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Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

classic sugar cookie cake

I adapted this from the Dixie Crystals pure white sugar package- yep. Sometimes the best recipes are from the back of the box, if you know what I mean? This is no exception! I love Dixie sugar, and last year was lucky enough to receive a crap-ton of it for Brunch Week– like 12 bags!

So now that my kids are getting off the bus after their first day of school…I am welcoming them home with this beauty!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

Isn’t it cute? My kids made so much fun of my writing…”Does that say, Happy 1st Dan?”, “What is that, Play Doh?” No…no it is not. brats. No….just kidding. {sigh}

Okay, so I wrote a little welcome with my butter cream recipe, that isn’t super pretty but you know they did fight over the icing, so I over-did it a bit! They had seconds too- cuz that’s the nice-mom I felt like today.

I adapted it to use canola oil instead of butter. The recipe calls for a cup of butter, and that is two whole sticks. I don’t really want all that saturated fat with my old lady arteries, so I typically substitute 3/4 cups of canola oil for every 1 cup of butter. This has worked great for me most times with cookies only. Here’s the recipe as I made it:

Classic Sugar Cookies made into a Cookie Cake

Ingredients

3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 375*. Spray a 9″ cake pan with non-stick spray or rub with butter (or margarine) completely.
  • In a large bowl, add the oil and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add to the sugar mixture and stir until combined.
  • Add the sprinkles and mix completely.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the cake pan, using your knuckles to evenly spread it.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes at 375* until the edges are just lightly browned.

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

For the optional butter-cream frosting:

In a large bowl, add:

  • 3 TBSP. softened butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp.vanilla
  • 1 TBSP. milk

Mix with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add to a plastic bag, cut the tip off, and pipe your letters. That’s it!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake


I have a non-chocolate eater in my world, so I opted for sugar cookie flavor. I added some jimmies (sprinkles for you non North-easterners) and frosted the letters with my easy butter cream frosting, but you could also use ready made frosting or even just stick a little hand lettered-sign in the middle with a tooth-pick! Let’s make this easy shall we?

It pops out super easily after it cools too, so it’s better to slice up into sections:

 

classic sugar cookie cake

Well it is super easy and kind of a nice little welcome home at the end of their day. I am sure it was hard work having to NOT be on a screen, and NOT lay around in your PJs all day! I feel their pain and so I hope this helps ease it a little bit~

classic sugar cookie cake


Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

Cleaning the Car Without Chemicals: E-cloth Review

So many of you know how much, I love my E-cloths for use inside my house, and if you read this blog, you may have seen my review for them a while back. This post was updated in August of 2017 for links and deleting giveaway content.

I agreed to review….{drumroll please}…. the Interior Car Kit for ecloth. Win. Win! And by the way…these little cloths aren’t only for your car- you can use these to clean your bikes after a long outside ride, or your boat if you are a boater (duh) and probably any outside toys that have chrome to polish and grime to clean!

Full Disclosure: I received a free Interior Car Kit from E-cloth in exchange for writing a review on the blog. However, and as always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you order from one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. See my full disclosure page.

e-cloth auto

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been running a Clear the Clutter Challenge this month. While a lot of my clutter-clean up is focused on the inside of my house, you all know the garage is the palace (I did NOT mean to write ‘place’) of clutter for the outside…and the cars with all the shuttling to and from soccer practices, basketball, or road-trips can get pretty knarly themselves!

Before I get ahead of myself though, I have a few tips on tidying your cars before we even look at the dirt and start cleaning them and testing out the new cloths!

DeCluttering the Car:

#1– Get some bins to keep in the car. These can be bags or boxes or anything that will keep items from rolling around your trunk or under-foot as you drive (danger!)

#2 – Make an emergency kit- Both first aid and also think about what you need if you break-down. Make sure you have wiper fluid in the upcoming winter months, and a blanket if you have no heat for a while, as you wait for roadside assistance.  Keep kitty-litter in the trunk as it helps the tires get traction on slippery roads.

#3 – Get some winter floor mats.  These are made of rubber, so the salt and dirt on your boots won’t wreck the carpet in your car.

#4 – Have a permanent garbage bin IN the car. Instead of stuffing tissues in the side-pockets, maybe put them in a receptacle.

#5 – Put the toys in one of those bins (see #1).  Instead of books and markers flying all over your car floor, keep them all in a car-only toy place, that will be a busy-box of sorts for the kids to have.

organize the car


That’s it. Now on to the cleaning.

#1 – Take everything out.

