Thumbprint Cookies {Like Grandma Used to Make!}

Growing up, I remember eating thumbprint cookies at my grandma’s house around the holidays. She was a truly remarkable lady!  What I remember most about her was how she always kept her hands so busy. You know that image that pops into your mind when you think of a “grandma.” She was it! Being at her house was a lesson in baking (punching down bread dough so we could watch it rise again was my favorite), sewing, making preserves and, of course, eating some of the best meals of my life (homemade sausage, mashed potatoes and creamed peas- yum!).

My grandma left a print on my heart that will always be there, and I thought it was fitting to share her raspberry jam and nut “thumbprint” cookie recipe. I think she’d be happy to pass it along!


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Thumbprint Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all purpose flour (I used Nutriblend)
2 tsp. cornmeal
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
½ cup jam (I used my mom’s homemade raspberry)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

In a bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and salt and gradually add to butter mixture until blended (dough will come together).

Shape spoonfuls of dough (I used a small ice cream scoop) into balls and coat with nuts. Place with room between each one on a prepared baking sheet.


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The Village Press {An Etsy Feature} + Giveaway

It’s been way too long since my last Etsy shop feature and I’m excited to get the ball rolling again! Whether you’re looking for a customized baby gift, a memorable birth announcement or an invitation that will surely get noticed, I’m certain you’ll want to check out  The Village Press.


Monogram Birth Announcement- The Village Press

Who’s Behind The Village Press?

Frances- The Village Press

Frances Karulas is a web and graphic designer living and working out of Toronto. She caught the programming bug while taking an elective course en route to a biology degree at the University of Toronto. That single class led to switching majors from bio to computer science and so an IT geek was born!

Since then she’s worked a variety of programming jobs- from gigs at two of Canada’s largest banks, to interesting freelance jobs with some of Toronto’s top musicians and authors. Along the way has also developed a keen interest in graphic design. While web programming jobs can often be more technical than creative, working on graphic design projects allows Frances to really cultivate her artistic side. This combination of technology and imagination has helped build a very challenging and rewarding business.

In her free time (which I’m sure there is little of!), Frances also blogs about the adventures of her amazing two year old daughter Alexandra at 52newthings. Her web portfolio can be seen at Vaionet Media, while her graphic design work can be seen showcased in her Etsy shop The Village Press.
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Blogging Milestone and What I’ve Learned Along the Way {Part Two}

Thank you so much for your kind comments this week! After reaching 200 posts, I feel like I have learned a few important blogging lessons. Let’s just say there have been some mistakes along the way, but I’ve learned to pick myself up, brush myself off, and keep going.

I’ve come to realize that blogging is no different than life with its ups and downs, and the important thing is to always remind myself why I started the blog in the first place. It wasn’t to be like everyone else or to see how popular it could get. Instead, it was to tell my individual story, and perhaps inspire and resonate with a few people along the way. If that’s what I set out to do, then I’d say I’ve exceeded my expectations.

 Tips for New Bloggers- Satori Design for Living


Before I get to the list of blogging tips I promised for those of you who are starting out or are considering it down the road, I want to touch on a few stand-out moments from the last 17 months or so of blogging. Earlier this week, I shared a few of my favorite posts and gave thanks to many of the people who inspired me along the way. I want to share a few more, but have to mention that these are only the tip of the iceberg, and there are so many other people who were an important part of my journey.

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Blogging Milestone and What I’ve Learned Along the Way {Part One}

Today marks Satori’s 200th blog post and I thought it would be fun to take a little look back. When I started the blog in September of 2011, I really didn’t know what to expect. I definitely couldn’t have predicted how much joy it would bring to my life, and quite often have to pinch myself that I have hundreds of daily readers- say what?

I know there are blogs out there that easily reach visitor numbers in the thousands every day and mine pales in comparison.  I hope to get there eventually, however, I can honestly say for me what’s important is the interaction I have with so many of you on a daily basis. I am truly thankful for the comments, questions, collaborations, and opportunities that have all come about because of the blog.

So after 199 posts, what stands out to me? Or most importantly, what have I learned?

When a blog starts out the readership is usually pretty low. In the movie Julie & Julia, Julie is thrilled to see that she has a comment on her recently started blog, only to realize her mom is the one who wrote it. I think anyone who has started a blog can totally relate.


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I happen to remember my very first comment written by Arianna, a popular blogger I had been following for quite a while. After sharing why I choose the name Satori, as well as the journey I took to start a blog, Arianna was very encouraging, and probably doesn’t realize the wind it put under my sails at that time. To this day I have never forgotten about her thoughtfulness, and try to visit and leave comments on new-ish blogs regularly. It’s a pay-it-forward attitude that I believe is important in life.

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What’s Up in the Blogosphere?

As you would probably guess, one of my favorite things to do is read blogs. It’s really what inspired me to create my own. You may remember one the first posts I wrote just over a year ago, where I explain my thought process for starting a blog. Looking back, I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.

As mentioned in that post, one of the blogs I was really drawn to (and continue to be to this day) was Nesting Place. Nester has a way of digging a little deeper to find meaning within our homes, rather than just focusing on the physical aspects. For the month of October, she is hosting her 31 Days Series, which has grown to be very popular (you’ll know why if you follow along).



Perhaps next year I will join along and commit to 31 days of blogging about a topic, but for now, I’ll become inspired by some of the other participants. I will say, though, I’ve pledged to myself to focus on “31 Days of Finishing Up Half-done Projects.” Anyone on board?

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