There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

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Earth Day Cookies

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Do you celebrate Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event held on April 22, where people come together and celebrate our Earth. Maybe you go pick up trash at the local park, learn how to be more environmentally friendly, and/or make a delicious treat. Although my family is fairly eco-friendly we still have a long way to go, but I do love teaching(and learning) with my children about ways to care for our Earth. We only get one so why not take good care of it!

Would you like to teach your children about our Earth? Making some “Earth” cookies is a great way to get the conversation going. Also, learn/teach about being environmentally friendly in the kitchen. They are very simple to make and taste delicious, they’re “Shortbread Earth Cookies”!

Be sure to get your children involved, my youngest loves to start the kitchen aid mixer and pour ingredients into the bowl. If you’re making with older children they’d be able to do a lot of the work themselves. Baking/cooking as a family is such a great learning and bonding experience. If you have littles that like to help, this kids step stool is awesome and safer than standing on a chair.

Now that you and your family are ready to make your cookies. In a mixing bowl or kitchen mixer, beat softened butter for about a 1 minute on medium speed. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat for another minute until fluffy.
This next step you could either do my way, save some dishes and the cookies turn out the same:
Slowly add your baking powder, salt and flour into your mixing bowl on low speed. Beating until combined, about a minute. Add the milk and beat until just combined.
Or:
In a medium bowl combine(& stir) your baking powder, salt and flour. Slowly add your flour mixture into your butter mixture and beat until combined, about a minute. Add the milk and beat until just combined.


Divide the dough into two equal parts into two seperate bowls. Add a few drops of blue into one of the bowls and the green into the other bowl and stir until the dough is the color you want. Form into a ball and wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Refrigerating it for an hour is very important so don’t skimp this part.

After the hour, take your dough out and work quickly as you want the dough to stay as cold as possible so the cookies keep their form. Take about 1 teaspoon of each color and mix together in your hand, roll into a ball and smash each ball onto an ungreased cookie sheet. This step is very easy and you don’t need the Earth colors to be perfect, just smash into the shape of circle, as much as you can.

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn a slight golden brown. You may have to look a little harder to see if they’ve browned because of the food coloring. Allow to cool on baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack. Shortbread cookies are best when eaten completely cooled. Enjoy!!

Piper approved!!


 

Celebrate Earth Day with making some Earth Cookies!

Earth Day Cookies

Make these fun "Earth" cookies with your kids, aka shortbread cookies. 
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time1 hr 12 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, Earth Day, Shortbread
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • blue and green food coloring

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl or kitchen mixer, beat softened butter for about a 1 minute on medium speed. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat for another minute until fluffy.
  • Slowly add your baking powder, salt and flour into your mixing bowl on low speed. Beating until combined, about a minute. Add the milk and beat until just combined.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts in two seperate bowls. Add a few drops of blue into one of the bowls and the green into the other bowl and stir until the dough is the color you want. Form into a ball and wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • After the hour, take your dough out and work quickly as you want the dough to stay as cold as possible. Take about 1 teaspoon of each color and mix together in your hand, roll into a ball and smash each ball onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn a slight golden brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack. Shortbread cookies are best when eaten completely cooled.

 

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1 Comment
  • Abbey
    April 10, 2019

    Cute idea! My daughter loves an excuse to make cookies anytime

There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

What are you going to do with your child if homeschooling isn't cut out for them or your family? Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. It'll be okay! Everyone's health and wellness is much more important at this time than academics. I've got a list of activities if you'd like some structure in your lives though. Check it out on my blog.
#linkinbio #pandemic #school #homeschool #unschool #schoolduringcovid19 #schoolclosure #wellness #healthandwellness #health #familyfriendly #healthblogger #momblogger #momlife

What are you going to...

Looking for recipes to make at home?! I've got a list of healthy, fresh, and family-friendly recipes on my blog. Like homemade fresh bread, butter, cookies, slow cooker meals, ect. 
#linkinbio #pandemic #food #foodie #recipes #foodblogger #health #healthyfood #familyfriendly #healthblogger

Looking for recipes to make...

Glad we were able to squeeze in one more trip out into the community and zoo before things start shutting down. Friday Piper and I made an impromptu visit to Pt defiance zoo! It was great minus the cold/rain; there was only a couple other people, animals were active, didnt need to touch anything. Now schools are out for 6 weeks and we plan on quarantining ourselves at home for most of that time, except to get out into nature. 
#quarantine #zoo #optoutside #tacoma #healthyliving #healthandwellness #sundayfunday #healthispriority #health #stopthespread #wellness

Glad we were able to...

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