FRESH BERRIES

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Ever since I was little, I have been obsessed with strawberries. I remember we used to go pick them in California with friends, but I haven’t done it in the longest time! I had been trying to think of ways to get out of my hotel and be outside and someone I work with told me about a place where they went to pick fresh fruit. I went to Heider’s Farms, in Woodstock, to see what I could find!

I’ve been making my own cold pressed juices for the past few weeks so getting some fresh berries actually seemed like a really good idea. I brought my camera along just for the heck of it and I’m glad I did! I was such a pretty farm and I’m happy that I took a few snaps of it.

I’m less than 3 weeks away from finishing my internship and I can’t wait to be back in Arizona soon!

 

 

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THE BEST SUGAR COOKIES

 

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Every year around the holidays I always love to have a big cookie bake with friends and family.  It’s always so fun to gather everyone together, listen to Christmas music and make lots of delicious treats.

For so long, my sister and I had been searching for the perfect sugar cookie recipe. All the recipes we’d tried were great tasting, but they never held the shape of the cookie cutter! after searching for so long, we finally found the most incredible (and simple) recipe.

It was actually from our mom’s Betty Crocker cookbook that she got for christmas from her mother when she was in middle school! I think that’s so cool. But now, it’s my go to recipe. I wanted to make sure I shared it on here so that my friends and family could have access to it (just in case that old torn book somehow gets tossed in the near future).

I decided to order some higher quality sprinkles, icing dyes and cutters from orson h. gygi  and it was totally worth it.

dry mixture

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

wet mixture

  • 3/4 cups shortening (i do half butter and half crisco)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract for a fun twist)

directions

  • cream together the shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring. then blend in the flour mixture. cover and chill for at least 1 hour (but no more than about 2; it will start to get really hard).
  • preheat oven to 400. roll dough 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. then cut into desired shapes. transfer onto a non greased baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until very lightly brown.

*This recipe makes about 4 dozen 3 inch cookies.