Saturday, February 6, 2016

Football Fruit Topiary

So, I probably couldn't tell you who's playing in this year's Super Bowl, but I DO know it's an occasion for food. This year, our table will have a definite mix of healthy and gosh-I-tried-to-stick-to-a-Paleo-plan-but...you-know....(smiles and shrugs shoulders).

Anyway, I wanted to have sort of a centerpiece and this is what I came up with. I couldn't find a football-shaped styrofoam piece at the craft store, so I settled for an egg shape and sliced a little off the bottom to keep it from rolling around.

I literally poked toothpicks in the foam (starting at the bottom) and pushed a grape onto each one. The "lacing" on top, crude as it may look, not unlike my actual sewing skills, LOL, is cut out of lemon peel. It didn't really take that long to cover the whole thing, and I think it will look cute tomorrow :)


Monday, February 1, 2016

Blueberry Cookies

I came up with this basic little recipe several months ago and loved them. So, when I picked up a basket of blueberries the other day at the grocery store, I knew I wanted to make these cookies again. It's such a basic recipe, but the simple addition of lemon extract gives it just the perfect flavor boost and pairs well with fresh, plump blueberries. Rolling each dough ball in a coating of raw sugar gives this cookie great texture but also looks pretty - a perfect treat to have with a cup of tea :)

Blueberry Cookies

1 stick butter, room temperature
¾ c. granulated sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 c. raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Scrape down sides and add eggs and lemon extract. Mix well on medium for about a minute.

In separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda with a whisk. Add flour mixture slowly to creamed butter mixture. Mix until fully incorporated.

Carefully fold in blueberries. Form into balls using cookie scoop. Roll each cookie dough ball in bowl of raw sugar and place on cookie sheet.

Bake approximately 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top. J