Joanna Anastasia

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The best sugar cookies ever.

The beast sugar cookie recipe out there! Melting in your mouth, buttery, simply perfect!

These sugar cookies are my favourite cookies ever: melting in your mouth, buttery, really perfect! They are easy to make, easy to freeze and they make for a perfect DIY Christmas gift once packed!

When I was little we used to make these cookies, and hang them on a Christmas tree with other hand made decorations. I think I’ll hang some too, even though I know they won’t hang for long (guess why!)

I did mine with my daughters, and they loved cutting out shapes, and decorating with colourful icing ( aka, eating it by the spoon!). This year I tried the simple Royal icing, and I really love how it turned out!

What you’ll need :

3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Start by mixing together butter, with sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients, and mix it well. Roll the dough in a ball, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour (I chilled mine overnight).

Sugar cookies

Roll it, and cut out cookies. When they’re ready for baking, place them on baking pan, and bake for around 8 to 12 minutes on 300 F (keep a close eye on them, depending from your oven it can be longer, but you don’t want to overlook them!)

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For the icing:

2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cream of tartar
2 1/2 teaspoon egg whites
Food colouring

Mix it all together on high in the electric mixer, if to thick, add a little bit of hot water. Divide in to smaller bowls and add a drop or two of the food colouring, mix, and decorate the cookies!

Best sugar cookies

For the best effect try using a lot of different shapes and colours!

These are the best sugar cookies that I ever had!

Once decorated, store them in a dry place, just look out, they disappear really fast!

The best sugar cookies

And if you’d like to freeze them for later, then do it before baking! Just place your unbaked cookies on the baking sheet, and leave for a couple of hours in the freezer. Once freezed, put them in to a small zip bag. When you’re ready for a new batch, just place them directly on the baking sheet and bake for 3 to 4 minutes longer (remember not to over bake!)

Good luck!

Why I choose organic baby clothes and accessories

Why, whenever I can, I choose organic baby clothes and accessories, and why it's actually saving me money.

Sometimes it’s all about the little things. A calm and smiling baby, wrapped in a super soft blanket. A joyful toddler running around dressed in nothing else then a pair of adorable leggings. A four-year old imagining that a penguin pillow is a friend who’s lost and needs to be guided back home. And then when they are fast asleep, and I look at their sweet sleeping faces, I can’t help but smile thinking about these moments.

organic baby leggings

I do believe in sustainable lifestyle, and that’s how I try to raise my kids. But I’m not always getting new and organic things for them. First I use the hand-me-downs (because reusing is always the best, for the planet and for my wallet) and then, when I’m missing something I try to get them either locally made items, or organic ones.

Also, when I choose the locally made and organic items, I actually
:
1. Save money.
Because I plan on having more kids, I know I’ll be reusing everything that I buy. And while buying organic, I buy the better quality product, that’ll stay in good shape through the years!

2. Teach my kids about the value of money.
If I choose the pricer product that I use with care for a long time , it teaches kids respect for money. Rather then buying cheap bad quality items, and frowning them away when they get broken/ shrink /or loose their colours.

3. Help small business grow.
We all know, that everyone profits when local economy grows, right?

Organic baby clothes

So I first saw LelefanOrganics on Instagram. I was instantly attracted by their simple and fun black and white design.

Since I have two little girls, most of the clothes that they have are pink. As I mentioned, I believe in reusing, so even though I’m not the biggest fun of pink, they wear it a lot. That’s why when I get to choose clothes for them myself, I go for simple gender neutral style.

At first all I wanted was a pair of organic leggings with a hat for Rose. They are so soft, yet still really warm, and I love how they pair with everything!

Organic baby blanket

I also got this adorable and super soft baby blanket, big enough for Rose to nap underneath. You can get this penguin pillow to go with it (it’s also 100%organic) that I think is the cutest thing ever. I imagine that it would work really well in a gender neutral nursery, or as a toddler pillow ( because it’s so soft). But even though I thought I’m gets this for Rose, it was my four-year old Lili who got obsessed with the pillow!

Organic clothes for babies

I’m really regretting that I don’t have a tiny little baby on my hand now, so I could get some more of their adorable and super soft rompers and leggings! And it’s such a pleasure to see your kids happy about something that you know is ethically made, while being really soft and warm!

Organic baby clothes

Do you get organic clothes for your kids ? What are your favourite brands ?

Disclosure : I revived these products free for review, all opinions remain my own.