Turn Back Time

So we’ve decided to take a bit of a break in the new year. Some things in our lives are shifting and we need to adjust accordingly. But since you all are super awesome and we love you, we didn’t want to leave you in the dark. We thought it would be fun to turn the clock back and take you along as we re-visit our journey from the beginning. You can follow along just on Instagram if you’d like with the pictures and short captions or come over here and sit for a bit as we share the stories behind the cookies! It should be fun and we sure do hope you’ll stick around!

So here’s the story: I’ve always enjoyed baking and with five kiddos, you know Christmas Sugar Cookies were a hot mess of poorly chosen sanding sugars and sprinkles, not to mention the very generous amounts that each cookie received. Ahhhh the good ole’ days. Such fond memories, maybe it was such a mess because I was too busy watching the visions of perfectly decorated sugar cookies dancing in my head. You’ve seen them on the magazines, the perfect royal icing, Holly Jolly Santa with an actual twinkle in his eye, super cute mittens with delicate snowflakes!! Gahhhhhh I just knew I had it in me and couldn’t wait to give it a try!!!

Flash forward a bit and we find a beautiful snowy day brought just that opportunity to my door!!! My children had been all bundled up in their many layers and sent outside to frolic in the snow and that’s when it hit me!!! THIS IS MY CHANCE!!! So I grabbed the magazine, all of my supplies and got to work!! It was glorious!!!! Sadly I don’t have any pictures from those early days, but as you’ll soon see, they were not very good. They didn’t look anything like the ones on the magazine cover and the “perfect royal icing” was perfectly spilling over the sides of every cookie!!!!

I didn’t give up though, I started to make them for our family gatherings; Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, you get the point. A few years in and I had started to wonder if anyone outside of the family would be interested in in some of these cookies for their family gatherings. I shared that thought with my husband and just as I had finished I received a Facebook message from my pastors' wife and friend. She was inquiring if I could make 5 dozen engagement sugar cookies for her son’s upcoming engagement party!! After my jaw hit the floor, I explained that I didn’t really know what I was doing but if she was sure, I was willing to give it a shot!!!

Even though the request wasn’t for anything super fancy or technical I was super nervous. An engagement party is a pretty big deal and although the cookies weren’t a vital part of the evening, it still wasn’t something that I wanted to mess up!

The pictures that I initially shared today on Instagram were not these cookies, although they were for the same couple. Here are the engagement cookies that I made for my very first event



So there ya have it!!! Yellow and grey/silver hearts and circles with their initials and love. I had NO idea of how to flood, I hadn’t a CLUE about consistency in my icing, didn’t have a selection of piping tips and certainly didn’t even know that Kopykake was thing!! But my friend loved them, her son and wife-to-be loved them and their friends also loved them. So I continued. I posted to Facebook in February for Valentines Day and they were a hit!!!

Third times a charm

Jaysen and Julia set up our skinny tree the other day and I realized that all of the ornaments and trim that we had for it was previously sold at one of our yard sales. I would have loved to buy all new ornaments, although it would have been really hard to narrow down a style (gosh I just love it all!!).

I remembered my box of dried (read: dead) hydrangeas that were still sitting in the garage and thought I’d use them on/in the tree. I mean, why not? It still doesn’t feel right to just toss them out into the compost - so I might as well get as much use out of them as I can.

On Small Business Saturday, the mister and I visited some of our local shops and I grabbed a few bags of vintage ornaments for $3.00 per bag. I had spotted them a few weeks ago and had talked myself out of buying them then. Do you do that? Of course, I couldn’t stop thinking about them afterwards and I was certain that someone would have grabbed them up at this point. But, there they sat, waiting just for me!!

I love the colors and the age spots, they add so much character and is such a beautiful reminder of days gone by. I wonder, how old are they, how many places did they call home, were they handled by little hands? Did they sit in their box waiting until Christmas Eve to make their debut or were they a part of the entire holiday season? I will never know their history, but I do know that they are cherished right now.

As a little girl, my family and I would wait until Christmas Eve before decorating our tree. Before bed, I was allowed to put the first ornament on the tree and had to leave the rest for Santa. I’m sure as I got older that tradition changed a bit.

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Merry Christmas from little Lorraine

I feel like the tree could still use a little something, but I don’t quite know what that is yet. We also need a topper but I have a feeling it’s going to stay exactly the way it is right now - and I’m okay with that.

I am loving the reflections that are bouncing off of the ornaments, from the sun streaming in or the twinkle lights, it’s just beautiful!! Oh let me share one word of caution on using dried flowers on your tree. If you have large dogs with big, wagging tails, you may not want to use dried flowers, unless of course, you’re okay with this happening ….I guess I should have thought that through a little more.

What were your childhood traditions? I’d love to hear them!!
























Fall Centerpiece 2.0

One of the great things about using these hydrangeas when they’re past their prime, is that they don’t need water because they’re already dead, so as long as you are gentle with them, they’re good for as long as you need them!!

After gathering with family to celebrate my parents birthdays I couldn’t bear to toss the flowers out into the compost but because we only need six seats for daily meals, we needed to put the table back to its smaller size.

I had been thinking about what I wanted to do next with the flowers so I got to work dismantling the flowers and table. I have a thing for old wooden boxes, especially long ones. I just find them both functional and beautiful. I grabbed my favorite, okay I grabbed the only one that hasn’t been attached to a wall, and got to work. I lined the box with part of the packing paper from the table runner and started to fill the box until it was nice and full. Then I needed to dismantle the table and put the leaves away.

We purchased our table through Wayfair {they’ve got just what you need}. Our kitchen/dining space is long and narrow, and our previous farm table was extra wide so I never felt that it really fit well in this space. I knew that I wanted something a bit narrower but also longer. You can find the listing for the table here. It’s actually on sale at the moment at a great price! It’s sturdy, yet lightweight, and has self-storage for three leaves and is a easy to change up when needed. I was able to dismantle it on my own. This is not an affiliate post, I just wanted to share the information with you in case any one was interested.

Currently this arrangement is living on top of a shelf in the kitchen because we tend to do everything at this table; school, work, eat, play, puzzles, crafts, etc. Due to the constant activity, centerpieces don’t tend to stay on the table for very long. Although beautiful and fun, centerpieces on the table aren’t very functional for us.

Typically you’ll find our table looking more like this

I had wanted to post this last week, as of now, the box of dried hydrangeas is sitting on the floor in the garage. I still can’t bear to toss them and am thinking that tucking them into a Christmas tree may be the next step! I’ll keep you posted!!!