Cherry Delight Cookies

If I am ever called upon to bring cookies to anything or to anyone I always rely on my Butter Bomb Cookies.  It is a tried and true, simple chocolate chip recipe.  Nothing uber fancy, just tasty.  I get really nervous when I have to serve my food to other people, even when I know it tastes good.  I don’t know why I do, but it’s a slight panic attack every time.  I probably have a complex from all the times I’ve made something new and ended up with a lumpy mess.  Let’s just say “those” recipes don’t end up on the blog.  :)  So it was a big move for me to try a brand new, experimental cookie recipe at a recipe swap a little while ago.  And guess what…they turned out delicious and people loved them.  And with a hint of pink and a sweet surprise in the middle they are perfect for this lovey time of year.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

Let’s start with the ingredients: Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Softened Butter, Eggs, Sugar, and Maraschino Cherries.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

You can use cherries without the stem but I think the little stem sticking out of the cookie is the cutest part!  If you’re like me look for cherries with the stem.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

Rinse and drain the cherries in a strainer and set aside.  Leave them in the strainer while you prepare the cookie dough.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

 Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and stir with a fork until thoroughly combined.  Cut in the softened butter with a fork until the dough looks like coarse cornmeal.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

In a separate bowl beat two eggs and then combine with the sugar.

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Add the egg/sugar mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Your dough will be sticky, that’s a good thing.

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Lightly grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350.  Take a small ball of dough and flatten it in the palm of your hand.  Place a cherry in the middle of the dough.

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Wrap the dough around the cherry leaving the stem sticking out.  Gently press down onto the baking sheet.  (Also say hi to Sam.  He’s the one behind the camera so I can practice my Price is Right hand modeling for all of you.)

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Bake for 10 minutes and remove the oven.  The cookies will be white, not brown.  Let cool before removing from the baking sheet.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

In a small blender add in a cup or two of powdered sugar and then add in a couple drops of red food coloring.  Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

With the lid on, mix the powdered sugar adding in additional drops of food coloring until the powdered sugar becomes a light pink.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

Did you know you could dye powdered sugar?  Totally can.  Just think of the possibilities.

After you get the desired ‘pinkiness’ gently dip the cookies into the powdered sugar and dust off any extra sugar leaving a light coating.  This step totally isn’t messy at all.  Don’t even worry about it.

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

The actual cookie part is not overly sweet and the cherry inside adds a tasty surprise.  Mmm, cookies.  They make everything better.  Cookies for president!  Cherries for Vice President!

Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles


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Cherry Delight Cookies from Darling Doodles

Valentine’s Canvas

I had a lot of fun reading everyone’s comments about their take on my Valentine’s Day shelf.   The votes seemed to be split pretty evenly, so thanks for all the comments!


Canvases can be pretty expensive but a lot of craft stores also put out coupons for them really often.  If you get a good deal than grab a couple up right away!  Why?  They are so handy to have for craft projects and are incredibly easy to personalize.  I’m going to show you how to make the piece that is sitting on my Valentine’s Day shelf but really this can be done using any color of paint, scrapbook paper, stencils, vinyl, stamps, and used for any theme/holiday.  So keep that in mind as I show you the steps.

Supplies: Blank Canvas, Gray Paint, Letters cut out using Cricut, Flowers, Ink Pad, and Mod Podge.

After painting the canvas a light coat of gray the letters were put on using Mod Podge.  To create the flowers for the O’s cut out flowers in decreasing sizes and ink the edges.  Layer the flowers on top of one another and you have pretty, 3-D flowers.

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That’s it!  If I wanted to reuse the canvas I could have cut the letters out of vinyl which would peel off after being used and stuck the flowers on with Velcro dots.  That way it would all come off and the canvas could be used again for any other holiday.

From many of the comments and emails I receive though one of the main deterrents of crafting is not how easy or difficult a project is, it’s that people just don’t have the time.  Well I hear you.  And I’ve got you covered.  You can take this 8 x 10 print and put it in a frame and get almost the same look.  So if you’d like: Download the PDF.

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Love is in the Air

It feels like I was just putting together a January shelf a couple of weeks ago.  Oh yeah, that’s because I was.  I loved the shelf, but I decided to replace it a little earlier than I had originally planned.  It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, right?  Right?

So anyway… Valentine’s day.  I put together this shelf idea and when Sam came home the first thing he asked was, “Where are the red hearts?”  Apparently, you can’t have Valentine’s Day without red hearts in his book.  But I wanted to skip the cheesy, plastic red and pink hearts and over the top-in your face decor.  Instead it is a simple shelf in mostly black and whites.

Valentine's Day Shelf by Darling Doodles

A little pennant banner made from scrapbook paper and baker’s twine hangs above it all.

Valentine's Day Shelf by Darling Doodles

And accessories like a candle wrapped in polka dot ribbon and a vase filled with daisies and red roses adds just a little bit of sweetness.

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Underneath the shelf I put some black and white pictures from our engagement shoot so many years ago.   They make me smile.  That man makes me smile.

Valentine's Day Shelf by Darling Doodles

So what do you think?  Do you agree with Sam and think that the shelf is sorely lacking in red hearts or does this also say lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day Shelf by Darling Doodles

Up All Night Survival Kit

I’ve shared a survival kit before as a baby shower gift idea but this is different twist that focuses on the fun the new parents (especially the mom) will get to have by being up all night!  Oh joy, right!?

