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social sugar cookies

my daughter just celebrated her 13th birthday and i wanted to make some special cookies for her party. i was thinking sugar cookies because they seem easy enough, but i also wanted to make them a little more tailored to her social generation, so i started with the idea of making instagram logo sugar cookies. she’s always on instagram by the way. of course, pinterest would have lots of good stuff on this topic so i found 2 really good recipes, one for the sugar cookie dough, and one for the frosting.

first, the dough. this recipe is really good.
http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2011/06/basic-sugar-cookie-recipe-2/
it’s easy to make, and i made it all without a mixer (i’m a man and don’t own a mixer, lol). i just whisked it all together. i went with 1tsp of almond extract and 1tsp of vanilla extract for the flavoring. on my test batch, i used 2tsp of almond extract and the kids said it was too much.

i was able to use the top of a tea can (square can) to cut out the cookies for the instagram cookies. with it being square, i also decided to make facebook cookies too. my daughter also loves pinterest so i made some round cookies for that as well.

now, the icing. this icing is so delicious.
http://canterburybee.blogspot.com/2011/04/secret-to-decorating-cookies.html
the cream cheese totally makes this. just basic food coloring to get my colors (brown, blue, red, and the original white).

the square cookies cooling…

square sugar cookiesfor the instagram cookies, i used a mini oreo for the lens part

mini oreo

without going into too many details, i mixed the colors and used a plastic bottle for the white icing, for drawing the “f” and “p”. the other icing was just spread on with a plastic knife.

when it was all said and done, here’s the final product, instagram, facebook, and pinterest sugar cookies!

instagram facebook pinterest sugar cookiesi cut some tootsie rolls for the little eye viewer part of the instagram cookie. i also found some sour rainbow looking things at the dollar store which worked perfectly as well.

my mom also made some delicious cupcakes and a custom nail polish cake! i’ve watched her bake and make cakes for over 30 years now, she’s still got it!

cupcakesnail polish cake

bumps in the road

i’ve so neglected my blog…but it’s ok. it’s more of reminder of the journey i am on…a journey that includes running and diet. but no journey is complete without a few bumps in the road. recently, i’ve had a few.

bump #1 – my first kidney stone. yes, i found out towards the end of july i have a 1-2mm kidney stone on my left side. it kind of explains a lot. that pain on my lower left side wasn’t my back as i had thought. i had herniated a disk on that side many years ago and it is always problematic, so i just assumed i was having back problems. after pissing a little blood and a few doctors visits, which included a CT scan, it was confirmed i have a stone. since it’s really small, not too much to worry about, just need to make changes in my diet to avoid the formation of more stones, and drink plenty of water, which is easy because i already drink a lot of water.

bump #2 – gallstones. with my family history (on my mom’s side), the doctor ordered a gall bladder ultrasound just to ‘check things out’. turns out i have gallstones too! luckily, i’ve never had any pain at all regarding this. the surgeon said he’d remove it whenever i’d like, but since i have never had an issue, i’m going to wait. for now, more changes to the diet and some foods to avoid.

minor bump – blood sugar is a little high. no surprise there, the damn family has lots of diabetics. but on a good note, my cholesterol levels are friggin great! gotta avoid the sugars from here on out.

so i feel like i can run for a few miles, and feel awesome, but can’t out run my genetics 🙂

with all this going on, i’ve begun to follow (loosely) a new diet, a low oxalate diet. i didn’t pee out any stones, but my guess, and the odds are, that the kidney stones are oxalate formed, hence the low oxalate diet. no more nuts, beans, chocolate, and other high oxalate foods. but as i said, it’s been loosely followed to ‘ease’ my way into it. there’s lots of great resources for this diet and some great recipes as well. once i get a little more into it, i’ll share a few recipes and favorite sites.

this may have hindered my running for awhile, but i’m back at it and enjoying this fall running weather! ttfn!

it’s almost christmas time!

thankfully i’m done with shopping, yippee!! i did most of my shopping online. my reward: bank of america informing me yesterday that my card was jacked and used to make a purchase in cincinatti, ohio. friggin great. now my card is cancelled and i have to make in-bank withdrawals while i await my new card. inconvenience for sure.

aside from that, this is a great time. at work, we have received so many ‘goodies’ from other departments. i’m trying to limit myself on the sweets, but that’s like 90% of what we receive! i did get an itunes gift card, totally cool for an IT / techie / nerd / geek like me 🙂

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off-topic but i’ve been addicted to soy lattes as of late. i tried one for the very first time last week and it’s now my new “usual”.

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so, christmas parties this weekend, potlucks, and gift exchanges are flooding my calendar but it’s all good. looking forwards to friends, family, and the holiday spirit!

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happy holidays!!

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