Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gramma Clara's Real Butter Butter Cookies and Jello frosting

I haven't blogged in forever. I miss it, I have promised myself to take the time to get back to it. I made these yummy cookies for our tailgate last night and had to share. These are the yummiest cut out cookies ever. They melt in your mouth and are perfect for every holiday and occasion. We make them every Christmas. You can decorate with sprinkles or add a frosting if you wish. Clara wasn't my Grandma, just a dear family friend that became a Grandma to me. Don't you just love friends like that!?


Gramma Clara's Real Butter Butter Cookies

1 cup  butter
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1) Cream butter & add sugar slowly. Mix until light and fluffy.
2) Add egg and vanilla, then add sifted dry ingredient. I don't every time and they still turn out      delicious.
3) Allow to chill for about an hour. Then roll out to about 1/8" thick and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
    Add sprinkles now if you don't want to frost them later
4) Bake at 350* for 7 minutes (or until set but not browned)
5) Allow to cool and frost.

Butter frosting

1/2 cup butter
1 pound of powdered sugar
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk
1)Cream butter.
2)Gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with vanilla and milk. Add as much milk as you need to get the right consistency.
3)Tint in little bowls with food coloring and get frosting!

Jello Frosting

Mix one tub of store bought frosting with one small package of jello. Easy Peasy.

The favor is fabulous and color is perfect.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blogger hiatus and a 12th birthday party

Good morning!!

I have been on a bit of a blogger hiatus for the past 3 months. Not really a conscious hiatus... life was just busy and I think I needed to decide if I wanted to continue. I have missed writing and missed posting. So I'm back!

So.. while I was away my baby girl turned 12. Here is peek at her birthday party. We went to Laser tag, then came back for a sleep over. (I really dislike sleepovers. I break down on occasion and let them have one. I like routine, and control so they make me crazy. Throw in too tired, cranky kids the next day.. not my thing.) I do prefer my house though.. all my people under one roof makes me sleep better. I never liked them growing up so maybe that's my problem. Every once and a while I cave.. and I'm usually glad I did.)

We are past themed parties here.. which makes me kinda sad.. but the teal and leopard  color choices were pretty cute! 

A crate paper curtain and a basement filled with balloons. Those polka dot ones are my favorite.

Our basement has a theater screen in it and has tons of potential. I haven't done anything down there since we moved in but I am slowly working on making it a cozy place courtesy of Target and antique stores!

I love details. We had coke with pizza after a couple rounds of laser tag.

 They disappeared to the basement only to come up for food. This is the pile of staying up too late that I found in the morning. They were super good though and this was one of those times I'm glad I let her have a sleep over.

We made a pancake bar for breakfast. I wish I had better pictures.. but I wasn't blogging. ;)  
peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, whipped cream, sliced bananas, blueberries and raspberries,  sprinkles (not shown) and butter. served with sausage and hot cocoa. 

(yes, I do believe there is a pancake under neath that whipped cream!)

She had a wonderful time. I can't believe my baby girl is 12, time flies. It's good to be back, see you all soon. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hot Cocoa Bar

A super fun, cheap and easy party idea is a hot cocoa bar.

Cocoa could also be done in a crock pot or carafe. I bought matching mugs at the dollar store. 

Toppings included~

colored marshmallows
plain marshmallows
chocolate chips, try, white, milk, mint or swirled
red hots

Don't forget the whipped cream in a spray can!

Friday, November 16, 2012


I have been working on a gallery wall for my stair way, it is almost ready to show you all!! I just finished making scrabble art. Scott and I play words with friends all the time so I knew this would be a fun addition. This is such an easy project. 

You will need: 
Scrabble tiles (I found a game at Goodwill)
cork (fabric would work too)
a frame
spray adhesive 
hot glue

The how to:
Play with your letters to get the right lay out. Take a picture of it to revert back to. Using grid paper works well also. Cut cork to fit the backing of your frame. Use spray adhesive to attach it to the back piece of wood. This prevents and ripples or bumps. Lay out your letters in the frame. Hot glue them down one at a time.

This cute, easy project would be fun for holidays, a babies room, or a family motto!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Golden Anniversary

15 years ago today I married the most amazing man. I can honestly say that I am more in love with him today than ever before.  He is  my best friend, a fabulous father,  a wonderful husband and he still gives me butterflies. It hasn't always been easy, sometimes it has been harder than hard, but I know together we are strong enough to make it through anything. I thank God every day for bring him into my life and for helping us through the tough times. I am thankful we didn't give up when times got tough and instead decided to make us stronger. Scott Johnson I feel blessed and honored to be your wife.  Happy anniversary babe! The best is yet to be!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Kids Art

My daughter had the most amazing preschool teacher ever. She made such precious art projects, ones I will treasure always. They are too wonderful not to share.

A finger painting pumpkin,  bat hand prints and ghost foot print.

A hand print tree with sponge leaves....

This scarecrow with her sweet little 4 year old face in it makes me smile.

Soon this turkey with hand print feathers will hang proudly in my dining room. 

I love sweet little kid art.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Decor

Things are spooking up around the Johnson house hold.  Truth be told I don't LOVE Halloween. I love fall and I like Halloween OK,  the last few years I'd just rather ignore it but it comes anyway. This year though, I promised myself to enjoy as much about Halloween as I can. I can honestly say I have gotten in the Halloween spirit.

It's not much.... but, here are some peeks at my Halloween decor.

The Halloween houses were given to me by a friend. I also acquired a bunch of Christmas ones. Score!

TJ Maxx table cloth and napkins. Yes, I own an iron I just don't like to use it. ;)

The leaves in the 2 above photos were made by my kids in 2nd grade.

I had some lovely mums in my urns.. the deer devoured them. It was probably this guy...

This dude is new this year and he makes Halloween for me, I think he is fabulous!! He isn't really holding a pick ax. The yard guy left it and apparently someone thought Mr. Bones should hold it. My friend was 50% off at Rite Aid!!

Happy Halloween!!!