Let’s Talk About Conversation Heart Cookies!

Happy valentine vibes are starting to soar and hearts are starting to float into stores and online! It’s such a nice change from the dreary greyness that is January!

I was asked to make some super sweet heart cookies for a local organization who works with special needs adults to celebrate their support workers. And what’s more lovely than conversation hearts to tell someone you appreciate them?!

Conversation hearts are addictive little candy hearts with a cute little message to give to someone you appreciate (or yourself!) They look like they are just meant to be cookies!

To make these cookies, I used a standard sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe that I’ve used multiple times which always come out deliciously decadent! Decorating them is far easier than you’d think!

What You Need

Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 sticks (200 grams) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt

Icing

  • 6 egg whites
  • 4 cups (1 pound) icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • food colouring (I use gel based)

Directions

Baking

  • Cream the sugar and butter together until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Add in the flour and salt until fully incorporated, and the cookie dough will come together in a big dough ball. The dough will seem very, very crumby at first, but it will come together when you use your hands.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and flatten into your hands into a flat disk. Wrap it up in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 20 minutes (this makes it much easier to work with).
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Roll out your dough on a floured surface. Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out your shapes (1/4 inch thick) and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown and then let them completely cool.

Royal Icing

  • To make the icing, add in the icing sugar, and then add in the egg whites and lemon juice and then blend with a hand or stand mixer on high until light and fluffy (5-10 minutes). Cover with a wet cloth or in an air tight container until ready to use (or it will harden!)
  • When ready to decorate, thin out your icing into flood consistency and separate your icing into separate bowls and colour as appropriate for your design. I used six colours based on conversation heart cookies: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  • Leave a little bit of excess icing in piping consistency in red (or whatever your want!) to do the writing and cover

Decorating

I started off with piping each individual cookie, but as you can imagine filling piping bags, piping a border, and flooding 70+ cookies is time consuming! So I opted to DIP my cookies in the royal icing which was so much faster and I think looks pretty great!

  • Fill a low bowl with your icing at flood consistency and then pick up the cookies and DIP! I used a popsicle stick to remove the excess icing. It took a few goes to figure out how to remove the excess smoothly
  • Put the dipped cookies on a tray and let COMPLETELY dry (a couple of hours at least)
  • Once the cookies are dried, fill a piping bag and with a small round tip and pipe the lettering. Some ideas are: XOXO, You Rock, U.R.A. Q.T, Love, Sweet, Hug Me, Text Me, Cutie Pie, Be Mine… the sweet sayings are endless!

All of the colours look so pretty together, and would make a lovely personalized gift for the loves in your life!!

XOXO
Erika

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Sunday Snaps! Janu-Where Are You Going?!

We’re over half way through January now if you can believe!

The past week has been nearly -40 with windchill so I’ve been stuck inside my little house. I’ve got a ton of fun projects on the go, so I’m far from bored even with the crazy chill! Soon it’ll be sunny and I’ll be jumping amongst the flowers, so for right now I’m just trying to enjoy the relaxy inside time I have! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Took down the tree! My living room looks so empty now. But not sad… because that just means fresh starts and space to fill!

I just got that Hello Kitty Barbie way up there! Haven’t been a huge fan of the Barbie’s from the past couple of years, but I couldn’t resist this collab! It’s really been reigniting my Barbie love so I feel there may be a few new Barbie’s in the future…!

Big Progress on the Mood Blanket! Here it is after 18 days~ I’m LOVING the colours! This is just going to be the first row when all is done, but I still need to stitch them together.

I also have at least 5 other big knitting projects on the go too! More fruit plush, a bowl of candy, Topaz the Unicorn stuffed toy, Hello Kitty purse, and more! A project for this year is finishing up my craft room so I can get all of the projects and yarn off my living room floor!

#DressUpYourPetDay was on January 14th. Sugar attempted to be a butterfly!! Lol! This was as successful as I got at snapping her in the costume before I ran a marathon trying to catch her!

