This week I got a call from a friend at church asking if I could make 200 cookies to help feed the high school students spending this weekend at church camp.
So today I went through 14 cups of flour, 5 cups of butter, 11 cups of sugar and 18 eggs!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the recipes, but for now I’m just going to go sit down with a glass of milk and a few of the cookies that didn’t quite meet my quality standards. =)
Updated with recipes…
Some good friends of ours host a huge Luau party every summer. We have been lucky enough to be on the invite list for about 7 years. Our friends have a really incredible back yard to start with, and then they spend about 3 days decorating and setting up just for the party (photo above is just a tiny peek). Last year I did a dessert display of cookies and cupcakes (some are pictured below), and I’ll be doing the desserts again this year. I want to change it up just a bit from last year, so I’ve been dreaming about pineapple, coconut, chocolate… and pretty luau colors!
Here are some pretty images to get you in the Luau spirit too…
Cookies (both photos) and cupcakes were made by me.
Candle holders (bottom left) from Crate and Barrel (on clearance, in stores only)
And here is a bit more pretty luau inspiration…
- by Erica Hughes (a cute party for a little girl turning 4)
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My older sister has a 60 acre farm and orchard. I’ve been helping her with her Farmer’s Market booth once a week, and it’s fun for us to work together. In addition to enjoying the time with my sister, another big perk of the job is free produce! Gorgeous, hand picked, pesticide-free produce!! Last week this is what I came home with….
As I was driving home with my loot I started thinking about what I might make with the gorgeous produce. Of course desserts always rule in my mind, so I narrowed in on these beauties…
I settled on the idea of using the blackberries and peaches to make a yummy cobbler I searched my cookbooks for a recipe and found several very similar options. I had a few ideas of my own as well, so I made a few adjustments along the way. The base recipe I used came from Fix It and Enjoy It, by Phyllis Pellman Good.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup flour
1 cup milk (any fat content)
1 cup sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons later)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups fresh blackberries*
1/2 cup sliced almonds (1/4 cup in batter, 1/4 cup on top) optional, but delicious!
*I used blackberries and peaches, but next time I think I’ll just use blackberries.
~ Directions ~
1. Preheat oven to 350*F
2. Grease a baking dish (I used a deep dish pie pan, but you could also use a 9″ x 13″ baking dish)
3. Melt butter in a large bowl. Add the flour, milk, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt and 1/4 cup almonds. Stir well. Pour into prepared baking dish.
4. Arrange fruit on top of batter. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sliced almonds and 2 Tablespoons of sugar on top.
Bake 40-55 minutes or until lightly browned.
The finished cobbler has a homey, country appearance. It may not be the fanciest dessert ever made, but it sure is delicious!
Top with vanilla ice cream, and you’ve got a winning combo… warm cobbler, cold ice cream… yum!!
Excuse me while I go get a spoon….
A couple months ago I was contacted by a sweet lady (named Sierra) who was planning a luau themed first birthday party for her daughter, Mia. Originally, Sierra had wanted me to make cupcakes and cookies for the celebration, but as I checked the date, I realized I already had other obligations that week, and there was just no way I’d be able to make treats for her. I was however, able to make a few things for the party in advance. I made a custom banner (similar to the one I made for my daughter’s candy party
) that read “Mia’s Luau Birthday”, and I also made custom tags to be attached to cookies she would be able to purchase from a local bakery. I was also able to consult with Sierra a bit regarding desserts and flowers for the party. Sierra recently sent me photos from the party, and what a celebration it must have been! Sierra did such a beautiful job!
All the details-
Banner and cookie tags- made by me (Glory)
Table cloths- Anthropologie
Flowers- Hydrangeas and peonys arranged by the hostess (Sierra)
Cake- Made by Butterfly Cakes (Burlingame, California)
Cupcakes- Sibby’s Cupcakery (San Mateo, California)
Cookies- Sugar, Butter, Flower (Bay Area, California)
#1 shirt- Isabellaboo
Tutu- Posh Little Tutu
Thanks so much Sierra for allowing me to share your beautiful party!
P.S.- As a general rule I only post my own work on this blog. I’m only sharing this pretty party because I had a part in it. Please do not send me links to parties you would like me to share on the blog. There are many other fabulous blogs that do a great job showcasing parties submitted by their readers.
If I have directly inspired you in some way I would love to see your work, and I may occasionally share those photos. Feel free to upload photos of work that was inspired by something you saw on Glorious Treats on the facebook page HERE.