Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen baking and crafting with my mom and sisters. Mom has a DIY approach to almost everything, so naturally that rubbed off on me. When we wanted something, you name it - she would try to copy it and make it for us. She sewed our costumes, perfected recipes, and crafted decor for our home. There is something about creating things yourself, and I appreciate it all now even more than before. The home-made goodness, perfect imperfections, and quality time spent together. That's something you just can't buy.

I try to spend a lot of time with my little one the same way- filling our days with as many activities she can learn from. Yesterday, we raided our pantry and what we had was just enough for one of our favorite and fun recipes - Sugar cookies. The sky's the limit when it comes to these because they can be shaped and decorated in every way possible. Natalie specially loves the whole cutting of the shapes part, its just like Play-Doh - but better. We decided to frost them instead of cover them with sugar or sprinkles. 

I'm sharing one of my personal recipes that I've tried and tested over the years. They are so simple yet delicious - definitely one of my favorite comfort treats. 

1. You can right click on the recipe and save it to your computer. It's a free download from our home to yours :)
2. Bake cookies until right before the edges turn golden brown (about 12-13 minutes) - this will make them more chewy. If you prefer crunchy, take them out of the oven when the edges are slightly brown (almost exactly 15 minutes).
3. We used tiny cutters instead of regular-sized cookie shapes. Things are just much cuter when they're small. 
4. When frosting designs, wait until one color dries before piping the next. This will prevent the "bleeding" of the colors, unless you are really trying to go for that marbled/ tie-dyed effect. 

This post is dedicated to all our heroes and their families, who fought for our freedom and lived to protect our country.

And now off to enjoy our little patriotic cookies! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!