#2 – Clean it. Test out the e-cloth. I used the Interior, e-Auto Car Cleaning Kit.  It comes with:

  • one 20″x16″ Glass & Chrome Cloth, one 12.5”x12.5” Car Cleaning Cloth, a Water Atomizer, and a laundry and storage bag.car kit
  • Glass & Chrome Cloth (grey) cleans inside windows, outside windows, all metals
  • Car Cleaning Cloth (orange) cleans dashboards, armrests, spills, inside doors, fabric upholstery, leather upholstery, outside windowscar kit

#3 – And finally: Only put back the items you must have, into a bin or some type of container: Toys, Snacks, Emergency Kit (may or may not include a trunk potty- mom’s you know you need this!)  You are done.


 The e-Auto Kit: What do I think?

Just spray the water and wipe. Can’t be easier. I am not sure you can’t do this with any little cloth and some water, but the beauty and difference of the e-cloth versus any old cloth in your house, is the e-cloth itself. No lint, and for whatever reason, it picks up the dirt unlike any rag I have.  You can check out their website for more info. on why they work so well.

I used the chrome & glass (grey) cloth for all the windows and the mirrors…and the glass parts of the dash. No streaks and no lint. It is way easier than window spray and paper towels- plus better for the environment.  Now, I am not saying that child labor laws don’t exist for a reason…but- using the e-cloths is a great and SAFE way to have your kids help you clean the inside of the car with just water and a cloth. You don’t have to worry that the twins kids will spray  each other in the eyes with chemicals or wash the windows with the leather-care cleaner. Not that this has happened, but it is definitely not happening with e-cloth! One of the many reasons why I really like this product. See what I did:

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before is pretty gross…I am not too thrilled about sharing that.

And this:

ecloth

I had to keep going…I love my new clean car!

Once I was done cleaning, I put both cloths in the bag and threw them in the washer. I wash them just like regular cloths, but you have to remember not to use fabric softeners – which I don’t use anyway. Even if you forget and use the softeners, just run them again in a hot-water only wash and then they are fine again. Actually, these are guaranteed for 300 washes just like the rest of the e-cloth line. Easy.

Now that I have a dedicated set of e-cloths for the cars, I can store them right in the little bag and keep these in the garage on a hook, so I can find them right where I want to use them…always thinking, my friends!

Anyhoo…Now it’s your turn to try the e-Auto Car Kit! Check them out here!

e-cloth auto

Check out more on e-cCloth:

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T: @ecloth


This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you order from one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. See my full disclosure page.

The 3-R’s of Summer: Running, Reading & Relaxing!

3 R's of SummerIf you have been visiting this blog for any length of time, you know that I am a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I have come to the conclusion in my many wise years, and as I enter my mid 40’s (erg!) that I am a jack of all trades, master of not much! {Ouch}

Well, I am a master of picking up kids’ crap and changing diapers and cuddling at length, and breaking up fights, and all those mommy-type tasks, but the rest of my life is a work in progress! Summer is no exception.  I like to do a lot of things to be productive and get things done, but we all need some downtime, AKA: “self-care- especially us parents.

Can I get an “Amen!”? Yes, y’all!

My summer needs for self-care call for the 3-R’s:

Running

Not a long list of races, or a long social media selfie-showoffie of my miles on end. No. Just running without a watch, no ear-buds, and sort of meditating on life runs. This is my summer jam. I am getting my mojo back to do some races for the fall. I am not a hot-weather runner so this summer thing is mixed with PIYO, the gym, and fun-runs.  In these bad boys:

Brooks Ravenna 7 Running | Hardly A Goddess

And when I say bad, I mean OLD! I have loved these sneaks- they are new in this picture!- for lots of loved miles. My knees are hurting so I know I need to shop *birthday hint!*! Suggestions are welcomed here too- I am leaning toward New Balance for my wide toe box, so if any of you have this too, I am all ears!

Reading

You can read all about my short-list for the summer, or you can follow along on my Goodreads updates, but rest assured, I am reading for pleasure and not just doing book reviews or since I am less than employed right now, no professional reading at all. So just fun books. If you have any recommendations, I will take ’em! My current read:

Relaxing

In between all the work of not-working (looking for a job, endless laundry, shuttling kids) I am trying to relax. Stop laughing. I know I am not working but I seem to be crazy busy. I think it’s the lack of schedule that makes me a little bit crazy. I am actually missing my routine of the school year! I caught up on my movies (Boss Baby and Wonder Woman- which by the way is super fun!), visited with friends, and been lucky enough to hit the beach, and have some nice family fun- hiking, eating out, playing games, etc.

Hiking on Block Island

Hiking on Block Island

 

Strawberry Picking in June!

Strawberry Picking in June

Skipping rocks at sunset

Skipping rocks at sunset

Those are my 3-R’s. Running, Reading, & Relaxing.

What’s on your summer must-do list?