Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars

This recipe all started at 7:20 a.m. last Friday when Jack was walking out of the door to work. He grabbed his lunchbox and folder and said nonchalantly, "Oh Mom, I forgot to tell you that we're all sharing lunch today, but don't worry, I don't have to bring anything."

Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars with a sunshine-y ombre yellow frosting. |

Immediately, I fly into a panic. How can the son of a food blogger show up to a potluck empty-handed?!? Not to mention, I adore the people at his work, so I love making goodies for them.

Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars with a sunshine-y ombre yellow frosting. |

I started rooting around to see what I could whip up and get down to his work by lunchtime. Luckily, we're always stocked up on butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. I also remembered that I had several lemons in the fridge. That's it! Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars!

Cherry Fritters

how to make cherry fritters! |

Cherries. They're easily on my top 5 list of things to love about summer...just behind my boy being out of school and air conditioning. The thought of a bowl of cold cherries in the fridge makes the Texas heat a little more bearable.

*this post is sponsored by my friends at Imperial Sugar.

homemade cherry fritters with a yeasted dough and vanilla-almond glaze |

Most of the cherries around here are eaten as is, and once I purchased a 6-cherry pitter, we're eating them as fast as the grocery store can stock them. Last week, though, I decided to try making a batch, or 7, of cherry fritters. I love an apple fritter, but once the idea of CHERRIES in a fritter entered my mind, there was no turning back.

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Mocha Joe Joe's

Trader Joe's Mocha Joe Joe's review

I purposely keep Joe Joe's out of my house. I don't crave them, or cookies like them, but I know if I eat one, there's no turning back. So, I've been passing by these Mocha Joe Joe's every week knowing the potential danger that lurked inside. ;)

Jack isn't a big fan of coffee flavors, so that always makes me a little hesitant to buy mocha or coffee desserts. I'm wondering if that will change when he heads off to college? He loved the Brownie Crisp Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches, so who knows?!? I'm curious to read his review!

Trader Joe's Mocha Joe Joe's review |

A 10.5-ounce box, about 20 cookies, costs $2.99.

A Beginner's Guide to Using Russian Piping Tips

With all of the Russian talk in the news, wouldn't it be great if it was all about frosting cupcakes?

A beginner's (and honest!) guide to using Russian piping tips |

I'd seen Russian piping tips all over the internets, bought a set about 6 months ago, and promptly forgot about them. If you're like me and have a set buried in a kitchen drawer or you've been curious about them, here's the honest, beginner's guide to using them.

A beginner's (and honest!) guide to using Russian piping tips |

If you haven't seen Russian icing tips, there are many variations. Most come in a set with several tips. The idea is that the tip is so intricate, you can pipe a rose or another flower in one fell swoop.

how to use Russian icing tips |

They were not as simple to use as I'd hoped. The key for me was frustration. The more frustrated and angry (yes, angry at a frosting tip), the prettier my piping became. 

A picture is worth (more than) a thousand words...

Without getting too into the details of blog photo storage, you may have noticed that many of the photos here have gone missing.

This is how we feel about it...
kitties on a couch, Spike is not amused

Spike and I are working diligently to replace the photos, but it may take us a while. If there's a photo you're looking for, or a cookie tutorial you need and aren't seeing, please leave a comment. We'll put those posts at the top of our list.

kitty working on computer

Until then,  please send cookies...and cat treats.