Sugar Cookies and a Farewell

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Hey guys! So… its been a while. It’s been a crazy busy few months since we last spoke; I do wish I’d managed to keep up my regular blogging over my third year of uni but unfortunately it just had to fall to the bottom of the priorities list. People tell you Physics degrees are difficult but dear Lord, no one tells you quite how difficult. It’s been an exhausting few months, both with uni work and other things going on.

I’ve decided to give the blogging a break for a while until I have a few more free hours to spare, so I’m afraid this will be the end of A Little Mad Smith, at least for now. Hopefully, eventually I’ll find my way back to blogging, but unfortunately now just isn’t the time.

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So, it’s with great sadness that I write this last farewell post for you all, but with hope that it won’t be my last blog post ever. I thought today I’d finally upload my sugar cookie recipe seeing as I’ve been meaning to for almost five months now (!!!). My mum’s friend grew up in America and gave me this recipe over Summer; she makes THE BEST sugar cookies, and when recreating her recipe on my own it’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed. I managed to find time to make a few of these yummy treats before Christmas and they seemed to go down very well with my family and friends. Despite half of me wanting to completely cover these cookies in icing and sprinkles, I actually really love the taste of plain sugar cookies and showed great self-restraint when decorating.

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These are ridiculously easy to make and you aren’t required to chill your dough, that’s a win-win in my book. Find the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack (225g) salted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Sprinkle flour evenly on two baking trays.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add in the egg and the extracts.
  3. Sieve in the flour. Combine well to form a soft dough.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters of your choice and place carefully on the floured baking trays. Bake cookies in the oven for 7-8 minutes or until they begin to go a golden brown colour.
  5. Immediately remove cookies from the baking tray and place on a cooling rack to cool. Decorate as desired.

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Ta da! See, told you they were super easy. I was actually amazed this recipe turned out so well on my first attempt back in summer, since my cookie recipes usually require some practice. These, however, turned out brilliantly first time, and I’ve been making them pretty frequently ever since!

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So, that’s it from me I’m afraid guys. I’m busy as ever and plan on spending the rest of my afternoon getting sorted for a mini break with Jason- we fly tonight. After that it’s back to work as I return to uni for my second term of third year, something that I can’t say I’m looking forward to very much. If you fancy keeping up with my life and seeing what I get up to, feel free to follow my instagram @alittlemadsmith.

And lastly, a massive thank you to all my readers, followers and friends who’ve been following this blog since the beginning, it’s been my pleasure.

Best of luck to you all in 2019 and into the future,

All my love,

Maddie x

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My first attempt at sugar cookies

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I see sugar cookies all the time on social media. Birthday sugar cookies, baby shower sugar cookies, wedding sugar cookies, Christmas sugar cookies. I can’t seem to get away from them when I’m scrolling through Pinterest, but I’ve never actually had a go at making my own sugar cookies before. Well, until now that is.

I get the impression that sugar cookies are a much bigger thing in the US than they are here in the UK. The only time I’ve eaten sugar cookies before is back when I was at Primary school; my mum has a friend who grew up in Hawaii, and she always made sugar cookies for us to decorate when we went round to her house. (Side note: I loved going round to her house.)

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So, armed with a bit of spare time and some good old nostalgia, I decided to have a go at baking my own sugar cookies. My mum’s friend was kind enough to give me her recipe, so I was able to make the exact same yummy cookies that I remember eating as a kid.

I was really pleased with how these cookies turned out for a first attempt. They tasted just like I remember, and were perfect for icing. I decided to keep things pretty simple and go with a butterfly design for these cookies, but I’m excited to experiment and see what other designs I will be able to come up with using some different cookie cutters.

I’m already planning on making some of these for my 21st birthday party next week, so I’ll be uploading a recipe soon! I’m hoping to have a go at making some cacti cookies, what do you think?!

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Have you ever made sugar cookies? Do you agree that they’re way more popular in the States?

Let me know in the comments!

 

 

One month of blogging!

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Wow, that went fast! A Little Mad Smith is one month old today (can we get a hip hip hooray?) and I just wanted to share a little post to say thank you so much to all my lovely followers and readers of this blog. Your support over this past month has meant the world to me- I am over the moon to see that my blog has been received with so much love all over the world! I never would’ve thought that people in hometown would have been at all interested in my craft projects and recipes, let alone people on the other side of the globe! So thank you to all who have shared, liked and commented on my posts, and thank you, yes you, for taking the time to read this.

I hope I can continue to produce content that you find interesting, entertaining and inspiring. I already have a thousand crafty ideas and tasty recipes that I am dying to get stuck into and share with you all in the near future, so I do hope you stick around!

As a little celebration of our one month birthday, I’ve put together some of my favourite posts from over the past four weeks. I hope you can find something that inspires you to get crafty and try something new!

Fabric Flowers DIY– This is one of my favourite mini sewing projects of all time. I love the vintage look of these and they’re a great method of using up excess fabric. I also think that they make a beautiful addition to any handbag.

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DIY Photo Holders- This DIY was a super simple project that produced great results! And all you need is a pebble, some paint and a bit of wire. What could be better?

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Peanut butter and Chocolate Cupcakes- I cannot describe to you how good these tasted, but believe me when I say, they were goooood. Like, seriously, you need to try these.

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DIY Patchwork cushion cover– This beautiful DIY is a great project for those wanting to try out patch working, and its a great way of using up scraps of fabric. I love how this turned out.

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Domino’s style cookiesThe inspiration behind this bake was my favourite fast food cookies. Served warm, these soft squishy cookies are truly divine. Why not give them a try?

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DIY painted glass lanterns– This DIY is a great project for the kids to get involved with. A great way of using up excess jars, my DIY glass lanterns are the perfect addition to any evening garden party.

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Drawstring bag DIY– Drawstring bags are so useful and so versatile! My drawstring bag DIY gives a simples method for making your own drawstring bag that can easily be adapted into a child’s PE kit bag ready for back to school.

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Well there you have it guys, just a selection of some of my favourite blog posts from over this past month. I hope you enjoy them if you didn’t see them first time round, and please let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see up on the blog over this next month! In the meantime, remember that there’s plenty of other projects to keep you busy in the craft and food sections of my blog- why not have a look?

I’m always looking for new ideas and crafty inspiration.

Hugs and best wishes to you all,

Maddie x

 

Domino’s Style Cookies!

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Hey guys! I hope your Monday isn’t treating you too badly. I’ve been off today, so I have naturally been prepping some future blog posts for you! I’ve also decided to learn to knit. The last time I tried knitting was about eight years ago, so I’m pretty much a novice! I’ve had a very frustrating day of dropping stitches and unwinding my wool to start again, but I’m happy to say I’m finally starting to get the hang of it! I am now the very proud owner of a few inches of knitted wool.

In other news, who else here loves those cookies you can get from Domino’s? If you’re anything like me, a Domino’s pizza order isn’t complete without four of those warm, gooey, melt in your mouth chocolate cookies to accompany it. I mean, I really love them. The last time Jason and I went all out with our Dominos order, we ended up ordering two boxes of them! Though even I have to admit that was a few too many…

But I do adore those little chocolatey delights. So, I thought it was about time to try my hand at making my own!

If you fancy baking your own, why not check out the recipe? I’ve put it in the food section of my blog!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Maddie.