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Growing Up

 I didn't think that Jacob going to Kindergarten this year was going to bother me. I really thought that I would deal with it fine and that it would happen without much emotion from me. Then, I walked into Jacob's bedroom at bedtime last night and he was clutching his purple blanket and his stuffed dog, Talktus, tightly and sobbing quietly. I sat down beside him and asked him what was wrong. He said that daddy told him that Kindergarteners don't have blankets so when he got to kindergarten he shouldn't have to sleep with his blanket any longer. He then looked up at me, with big tears in his eyes, and said "Mommy...if I can't have my blanket, I don't want to grow up very badly." It just broke my heart. I, of course, told him he could keep his blanket for as long as he needed it and that he did not by any means have to stop sleeping with it in Kindergarten. Then, we came down to have a talk with Daddy, who totally didn't mean anything that he said and thought that Jacob knew he was just playing with him. So yeah...kindergarten isn't going to be so tough. Yeah, right. This whole growing up thing is going to have me sobbing buckets! … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Perfection

 I have never been a huge fan of peanut butter cookies. It isn't that I don't like the flavor of them... it is just that they are so inconsistent. You never know what you are going to get when you bite into a homemade peanut butter cookie. Is it going to be crunchy? Will it have peanuts in it or be nut free? Will it be soft and tender with a chewy center? You just never know. In the August 2007 issue of Gourmet magazine I was reading an article about The Willows Inn...a beautiful Bed & Breakfast on Lummi Island, which is a two hour drive from Seattle and a 1 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver.  The chef at The Willows Inn graciously provided Gourmet magazine with some of their most popular recipes. One of the recipes he shared is a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies. Normally, I would have flipped right by this, but when I read that the Gourmet food editor who tested the recipe then slipped the recipe into his own recipe file as the peanut butter cookie of choice, I had to give it a try. This recipe makes 40 large cookies. We are talking 1/4 cup of dough per cookie people, so they are really good size. The recipe also says to bake the cookies for 30 minutes. This did not work for me at all as my first batch that I finally took out after 20 minutes were brown and crispy.  The next batch I left in for only 11 minutes. I took the cookies out when they looked like they could maybe use one minute more (which is my secret to a great cookie) and left them on the cookie … [Continue reading]

Excuses, Excuses

 Who needs an excuse to make something cool and refreshing like sorbet? I don't, but just for kicks and grins I will give you the top five reasons why sorbet was on our dessert menu today:The temperature today, where I live, topped at 92 degrees Fahrenheit... it was H-O-T hot! Hot chocolate just won't do today...an icy treat was in order.My 5 year old is having his tonsils and adenoids taken out next week. He is looking forward to eating ice cream, Popsicles, and now, sorbet, while he recovers. I have been experimenting with various recipes to try that he will be able to eat post-op.It is just seems fancy to say we are having sorbet for dessertWith all the fresh fruits in abundance, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to use them up.The lovely Laura over at Eat Drink Live announced that the theme for this months Hay Hay It's Donna Day is...sorbet! There you have it... the top five reasons why I decided to give sorbet a try today. I have never participated in the Hay Hay It's Donna Day event and since my husband has been raving about the sorbet he gets at one of his favorite New York City restaurants, I decided to surprise him and make some at home. I knew that a lot of people participating in the event would be making sorbets out of the fresh fruits of the season...strawberries, raspberries, etc. As much as I love summertime fruit, I know how much my husband loves apples so I thought he would most enjoy an apple sorbet.  Apple just seemed too plain … [Continue reading]

Overheard

Jacob and his friend Caden were playing in his room today. I think they were playing Rescue Heroes or something. Peeking in on them I heard Caden say something to the fact that "God is in charge"...a common thing they heard at Vacation Bible School a few weeks ago. Then, to respond, Jacob said "God is in charge, but he can't do it all which is why he made Presidents. The President of the United States is in charge when God is busy."  Oh my....isn't it funny the way their minds work? … [Continue reading]

Blueberries Get Their Day to Shine

 First of all, let me get some of the vacation details out of the way. Our vacation was really nice, minus all the bonding time we had in the car. I love my family, but 40 hours in the car reverses the love we developed for each other from the first 20 hours of bonding. I do not need to do a road trip like this anytime soon! With that being said, if you want to check out some of the highlights from our trip, visit my family blog and you will get a short blurb along with a cute little slideshow of photos. I did have an insane impulse while we were gone and had my back length hair cut off to my ears. I love the change and it was a fun, impulsive thing to do while we were gone. As far as the food highlights, because you know I am all about the food, there were many. In Chicago - my sister-in-law's enchiladas, some wonderful cinnamon sugar bakery bread, Bacon Bit pizza from Monical's and ice cream from Oberweis Dairy. In Pennsylvania... the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches from Southside Steaks and the most delicious custard/Italian Ice creation from Rita's Ice Cones top the list. I'd love to get my hands on that recipe. In Iowa, the adorable food my sister-in-law made for the summer birthday parties were a hit as well!Now...on to the fourth of July.When you think of July 4th in America, what kind of desserts do you think of? Desserts featuring red, white and blue most likely is the first thing that pops into your head. First you have your tasty red, white, and blue flag shaped … [Continue reading]