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Thats a fat bunny.

3 Apr

Its been almost three weeks of no caffeine and I’m finally feeling much better. I actually have a bit of energy to work out and I’m trying to get back to my healthy eating. That means its recipe time! I’m thinking of making a pizza with cauliflower crust….I will let you know how that goes.

First things first though…..last year a family member made bread shaped in a bunny for Easter and used it as a veggie tray. I thought it was so cute and I remembered it this year when it was time to make Easter dinner. I looked for a tutorial but only found pictures of the bunny after it was put together so I just made the dough into shapes, formed a bunny and let it sit out for a little bit. Actually, for a long time….too long. My bunny morphed into something “Pilsbury doughboy-ish”. I threw him in the oven anyway and I have to say he came out pretty cute. But then I left it too close to the edge of my table and the dog ate his left ear and paw. I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing my bunny away so I removed the pieces, covered them with spinach and put veggies on top. Don’t judge me 🙂

The first picture is right after I put him together, the next is what happens when you let dough rise for too long and the last is the final veggie tray.


To make Mr. Bunny Bread, I used 2 loaves refrigerated bread dough and just cut them and formed them to make bunny parts. I recommend only leaving it out to rise for about 30-45 minutes and not the 4 hours that I did. Brush with an egg and bake in oven preheated to 350 for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let the bread cool completely and hollow out tummy for dip. Place on tray covered with greens and add some veggies. 

I know a lot of people use raisins for the eyes and slivered almonds for the teeth but I had neither so I used a black jelly bean cut in half for the eyes and skipped the teeth. This was a big hit and much more fun than the normal veggie tray. 






Still no coffee……but a fun new project!

28 Mar

Two weeks of no caffeine.  I feel much much better than when I started. The headaches are gone and I’m starting to get a little bit of energy back. I’d like to say that all sorts of magical things happened once I quit coffee, but sadly that is not the case. I don’t really feel all that different than when I was drinking coffee, but its only been two weeks. 

I will be starting a new project soon – a coffee shop! Yes, I see the irony 🙂 I’m hoping it will be done and ready to go by early summer. I may also be selling pastries, cookies, etc. I’m really looking forward to this new adventure – and I will have new things to blog about. I’m thinking I will be able to work on the cookbook and run the coffee shop at the same time. Or maybe I will be so slammed with customers that I won’t have time for both. Either way is fine with me!

Now I’m off to find some good recipes for Easter dinner…..and maybe a cheesecake for dessert. Oh wait, I gave up sugar too. Damn.


Flower Cookies

26 Feb

I won’t even try to make excuses about why its been so long since I’ve posted, so I will just jump back into it. I’ve been doing lots of projects….mostly painting, but lots of cookies too. I hate decorating cookies so I’m not sure why I keep doing it. Sometimes I think I just like to torture myself.

The last cookies I made I didn’t actually mind doing. My sister in law just had a birthday so I made her a cookie flower bouquet. I had fun with it since I didn’t have a deadline I had to follow and honestly, its more fun for me when I’m not getting paid to do it. Weird, I know.

The recipe for these rollout cookies  is the best one I’ve found so far. I make the dough, chill it in the fridge for an hour and roll between 2 pieces of wax or parchment paper and then cut out. The cookies hold their shape pretty well and don’t spread. They come out thick and chewy, which I love. If you are looking for the thin, crispy buttery kind then these are not for you. I pair them with a basic buttercream icing and easy peasy. A lot of times I make the icing without the shortening and it turns out good

Once the cookies cooled, I separated the icing in to bowls, tinted the color I wanted and put into pastry bags. I used a small star tip to add texture. I let the cookies sit overnight and then placed into cookie bags. I was looking for a cute container to put the cookies in and found this one in the Easter section of Target.

These would make a great gift not only for birthdays but for teacher’s gifts, baby showers, Easter, etc.



I have moved around a lot of rooms, painted, organized, etc so I will be hopefully adding new posts this week with some before & afters.


I even had my little helper in the kitchen this time 🙂