For this Tuesday Tidbits I have a some updates along with a funny story (more on that later). I have spent the last few days placing a little more decor around the house. Some items have been moved around also…actually, a lot of items have been moved around. But, some items have found their permanent home (well, until the season changes).

I decided to hang a wreath on the range hood cabinet, but it took forever to find a “summer” one that I liked. I love the boxwood wreath (and it smells amazing), but I’m thinking next summer I will go with something lighter. But for now, it’s great to have the green color and the awesome smell.

Last night we had my brother-in-law and sister-in-law over to catch up on some things and enjoy a little dessert. I made a cappuccino trifle that I should have taken a pic of before they arrived (it was so pretty). Unfortunately, I forgot and could only take a pic after half of it was gone. I guess we’ll say that a picture of a half eaten dessert might actually prove that it tasted decent.

So my funny story inevitably involves the kitchen. A few months ago, one of our kind neighbors dropped off a gift with sugar cookie mix and the most adorable hammer cookie cutter. I made the mix several weeks ago as part of a sugar cookie pizza. So, a few nights ago I decided to make my sugar cookie recipe and actually use the cookie cutter. I was in a festive mood and did everything from scratch (gasp!). I even made the icing ahead of time with three different colors. I also happened to have a house shaped cookie cutter from another friend…so I pulled it out to keep with the “theme.”

The dough turned out great and the multiple ovens made baking all the cookies a breeze.

Here is where things took a turn. I made the HORRIBLE mistake of consulting Pinterest for ideas on the icing. The hammers took some effort and while they don’t look near as cute as the Pinterest ones, they actually turned out okay.

For the houses, I found the following picture on Pinterest. Obviously, I have ZERO chance of pulling this off. However, I genuinely thought I could manage to get a roof on my little houses…and maybe a door.

But guys, the second I started on the first house cookie I gave up. And this is what my cookies looked like.

We’ll just go ahead an call this a Pinterest Fail. The good news is that the cookies still tasted good! And our kitchen actually got some use. Side note: our islands and oven are PERFECT for this type of activity. Christmas should be so enjoyable with all of this space.

I thought Niles would bother me the entire time I was making cookies…but even he could sense that disaster was approaching.

As always, thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!


  • June 26, 2018 Reply


    Your cookie fail makes for a great story! Love that you are real with us. Mine usually look the same. That kitchen was made for family gatherings and baking lots of goodies 🙂 Enjoy it! This home has definitely been a labor of love that will reap sweet rewards.

  • June 26, 2018 Reply


    Nailed it.

  • June 26, 2018 Reply


    The cookies look yummy. Keep practicing LOL! Thank you for sharing all of your stories, I look forward to them every Tuesday.

  • June 26, 2018 Reply

    Linda Gordon

    Thank you for sharing the cookies…..I’ve never been “hammered” before!! They were cute and yummy and I recognized the other ones as houses right away…no fancy trim needed!

  • June 27, 2018 Reply

    Gina DeLaruelle

    At least you’re baking and not hammering or getting hammered!!!
    Thanks for sharing the story and pictures!

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