Posts Tagged ‘Birthday’

Mom’s Birthday

Saturday, 04.19.14

I thought I’d share some of the decorations from Mom’s birthday lunch.  It was a yellow affaire.  Every party needs some kind of theme to make it cohesive and festive.  Yellow seemed appropriate, it being Spring and one of Mom’s favorite colors.

Manorette yellow party flowers

We started off by munching on Bruschetta and sipping Arnold Palmers from yellow striped straws.  I made simple arrangements of daffodils and mums in large and small mason jars.  I don’t know what the wonderful lime green bits are but they added a great amount of whimsy. For more greenery I added parsley.  Pretty and useful, right?

I have a thing for cocktail napkins.  I have built up quite a collection.  I bought these for some French themed something or other, I think.  

Manorette bruschetta

For lunch I spread a piece of fabric I brought back from Thailand and added woven chargers.  I wrapped a yellow polka dot napkin around the knife and fork tied with a ribbon and accented with a bloom.

Manorette yellow table setting


Yellow cupcake papers for the richly chocolate cupcakes topped with yellow polka dot sprinkles.  Yes, I picked out the yellow sprinkles from the mixed jar.  Worth it!  I like the drama of the tall candles. You know what else I like? Chocolate Cupcakes!!!

Manorette yellow party cupcakes

Dad’s Birthday

Monday, 03.31.14

It is my dad’s 70th birthday.

Every year we ask him what he would like for his birthday.  He says something along the lines of “family time”.  So that’s what we give him. Of course, he still has to open presents!  Making something sounds very appealing to me.  Cookies are a good option and they can be just for him.  He can decide if he would like to share.

Thinking about Dad’s birthday has made me very nostalgic.  I kept thinking about when we were kids and when Dad was in charge of preparing a meal it would be breakfast.  No matter the time of day.  It was usually eggs and many times with interesting additions (eggnog springs to mind).  There were a few French Toast episodes as well.  While these memories were floating around I started looking for the right treat.  I came across a recipe for maple cookies that sounded very fitting and delicious.

I made a few alterations and I’m calling them Mapledoodles.  Very much like a Snickerdoodle but with a richer flavor. (Recipe below)

It makes the most fragrant dough.

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I scooped out little one-inch balls with my cookie scoop (I love this thing).  Then rolled them in a mixture of white sugar and turbinado sugar.  I like the sparkle I get with turbinado sugar but it seemed like too much of the thick crystals to only use that.

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I think it was the right choice.

Here they are ready to go in the oven.  After rolling them in the sugar I flattened them a little with my fingers.  Maybe next time I’ll press them with a spoon.  Although the finger marks do emphasize the handmade quality.

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See the lovely sparkle when they come out of the oven?

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This recipe makes A LOT of cookies.  Which is good because they are SO yummy!

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Glamor Shot!

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Here they are all bundled up.  I used Everyday Occasion wooden basket and cello bag.

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Another great memory is cheesecake on Dad’s birthday.  I don’t know how often this actually happened but when I think of Dad’s birthday I think of Mom making cheesecake with mini-chocolate chips.  I attempted it this year.  I used Martha Stewart’s NewYork Cheesecake recipe and added about of cup of chips tossed in flour.  It is luxurious.  The edges are a little darker than they should be but it didn’t matter.

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Makes approximately 60 cookies

For the cookies:

1 Cup butter, softened

1 Cup packed golden brown sugar

1 egg

1 Cup real maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste because I am currently obsessed with it)

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

4 Cups all-purpose flour

For decoration:

1/4 Cup granulated sugar

1/4 Cup turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare cookie sheet with Silpat or parchment paper.  

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.  When smooth add egg, syrup, and vanilla.  Mix until blended.  

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add flour to butter mixture until completely blended.  

Scoop batter into one-inch balls and roll in combined sugars.  Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and let cool on wire rack.


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I'm Margaret and I like to make things: in the kitchen, on my knitting needles, with the sewing machine, and for the home. Manorette is a delightful home to share my inspiration and maybe some goof ups. It is never a grand manor.