Monday, December 08, 2014


I made croissants for Thanksgiving.
When they came out of the oven, I danced.
I danced around the kitchen in culinary victory.
I started them at 12am and they were done at 12pm.
I watched a video, several times, and read and reread the recipe to make sure I had it all right.
They came out perfectly.
These are a new Thanksgiving tradition and Tony asked for them for his birthday.
I want to start a cooking club.
I need ideas.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!
We had such a nice holiday with family.
So much cooking.
So many dishes.
And the best part is, tomorrow is still Saturday!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The best sugar cookie recipe

I know I'm a little prone to hyperbole, even though I despise it because I know tastes are so subjective...
a big BUT...
These sugar cookies are life changing.

I have a long history with sugar cookies.
Both of my Grandmothers, and even Tony's Nana, made really good sugar cookies.
My Dad's Mom made an unfrosted version, they were on the crispier side and she would package them in tins with wax paper separating each layer of cookies, I ate a lot of them growing up and finally got the recipe from my aunt a few years ago and the title of the recipe was "Grandma Starnaman's Sour Cream cookies," which must have been my great grandmother.  My Mom's mom also made sugar cookies, especially at Christmastime, or at least that's when I remember having them.  Hers were cutout cookies and frosted and soft and also very yummy.  Then, in high school, our cafeteria served these divine, frosted, sugar cookies, which I would love to have the recipe for, but don't.  So, when I started looking to America's Test Kitchen for recipes, I thought I'd try their sugar cookie and Lucy asked if I would bring them to school for her birthday treat.  Perfect timing.

I made these with Mel's Magical Frosting, which is my favorite all purpose frosting.  The combination is wonderful, but I think I prefer them unfrosted, and that's something, I love frosting.  These cookies are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside and just the right amount of sweetness.

Monday, November 03, 2014


Noah the Ninja and Lucy the Wolf.
Lucy's costume had a cool tail and claws but I didn't get a picture. Shucks.
They had a lot of fun at the ward Halloween party and Trick-or-Treating.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Lucy is 7

Birthday season seemed to stretch on forever, it was fun, but long.
We had family parties and friends over and her present was her lizard, who I can't find a good picture of at the moment.  Lucy is my best girl, grateful to be her mama.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

sneaky peak

I took some pictures of the kids this week.  I'll share more later, I've got other editing to work on. but this one was just too sweet. This photo was not staged or coached in any manner and I love it.
These kids sure do love each other.
Noah has taken to calling Lucy, "My Lu."
"How old are you mom? 31."
"And how old is My Lu?"

Speaking of how old My Lu is...tomorrow, it changes.  Today is the last day of being 6!
Right now Lucy loves:
Lemon, her lizard.
Reading, especially the Ocean Fairy books, the Ramona books, Ivy + Bean, and any animal fact books she can get her hands on.
She is really good at math, which along with science, is her favorite subject.  She is still working on her handwriting and has improved a lot already this year.
She is still enjoying her piano lessons, due to her amazing teacher.
Her favorite foods are Cheeseburger Soup, pickles, bacon, and white chocolate.  She does not like milk or dark chocolate unless it's a Kit Kat.  She loves to laugh and has a great little giggle.
She also loves to snuggle and she is the 2nd best big sister in the whole world.

Something I've noticed about Lucy is that she is eager to please, maybe that's the sign of the first born but she seeks for our approval on a lot of what she does and I do my best to be affirming and confidence building.  I love getting to be her mom.

I'll post more birthday fun tomorrow.