Sweet Holiday Sugar Cookies

Dear Mimi,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done some baking, but with the swing of the holiday spirit, I was craving some frosted sugar cookies!

In middle school, the cafeteria used to sell these soft chewy sugar cookies with icing and colored sugar on top. They were so good and since I can’t back to 6th grade (but let’s be honest, who would want to?), I decided to recreate them myself!

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Didi’s Delightful & Disastrous! October 2016

Dear Mimi,

As I am going through life, trying new things and experiencing different moments, I will come across things I like and would wholly recommend to you, and things that I would stay away from.

Hence, my new monthly tidbit, Didi’s Delightful & Disastrous! At the end of every month, I will share with you, from all the stuff I have tried, things that I like (those would be “delightful”) and things that I would rather not repeat (aka “disastrous”). Hope you enjoy!


October was definitely a busy month for me. I was trying some new skincare products, taking a break from my beloved Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (I will be going back, don’t worry. Just wanted to see how some other samples, which I’ve had for longer than I’d like to admit, performed). I was also in the market for a new fragrance, and that has been a struggle in and of itself. So, without further ado, here’s what was delightful and disastrous for this month!

*Disclaimers*: None of these links are affiliate links or sponsored. These companies have no idea I exist, and I merely add the links to their websites to make it easier for you to check them out, if you’d like. The end.

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My Etsy Shop!

Dear Mimi,

I opened up an Etsy shop! Super exciting right?! FYI, if you don’t know what an Etsy is, it’s an online website where people can sell their homemade items.

How did I get into this you may ask? Well, remember my ingredient jars? I started giving them out to people as gifts and my best friend suggested I sell them. I thought about it and that was it! My shop is now live and it even has a cute little logo that I designed myself! (*⌒▽⌒*)

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Pickled because the desserts come in a jar, not because I have actually pickled them. Ok, glad we clarified that haha.

Anywho, here is the link! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PickledDesserts?ref=hdr_shop_menu

And to top it off, I’m giving 25% off to the first 25 customers as a grand opening sale! Just use the code “PDGRANDOPENING“.

So why did I decide to do this? First off, it would give me something exciting to do in my free time. I love making these jars because a) I love desserts and b) I love cute gifts, and c) these jars combine points a) & b). Secondly, most people out there are only putting cookie recipes in their jars, and while I do enjoy cookies quite a bit, why leave other desserts out? So, I have decided to fill them with a variety of desserts, from cakes/cupcakes, to brownies, to bars, and of course, cookies.

AAAAAAAND I also have patterned jars! These jars are more decorative and fancy, and unfortunately I only have a limited number. Perfect for a more special event!

Even though it’s scary at first Mimi, you have to take chances. Right now, I don’t know how this will end up, and when I first thought about it, I had no idea how to do any of this: marketing, shipping, starting an Etsy, making a logo, nor had I ever thought about it. But sometimes, you just gotta tell yourself to ‘go for it’, and who knows? It might be great or it might be a flop. But, if it gets you excited to wake up everyday and do the work, do it. Either way, it makes life a little more interesting, and heck, an even better story to tell.

Love,

Didi

Create the life you can’t wait to wake up to. ~Josie Spinardi

 

 

Awesome Apple Crisp

Dear Mimi,

Here is what I had for dessert today.

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Apple Crisp Topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and a Butterscotch Caramel Drizzle

After one of my friends dropped off some of this homemade apple crisp and told me she ate it with ice cream, I just HAD to try it myself. And you can imagine just how delectable this was. ヽ(^。^)ノ

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Appetizing Apple Pie with a Cinnamon Walnut Crumble

Dear Mimi,

With the fall season upon us, it’s time for vanilla cinnamon scents, colorful leaves, warm sweaters, and apple pie (of course you already know how much I love this stuff, and if for some reason you still don’t, you can read that in the “Who Is Didi” section).

Anyways, so this year I FINALLY went apple picking for the first time! Of course I wanted it to be all autumn-y and crisp and I wore my sweater, but it ended up being 80°F out, so you know ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But I wasn’t gonna let that stop me!

It was actually kind of difficult at first since most of the apples were less than edible on the trees, but after about 2 hours and 1 pound of sweat, we finally filled up 1 peck of apples! (Please don’t ask me what the exact measurement of a peck is, I have no idea).

Now what to do with all these apples? You already know I’m gonna make me some apple pie ^.^

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Original Recipe from Pillsbury (for the filling) and I made the crumble myself!

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MIM: Made It Myself! ~ Ingredient Jars

Dear Mimi,

So recently (aka for the last 2-3 years), mason jars have been all the rage. And since I am late to practically all the ~*trendz*~, I am just getting into them now and they are preeetty darn cute. Plus, ever since I switched to glass water bottles 3 years ago, I love anything glass; one of my (many) weaknesses.

The other day, one of my dear friends dropped off some coffee for me (remember what I said about my weaknesses) and I had to repay the favor, obviously. That is how you do friendship, Mimi. Instead of going out and doing the same thing though, I thought I would do something a little more personal and fun. I had seen this idea floating around and since I have had quite the baking craze lately, it seemed like a great and easy gift!

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I used the chocolate chip cookies recipe for this, but substituted caramel chips for the chocolate chips, and both light and dark brown sugars.

The idea behind these is simple. You fill the jar with all the dry ingredients needed to make some sort of dessert, usually cookies or brownies, and the receiver will add the remaining ingredients and make the dessert. Most of the ingredients you will need the fill the jars are essentially the same, so it’s super uncomplicated to make, and it’s fun for the person you give it to as they get to bake some homemade desserts! Plus, it looks so elegant and chic and, they get a jar to use afterward! Continue reading

Scrumdiddlyumptious Strawberry Cake

Dear Mimi,

You are my sister and we share the same genes, so you know how much dessert is a staple in our lives. Well, the other day I came across this recipe, and an extra box of strawberries in the fridge, and decided to make this super easy cake. It was my first time ever making anything from scratch, but it turned out wonderfully! Everyone loved it (especially you) and it was so simple to make. Here is the recipe so you can recreate it as many times over as your heart (and stomach) desires.

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Of course I forgot to take a picture of mine/it didn’t look nearly this good when I made it, so here is a picture of how good it looks from the Once Upon A Chef website

Original Recipe from Once Upon A Chef

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