I recently had an opportunity to spend an afternoon alone with my first child and only daughter, Chayce. We ate chocolate, made flower crowns and rubbed elbows with the fabulous Jenny Keller of the Jenny Cookies blog.

I first found Jenny's blog a couple years ago by means of her green eye inducing Favorite Things Party. I was instantly hooked! Unlike most bloggers I follow Jenny was local! She lived in the same area that I grew up, threw parties at some of the same places I have and like me, she started doing over the top kid's parties many years ago. During a time, before Pinterest, when we were considered those 'crazy moms' with those 'crazy parties' that have somehow now become commonplace. {Yay for not being crazy anymore! right? right?!}
When I first became a mom around the same time, I developed an obsession with searching for the very best recipes for all sorts of meals and desserts - streamlined, no fail recipes with minimal ingredients. Jenny must have too because she has hit the nail on the head with her fabulous sugar cookie recipe. It is the perfect simple, no fail recipe. Pick up a copy of her book Eat More Dessert for the recipe and all sorts of other deliciousness by Jenny, or view my take on the recipe below.

When one of my very best friends, Amanda Intveld of Rustic Events Rentals told me that she would be bringing the tables to Jenny's Flower Crown Ladies Lunch I knew that I had to be there! I picked up tickets for Chayce and I and used the 'mother's day' excuse to get away from the boys and spend some time alone with my almost teen daughter {who has spending a day alone with her mom on the very bottom of her #goals.. most likely it is a #non-goal, if that were to even be a thing}. Amanda's farm tables looked beautiful, as always, with just a simple arrangement of flowers down the middle.

The space was gorgeous and Jenny was so nice and down to earth! Visit her post on how to host your own flower crown party to view pictures of the beautiful day including some cameos by yours truly and a tutorial on how to make flower crowns. It is so fun and easier than you may think! You can play around with the flowers until you create a look that is flattering for you.... ahem... NOT a huge poppy on one side of your head... Take it from me and do as I did not, similar sized flowers all around are the most universally flattering look....


No Fail Sugar Cookie

by Tristin Rieken based on Jenny Keller's Jenny Cookies found on People.com

Sugar Cookie Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 C all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 C (four cubes) unsalted 'sweet cream' butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t  pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  •  Into a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at time, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add the flour mixture a little at a time until incorporated. 
  • Divide the dough in four pieces and wrap each ball in a piece of plastic wrap. Press down to form a  disk. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before rolling. The dough can be refrigerated up to 7 days tightly wrapped, or pop it in a freezer bag and freeze for later.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured flat work surface to about ¼-inch thickness, using additional flour as necessary to prevent sticking. 
  • Use cookie cutters to create desired shapes, and carefully transfer with a cookie spatula to a  baking sheet, placing the cookies about ¾ inch apart.
  • Bake one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven until puffy but not visibly browned, about 7 minutes (depending on thickness). 
  • Allow the cookies to rest for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Repeat with the gathered scraps and remaining disk until all the dough has been used.
  • Frost with either royal icing, buttercream frosting, sugar glaze or ganache frosting.  You can customize this basic recipe a number of ways.. try adding lemon or lime zest to the butter mixture!

 Enjoy and have fun!

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