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.


cookie cake (take two)

I just wanted to share a few tips about this giant cookie pie here. I originally posted the recipe for this whole wheat cookie cake a few months back. Since then, I’ve made it a few more times. And improved the recipe! I have my mother-in-law to thank. When Graham and I were visiting her last month, shortly after I posted the recipe, she made us this cookie cake for breakfast one morning. (I know, we have it rough when visiting her…)

After trying a wedge (or three) of her pie, I immediately assumed she added an extra stick of butter. Not so, she said. Well what did she do, I asked? She baked it in a 9-inch glass Pyrex pie plate (I had been making mine in an 11-inch tart pan), and instead of using the full 1 cup of chocolate chips, she halved that amount and used 1/2… Continue reading

whole wheat cookie cake

We almost never have store-bought dessert in our home (unless shortbread goes on sale or I come across some gourmet treat at the local scratch and dent grocery outlet). That would be why I’m making them all the time. To keep up with supply and demand. And I’m okay with the demand and I think Graham is too (actually I’m positive he is).

So the other night we were watching a newer episode of Doctor Who. I say newer, well, because if you know anything about Doctor Who, you know that it has been around a few centuries. Seriously, back to the days of Dickens… Okay, perhaps not that long, but when I catch Graham watching one of his many old VHS tapes from his enormous Doctor Who collection, Dickens era is what I see. Archaic Daleks with plungers for arms, sets made on a $5 budget, Trapper Keeper-esque home… Continue reading