Category Archives: Family

Thanks Smidge!

Yesterday, a fellow blogger posted a recipe for Magnolia’s Iced Ginger Cookies here.  I thought they sounded simple and yummy and decided to whip up a batch for the fam.  Boy were they delicious!  They were so good that the “Iced” part never happened.  Oh well, maybe we’ll try that next time!  Thanks for sharing Smidge!


Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

For me, seasonal crops of fresh strawberries mark the beginning of summer.  Growing up, my mom would get them in large quantities freezing some for yummy Strawberry Daiquiris (mine were virgin of course!), using some for strawberry shortcake, and churning homemade strawberry ice cream with the rest.   I loved the way the kitchen smelled when she would slice them, their juicy sweetness filling the air with the smell of summer.

Well, its that time again and with such a short time to enjoy strawberries in their full glory I am taking advantage!  Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, Just a Smidgen, I found this recipe!   First was Strawberry Cake, now this, Strawberry Shortcake Cookies!  These delectable little bites of strawberry goodness are so moist and just sweet enough making them so addicting.  Unfortunately, I did not have the Lemoncello, and since it was Sunday, I had no access, but rest assured, no harm done!  Next time Lemoncello!  As a side note, we added a dollop of vanilla ice cream on some of the warm cookies out of the oven…need I say more?


My heart is slowly melting these days as I watch my son rapidly hit certain milestones.  I know the inevitable is here.  He has grown up and will soon begin his own life in this great big world.  I am incredibly proud of him and can’t wait for him to spread his wings but I will miss those little moments with him like hearing his big feet which were once so little, padding down the stairs every morning before school.  I will miss the relief I feel every night when I hear his car pull safely in the driveway from an evening out and I will even miss the sometimes not-so-comfortable teenage talks we have.  There is so much I will miss but so many proud moments to look forward to. This weekend was a prime example as I watched him behave like such a gentleman for his Senior Prom.

Well done Zachary!

Right or Left, Left or Right?

I love my household, a place where we can agree to disagree on everything from politics to sports and still go to bed with a heartfelt “I love you”!  We even wake to a mug full of a little humor in the morning just to keep us on track!

Any guess on who’s who?  Just for fun!

Happy election year!

Thanks Mom!

Girl time!  A time to laugh, relax, reminisce, and revel in our surreal surroundings.  A time for reading, lounging, and long walks on the beach.  Bike rides, exploration, and good food too!

This was my weekend and I have my mom to thank for all of it and more!

I loved our long weekend.  More please?


That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.  ~Bill Veeck, 1976

And what a sweet sound it is!  While spending Saturday morning at the cherry blossom-surrounded Fluor Field, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement and anticipation for Opening Day!  The grounds were being preened, kids were testing out the new seats, and the “Ballpark Dog” was giving his final approval!  Even the mustard and ketchup were anxiously awaiting their over use!

So time for March Madness to come to a close (Go Buckeyes!) and for the boys of summer to do their thing.

Let’s Play Ball!!