With the arrival of Thanksgiving only 1 week away, I think we are officially into the Christmas holiday season. Don’t you?
Are you already stressing about your holiday shopping? Are you going through your Christmas decorations and making sure you are all set?
Well the one thing my family and I have already begun is our Christmas baking. I mean seriously, at this point there are only about 5 1/2 weeks to bake all the Christmas cookies, cakes, pies and candy that I plan. Yikes!!! I’ve gotta get moving if I’m going to cram all that in!! 😉
The best part about Christmas baking is that it brings my family together. My kids LOVE helping in the kitchen. And family time in the kitchen is what our blog is all about. And to make it even more fun in the kitchen together, last week, I bought everyone a super cute apron from Flirty Aprons. These fun aprons are popping up everywhere and have even been featured on shows like “Duck Dynasty”.
Well, I let each of my kids pick out their own apron on line and they were SO excited when they arrived at our door a few days later!
My daughter Elizabeth, picked out this cute SADIE Frosted Cupcake Apron. Elizabeth loves to make cookies and anytime we make sugar cookie bars, she pretty much flies solo and goes right to work.
She doesn’t even really need me in the kitchen anymore except to crack eggs. She hates getting the egg mess all over her hands. And now with her cute
Flirty Apron, she won’t get a mess all over her clothes either.
Neither will I. Do you like my Flirty Apron? My youngest son picked it out for me because he said “Mommy will look pretty with a pink polka dot bow”! Aren’t kids so sweet!! My daughter didn’t want a bow on her apron so she chose the “Sadie” style that is completely bow less. But still super cute!
Of course the best thing about helping in the kitchen is getting to sample the first cookie!! And, sampling the dough, mint chips, and frosting along the way. Sometimes I think that those are the real reasons my kids like to help in the kitchen! 😉 That and to wear their cute aprons!!
Cookies and aprons for everybody!!
Flirty Aprons would make a great Christmas gift for the kids in your life don’t you think? Especially if they are like mine and love to be in the kitchen.
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Making and eating these Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars was so much fun. But after the cookies are made, in order to post them on Two in the Kitchen, I have to photograph them as well.
I have to tell you all that I am not a professional photographer. Not by any means. In fact, I did not learn to take good photos until I began my blog a year ago.
And living in the Chicago area, I do not exactly have ideal weather conditions to take bright, colorful photos. I am always so jealous of my blogger friends who live in sunny California! 😉
When I get home from work, my sky often looks like this. (see above) This picture was taken at 2:30 in the afternoon folks.
This is pretty much what I have to work with on a daily basis for the next several months. And since my house is dark I often set up my photo shoot outside in order to try and get as much light as possible. Here is my funny photo set up for these Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars:
Luckily Tasty Food Photography E-Book. has taught me how to edit my photos.
If you have ever looked at my photos and thought they look good, I honestly owe it all to this amazing little book. It taught me the importance of having bright photos. Look at the difference between the above shot and the one below:
Doesn’t the sun look like it’s shining so much brighter in the second photo? And yet, it’s the same exact photo but made brighter through editing. And that is just one of the helpful hints to food photography that I learned from Tasty Food Photography.
The thing I really like about this e-book is that I downloaded it right onto my laptop so it is with me whenever I need to use it for a quick reference. There is always something new when it comes to learning food photography.
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If you haven’t begun your holiday baking or shopping yet, get to it!!! There are less than six weeks to go! 🙂
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- 1/2 c.unsalted butter (softened)
- 1c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1 c. Andes Peppermint crunch chips ( At Target)
- 8 tablespoons butter, room temp.
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of milk
- 1/2 c. Andes peppermint crunch chips
- red food dye if desired
- sprinkles if desired
- Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees and foil and grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs and, mixing thoroughly. Add the flour, mixing in three additions and mix in the salt and baking soda in between the flour additions, mixing until all is incorporated. Using a large wooden spoon, mix in 1 cup of the peppermint chips.
- Spread the batter evenly into the pan
- Bake for approximately 15- 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake.
- Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and add the powdered sugar and milk alternatively in 3 additions.
- Mix in the peppermint chips and food dye to desired color.
- Spread on top of the cookie bars and use sprinkles as desired.
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