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  • Mark & Samantha Redman

So, our daugher just turned 8 and desperately wanted a Unicorn-themed party. I have never baked and decorated cookies before but I thought let's give it ago!! After ALOT of research, here's what worked....


Gather Your Ingredients:

All purpose flour

Baking powder

Salt

Unsalted butter

Sugar

Egg

Milk

Powdered sugar

Merengue powder

Vanilla Essence


Cookies:

Sift 3 cups of AP flour, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl and set aside. In your beloved stand mixer, beat 1 cup of softened unsalted butter and 1 cup of sugar until light in color. Add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of milk and continue to beat until combined. Turn the mixer onto the lowest setting and slowly add the flour (make sure you turn it to low or else you will be covered in the flour - I learned the hard way!). Keep beating until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Divide the cookie dough in half and wrap in waxed paper and put into the fridge for about 2 hours. (Thanks Alton Brown.)


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle powdered sugar on your work surface and on the rolling pin. Take one of the cookie dough packets out of the fridge and and roll dough until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the cookie shape and then use a spatula to move the cookie with the cookie cutter onto a baking tray lined with parchment. Remove the cookie cutter once you have placed it on the cookie tray. Bake for arouund 7-9 minutes, until the edged just begin to turn brown. Rotate the cookie tray about half way through. Once you have removed them from the oven, let them rest for a couple of minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.



Royal Icing:

Whisk 1 pound of confectioners' sugar and 4 tablespoons of meringue powder in the mixer bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and about 5-6 tablespoons of water depending on the consistancy that you need. For the unicorn cookies, use a fairly stiff consistancy to pipe the outline of the unicorn head. Then use a thinner (but not runny) icing to flood the center and cover the whole cookie. You can buy little needle scribers that you use to even out the icing so that it is lovely and smooth. As the icing is drying add a tiny bit of pink icing for the ears and use the scribe to make sure that shape looked ok. Let the icing dry completely. I then used different colors to pipe the rosettes on the head, an edible black pen to draw on the eyes, and yellow frosting in horizontal lines, dusted with gold cake dust for the horn. To finish it off I painted on a little pink shimmery cake dust for the cheeks. I was pretty impressed how they turned out. It was quite time consuming and I'm not sure I will do them again in a hurry but they all disappeared pretty quickly at the party!



Party details:

We rented the playground pavillion at Chickahominy River Front Park - fabulous. So much space, playground right there and of course bathrooms!!


Thanks to Chick-fil-A for the always delicous nuggets that were eaten in a heartbeat. ❤


We totally cheated and ordered fruit, veggie and sandwich platters from Publix as well an absolutely insane unicorn cake!! I felt that the cookies had exhausted my emerging baking talents - ha ha! I have to say, I had never experienced shopping at Publix until moving to Williamsburg. What a joy! Their staff are super friendly and they went above and beyond with the party order.

Take a look at this cake - isn't it amazing?! Yes, we were eating it for days but it was so worth it. Delicous as well as beautiful.



Thanks to everyone who made Holly's birthday so special, espcially our older children for coming down to totally surprise her! It is a birthday she won't forget.


  • Mark & Samantha Redman

Welcome to our new Love Your Kitchen page :)

The kitchen is the heart of the home.


We are a family who love to eat and love to cook good food.

We would like to share some of our favorite recipes. We hope you enjoy!



Easy Weeknight Turkey Chili and Skillet Cornbread

Our family loves chili, it's a dish that everyone can have fun with and you can make it different every time! This week I made turkey chili.

Gather your ingredients:

1lb of ground turkey

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 bell peppers

1 packet of mushrooms

2 cans of low sodium chopped tomatoes

1 packet of McCormick low sodium chili seasoning

olive oil

Garnishings:

spring onions

black olives

grated monterey jack cheese

hot sauce

sour cream

tortilla chips



cornmeal

all-pupose flour

granulated sugar

baking powder

baking soda

whole milk

buttermilk

2 large eggs

8 tablespoons of butter


Sam Adams Octoberfest!



Ready to create:

Place a cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. This will prepare the skillet for THE most delicious cornbread! We have tried lots of ways to make cornbread but this is by far our favorite. Many, many thanks to my favorite celebrity chef - Alex Guarnaschelli!


Brown 1lb ground turkey in a skillet over a medium heat. I add a little olive oil as the turkey is so lean and can sometimes stick. Add in a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. I then add two cans of low sodium chopped tomatoes (I sometimes drain one can if the chili appears to have a lot of liquid), two diced peppers, and sliced mushrooms. This week, to save time, I cheated and added a packet of McCormick's reduced sodium Chili seasoning! Hey, it's a great flavor and when you're in the middle of all the after work and school craziness, it works! Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.


While the chili is cooking, mix together (I use my Kitchen-aid mixer, which I love almost as much as my family ha ha!!) 1 1/4 cups of cornmeal, 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Keep the mixer on a low speed and add 1/3 cup of whole milk, 1 cup of buttermilk, two lightly beaten eggs and about 7 tablespoons of melted butter.


Carefully take the heated skillet out of the oven and reduce the temperature to 375. Add about a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and coat the bottom and sides. Carefully pour in the batter, it will begin to cook as soon as it hits the skillet. Place it back into the over, center rack, and cook for about 20-25 minutes (or until the ever faithful toothpick test is clean!). Let it cool slightly before serving.


How to put it all together:

Mark: Put a good helping of chili into a bowl. Add a generous amount of grated monterey jack cheese, a super large dash (and by dash he means pour!) of hot sauce, a nice big dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of spring onions to garnish. Add some Trader Joe veggie and flaxseed tortilla chips on the side, some cornbread and Sam Adams Octoberfest and he is a happy hubby!



Sam: Heat a single serving of brown rice in the microwave, put the chili on top, monterey jack, splash of hot sauce, a small spoonful of sour cream, spring onions and black olives.


Best thing is that you can use the leftovers to make Nachos the following night. This is from a couple of weeks ago when we used ground beef instead of turkey and added fresh salsa - Yum!

Holly: Our daughter likes things simple. She puts a small amount of chili with a lot of cheese in a bowl and loves to eat with the tortilla chips!


ENJOY!!