Thursday, December 31


Yes, it's true. In Phoenix we do drape our Saguarro cactus with Holiday lights!!

And aside from the whole darn city being one wide midcentury paradise, there is rather nothing modern about it EXCEPT that it looks so darn cool!

Monday, December 21

Sugar Cookie Recipe Circa 1966

I love to make things for the people in my life, from silly hand-made gifts to serious art. The Holidays with their fat-intensive sweets are no different and to me nothing says Christmas more than SUGAR COOKIES!!

I doubt that the classic sugar cookie recipe has changed over the years, but just in case, here is the standard from my Mother's 1966 recipe collection:


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cup cake flour
Roll out and bake 375 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Allow to cool, preferably overnight, and then frost! Makes 8 DOZEN cookies!

If you design some great modern looking sugar cookies (or an architectural ginger house masterpiece) please send me the pics!

UPDATE: Found several other Sugar Cookie recipes plus frosting/decorating tips from the same recipe tin :

  • 1/2 cup Crisco oil or butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soad
Mix dry ingredients. Blend shortening and sugar. Blend egg into shortening/sugar mix. Add vanilla. Blend all ingredients. Flour a bread board, flour rolling pin. Roll dough thin to 1/4". Bake 350 degrees about 5 to 9 minutes. Be careful! They burn quickly!

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Water
Cream butter in large mixing bowl. Add sugar; beat until fluffy and light. Beat in egg and Vanilla until well blended. Gradually mix in flour and salt until well blended. Beat in water a few drops at a time until dough comes away from sides of bowl. Shape dough into large flat disk and refrigerate 2-3 hours. Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8 thickness. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies brown around edge. Cool completely on wire racks. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


Put some powdered sugar in a bowl and add water or milk until desired consistency. Color with food colors or smooth onto cookie plain white.

Friday, December 18

Just a reminder-- Phoenix Envy!

I came across this pre-light rail (2008) article in Dwell today: Phoenix Envy, and wanted to share it with you.


Well, in just a few paragraphs, grand modern architect Will Bruder identifies the highlights of his choosing in Phoenix from architecture to cuisine. Now, I can strongly suggest this article omits more than it includes and is highly edited (nobody talks in fluid cogent article-ready conversation!) BUT, that being said, I think the included list of places and things to do and see is a great start. I was especially glad to see Cosanti pointed out as a key spot. Additionally the article online includes a slide show of very good quality and you know how I love photography.

So you say you already know these things? Alrighty then-- add some of your own with your comments, or new links! And yes, I will publish photos too!