I keep meaning to post these on the blog but I have been constantly interrupted by my children waking up from their naps … how dare they 🙂
I am pretty sure that one of the main reasons Ben keeps me around is that I provide him with lots and lots of baked goods, and those baked goods make him a hero at work. The last two batches of cookies I baked have both been from new recipes (normally I stick to the tried and true favorites) and both turned out to be smashing successes.
First I baked these sugar cookies from made. I love this blog mostly for the sewing. Who knew she was a baker as well? I liked the idea of this recipe because normally sugar cookie recipes have a part in there where you “let the dough rest” in the refrigerator. I am not a patient person when it comes to baking. Letting things “rest” or “chill” is not my strong suit. I always end up taking them out early and botching the whole endeavor. But this recipe made no mention of a break between making the dough and rolling it out so I was intrigued 🙂 They turned out delicious! I am not a big fan of iced cookies so I just left mine plain. I also didn’t have any fun cookie cutters so mine are just circular.
The second batch of cookies was inspired by a bit of television watching. Ben and I don’t watch much tv (other than Lost) and when we do it’s usually the food network. One of our favorite shows is Good Eats… probably because it’s nerdy and entertaining at the same time. I love hearing all the “food science” tidbits and most of the time the food looks decent as well. He also bakes a lot, which earns bonus points with me. Last week he had an episode where he made cookies with pureed lentils. It just sounded to weird to pass up. Here’s the recipe. They were actually really good.
My next baking project will certainly be a belated birthday cake for my dear husband Ben (happy birthday!) whose birthday is today … I would have liked to have it done on time but was sick all day yesterday. He stayed home to take care of me and the kids so I could rest in bed. Did I mention I have the best husband ever? He certainly deserves (and will get soon) a fabulous birthday cake. At least I got him a birthday donut for breakfast 🙂
day 87: a picture of Ben reading my blog … on my blog. Oooooh. Spooky.
day 86: Paul is turning out to be quite the ham in front of a crowd. He loves to make people laugh and he put on quite the show at our Sunday brunch playing tug-o-war with his Aunt Tai.
day 85: probably my favorite of Paul and Amelia’s new “tricks” is one taught to them by my mom – they now actually literally stop and smell flowers. So stinkin’ cute. They wrinkle up their noses and take a big inhale sniff… and then giggle. I love it!
day 84: on Friday Ben’s parents arrived and spent most of the day hanging out with me and the kids. It’s nice for them to get some quality time with their grandparents since they don’t see them very often. Of course reading books was high on the list of “must do” activities
day 83: I’m sorry you have to see this photo. Quick close your eyes and maybe you can scroll down past it. I realized only after I’d woken up the next morning that this was the only picture I’d taken all day and that it wasn’t quite the kind of thing you’d be hoping to see on the blog. Poor Amelia (and Paul actually has a similar although slightly less red one) has this horrible rash under her arm. I was taking a picture to send to a friend to see if she could identify it.
day 82: inspired by Alton Brown on Good Eats I tried out a new cookie recipe. Can you guess the secret ingredient? They really are delicious
day 81: Paul is officially tall enough to not only reach things on the dining room table, but to see everything up there too. Yes, if he is standing up tall the table is below his eye level. So much for just keeping things off the floor – now the table is off limits for non baby friendly items as well. Next he’ll be able to see and reach everything on the kitchen counter and then we’re in real trouble.
day 80: today was another exhausting day. Mostly just because I’m starting to feel like I’m getting a cold again – which CANNOT be happening because we JUST finished getting both of the kids over their month long cold/virus/flu/whatever they had and they are NOT allowed to be sick again. Lucky for me I have the best husband ever and he made me a delicious pizza for dinner with no complaints. Actually he pretty much always makes dinner (what a guy!) but normally I at least pretend to sort of help. I made no effort today. Just sat around like a slug. I was entirely wiped out! Tomorrow I’ll help with dinner. Promise.
day 79: Sunday was a busy day. We went to the park in the morning and in the afternoon we went to meet up with some friends and see their new apartment and grab dinner. The whole weekend was actually quite action-packed. I need a vacation to recover from my weekend 🙂 Here’s the lovely ‘melia on the swings.