Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

It is officially the 450th birthday of the Bard!

There are some pretty cool thing going on in Stratford-Upon-Avon (I’ve been there, by the way) and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. (I haven’t been there – yet) and there are people all over the place who probably have much more clever things to say in his honor than me, so for this post, I thought I’d stick with something simple:

I’m going to share some of my favorite Three-Panel Plays from Good Tickle Brain.  Because they are awesome.

And surprisingly comprehensive.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (in 3 Panels)

Antony and Cleopatra (in 3 Panels)

Hamlet (in 3 Panels)

King Lear (in 3 Panels)

Macbeth (in 3 Panels)

Much Ado About Nothing (in 3 Panels)

Othello (in 3 Panels)

Romeo and Juliet (in 3 Panels)

Titus Andronicus (in 1 Panel)

Okay.

Now I think I’ll have some cake to celebrate.

snoopy birthday shakespeare

But I’ll make it myself.

Just in case Titus is in the kitchen.

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(comics:  Good Tickle Brain; photo:  Washington Post)

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are AMAZING!

Seriously.  I love spice cookies.  And I love cream cheese.  And these are spicy and silky and gooey and sweet… *sigh*

But the most exciting part?  These can be adapted to every holiday.  Just change the shape of the cookie cutter and possibly the flavor of cake mix.

I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Anyway, I used spice cake for these.  Cake mix cookies are usually pretty soft and these were no exception.

I also used cream cheese because I thought it would compliment the spice flavor, but I’m going to try these again with other cake flavors and still stick with the cream cheese.

Incidentally, I used both butter and cream cheese in both the cookies and the icing, and the total amount used between the two was one stick of butter and one 8 oz. package of cream cheese.  Makes things easier.

Oh, and speaking of easy – do you see that photo?  Four ingredients.  Four.  (Technically it becomes six if you add in the vanilla and sugar from the filling, but that still qualifies as super easy in my book.)

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Here are all the cookie ingredients, except for the cake mix, creamed together.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Isn’t that beautiful?  Off to the fridge!

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Remember:  if your cookie cutter is not symmetrical (like mine isn’t), you’re going to have to use both sides of the cutter to make cookies that will fit together when the icing is sandwiched in between them.

The shape I used it available in this set and this set.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

So, cut out one cookie, then flip over the cutter to make the next one.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

You don’t want your cookies to get brown around the edges.

And yes, mine are already brown from the spices, but I mean “browned” as in crispy.

The finished cookies need to still be soft if you want to eat them sandwich-style without your icing flying out the sides when you bite into them.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

And this is the icing.  I waited until the cookies were cooled before I made it.  It only takes a minute.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

I used a baggy in lieu of a decorating bag to draw on the cookie icing.

The easiest way to fill a baggy full of icing is by placing it in a cup with the top of the bag folded open over the edge of the cup.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Before adding the icing, I lined up the cookies to make sure I had the right number of tops and bottoms.

You can see that I didn’t add a large amount of icing to the inside of the cookies.

I was happy with this amount, but could have put more.  I had handful left over, but it also makes an awesome dip for pretzels and fruit, so I just stuck the extra in the fridge.

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Then, I melted some white chocolate chips (in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time at half power) and drew on some bunny tails.

Store the cookies in a closed container.

Oh, and this recipe makes about a dozen large sandwich cookies (so, 24 3-inch cookies).

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

1 box (16.5 oz.) spice cake mix
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg

In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add egg and vanilla and blend until fluffy.

Slowly sprinkle in the cake mix and flour and blend until combined.

Shape cookie dough into a flattened disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a half hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. If you want to make a sandwich cookie with a cutter that is not symmetrical (like in the photo), then make sure you cut out an equal number of matching cookies, using both sides of the cookie cutter.

Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. They should not yet be noticeably browning on the edges. Do not overcook them or your sandwiches will be difficult to eat.

Allow cookies to rest on the hot pan for a few minutes, then remove to cooling racks. Cool cookies completely before adding icing.

Icing:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups confectioners sugar
White chocolate chips (optional)

With a mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Mix in the vanilla. Add in the sugar a half cup at a time, and then the cinnamon.

Put icing in a decorating bag or a baggy with the corner cut off, and squeeze it onto the bottoms of half of the cooled cookies. Place another cookie on top of the icing and press down gently.

If desired, melt some white chocolate chips to draw on a bunny tail.

