She Said "Yes" (To The Cookies)!

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Over and over again, 36 times over to be exact, I rolled out the dough, cut the shapes, popped them in the oven, iced, sprinkled a little bit of love of my own in them, and decorated each sweet cookie by hand. What I noticed throughout the process was that these cookies, although they were shaped by the same cookie cutter and iced with the same colors and monogram, there was still something different about each one—each had a little something that made it stand apart from the rest of the batch. It’s a lot like love, in my opinion. Love, in general, is its own whole thing, but just like these monogrammed cookies, you will never see or experience the exact same love twice, and there’s just something so special about that!

I was so tickled to be able to use my new Crosley Stainless Steel Top Kitchen Island that I didn't even care about the mess I was making!

This icing and I had that a tough love kind of relationship...I'm sure it wasn't user error on my part or anything! :)

I know I’m still fairly young in the grand scheme of life, but I’ve seen a great deal in my ripe old age of 25, and as a result I’ve learned how many kinds of love there are to endure: the kind that’s patient and kind enough to last over 50 or more years; the kind that is so darn passionate, yet sadly destructive; the kind of love that you fall out of; the kind that has you falling deeper every day; the kind of love that gives you butterflies in  your belly every time you look at each other; the laugh until you pee your pants kind of love; the second chance kind of love; the later in life kind of love; the kind of love that saves your life; the Rayna Jaymes and Deacon Claybourne kind of love…okay sorry, I’m binge-watching Nashville as I type this!

Once I had the border on each cookie, the filling of the middle was easy peasy! Toothpicks came in super handy and helped to evenly spread the icing out. 

I could keep rattling these off like I can rattle off cookie flavors that I’ve eaten, but we’d never make it to the end of this blog post if I did that.

For those that know me personally, you’re probably thinking how ironic this is considering I’m single as all get out these days! But what’s funny about being single—well, there’s actually lots of funny things: the awkward first dates, the unfortunate dating app profiles, my family members asking if I’m seeing anyone special to which I respond “Y’all are on a need-to-know basis and right now there’s no one for you to know!” Anywho, I digress! What’s really funny is how much I’ve soaked up from the loving relationships I’m constantly surrounded by. I’m certainly blessed to have such amazing, yet super different, loves around!

The past several weeks, I’ve gotten to celebrate some of these loves at dear friends’ weddings and showers from Greensboro all the way to Texas. I also had the amazing opportunity to cater the dessert at the rehearsal dinner for an amazing couple I’ve had the absolute pleasure of recently becoming friends with. They have that best friend kind of love that I hope to one day find!

When Abbey and I first met in middle school I thought she was the biggest nerd...but she quickly became my best friend and I'm so happy our friendship continued throughout college and life thereafter! Her and her now hubby, Malcolm, gave me just the loveliest reason to visit Austin, TX. Their gorgeous wedding was held at Prospect House in Dripping Springs.

Also, how perfect was their cake?! Literally had my eyes on it the entire least when I wasn't cutting a rug on the dance floor! Girl likes her cake y'all.
Got to spend the day with these peeps a few weeks ago at Nikki's shower! Never a dull moment with my college girls. It never matters how long we have gone without seeing each other--it's always so easy to pick right up where we left off!
1. Floral Off-The-Shoulder Dress (this dress is actually last season, but J.Crew always has similar options that are the cutest) 2. Gold and Crystal Link Bracelet 3. Gold Link Bracelet 4. Everybody's Favorite Hoop Earrings

The Junior League of Greensboro brought the four of us together almost 3 years ago and for that I am so thankful! How beautiful is Holly?! She was so excited to share with everyone the fact that her wedding dress had pockets--a girl after my own heart! Her wedding was held at Suite 300 here in Greensboro, and was absolutely perfect!
1. Black Jumper (on sale at The Loft right now!) 2. Beaded Scarf Necklace (this style is sold out, but the rest of her collection is amazing)

At a small shower for Soph, the hilarious bride-to-be, I brought some sugar cookie favors in the shape of wedding dresses for everyone. As soon as she saw them, she asked, “Wait, will you do my rehearsal dinner?” I immediately laughed thinking surely, she was joking. Turns out she couldn’t have been more serious! So later that evening, I hoped on Pinterest to find the exact image I had already pictured in my head, which is kind of like Pinterest in itself—an organized mess. She shared her wedding colors so I could coordinate icing shades and we chose the style monogram. I did not trust myself enough to just wing this thing so a couple trial runs later I sent a couple photos to the future Mrs. Parker for approval—luckily for me, she said yes (to the cookies)!

How stinkin' cute are these!? Definitely one of my all-time favorites to make.

The morning of the dinner, I woke up, put on my favorite work-in-the-kitchen music (“My Girl” Pandora station), and began bagging and tagging each one-of-a-kind monogrammed cookie. Dressed them in ribbon as the finishing touches, buckled them up in the car as if they were small children, and toted them to where they’d be served that evening, The Traveled Farmer. And just like that, I said goodbye to 36 of the sweetest loves I’ve ever gotten to be a part of.

Even though it was a modified menu just for the rehearsal dinner party, I loved seeing my name on it! Soph was too sweet to make me seem so official. :)

If you live in Greensboro or are ever in town, then definitely try The Traveled Farmer! Their farm-to-table concept and little side market shop are what make them a unique addition to the area!
So many thanks to Soph and Ben for letting me play a small role in their wedding weekend!

If you'd like similar cookies for your own event (or just for a personal tasting), then let me know--203YP would be happy to whip up a batch or few for you!