My daughter’s first published book was launched today. It is Book 1 of a trilogy called Crown Jewels, this volume called The Akasha Records, the female lead character being named Akasha. I’m so proud of her for following through with her intention not only to write and publish it, but also to write a companion … More Brownies for the Launch
My mother’s 91st birthday is Monday the 6th. Since there’s “Independence Day Observed” today (Friday) and Saturday the 4th is Independence Day, I made special cookies* for her birthday and mailed them on Wednesday to make sure they’d arrive on time. Yesterday USPS sent me an “Alert” telling me that the package was being returned … More All’s well that ends well.
Any cookie recipe will do for gratitude cookies. The specific cookie depends on the intended recipient, right? This week I made two kinds for different purposes. Making cookie gifts is one of the ways in which I express gratitude to staff at the clinic where I’ve received care for many years and I surprised the … More Gratitude Cookies
One of the most difficult things, if not the most difficult thing for people like me in this coronavirus pandemic, is the real effects of social distancing that we’re starting to feel, the real physical separation from the children who are a part of our lives and matter to us. My friends in this apartment … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Lesson for Brownies
There was leftover berry filling from the extravagant birthday cake* made a few days ago and I’m not one to waste leftover goodness. The question was how to use it and I’ve wrestled with ideas because I didn’t want to just make a repeater and I didn’t want it to sink if I put it … More Cranberry-Raspberry Coffee Cake with Orange-Raspberry Glaze
Saw the idea for this sandwich somewhere and Gruyere was $6.00 off per pound on Tuesday at Beecher’s so I said yep. I had already purchased a bag of yellow onions to caramelize in a big batch and freeze in small batches, so one onion was “sacrificed” for the sandwich today on rustic Seattle Sourdough … More Soup & Sandwich without the Soup: French Onion
When it snows in Seattle, the two snowplows which the city owns are pulled out of the DOT barns by rented blue cranes, warm batteries installed in those converted dump-trucks and some roads get sand or salt. The side streets get nothing but cars packing the snow into ice and most of the sidewalks do … More Snow Means Chili & Homemade Tortillas
One of my brothers carves and whittles and sands and polishes and sometimes stains pretty pieces of wood into various useful and beautiful items. He climbs trees sometimes to get a small limb in which a honeysuckle has wrapped and embedded itself, making gnarly wood for his hand-crafted canes. Mother tells me that he’s also … More Pretty brother-made kitchen implements
I thought that there’d only be peanut butter fudge made today, but an early start followed by a cleaned and warmed 4-quart pot felt very much like a do-it-now while the pot, spoon and scraper are out. Next, a whole lot of cutting wax paper and wrapping before the fudges join some cookies next week … More Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2
Sometimes you gotta just eat it with a spoon, but thick and creamy fudge sauce has its way most often to the top of a scoop of ice cream. Today I made a Kahlua and Rum Ice Cream, well, am making it. The freezing time compared to last abode is more, but the quarter cup … More Chocolate Rum Fudge Sauce. Recipe.