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A tiny gingerbread house that perches on the edge of your mug

A tiny gingerbread house that perches on the edge of your mug
A quick update! This winter I’ve collaborated with Brit+Co on a DIY kit for my tiny gingerbread houses that includes 3d printed cookie cutters! It’s available now, go have a look. These won’t be available after Christmas of 2014 so grab them now if you’re interested. I made tiny gingerbread houses that are meant to be perched on the edge of a mug of hot chocolate. I had been thinking about those sugar cubes that hook on the rim of a teacup earlier this month, and I was also thinking about 3-D cookies and how they fit together and figured it would be pretty neat to make cookies that hang on the edge of a mug. I made a few versions to figure out how to make one that wasn’t so top heavy that it would flip off the mug, and how small I could get away with and still fit on both large and small cups. I’ve made a PDF pattern of gingerbread house pieces which you can open or download right here. I used the Gingerbread Snowflake and the Royal Icing recipes from

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DIY Vanilla Extract . . . Works for Me Wednesday Christmas is less than 3 months away. Honest. I counted it out on my fingers twice just to be sure. DIY: cupcake in a jar Going to the other side of the spectrum, from a vegetable garden to loaded with all things bad for you, but tastes so good cupcakes. You won't think I am such a genius anymore once I tell you how these are done. It really is easy and makes for such a visually appealing way to dress up cupcakes, not that cupcakes need to be dressed up as the name itself is cute and enticing! I pretty much use Paula Deen's recipe, but with a few of my own tiny tweeks to the ingredients (see*) and then I pretty much follow the directions in Paula Deen'srecipe to make the batter and frosting, though I change it up a bit (time in the oven) when it comes to baking it. Ingredients:

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Soft Ginger Cookies {filled with cream cheese frosting} - StumbleUpon I have to say ginger cookies are were not one of my favorite cookies in the past until… my friend Maria introduced me to her delicious recipe. These are flavorful, soft and chewy cookies rolled in large crystal sugar and then to kick them up a notch, cream cheese frosting smothered in between them. These are the perfect cookies for gift giving during the holidays because of the warm spices. The recipe for these cookies is versatile, whole wheat flour can be substituted for half the flour still giving a wonderful texture and flavor to them. I also like to use flax meal in my baked goods to cut down on cholesterol, add healthy omega fats and fiber, if your like me then this would be a great recipe to tweak to your liking. Enjoy making, eating and or giving these delicious cookies to your family and friends.