Hay friends, hayyyy.

Another week, another Cooking with Lucy!

This week Lucy wanted to bake up some “Cowgirl Biscuits!” I got quite excited as I’d never heard of this recipe, but as it turns out, it’s just Bisquick and milk. Don’t get me wrong — they were perfectly wonderful and a delight to eat when slathered in butter and strawberry jam. But I guess the “cowgirl” part of the recipe just means that they were baked by a girl in a cowgirl costume, not that it’s an actual recipe from the horse and covered wagon days.

All jokes aside, Lucy loves baking and at this age, I find it more important that she learns basic techniques than use fancy ingredients or follow a lot of steps. At only four years old, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated, so my philosophy is to keep it simple enough that she can enjoy herself and not mess up the end result, which can be discouraging. The FEELING associated with the act of cooking or baking is incredibly important at this age, and I want her memories to be fond and fulfilling enough that she will continue to spend time creating things in the kitchen.

I hope you enjoy her biscuit making as much as I do! (and surprise! Our new puppy Britney makes an appearance at the end)

Enjoy and have a happy Wednesday!

These raspberry limeade cookies are tart and sweet, with a generous helping of raspberry buttercream piled on top.

Raspberry Limeade Cookies Picture Sometimes I think my family wishes that I’d just make a normal dang cookie.

At the smell of cookies baking, they inevitably wander into the kitchen, noses twitching, eyes searching out what they most deeply desire. Chocolate chip cookies.

Instead they find themselves face to face with a cooling rack lined neatly with lime sugar cookies. Sorry, fam.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a good chocolate chip cookie. But can we also agree that sometimes we need for a cookie to be a sugary disk that we use to shovel large piles of frosting into our faces? This is basically a fact of life.

Don’t hate the player. Hate the game.

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I have always been a fan of the frosting cookie. Lofthouse cookies are a particular favorite of mine, although I don’t purchase them very often because I will eat the entire container. Every meal I consume will be Lofthouse cookies until the container is completely empty. A friend and I were recently discussing Lofthouse cookies and he was like “Those are so gross!!” and I was like “THAT IS THE POINT! They taste all chemical-ey and so sweet that my mouth hurts and I get shivers. Isn’t it WONDERFUL?!?!?”

Apparently not everyone thinks the way that I do. Weirdos.

This is a frosted sugar cookie you can feel good about. I mean, sure…it’s full of butter and sugar and blah blah blah…but we’ve also got lime juice! From limes! That are a fruit! And don’t get me started on the raspberry buttercream. WE ARE PRACTICALLY HEALTH FOOD NUTS OVER HERE WITH OUR FRUIT COOKIES.

Raspberry Limeade Cookies Pic

If you’re a limeade fan, you’ll really love these. The cookies are just tart enough, with plenty of real lime juice and lime zest. The frosting just pushes them right over the edge to perfection. I mean, honestly. Your summer isn’t complete without raspberry limeade cookies. We all know it. You know it, your mom knows it, your favorite aunt knows it, Jimmy from down the street knows it.

Okay so make them.

Raspberry Limeade Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • Zest of one lime
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons lime or key lime juice
  • Green food coloring
  • Frosting:
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries, thawed and pureed
  • 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened (2 stick)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-large bowl, stir flour and baking soda together. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter, both sugars, and lime zest with your electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, and then lime juice. Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Add desired amount of food coloring and mix until incorporated.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Use a glass or the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until edges JUST begin to turn golden. Let cookies cool on sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.
  6. Make frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and raspberry puree on medium low speed until combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating until just barely mixed in. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute. Generously frost cooled cookies.

Enjoy and have a great day!!

 

My June reading list has lots of great books to keep you entertained poolside this summer!

Oh, you guys.

Summer. How are we doing? I feel like we all need to check in with each other and have a therapy session. With wine and brownies.

I am slowly adjusting. My husband and I try and take a trip together at the beginning of every summer to celebrate our anniversary (and prepare for the summer months). Between that and adjusting to life with kids home all day every day….while we work from home…well. It’s a work in progress. Not to mention that it’s SO HARD TO WORK INSIDE RIGHT NOW. The weather has been beautiful, the pool smells all chlorine-ey, and I just want to LAY OUTSIDE WITH A BOOK ALL DAY.

Why can’t that be a job? It should be a job. I’d be darn good at it.

On a good note, I did a ton of really great reading on my trip! Don’t you love a trip where you do a ton of reading?! Seriously the best.

Here are the books I’ve chosen for this month, mostly based on my latest vacation reads:

On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

This book first caught my eye because hello — this is the first time I’ve seen anyone have my first name! That aside, this is honestly one of the most perfect summer books I’ve read in a VERY long time. It’s humorous, fluffy, but also has enough substance to keep me from feeling like I was wasting my time. Also? It was pretty hard to put down. I highly recommend this book as a summer read. It won’t change your life, but you’ll have a lot of fun reading it.

Via Amazon:

Ainsley O’Leary is so ready to get married—she’s even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn’t anticipate is being blindsided by a breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her older half sister, Kate, who’s struggling with a sudden loss of her own.

Kate’s always been the poised, self-assured sister, but becoming a newlywed—and a widow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, she starts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping a secret from her.

Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that’s always separated them, Ainsley’s and Kate’s heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli

If you loved The Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor and Park, I definitely recommend this fun and quirky YA romance! It’s full of personality and heart, but is a short and easy enough read that it’s great for vacation.

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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

This is the only book on the list that I haven’t read yet…but I AM in the process of reading it and I really like it so far. Six Stories is different in that it’s told like it’s a true crime podcast…meaning, if you were a Serial fan, this is probably a good choice for you! It’s well-written and suspenseful — I look forward to seeing where it goes.

Via Amazon:

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

This book reminds me a lot of What Alice Forgot (which I also loved), not because of the plot, but because it’s so unlikely a story, but so fun and easy to dive into all the same. I really loved this book — it was dishy and silly and messy but also emotional and real at times. A perfect lazy day read that will keep you up way too late at night.

Via Amazon:

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.”

When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”

Tha’t’s it for June! I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading lately!

Another week, another Cooking with Lucy!

Today she is making her very most favorite Fairy Cupcakes — we hope you love them!!

Have a great day!