Prior to leaving on Friday, I found out that my Roasted Sweet Mangotato Salad is a semi-finalist in the Reser’s potato salad competition. They had over 600 entries, did taste-tests and selected mine as one of the top ten. I was thrilled. Now, to make it to finals, I have to be in the top five recipes, which is all decided by votes. I would love your vote if you wouldn’t mind. All voting is done through facebook here. You can vote once per day until August 31st!
We made it back from the bachelorette party in one piece. I had a fantastic weekend and am so blessed to have such great friends to celebrate with. Prior to leaving, I was very busy whipping up bachelorette “emergency” kits that included all sorts of fun gifts for the guests. My favorite though was of course the cookies.
I think the girls were happy to have a little sweet treat in their goodie bags. And even if they weren’t, I sure was. I ate my fair share of other people’s cookies this weekend. Perhaps not the nicest thing to do, but I couldn’t resist.
I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and added in some food dye to make them a little more girly.
While I was away, Wes was very busy back at my house. One would think that a future groom would want to relax and enjoy a weekend away from his future wife by golfing, hanging out with his buddies, etc. Don’t get me wrong, Wes definitely enjoys all that. But I don’t think he was able to take part in any of that this weekend. He kept himself incredibly busy with a closet makeover/organization system. It was a complete surprise for me.
The first of the projects was organizing the piles of shoes. Earlier this month, I mentioned to Wes something I had seen on pinterest to help keep boots looking good. You simply cut a pool noodle into pieces, and place the pieces inside the boots. This keeps them standing upright, nice and neat. And makes them much easier to access! Large shoe boxes are a pain, especially when you are 5’4 and they sit on the top row of your closet. Shoe boxes have toppled on top of me more times than I care to count.
See? Look how easy it is. Love it!
The next part of his project was huge! I have had several large storage containers out all over my house simply because I didn’t have a storage space for them. What the townhome lacks in storage, it makes up for in beautiful high ceilings. Wes was able to capitalize on that by building additional storage for the containers high in the closet.
Since these containers hold winter clothes, I won’t need to access them often. It is the perfect solution!
Wes really is so incredibly handy and creative. I’m so very lucky.
And the last part, which may be my favorite part, are my new necklace holders. Last year, I picked up some absolutely adorable drawer knobs with the hopes of turning them into some kind of jewelry holder. But then life happened and they sat in the shopping bag for a year. Recently, Wes stumbled upon them and came up with a beautiful way to use them.
By doing a quick stain on pre-cut decorative wood, Wes was able to create an adorable, yet highly functional way to hold my necklaces.
What do you think?
My closet is really not conducive to picture taking as it is really just a long wide hall. But, you get the gist of what was done. I can’t believe how much better it looks in there. And while I know Wes still has some work he wants to do on it, I am really happy with it.
Now go make some sugar cookies.
- 2¾ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup butter
- 1½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp half & half
- 3 tbsp turbinado sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar (not the turbinado, just the regular). Once thoroughly creamed, add in egg and vanilla. Beat until well blended and smooth.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Once mixed, gradually add into the wet mixture. Beating until combined. Once mixed, add in half and half. Blend together.
- Keep turbinado sugar in a separate bowl; it will be for rolling the dough in.
- Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment, or a silpat. Roll dough into balls slightly smaller then a golf ball. Then roll dough balls in the turbinado sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake for about 9 minutes.