Lemon Greek Yogurt Tea Cakes

Lemon Greek Yogurt Tea Cakes

I should be doing some many things right now instead of writing a blog post about cookies. For example I should be in the kitchen cleaning up or washing the sticky spot off the top of my left foot but these things can wait for now. Some days I need to take a break and bake some early morning cookies in my pajamas with messy hair and bare feet. Tomorrow is the Stockade Assembly (English Country Dance thing) and any excuse to bake and I will.  The flowers are blooming and the afternoon should be a lovely time. Tea and cookies will be a must. I really wanted to bake sugar cookies but rolling out cookies is not my favorite thing to do.  For inspiration I hit the internet and found a recipe for Grandma’s Sour Cream Drop cookies at Cozy Country Living.  To make the recipe slightly healthier and to use what was already in the fridge I adapted the recipe to avoid another trip to the grocery store

  Lemon Greek Yogurt Tea Cakes 

 2 stick of unsalted very soft butter

1 1/2 cups of sugar

Zest of two lemons

2 large eggs

1 tsp Princess cake and cookie  Flavoring or 2 tsp of vanilla

1 1/4 cups greek yogurt (I used Fage 2% and o%)

4 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1sp of baking powder

1 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Icing 

1 stick softened unsalted butter

1 8oz package full fat cream cheese , room temperature

4 cups of powdered sugar

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp or more of beet juice or a couple drops of food coloring

Preheat the oven to 400 degree  and prepare baking pans with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Zest your lemons into the sugar. Give them a massage with you fingers to help release the lemon oils. Breath in deeply to get the full effect.  Combine the lemon sugar and butter,  Cream until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and princess flavoring or vanilla.  Mixing well together before moving on to the dry ingredients.

Sift the leaving, salt and flour together in separate bowl. I normally ignore sifting in a recipe but in this case you will really want to. We are trying to keep the batter light and fluffy.

Alternate adding the dry and yogurt into the base of the batter. Combine well before adding the yogurt or flour.

The batter will be very sticky and somewhat fluffy.

Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop drop on the baking pans.  These cookies don’t spread that much but try to keep 1/4 inch between them.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the tops look done. You can test of doneness with a metal skewer.  I found it was best to bake one pan at time because they will get really dark (umm burned on the bottom.   Let cool for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack.

While the cookies are cooking

Combine the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice.

Slowly add the powdered sugar

combine adding more sugar if needed, You will want it to be spreadable but not goopy.  I was going to add food coloring to the frosting but my inner organic hippy child requested a healthier option. I added a tsp or two of some beet juice until it was right shade of pink.

When the cookies are cooled just frost away and try not to lick your fingers too much.

 

The need to create was strong and I came across a stash of ball fringe while rearranging a cabinet.  With a steady hand and glue gun , the lamp shades could not escape embellishment. 

Ball Fringe Lampshade

Craft room lamp is ready to party.

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Boudoir lamp is feeling fancy.

Project #2 

Now this craft really did use the sun. While wandering around Joanne’s yesterday looking for things that don’t exist I came across a Lumi Shadow Printing kit.  I read about this product months ago and soon gave up the idea of using it due the high cost at the time. I can’t wait to try out other projects with the Lumi ink.  Nextime, I will have to find another dark room to work in other than my bedroom. The ink has ammonia in it so it stunk up my boudoir and hands. Lesson learned crafts need to be kept out of the room you sleep in.

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I am a horrible blogger. I kept thinking about posting and writing but never got around to it.  I haven’t been very busy and my life is about the same. Is there a word for when you forget why you originally went on the internet ?  Does this happen to you ? I always think of things I want to know or find out about but tend to get distracted by pictures of cats ,food or randomness.   Now that Spring has arrived I feel energized , crafty and have the need to clean.   This weekend was shorted by having to work for part of Saturday.  Powered by the sun and antihistamines I have crafted like crazy.

