little love

angel cake

Graham and I welcomed our daughter into this world, lovingly, one month and three days ago. She weighed 9lbs and measured 21 inches in length. She’s already gained a few pounds and has grown a few inches too. She has my nose and Graham’s chin, adorable dimples and the most dainty eyelashes. Her hair is a reddish brown, her fingers and toes quite lengthy and her legs and neck quite strong. She stands on her own and has held up her head since birth.

She has the most adorable sneeze you’ll ever hear and she’s already saying “ohhh” and “ahh.” Her coos woo you and even when she keeps you up all night, her face is the most welcome sight to grace a set of weary eyes. We love her so, and are so very thankful the good Lord has entrusted us with her. Sweet Ramona, welcome to this world.

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quick & easy honey cornbread muffins

I’ve made these muffins now twice in the last week. And like that super cheesy early 90’s song, I’ve finally found the love of a lifetime… as far as a delicious and easy, super-quick-to-make and incredibly tasty cornbread muffin. I couldn’t be happier!

These muffins have a bit of sugar and honey in them so they are perfectly sweet and wonderfully moist. Toasted or hot out of the oven with a smear of butter, heaven. And since none remain from the last batch I made, I think I know what’s on today’s agenda… making at least another dozen.

The batter takes minutes to whip up, requiring no special tools or gadgets, and they’re beautifully golden brown after just 15 minutes in the oven. Let cool a quick 5 minutes and these honey sweet corn muffins will be on your breakfast or supper table, ready to be gobbled down by… Continue reading

baked camembert pasta

When I made this pasta dish the other night, I immediately remembered the last time I made it. Three Christmases ago with good friends over for dinner, before we moved into our home. That’s how good this pasta is. Why then, haven’t I made it for three long years? Two reasons: Camembert can be pricy. This dish as it’s quite delectable (cheese and pasta… perhaps not the best to eat too, too often). And I really don’t repeat many-a-dishes. Okay that was three reasons, but you get my drift.

Not only is this pasta delish, but it’s easy. Heavens, it’s easy. Besides the pasta and the Camembert, there are only four other ingredients: spinach, garlic, rosemary and grated Parmesan. It also only takes about 30 minutes to throw together, including prep time. Including prep time! I can’t tell you how many “30 minute” recipes I’ve attempted that end up taking… Continue reading

chickpea patties

I promise you that I have not been neglecting the kitchen. If anything, this past month has been my most fruitful month in the kitchen for as long as I can recall. I have baked dozens of muffins, a handful of quick breads, a dozen Belgian waffles (well, Graham made those) and pancakes out the wazoo. I even made a bundt cake with fresh peaches from the nearby orchard. I’ve baked mini-loaves, mini-muffins, regular muffins and even mid-sized muffins (a lovely in-between size of the mini and regular muffin). I’ve been on a mission.

The mission? To fill our freezer with as much good, homemade food as possible before baby O’s birthday. Good food always makes for good moods, and filling our bellies with little effort (aside from a short walk to the freezer) will be a wonderful thing.
I made a very high and lofty goal about three weeks… Continue reading

crustless cheese & kale (or spinach) quiche

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If you’re anything like me, you at least always have a dozen eggs on hand. And usually a block of cheese. Fresh kale is a maybe as is a bag (or box) of frozen spinach. This is an easy dinner to throw together with oodles of protein, delicious melted cheese and handfuls of hearty greens.

I’ve made this dish a few times, each time a bit different. Different greens, different cheeses, even different sized pie plates and each time the quiche tasted sublime. How can you go wrong combining eggs, cheese & yummy greens? You simply can’t. Unless you forget to crack your eggs or something silly like that.

granolalola | crustless spinach & cheese quiche

This recipe is forgiving and versatile. If I had cooked and crumbled bacon, I’d add it in a heartbeat. If I had some red peppers, I’d dice them and saute them with the onions. Your options are endless, but you can’t… Continue reading

whole wheat breakfast cookies

granolalola | whole wheat breakfast cookies

Goodness! How the time has flown between my posts recently. I have many recipes to share… it’s simply a matter of making the time to share them! Today I offer you my humble breakfast cookie. It’s quite a tasty treat, and not just to be eaten at breakfast (though I find it best during the morning hours after my coffee). This cookie came about while visiting Michigan recently for a cousin’s wedding. Between the ceremony and reception (there was a good two hours), Graham and I and my brother and his family decided to spend a little time in this adorable little coffee bar, called Clique. The barista introduced himself by name and with a handshake and made us the most delectable beverages. It was a great welcome to the Midwest.

Graham and I shared a cappuccino and one of their “Ultimate Breakfast Cookies.” I liked the cookie a lot.… Continue reading

iced oatmeal applesauce cookies

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I hemmed and hawed a few days over what to bring to my sister’s house for our Mother’s Day celebration. I leafed through various cook books and magazines and finally settled on these lovely iced cookies and a batch of my snickerdoodle blondies. I had just enough butter and flour, and all the other mix-ins, to make the two. It’s a rare occasion when my fridge is not stocked with multiple sticks of butter and even rarer when my flour bins are nearly empty. So I was oh so thankful that I just so happened to have the 21 tablespoons butter, exactly 1/2 cup of my homemade applesauce and the few cups of flour required to whip up both desserts. I say whip, but it took about two hours, including cleanup.

But I still made it to church, squeezed in some lunch, crafted the desserts and made it to… Continue reading