Soft Sugar Cookies

I am not a huge sugar cookie fan. Never understood all the hype. However, decorating is so much fun. I remember as a child, we would go to my grandmother’s house to help frost cookies to take to work every year at Christmas.

I didn’t intentionally start out to make this recipe. I was making banana bread and had half the batter made when my plans derailed and I had to find a recipe that would salvage my batter. I saw this recipe on my board and decided to give it a go.

Source: http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2011/08/i-sprinkles/

Difficulty: Easy

Taste: 10

The dough for these cookies was extremely easy to make. I let the wrapped dough sit in the fridge for a couple days before I got around to making the cookies. They were super simple to roll out and since I did not have a round cookie cutter, I used a drinking glass. The only thing I would do differently next time is make sure my dough was rolled just a little bit thinner and also more evenly. Some of the cookies were quite a bit thicker than the others. 

I took these to the office since I did not want several dozen cookies sitting around the house. They LOVED them and I received many compliments. I think I may make some for David to take to work as he is always complaining that I am always making food for my office but not his 🙂

Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

Wow! I hadn’t realized that it had been quite that long since I had updated the blog. We have had a lot of change in our household as we welcomed our daughter, Elisabeth “Ellie”. Now that things are settling down and we are finding a new routine, I hope to start updating more regularly. I have tried some GREAT new recipes and can’t wait to share them with you.

This recipe required a lot of knife-work and some assembly but was totally worth the effort.

Source: http://picturetherecipe.com/index.php/recipes/balsamic-glazed-steak-rolls/

Difficulty: Moderate

Taste: 10

My one “complaint” about this dish is that since I am not very proficient with a knife, it took me a while to cut all the vegetables into small enough pieces. As I was cutting, I also noticed the vegetables piling up so I didn’t use all the vegetables I had purchased for this dish. Once they cooked down a little bit and I started assembling, I wished that I had used more and possibly even more than suggested.

I did have one problem because I accidentally bought balsamic vinaigrette and not balsamic vinegar. It still tasted amazing but I also didn’t get my sauce to glaze like I wanted to. Live and learn. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!