Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies

Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies

There are times that I think about taking this blog in a strictly healthy direction. But then I think about things like sugar cookies and I realize that if I could never post about fun treats like that, I would be sad. Besides, what’s more fun than birthday cake-shaped funfetti sugar cookies?  

Answer: almost nothing…. if you’re 7, which Bert was when I made these cookies for his class at school.  That’s not to say that sugar cookies are just for kids.  Don’t let the adults fool you, they are suckers for sprinkles and icing too.  Make some and you’ll see.  

Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies

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Ginger-Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Ginger Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin is a tricky ingredient.  By the time November rolls around, we are conditioned to think that everything we eat needs the pumpkin spice treatment.   We get used to the sweet and warm spiced flavors that often accompany pumpkin, so adding it to your smoothie or coffee sounds like a good plan, but have you ever eaten a spoonful of plain pureed pumpkin?  It’s really not so awesome.  However, if you don’t sugar it up first, pumpkin is super healthy.  Pumpkins are low in calories and high in fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, so it is well worth your time to seek out savory pumpkin recipes that don’t require lots of additional sugar to make it palatable.   

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