Tuesday, August 31, 2010


"There's a few things I've learned in life:
always throw salt over your left shoulder,
keep rosemary by your garden gate,
plant lavender for good luck,
and fall in love whenever you can."

William Shakespeare


Summer is [ending]
School [plans] are being finalized
One more book to be ordered [Oh, the excitement of waiting until the last moment]
[Enjoying] our last week of unscheduled days
endless [play]
and the [decadence] of a freshly baked cupcake.
Oh, so very [lucky].

Lavender Cupcakes

Add  1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons of lavender to your favorite white cake mix. Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full and bake as directed. Cool.

Frost with :

Honey Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons honey
4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
milk or cream to thin

Mix well and pipe on top of cooled cupcakes.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

miso noodles

seriously good
and seriously easy
definitely doing this one again.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


that was so close
you know how it feels...
am I going to have enough
or not...
in this case, yes


Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I bake as a hobby: it is something that I throughly enjoy.

Most days there is something  in the oven: the smell drifting in
the air: the promise of a delectable morsel to be savored in the afternoon.

As I sit at the table in the mid afternoon with a hot cup of coffee
and a freshly baked good- it reminds me to slow down: to
breathe: to pause and remember to give thanks for all of my

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 teapoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins

Cream together butter and sugars, add eggs and beat well. Mix in vanilla.

Sift together all-purpose and wheat flours, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture.
Mix well.

Add oatmeal, walnuts and raisins. Stir well to combine.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees until lightly browned, 8 to 10

Monday, August 9, 2010

Two years

This weekend family and friends celebrated a second year birthday.

There were beautiful people, good food, great weather- all the right ingredients for a good party. And it was a good party-no, a fabulous party.

Smiles were seen and laughter was heard, candles were lit and blown out, presents were given and received.

Moments were captured to be cherished over the years.

Two years- a lifetime of love.