October 5, 2011

Tea & Cookies

Cookie Cutters

Leaf-Shaped Cookies

I bought a set of leaf-shaped cookie cutters last month to make pretty shapes for the top of our wedding pies. I was really happy with the way they turned out, so I'll be using them for all of our holiday pies too. And for lots and lots of leaf-shaped cookies.

Yesterday was cold, so I baked a batch of these sugar cookies in an effort to warm things up. I seriously can't believe how quickly things are cooling down around here. All of our windows are perma-closed now, and I'm feeling a bit underlayered, like maybe I need to make myself a bunch of socks and scarves and hats before winter.

Now that we're inside all day, our home is feeling a little grimy and cluttered, so I'm on a mission to get things in order. Our kitchen is the only room in our home that I don't want to completely rearrange and scrub down. Anyone else in fall-cleaning mode?


  1. Your cookies turned out great. I have a question. Would you share your recipe for the cookie dough? When I have used cookie cutters with details like your leaves, they seem to spread and lose the sharp edges. - I have my living room all tore up today, just now putting it back together and feel like it's all cozy a ready for nights of popcorn and movies or a good read. xo

  2. Our heat came on for the first time yesterday...I was soo happy!

    And yes...I am dreaming of getting our place clean so we can open the windows, let in a chilly breeze, and enjoy some tea with warm socks...too bad I don't have the time. =/

  3. Hi Lindsay! I found your blog through a link on Pinterest for your chai tea. Looks very interesting! I am in Portland, too, and have also been bit by the fall cleaning bug. I decided each day in October I was going to organize or clean something I normally ignore. First the junk drawer, then the oven, but yesterday I just did the dishes and swept the floor. Not sure that counts!

  4. Sherri - the cookie dough recipe is from Joy of Cooking. Here it is:

    Cream together:
    1/2 cup white or brown sugar
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

    Beat in:
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs
    2 1/2 cups sifted AP flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt

    Chill the dough for 3 to 4 hours before rolling, Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake 7-12 minutes.

    Hope that helps!

    Clair - I want to turn on our heat soooo badly, but I'm determined to wait until it out until absolutely necessary. We'll see how long that resolve lasts...

    MarySue- Haha, I have that same goal of cleaning one thing per day, but I think we're allowed to skip a few here and there. :)

  5. WHat lovely biscuit cutters. I havve realy old ones(including an axe shaped one?) that were my mum's, and lots of festive ones.

    This weekend I am having a clean and re-arrange and declutter, since we will spend a lot of time indoors over the coming months.

  6. I found your blog through Pinterest and I love it ... great photos and such fun posts. I'm a new follower.

  7. Oh my. I'm so happy I found your blog! I also live in Portland with my husband and two kitties. I've got a little cooking blog, and I'm totally crushing on your photos and recipe ideas. Thank you for writing this.

  8. Just found your blog, and I'm in LOVE. I'm a very occasional and not-too-good knitter (anything rectangle and knit/purl, I'm okay on!). But I love Fall, and photos, and blogs, blah blah blah.

    Anyway. We're ALSO doing wedding pies, and I would love love love to know where you got those cookie cutters! They're adorable!

    Thank you, and I'm stoked to have found this blog :)

    -Lisa from Raleigh, NC!

  9. Hi Lisa. :)

    I bought my leaf-shaped cookie cutters off amazon.com. Here's the link:


    If that doesn't work for any reason, just type 'leaf shaped cookie cutters' into the search bar. It's the first set on the list. :)