Heart Cutout Cookie Recipe

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One of my favorite recipes from my family is my Mom’s tried and true cut out cookies. They’re more of an almond shortbread cookie than sugar cookie, and basically melt in your mouth. So good and sweet! Before reading any further, this is definitely not one of my healthy recipe shares, but it is one that will dance on anyone’s heart or tastebuds. I frost them with my mom’s wedding cake frosting!

These cutouts make for a sweet treat for your Gal-entine’s Day gathering (or Valentines Day dessert with your other half). The recipe makes a ton, so I always end up giving a bunch to friends & family for Valentine’s Day. I’ve also linked all of my baking essentials and table top details below. By far my favorite kitchen tool is our Kitchenaid electric mixer. It was a gift from my mama from our wedding registry and it is so easy to use and efficient! We even have all of the pasta making, veggie slicing, and food processor attachments to use so it doesn’t have to be just for baking! We have the azure blue which adds the perfect pop to our white kitchen.

Dough

4 1/2 c. flour

2/3 c. confectioner’s sugar

1/3 c. light brown sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

2 cups butter, softened

Directions

1. Mix together sugars, butter, and almond extract with electric mixer for two minutes until mixed.

2. Gradually add in flour & mix. Save the 1/2 cup of flour to roll out dough & for cookie cutter. 

3. Once dough is mixed & softened roll into 2 large balls.

4. Sprinkle counter, rolling pin with flour, and cookie cutter with extra flour.

5. Roll out dough to 1/2” thick then press cut out into dough.

6. Place cookies on parchment paper 1/2” apart & bake 10-12 minutes at 300 F.

7. Let fully cool before frosting. Yields 24 cookies. 


Frosting

1/2 bag confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp Crisco (if no crisco add more milk)

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

Directions

1. Add milk & vanilla extract to the confectionary sugar . Continue mixing until smooth & creamy like yogurt.

2. Section into bowls if adding food coloring and frost!

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My Baking Essentials

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February Bar Cart & Tabletop Setting

At the end of January it can feel like the winter is never ending. The cold weather in New York City this past week had me craving a getaway to some place warm ! This weekend we’re making a getaway to Seattle to visit my cousin and her husband. I’ve never been so looking forward to exploring and having some great food in good company. I’ve been beyond ready to say goodbye to the January blues and am looking forward to all the pops of red and pink that February brings!  I’ve been adding some little pops of red & pink to freshen up our space.

For this more Valentine’s themed bar cart I kept it winter related and just added a few extra hearts. I found the adorable backdrop from Target to create a temporary wall hanging, while I still figure out what to do with the white space over the cart. Anyone else have a hard time committing to what will hang on their walls to flow with the rest of the space? Commitment issues right there I guess!


Valentine’s Day Bar Cart

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I found many of the details at Target and TJMaxx, Homegoods, Kohl’s. I just grabbed a few things here or there to also add some love to our table setting. I’m still rearranging a few things but this pitcher is the perfect for year round. I also added the Valentine’s Day heart stems from Target with the eucalyptus ones and fresh flowers.. These are the most adorable placemats from the Opalhouse line at Target and they’re really affordable and washable. I don’t ever splurge on any holiday pieces but an artificial tree, and it all gets marked down end of season anyway. That’s the best time to snag a few pieces and save for the next year.

Linking everything in the widgets below with some other pieces that were too cute to not share.


Lovely Tabletop Setting

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February Home Favorites



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Holiday Home Styling Sales

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Bar Cart & Table Top Setting Details

Jingle Bell Stir Sticks // Sugar Paper Company has the most adorable holiday decor and bar cart finishes at Target each holiday season. I grabbed these adorable bell stir sticks for cocktails to place on my holiday bar cart and love that they’re a real jingle bell!

Gold Bow Napkin Rings // I also picked up these gold bow napkin rings from Sugar Paper Co. that could be used year round. I have a lot of accents with gold throughout our space so these were the perfect touch for the plaid napkins I put together for our table setting.

These place card holders would also be perfect for a more formal gathering and are match with the cocktail stir sticks!

Marble Coasters// These are a favorite of mine that also make a great hostess gift.

Mini Tree 🌲 Target they come in 3 different sizes small fits perfect into the mugs and I did this as a gift for a few friends this year. Now is the time to stock up and they’re great for thin fireplace mantles or window sills.  

Bottle Brush Trees// pink one was old from Target dollar section and the green and white ombré is Pier One. 

Ceramic House// I love these ! Perfect for winter vignettes and glow with a tea light inside. All of mine are from Target but Michaels and Hobby Lobby also sell similar.  

My mug is old from Anthropologie but this year I found a cute plaid print mug I gifted from Pottery Barn. They’re marked down to $5 right now!  

Moscow Mule Glasses  

Acrylic Bar Cart // World Market  

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Home Decor for the Holidays

This is a super long post but I’ve rounded up so many items that are marked down for end of the season and could easily be used next year or saved for gifts!

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I often will use Bath and Body Works as my go to for candles to make the place smell festive along with hand soaps. Lately I’ve been finding some of my favorite home candles from TjMaxx or Marshalls. This is also where I found so much of my holiday decor like the reindeer stocking holders, stockings, trees. A lot of the terrariums I use on my window sill and shelves are from Hobby Lobby.

I had shared some of my favorite home decor pieces in this blog post. I had grabbed a few neutral pillows for winter from Pottery Barn & the golden snow flake one is from Michaels. Target also has this cute option. I usually opt for pillow covers that way I can interchange between seasons and not have to store a bunch of plush pillows. I found mine at Pottery Barn on sale.

Right now is the best time to snag any holiday decorations since much of it is on clearance!  

Target has up to 70% off and Homegoods / TjMaxx also has 50% off all holiday too. I usually stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, and house warming gifts. Other great finds on sale are the ornament and wreath storage boxes to store it all away. 

I usually leave most of our decor up through the new year since we travel over the holiday and want to enjoy it for a few more days.  My favorite piece is our monogrammed mirror friends designed for us from our wedding. I love how it fit seamlessly into the space and is so personal to us!  

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Stocking Holders & Stockings// TJMaxx Then I found this silver style on sale at Pier 1! Perfect gift for newly weds or new home owners for next season too.

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 Our Tree’s ribbon is from Shop Hello Holidays and it is the best quality! I had heard another blogger, Emily Ann Gemma rave about it so I caved and got some of the rolls on sale. They sell out quick but I know I’ll have it for years and it really adds a great touch to the tree!

Each year Kevin and me go to the Bryant Park Holiday Market shops and pick out an ornament to customize together. Since this year we’re in our new place we had to get a front door ornament. I love this tradition we’ve done for over 7 years now!

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Garland on Shelf// Michaels  

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Photo Shelf / Wayfair 

Couch / Customized in gypsy vapor  

Snowflake Pillow Cover / Pottery Barn  & Ikea

Floor Lamp / Target  

Rug / Wayfair Absolutely love the soft and modern look of this rug. It’s soft without being rough and complimented our couch too.

Table lamp & Tables/ TJMaxx similar here & here

Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket  Super cozy and soft a favorite of mine and any guest that visits us! Makes a great house warming gift, along with the marble coasters.

Fur Throw / a heavier one that is so soft on each side from Pottery Barn. It washes and wears so well and is on major sale!

Table Tray / Homegoods (old) loving this option too  

If you have any questions about any of the items or there’s something missing let me know! I would love to have your thoughts so I can re work our decor for next Christmas. Wishing everyone a restful holiday season and merry wishes for a healthy and memorable 2019!