Guest Post: It’s Cookie Time! (Part 1)

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Nichelle.  I am always drooling over her photos of baked goods so I was thrilled when she agreed to write two guest posts for Scissors and Spoons. She is sharing two cookie recipes that are flour free! Keep reading to see what delicious cookies she made.  This is the first of Nichelle’s two guests posts so check back tomorrow for a second recipe.

Well, actually, this is the high time of year for cookies, isn’t it? One of my (full disclosure:  I am not Marie, but I hope that will not stop you from reading) favorite memories from childhood during the holidays is the platters of cookies my grandmother and her friends would arrange and swap – pinwheels, icebox cookies, chocolate chip, bourbon balls, fudge – you name it, they baked it. Now that I’m all grown up, the hubby and I have started our own annual cookie and cider holiday gathering. After paging through back issues of magazines, browsing the internet and settling on a suitable cookie list, I discovered one of my guests had a gluten allergy. Gluten allergies and cookie parties do not go together, do they? What cookie could I make that did not contain flour?

Discovering my guest’s allergy sent me back to the magazines and cookbooks in my arsenal, and I came up with an answer (actually, two): peppermint and chocolate meringues and crispy rice treats. I started with the meringues, which I would love to tell you about.

peppermint and chocolate meringues

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Confronting My Thanksgiving Fears

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  I was a bit nervous about cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year as I had a somewhat traumatic Thanksgiving cooking experience last year.  Jaime and I hosted Thanksgiving for friends in our tiny DC apartment kitchen.  We made a full spread from scratch – turkey, ham, sweet potato rolls, baked sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin and sweet potato pie – and our friends pitched in with a fruit and marshmallow salad, garlic mashed potatoes, quinoa with vegetables, and homemade cranberry sauce.  Everything was going really well – we had started cooking early and it looked like everything was going to be ready on time – when things suddenly took a turn for the worse.

Thanksgiving 2012Jaime was up on the roof cleaning off the patio furniture to bring inside (what can I say? seating was at a premium in our apartment) and I was making cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes.  I’ve made frosting more times than I can remember and it is not hard: cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  What could possibly go wrong you ask? Continue reading

Botanical Grape Juice Dyed Easter Eggs

After making the onion skin dyed eggs that I blogged about earlier this week, I decided to try my hand at a simplified version of those eggs using the same basic technique. Using hard boiled eggs instead of hollowed out eggs and dying the eggs in grape juice in the fridge instead of in an onion skin dye on the stove, made the grape juice dyed eggs much simpler to make than the onion skin dyed eggs.  Plus, the grape juice dyed eggs made a lovely breakfast the next day.

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Carrot Boxes

I am beginning to run out of time (and steam) for Easter projects, but before I do, I want to share a couple of last minute projects.  These projects are fairly quick (especially compared to the egg boxes and decorative eggs I posted earlier this week).   If you are looking for a last minute project (or two) to complete before Easter one of these projects may be just what you are looking for.  I think these little carrot boxes would be adorable filled with foil covered candies and tucked into an Easter basket.

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Egg-cellent Boxes (Sorry.)

These boxes are made from real eggs!

I wanted to make some egg boxes for Easter, but there were no pre-made egg boxes or water balloons (to use as papier-mâché forms) to be found in my neighborhood.  I had almost given up on egg shaped boxes when I stumbled upon an egg box project, using real eggs, on the Martha Stewart website.  The timing was perfect – I even had some eggs in the fridge that were past their expiration date.  (Cleaning out the fridge is on my list of things to do.) Continue reading