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To get the printable PDF, click here:  Easter Bunny Spiced Sandwich Cookies

Enjoy!

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Candied Watermelon Popcorn

Candied Popcorn:  Great for birthday parties, holidays, and baby and wedding showers!

I’ve made this type of Jell-O candied popcorn a few times now, and I prefer the watermelon flavor, which is what you see here.

Now, it is pretty sweet, so it’s not for everyone, but I think it makes a nice addition to a party table, and it’s a bit of a conversation piece, too.

Bonus:  it’s easy to do and you can make it in ANY color.

Throwing a monster or a dinosaur party?  Make green apple or lime instead.

Make it to match your wedding colors.

Let your imagination run wild.  :)

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

First, throw all the ingredients (except the popcorn) in a pot and simmer for four minutes.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Then pour it over the popcorn and bake it for a half hour.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

After spreading it out on wax paper and letting it cool, I like to store it in a gallon baggy.

I prefer the baggy to a Tupperware container because you can massage the baggy to break up any remaining large chunks of popcorn that are stuck together.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Doesn’t that just look so pretty?

This certainly isn’t an every day treat, but it brightens up special occasions so very colorfully.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 (3 oz.) package Jell-O watermelon flavor gelatin
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
3 Tbsp. water
10 cups popped popcorn

Preheat oven to 250°F. Spread popcorn over one or two cookie sheets and place in oven to warm while making candy coating.

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except popcorn.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 4 minutes.

Remove from heat. If you want the color to be more intense, stir in some food coloring at this point (I did not add it to the pictured batch).

Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and stir carefully to coat all of the popcorn.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Cool on waxed paper. Break apart large chunks and store covered.

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For the printable PDF, click here:  Watermelon Candied Popcorn

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100 Followers :)

100 Followers on Roaming Rosie April 2014

My blog reached 100 followers today, which I’m pretty excited about!

That may not be the most gigantumous number on The Internet, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Celebrating milestones are a great way to stay motivated after all.

Next goal:  reach that number of likes on my Facebook page:  Roaming Rosie Remix.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’ve got some bunny-shaped spice cookies in the kitchen that aren’t going to bake themselves.  :)

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Gifts for Writers and Bibliophiles

I came across some awesome jewelry that all seemed ridiculously appropriate for writers and bibliophiles of all sorts.

I find I have somewhat of a kindred spirit among librarians, teachers, and graphic designers, too, so I guess a better title might be “Jewelry for Word Lovers.”

Either way, from Alice to Ampersands, enjoy the view.  :)

Alice in Necklace from ModCloth

Alice in Necklace

Live Up to the Type Necklace from ModCloth

Live Up to the Type Necklace

Also available in silver!

Quote Couture Earrings from ModCloth

Quote Couture Earrings

Also available in silver!

This pencil bracelet is awesome. I would feel like writing all the time if I had this around my wrist:

Pencil You In Bracelet from ModCloth

Pencil You In Bracelet

And in And Bracelet from ModCloth

And in And Bracelet

Living Proofread Ring Set from ModCloth

Living Proofread Ring Set

And, again, this Helvetica necklace might be more for graphic designers than writers, but I’m all about equal pleasure for all word lovers.

Font-tastic Necklace from ModCloth

Font-tastic Necklace

Which one can you NOT live without?

My fave is the typewriter.  :)

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Taking {cheesy} Photos

Cheese!

I made this ecard because earlier today I was trying to snap a quick photo with my phone of my daughter doing something super cute.

I said her name to get her to look in my direction, but she never did.  Never took her eyes off what she was doing, BUT every time I called her name, she responded, “cheese!” and put on a fake smile.

I believe my two-year-old may have been mocking me…

Either way, it made me laugh.

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Easter Bunny Decorations

I’ve got bunnies on the mind.

I can’t help it.  Easter is nearly here and I’m still trying to decide what kind of cookies I’m going to make.  I just know I want them to be bunnies.  :)

Thus, with the bunnies already on my mind, while cruising the web I found a couple I just HAD to share.

They were way too cute not to.

Anyway, the bibliophile in me loved these decoupage bunnies:

October Hill 3 Piece Decoupage Bunny Figurine Set

And the graphic designer in me loved this colorful pillow:

Fauna Picos Organic Cotton Bunny Pillow

Okay:  I’m better now.

Got some of the bunny-ness out of my system.

For now.  :)

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