DIY FRIDAY: Celebration Sugar Cookies



  • 2¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  • In a medium bowl, stir the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, vegetable shortening, and sugar until smooth and slightly lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until blended, about 1 minute. On low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it. The dough should be soft and smooth.
  • Divide the dough in half and form it into 2 smooth disks about 6 inches in diameter. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate about one hour, until firm enough to roll without sticking but not so hard that it’s difficult to roll out.
  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour the rolling pin and surface. Unwrap one piece of dough and roll it out to about a 12-inch circle that is 3/16 inch thick. Using a 3½-to 5-inch-long cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Use a thin metal spatula to transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, placing them about 1 inch apart. Gather together the dough scraps and set aside. Unwrap the second piece of dough and repeat the rolling and cutting process. Gather together all of the dough scraps, forming a smooth disk, and roll and cut out the dough.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for about 14 minutes, until the edges and bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to cool completely.

Note: Colored sugars or nonpareils can be sprinkled on the cookies prior to baking. Or, cookies can be frosted once cool with the Powdered Sugar Frosting (see Gingerbread Giants Recipe). To make snowmen sugar cookies, cut out about a 3-inch circle for the body and a 2-inch circle for the head. Slightly overlap the circles on the baking sheet and press them together to form a snowman. (Text copyright 2005 by Elinor Klivans ⁄ published by Chronicle Books).

Place in the oven and keep the oven door ajar with the handle of a wooden spoon to allow moisture to escape. Bake the cookies 15-20 minutes until they puff slightly, crack along the sides and feel dry on the outside but soft to the touch.
From Big Fat Cookies by Elinor Klivans, text copyright 2005 by Elinor Klivans ⁄ published by Chronicle Books.

DIY Friday: Creative Projects With Wine Corks

M/I Homes DIY Friday

Yes, they can be difficult to get out of the bottle, but don’t let your anger get the best of you: Save your wine corks and use them later!

From intricate art to a delicate keepsake, corks are a simple universal piece that you can use in a variety of ways. The options are limitless, so let us help you narrow them down.

We promise they’re worth saving, even if they don’t look all that pretty at first. Don’t believe us? View the slideshow above for nine quirky ways to reuse that cork.

source: homesessive

Interior Design Inspiration from Pinterest

Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, there’s no longer any excuse for a lack of creativity and charm in your M/I Home. This blog post will feature some of our favorite recent pins featuring plenty of décor ideas to spice up any room in your M/I Home!

Go bold! Adding multiple colors and a clean white trim can be a great way to take a simple room and breathe some life into it. Choose two to three complimentary colors and separate them with the white trim to really make a room pop.

Why should inspiration quotes be kept in the living and bedroom only? Bring some inspiration to the loo with a framed quote and a mantle.

Add some glass jars with cotton swabs and other bathroom essentials and you’ve transformed blank space into an eye catching feature.

Mason jars painted on the inside can convert an old classic into a chic vase. These jars especially look great with light pastels and can fit on just about any counter or desk.

We just love DIY projects like these not only because they’re affordable, but because they’re lovely as well!

Look like an expensive entrance way table? Think again! All you need is two boards and two columns and you’ve got yourself a great looking table.

You can also use a wide array of other items to build your own unique piece of furniture. Get inspired with a trip to a local used furniture or vintage store.

Grab a can of Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint and you’re on the fast track to some great-looking lamps. The spray paint leaves a trendy, mirror-like finish on glass surfaces and is an excellent way to renovate your old lamps.

Pinterest is full of amazing DIY projects, interior design inspiration and more. And did we mention we’re pinning ideas all the time? Follow us on Pinterest for more inspiration!

Happy DIY Friday!

Get in the Halloween spirit and create new ways to carve out your Pumpkin!

Halloween Pumpkin Keg


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