1. Mitra

    What’s your eating out and grocery budget like? I would love to go out more but it’s easy to overspend.

    • Laura

      Hey Mitra,

      Matt and I each contribute to a joint account, so that we have $50 to eat out every Saturday night (because that’s our thing!). We generally pick restaurants that won’t total more than $70-$90, which often means we have to split an entree if we want to try appetizers or keep it to one drink if it’s an expensive place. If we go out on Friday, we generally choose cheaper options like tacos or burgers that are closer to $30 for the meal.

  2. Kelly

    Those cookie cups look great. I love the Mrs Fields cookie cups in the mall, and these look similar. Can you share the recipe?

    • Laura

      I used to love those as a kid and these are similar!! I used store bought dough (I like the ingredients in the Immaculate Baking Co. dough at Whole Foods) and then roll the cookies into balls before placing in mini cupcake wrappers in mini cupcake pans. Bake as directed and when they cool, top with butter cream (I’ve been making a basic icing with Earth Balance in place of butter and powdered sugar). Let me know if you have questions!

  3. Robin

    Pugs are the best!!! I say this from experience, that they are wonderful, loving, sweet, and mischievous (in a good way!) dogs. What’s your friend’s pug’s name? He/she is a cutie!

  4. Cindy

    I would luv the recipe for the “earth balance” frosting. I am not a natural in the kitchen so having “exact ” ingreds. I would need- and I want to make these. These Look so good. I have tried earth balance for swapping out butter in cookies with complete failure-so I would like to try again. I enjoy your blog!

    • Laura

      I just used a regular buttercream recipe and subbed one-for-one. Generally, the portions are: 1 cup Earth Balance (2 sticks or ½ pound) softened, 4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, and 1 tablespoon vanilla.

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