25 July 2012

I'll Cover You

"Grief does not expire like a candle or the beacon on a lighthouse. It simply changes temperature." Nocturne, by Adam Rapp


18 July 2012

Unicorn Poop

3 cups flour
1 cup butter, very soft
1 egg at room temp
1 tsp vanilla  extract
1 3/4c sugar

Cream the butter and the sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, one cup at a time, scraping the bowl in between additions. Divide into 6 equal portions, color using food coloring gel, then chill in the freezer 15 minutes. Take out the dough, and divide each color until 8 equal portions. Take out one piece per color, and leave the rest in the fridge while you're working (the dough is easier to work with when cold). Roll each color into snakes, place three together on the bottom, then the other three on top. Roll together, then cut in half. For each portion, give it a twist, then wrap up in whatever shape you desire. Decorate! Then, bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Thanks to Yvonne for introducing these to me! You can see the how-to video we both used here: http://youtu.be/vrq8v9ijPs4

Pleased as punch at our creation. Now, where did that unicorn go?

07 July 2012

Aidan's Birthday Party

 Swimming, playing in the sandbox, and MarioKart were the top activities of the afternoon. Congrats to baby Noelle on her first successful trip in a pool! Dessert was a Dirt Cake as well as Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a recipe from Serendipity in NYC (thanks to Jane for the book!). BTW, did you know that jello doesn't set when you add Swedish Fish to it? Neither did I. Oops!

I am especially appreciative of my mother-in-law, who always thinks of all the things I don't, and whom is far more talented at hosting a party than I am.

Thank you also to everyone who made it out to celebrate with us; we had a blast!