happy middle of the week day! let's celebrate with cookies!! I made these cookies for Easter because I realllllly needed a reason to make strawberry buttercream & it would seem weird to just eat that alone. I was in a hurry so I found a quick soft sugar cookie recipe & spent more time experimenting with the strawberry buttercream. priorities.
I'm not sure what it is about strawberry buttercream but something about it is clearly special. maybe it's because I don't have it as often as vanilla/chocolate? or just the fruity tart strawberry combined with the sweet buttercream? I'm not sure, I just know it's so wonderful & bright & cheerful. I really need a new friend who loves strawberry cake with strawberry icing so I can do this more often. no one ever requests it. any takers? maybe I'll be that friend, ha.
on that note, do you feel like you are your own friend? I know it sounds weird/cheesy but think about that for a second. would you consider yourself a friend or a foe or something in between? how do you speak to yourself? do you give yourself grace? do you expect too highly of yourself? it's so easy to be nice & appropriate externally but forget to do so internally. I see many people who judge themselves so harshly when it comes to food intake but would never think/say something similar about someone else eating the same amount/type of food. the majority of my clients/patients hate their own bodies but can accept they idea that other people genetically come in all shapes & sizes. I think often we lose sight of the fact that we need to really take care of ourselves internally- emotionally & physically. I was listening to a speaker the other day present on the idea of self-compassion & the importance of it. we did a meditation activity where we all closed our eyes & imagined an experience we felt really shameful about. then we imagined ourselves as little girls/boys. we were asked what we would say to that little/girl or boy who might feel that same shame? how would we treat them? what would say? the idea of the meditation activity is to realize that we are still that same little girl/boy deep inside. maybe our lives have taken us astray or we have made a lot of mistakes but that little person is still you & you still deserve the same love and compassion. anyhow, maybe that resonates with you, maybe it doesn't, but I thought it was an interesting way to think about self-compassion. and remember, at the end of the day, we can be our own best friend, our own hero. we actually don't need anyone to complete us.
so on this fine Wednesday afternoon, show yourself a little love. if you're beating yourself up about something or ruminating over a particular situation, say to yourself the same thing you would say to someone you care about deeply. and while you're at it, make yourself some strawberry buttercream sugar cookies.
always always thanks for being here with me & reading. you are the best.
cream together butter, powder sugar, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla
mix flour, cream of tarter, salt, & baking soda // stir into wet mixture
roll into golf ball sized balls & flatten with hand
bake at 350 F for 12 min. or so // cool before frosting (obvs)
cream butter & powder sugar // add sprinkle of salt // add strawberry puree & heavy cream // add more powder sugar as needed for flavor & texture
butter, 1 c. soft
oil, 1 c.
powder sugar, 1 c.
sugar, 1 c.
pure vanilla, 1 tsp
AP flour, 5 c.
cream of tarter, 1 tsp
salt, 1 tsp
baking soda, 1 tsp
butter, 1 c.
strawberry puree, homemade, 1/2 c.
powder sugar, 3-4 c
heavy cream, 1-2 Tbsp