I’m also still feeling the flour power~ even though I told myself that I needed to take a break for a couple of weeks so my dresses could loosen up a bit! 😉 I made these delicious hamburger buns (recipe from All Recipes) the other day which are better than store bought!

Just trying to stay magical and enjoy the month before it completely flies by!

Lots of love! Erika xoxo

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Basket of Wooly Fruit!

I just had a BIG bowl of ice cream for dinner, so my resolution to eat a little bit less sweets is going quite well I’d say. 😉 To make up for it, I decided to knit a basket of fruit goodies over the past week or so!

They’re pretty yummy looking on their own, but I decided that a cute little face makes them even more irresistible! ^_^

Here are the patterns I used! They’re all super easy and quick so you’ll be able to throw together a fruity mix quick!

Cherries

Banana

Watermelon

Lemon

Apple

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Knitted Mood Blanket for 2020!

I’ve seen crocheted and knitted mood blankets on Pinterest and Instagram and knew I had to join in this year!!

I think they’re more common in the crochet community, but you don’t want to see my crochet right now! So my mood blanket is going to be knitted. This will be a massive project that will have me clicking needles each and every day of the year! The idea is simple: each day I assess my mood and knit a corresponding coloured square. In a year, I’ll be able to see how the year went and have a pretty colourful blankie to celebrate!

I didn’t have an easy start with this project unfortunately! My original plan was to knit a row a day, changing colours each day for a year. But on my VERY first row (240 stitches cast on!) my round needles broke. And not just once – but TWICE! But I was way too excited about having a multi-coloured rainbow blanket in a year, that there was no way I was giving up!! I’ve changed plans because obviously the universe was trying to tell me something! I’m now knitting one square a day, and then will join the squares together into a large blanket.

Each of these squares is 4 inches x 4 inches. CO 12 stitches with super bulky yarn and knit until 4 inches. The rows of the blanket will be 19 squares x 19 squares (361 days) therefore a massive 6 feet across!!

My colours and moods are as follows:

Red (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Cincinatti Red) ~ Anxiety

Orange (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Syracuse Orange) ~ Content / Okay

Yellow (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Pittsburgh Yellow) ~ Energetic / Athletic

Green (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Green Bay) ~ Tired / Sick

Blue (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Maui Aqua) ~ Sad

Turquoise (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Miami Seafoam) ~ Family / Rejuvenated

Purple (Lion Brand Hometown USA ~ Minneapolis Purple) ~ Happy!

Pink (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Hot Pink) ~ Creative / Productive

I’ll share updates along the way!

Feel free to use this as a basis for your own mood blanket (or temperature blanket, or to measure WHATEVER!)

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Hello 2020!

2020 has been great so far! Although it seems I accidentally fell asleep at 7 and missed the fireworks! Oops! What a start!

I had the day off of work today, so I took down the Christmas tree to get a new start, cleaned the house, and then spent most of the day crafting! I even got a run in! I feel so accomplished this year already!

There are a lot of goals I have for this year: be ridiculously colourful, fight my anxiety, less tv/computer, and be positive! But my biggest resolution again is to just simply BE CREATIVE!

I finished up a knitted sweater for Sugar that I had started a couple of weeks ago. I used a simple pet sweater pattern which is made for tiny puppies that I made a bit bigger to fit an 8 pound cat (you can find the pattern here!). But so far Sugar is NOT a fan and I can’t get her to model it! So you’re going to have to do with a pic of a unicorn in a sweater instead!

A while back I picked up an amazing book called Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt that I’m planning to make use of this year as well. I LOVE this book so far as it’s exactly what it says on the tin – a quick craft (jewellery, home decor, cute toys, etc) for every day of the year. Each week is broken up into a theme, for example this week is Snowflakes! It’ll be great if I hit an inspiration slump again and it’ll hopefully spur on some more projects! I’m going to do my best to work cover to cover. Today’s project was making this really cute Snowflake Barette that I’m going to wear to work tomorrow:

So much I still want to do today! Trying to squeeze in some more fun before back to work tomorrow, as I feel really reinvigorated! Lots of love and wishes to you all this year!!

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