Time for an Island Getaway! Let’s Explore Animal Crossing New Horizons!

If you’re like me, you’re inside and craving the sunshine, fun adventures, and a way to pass the time. Of course COVID-19 may be changing our travel plans and keeping us indoors, but don’t worry – Nintendo has your sunny warm island getaway desires covered with the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons for Nintendo Switch THIS FRIDAY!

New Horizons is another addition to the line of Animal Crossing games, that have been letting players talk to adorable animals since 2002! Like the other comforting games, you’ll be able to decorate your house, collect and catch fish and bugs, pay your debt to a generous raccoon and live your life as relaxed or busy as YOU want it to be!

My boarding pass to the cute Island of Cupcake is already to go! Click here to get your own ticket and passport ready at Dodo Airlines!

There’s still time to pre-order the digital copy from the Nintendo estore or physical copy from Amazon – so you don’t need to leave the house!

Sending out lots of love, and stay safe friends! <3

Explore more of the island:
Animal Crossing Official Website
New Horizons on the Animal Crossing Wiki

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Let’s Rewatch Sailor Moon! ☽

Hope everyone is doing as well as they possibly can! Certainly the latest turn of events in the world is something that nobody was expecting. But instead of wallowing, we should make the best of the moments where we have a bit more opportunity to relax and stay healthy (for ourselves, and of course for others)!

Finding an ongoing project is something that I need to fill the time and stave off boredom, so I’ve chosen to rewatch one of my all time favourite TV shows ~ SAILOR MOON! Sailor Moon is the type of sheer positivity, motivation, and overcoming something dark and unknown that we all need right now so I thought it was appropriate!

I’ve started a separate blog HERE, where I will be watching every single episode of the original 90s anime series and giving my thoughts.

Come and join me! ♥

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Sugar is Two Sweet!

My sweet furry child turned TWO years old on Tuesday! Sugar’s name and the fact that her birthday is so close to Valentine’s (February 11th) made a theme for the party super simple: SWEETS! And what’s more sweet than being two years old (get it? TWO sweet)?!

Decorations

Fortunately decorating an entertaining a two year old kitty is far simpler than two year olds of the people variety! But I still wanted a day of fun and love~

The tablecloth was from Dollarama and reminds me of the decor at a little sweets shop! I cut out the banner out of felt; all in pink except for the occasional donut and ice cream.

I also bought a ton of cheap valentine’s candy and decorated my place with them! All the guests were able to take home a loot bag full of even more sugary sweet treats!

The Food

This little pink cake was made using the Wilton Ombre cake recipe! It’s just a very simple white cake recipe~ but oh so delicious! The insides were coloured in layered pink ombre cake.

The cake is covered in pink buttercream, piped on with a star tip. And the ears, eyes, and pink heart nose were made out of white melting chocolate which I carefully poured with a spoon! The whiskers were made in a similar way but with dark chocolate darkened further with violet food gel!

There was a fair bit of buttercream and cake left over from cutting off the crowns, so I used the remainder to make chocolate dipped cake pops! They always go over super well especially if somebody doesn’t want to say they had a whole slice of cake!

The cake is small (5″) but is incredibly sweet and it’s enough to fill up 6-8 people with a generous serving of pure goodness.

Sugar had a blast, and promptly fell asleep on the table shortly after trying to steal all the buttercream she could! 😀

Happy Birthday Sugar!! xoxo

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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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