The last week had been crammed full of fun, food and furry pets. Gracie turned 7 and that is just so hard to believe, but after a week of celebrating — it’s starting to sink in ((and coincidentally, my pants are starting to tighten)). Continue reading
Sigh. Gracie did it. She went and added another finger to her age – and to make matters worse, that particular finger is on her second hand. Well, and I didn’t even mention the trifecta of heartache :: she lost her first tooth ((twice, that is a story for another day)) too! All this gibberish is code for Gracie turned 6. And with that milestone, my heart lost a little piece of itself.
There must be 2 types of moms, well maybe 3: Continue reading
Before I share this yummy cookie butter crumble topped brownie recipe with you, let me first tell you why we celebrate the half-birthdays of my “little” herd. It all began on April 15, 2003; the day Baby Kade turned 6 months old. Well, actually – it really began way back when Baby Kade was about 4 days old & since I haven’t told a good story in a while – what better way to tell a story than with a perfect brownie as the punch-line?! Continue reading
Homemade buttercream is on my shortlist of favorite things. I won’t say NEVER, but I cannot imagine myself ever buying canned frosting. Not when the real deal is so easy and magnificently tasty. Another bonus? The ingredient list doesn’t sound like instructions for a chemistry experiment!
Whew!! What a cake this is! But before I tell you all about this cake, let me tell you a little about the birthday boy. He was born 11 years ago today at 4:06 am. I am so proud of the fact that he was born in the middle of the night mostly because all of my other babies came around lunchtime with “planned” deliveries ((none were textbook and ho-hum but those are stories for another day)). Continue reading
Cook’s Illustrated Perfect White Almond Layer Cake with Almond Buttercream ((it’s as if wedding bells ring with every bite!))
One of my favorite kitchen activities is the making of buttercream. Over the years, I have to admit, I have become quite good at it, to the delight of my kitchen testers! Continue reading
Simplicity is the name of the game! Oh, well there is one other game I play also – the “only eat what you can pronounce” game.
Don’t know what I am taking about? Let me show you the list of ingredients in a Super Moist Butter Yellow Cake mix from Betty Crocker ((sorry Betty, I like your cookbooks better than your box mixes – but the mixes still taste REALLY good – I just wish you would refine less — like a lot less)):
I am on the eve of the anniversary of becoming a mother – oh and Kade is on the eve of turning TWELEVE! Twelve years ago this very night, I was falling asleep ((with the help of a strong sleep aid)) in the hospital in anticipation of being handed my very own warm bundle of heaven-scented squirmy love. The path to that night seems as though it was traveled a lifetime ago. But as his birthday approaches – strangely, my heart sinks and warms all at once. Continue reading
It seems as though brownies have always been, or at least they have always been to me. All other things in the pantry may run out but there was an unspoken rule in mom’s kitchen: Always keep brownie ingredients stocked. A “Browniepocalypse” would surely occur if supplies dwindled. I am guessing…because it NEVER happened. Continue reading
I think there is an invisible list of rules that exists with regard to birthdays for my children..((somehow the words “list” and “rules” just seemed to suck all of the fun out thinking about birthdays – oopsie)). Well, the rules are flexible – more like guidelines and procedures.