Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pink Kisses Cookies,Frosted mini Brownies and Kir Royale!

Enjoy these yummy pink sweet treats served at our Fun Fashion Event!

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. maraschino cherry juice
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 drops red food coloring
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
30-40 Hershey kisses

Cream together butter and powdered sugar.
Add cherry juice, almond extract, red food coloring and salt and beat well.
Add flour one cup at a time, scraping bowl.
Fold in cherries.
Place quarter sized balls of dough on cookie sheet leaving a little room between them to spread.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately top with a Hershey Kiss, pressing down slightly.
Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Makes about 40 cookies.

Kir Royale

In a champagne glass, add 1 T. Chambord and top with Champagne. Add lemon twist and serve.

Pink Frosted Brownies

Purchase brownie bites at Costco. Frost with the following:

Paula's Pink Peppermint Frosting

This is a recipe our family developed when our sons were small--thirty years later we're still enjoying it and sharing it with you!

Cream 2 sticks softened butter. Gradually add 1 pound powdered sugar. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp oil of peppermint and 2-3 drops red food coloring. Mix in up to 3 T. half and half until creamy...you may need a little more or a little less.  Spread on brownies.  Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes . I cut the recipe in half to frost 24 small brownie bites..

Friends and Fashion #2

Another fun afternoon at Design Studio!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fashion Fun at Design Studio!

Check out these Fashionista Friends!! Thursday evening was the first of five programs given by Paula Buttel and Mary Ann Johnson celebrating Friendship and Fashion. Recipes for the yummy pink sweet treats, including Kir Royale, will be posted soon along with more photos. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We love hearts!

As promised, more and more wonderful Valentine's Day merchandise is in the shop! We have made charming felt heart hangers, added more heart door accessories and just today, displayed the fabulous heart stakes. Made of old roofing tin, these reprocessed hand painted hearts come in a variety of sizes and are perfect in window boxes, planters...and more!  Mary Ann Johnson has new Valentine cards you will love for those special people in your life....See you soon at Design Studio!

Monday, January 2, 2012

We love you!

Thank you for sharing your stories, your families and most of all YOU as you visit the shop!

We love visiting with you and helping you find the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love.

We love when you come in to browse to see what's new (and there is LOTS of great new merchandise arriving daily in January).

We love when you send pictures to show how you used your purchase...let us feature you in the blog and you will inspire others!

We love Valentine's Day and heart shaped tokens of love and affection. Check out the display that went in today with more to come!

See you soon...we love you!