed. Since it would show, I wanted it to be cute! Enter Room Copenhagen. They make the cutest storage containers that look like legos. They can stack just like the real thing!

Anyway, they are 50% off on Fab.com. I purchased 2 large ones (1 black & 1 white) for only $36 with free shipping! Go check out the 1 day sale.

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Monday
December 16, 2013

Keep ‘Em Warm!

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Do you have favorite winter knits for baby? There is a huge knit movement and I am sooo excited that it has entered the baby world. Keep your baby warm this winter (& keep him/her looking amazing!) Anyway, here are a few of my picks…

Superfresh Baby Knits Ewok Hood, Baby Degen Monster Sweatpant, Spearmint ♥ Eco Cross Blanket , Úlfur Sweater – hand dyed

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Monday
December 16, 2013

photo of the day

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