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.


chocolate walnut coconut torte


I think I see some cloud formations there in that dreamy chocolate filling, filling the crust to the brim. I see a profile of a lady. Right to the left of that poking-out walnut (at just about two o’clock). See her? She almost looks like Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Her hair is down and she has dark, sunken-in eyes. And a small white dove, facing west, sits perched upon her crown.

So, back on earth, I made this torte for a good friend’s birthday a month or so back. She had requested something chocolate, and I had no cocoa in the house. I went on to search high and low, in cookbooks and through interwebs, for a recipe that used semi-sweet chocolate, since I had plenty of that in my cupboard. And lo and behold, I found one. So I christened my tart pan (another Goodwill find!)… Continue reading

vanilla cupcakes with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting


Yesterday… was a busy day. I woke up exhausted. Thankfully, my dear husband, equally exhausted, rolled out of bed and beat feet to the kitchen to make me coffee. Three tablespoons beans (currently MadCap), 8oz water, grind for 12.2 seconds, pour over, add a dash of cream and enjoy. Next on the agenda was taking Graham to work. Tobias, our wonder Corgi, joined me for the haul.  On our way back home, Tobias and I stopped for a few essential household items: laundry detergent, bleach, a new clothesline, sugar and cream cheese. Oh, and a new chew toy for the pup.

Once I got home it was the to basement for me. We had a bit of a water leak on Tuesday evening. Our electric ice maker burst. We were told when we moved into our home two years ago that said ice maker was disconnected. Not so.… Continue reading