Thursday, February 12, 2015
Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
1 cup of butter, softened (2 sticks)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries, ground into a fine powder in either a food processor or blender
2 cups of flour
Use a low setting on mixer to blend room temperature butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add powdered strawberries. Mix well. Add flour a half cup at a time, mixing until it is all incorporated.
Roll the dough out in a sausage shape. If you wish to add colored decorating sugar, roll the dough in about 2 tablespoons of red sugar, Wrap the sausage-shaped dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. The refrigeration will make the dough easier to slice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. The cookies will not spread while baking. They shouldn't touch, but they can be placed about a centimeter apart and it will be fine.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
The round slices of dough can also be easily shaped into hearts before baking.
If you do not want to use any artificial food coloring in your family's Valentine treats, these cookies, minus the decorating sugar, are a nice pink color without anything artificial.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
My white top hat has now been made-over to match the boots. It turns out that one jar of Mod Podge is exactly the amount needed to cover one pair of Victorian boots and one top hat. There were also enough great pages in that single Girl Genius comic book to do both projects.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I kept seeing a tutorial on Pinterest for comic book shoes, made by covering a pair of ballet flats with colorful pictures cut from Spiderman comic books: http://alldaychic.com/comic-book-shoes-diy/. I thought it was a cute idea, but I didn't have a pair of ballet pumps. What I did have was a scuffed up and stained pair of white Victorian boots and a used copy of a black and white Girl Genius comic book that I purchased for $3 at Goodwill. So, I created the steampunk version of this project.
I did make one change to the original instructions. While the comic book shoe tutorial used regular Mod Podge, I chose to use dishwasher safe Mod Podge, because I was concerned about how the boots would hold up if it rained or I stepped in a puddle.
The comics are attached with Mod Podge and the covered with three protective layers of Mod Podge.
I replaced the dirty white shoelaces with sheer black ribbon that was left over from Christmas.
I like the way these turned out so well, that I'm considering doing the same thing to my white top hat, which has started to discolor a little.
"I can't believe you're decoupaging boots!"