Up All Night Gift Basket for Baby Showers

It’s a fact, new parents will have some long nights ahead of them so why not help them out with some items to make the sleep-less nights a little easier?

Up All Night Gift Basket

Some items to consider in your basket:

– Cozy Robe/Cute Pajamas

– Slippers/Fuzzy Socks

– Baby Blanket

– Baby Pajamas

-Baby Bottles

– Pacifiers

– Nightlight

– CD of Relaxing Music

– Mug & Herbal Tea

– Headache Medicine

And just for fun you can put together a Daddy’s Kit.  Just get a little Ziploc bag and include some ear plugs, sleeping medicine, and a sleep mask.  It will get some laughs for sure!

The last thing you need is a printable tag to pull it all together.

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Up All Night Gift Tag

Up All Night Gift Basket


Dresser turned TV stand

Don’t you hate it when you get so excited about a project that you completely forget to take pictures for your blog of the old piece of furniture until after that piece of furniture has already been carried down the stairs, left outside on the curb with a “free” sign attached and then loaded up in some guys truck and taken away so instead you have to look through all your pictures and the only images you can find are kind of-sort of pictures from the 4th of July? Yeah, I can’t stand that either.

TV Stand BeforeThat big, black bulky TV stand can be found in just about any college dorm or bachelor pad and up until a little while ago it could also be found in our apartment.  I have been wanting to replace it for the longest time but I wanted to do it on a budget and I was also on the lookout for a specific look.  We finally found the right piece of furniture for $30 on Craigslist.  Apparently it had been hiding in an elderly woman’s basement for the last 30 years.

This little lady might not be much to look at right away, she had seen some wear and was looking pretty worn around the edges thanks to years in a damp basement but the size and shape was just what I wanted.

Since she was in rough shape the first few steps involved Sam and his power tools.  He rebuilt some drawers, added a new kick-plate, put on some new trim…I won’t go into too much detail but let’s just say it involved lots of manly things like drills and sawdust.

Building a new TV stand

While Sam was taking the pieces apart we discovered something pretty cool.  All the joints in this piece are hand crafted.  This dresser isn’t some factory made, mass produced item. Don’t get me wrong, I love IKEA, but there is something really wonderful about restoring an old one-of-a-kind piece of furniture and bringing new life into a piece that was hand crafted many years ago.

Old dresser into TV stand- DIYSam also took out the top drawer and added a piece of wood on the bottom to create a shelf.  This shelf will house our DVD player, Wii, etc.

Looking a little better already right?  The next step was to give everything a very thorough sanding to remove all of the radioactive orange stain.

Up until this point my role had been keeping Sam’s water bottle filled and getting in his way so I could take pictures.   After we moved the dresser into our unfinished basement for some paint and stain though, I jumped in to help!  Thanks to wonderful basement lighting it looks like my latex glove is covered in blood but I promise, I’m not that creepy.

It is actually English Chestnut stain, which was applied on the top and the front of the drawers.  The sides and front of the dresser were painted in Creek Bend from Behr.Paint and Stain ColorsAfter two coats of stain and two coats of paint I really got to have some fun using stencils.  I purchased a set of Martha Stewart stencils from Michael’s and some black paint to create a fun design across the front.

A few tips when stenciling: 1. Don’t overload the brush.  If there is too much paint on the brush it will seep underneath the stencil and create blurry lines.  2. Dab the brush straight down.  Don’t brush from side to side.  3.  Don’t wait for the paint to dry completely.  It is best to remove the stencil when the paint is still damp.

Since the stencil didn’t cover the whole drawer front at once after each section was painted we just moved the stencil over, lined up the edges, and finished each end.

The last and final step before we put everything together was to add new hardware.  These pretty glass knobs came from the Home Depot.  I love the contrast between the dark wood and stencil and the sparkly glass.

Old dresser into TV stand- DIY

And here she is all put together and in the corner of our living room.  So much better than the black box that was there before.  I love the character and charm this TV stand adds to our home.

Old dresser into TV stand- DIY

The stenciling turned out perfectly.  And who knew that beautiful wood was there underneath all that orange-glo stain?

Old dresser into TV stand- DIY

By moving to a dresser instead of a traditional TV stand we gained some additional storage as well.  A basket inside the shelf holds remotes and other necessities and all of our DVDs fit into the top drawer.

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One more look at the before and after.  I feel like I’ve been saying this recently about all of our re-dos but this is my new favorite piece of furniture in our house!

Before and After DIY TV stand

Linking to House of Hepworths, The Shabby Nest,

Encouraging Healthy Eating In Children

Getting children to eat healthy can be a challenge for any parent.  The other day I was listening to some of my friends joke about their failed attempts to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies.  We all had a pretty good laugh at their stories.  And then one lady whose children are now grown shared a fantastic idea.  She had made a chart for each of her kids to keep track of all the new foods they had tasted and whether they liked them or not.  For every new food they got to put a sticker on their chart and once their chart was full they got a reward.  Now the reward was not sweets or junk food but something like getting to stay up 5 extra minutes or read an extra book before bedtime, etc.  I thought it was an adorable idea and one others might enjoy as well.  So I present to you the “I Tried It” chart.

I read somewhere that children may need to try food at least 5 times and even as many as 20 times before they learn to like it! So if Lima beans aren’t their favorite right away then put a sticker in the “Need to Try it Again” column.  Maybe the next time will be the charm.

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