Project number 1

Painted the kitchen backsplash using a mix of Reeves metallic acrylic paints and dry brush. Now all is needed is to paint the cabinets top and bottom. I also need to really clean the bottom of the top cabinets just noticed how filthy they are looking at the pictures.

Before

Before

After

After

While pursuing the internet last night I came across a post on Cute Overload. Did you know February 22 is Cat Day, ? It’s true check out this link: 

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/02/22/happy-cat-day-%EF%BD%A5/ 

So in honor of our feline friends.  We should do something special for them but not too crazy.  You can throw them a party or bake yourself cat cake or cupcakes

We could also spend the day contemplating what the internet would be like with out cats.  A scary though but we have no fear of that happening anytime soon. If you feel like get lost in kitty land, Check out a couple of my favorite catcentric blogs and websites, 

http://cuteoverload.com/

http://www.pinterest.com/messygrace/cat-people-unite/

http://www.gemmacorrell.com/portfolio/illustration/

http://www.simonscat.com/

and the one site that I think started it all 

http://www.simonscat.com/  

 

I am sorry for not posting for such a long time. Personal issues and a busy holiday season and losing my password are only just some of my problems from the last couple months. I am on the slow road of recovery. All I can say is God is good and I have awesome family and wonderful friends.

I am returning to my normal level of weirdness some days and umm weeks are better than others. I am taking each day as it comes and climbing out of the depths of despair as Ann Shirley would say. What have you found to be helpful while in the depths of despair ? Please share in the comments. here is list of some things that have helped me. I hope these help you too.

1. Prayer and reading the bible.
2.Making lists of positives and negatives.
3.Being kind to myself.
4.Crafts
5.Painting and doodling.
6.Hot tea and cocoa
7. keeping a diary of sorts.
8.Talking with people (difficult if you are introvert like me but sometimes it helps to get it out.)
9. Singing
10. Laughter
11.Quiet evenings at home with a few furry friends.
12.Yoga pants.
13. Exercise and dancing.
14.Reading.
15. Bath cocktails. Just fill up a bath with hot water add Epson salts , baking soda and essential oils. I prefer lavender but you can what ever you want.
16.Mindless t.v. time and internet browsing.
17. White noise machine to lure me to sleep. I found slow waves or rainstorm sends me right to sleep.
18.Permission to move on from mistakes.
19.cleaning up chaotic spaces.
20.Not reading about how to fix all my problems.

Christmas Crafts 002

Sometimes, I am afraid the craft police are going to arrest me.  Finishing the craft room / Art studio has unearthed some interesting items like the broken Christmas ornaments ,googly eyes and E6000. Have you tried this glue ? it is the best. and glue almost anything.  It has accorded to me after creating some really odd that this could be one the primary reasons that I am still single.  My weirdness comes out like imp and takes over. I sat my table and glued away laughing like Dr. Frankenstein and delighting in the absurdness of it all. I am really tempted to try and sell this on Etsy just see if any one would buy it.  My marketing of this special one of a kind ornament would be that this could be an alternative to the Elf on the shelf . Hans the mutant nutcracker would be more of reason to behave and he can see in the dark.  Yes,  my glue and crafts should be taken away from me but those craft police can’t get me.  I am armed with an imagination and glitter.

Once again I have failed to update this blog with my promise of once a week, I am blaming it my tendency to over think and worry about almost everything including a little old blog post.

I am learning day by on how not worry by prayer and reading the bible daily. A couple of good books and talks with friends have helped too.

Recently, while procrastinating on Pinterest I came across this verse that is now plastered around my house and in my car. It’s Proverbs 31:25
She is clothed in dignity and strength, and laughs at the future.

When I think of the future laughing is not what I want to but it says laughter not crying or freaking out.  I have faith and love for a God who has plans for me and loves more than I can comprehend. I can’t say I will stop worrying completely but have given verses to strengthen and guide me everyday

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