Friday, February 17, 2012

Some Neighborly Cheer

The last two and a half weeks we have been knocked out with the nasty bug that has been going around.  Definitely not fun.  Our sweet neighbors (who are in there 80's) across the street heard we were all down with it and left us a pot of the most glorious stew I have ever had.  The next day I sent the cleaned pot back with a request for the recipe (two, actually- I also was trying to get a recipe for  cookies they had made us...we have kind neighbors!).  I was informed he doesn't have a recipe for the stew,  he just throws it together.  Big sad face. hour or so later, there was a knock at the door, and our neighbor friend was standing there with this in his hands:

It was full of cookie dough when he brought it! :)

Double surprise!  First, we have that EXACT same Pyrex bowl!  Which leads me to wonder if they have any more Pyrex beauties in those cupboards over there... ;)  Second, what was in that beautiful bowl was the exact cookie dough I had wanted the recipe for! He had whipped up a batch AND provided the recipe, which just happens to be his mother-in-law's recipe.  He thought it would give the girls something to do while they were recouping from said nasty bug.

These cookies are subtly amazing!  Big pieces of orange peel are in the glaze that you dip the cookies in after they bake.  YUM!  Just the kind of edible sunshine we needed to brighten our hospital ward home.

Dipping cookie in orange glaze...mmmm!
Sorry about the's dark in the wee hours of the morning!

One word of caution: Don't try to bake at midnight (something that is becoming a habit for those of us keeping baby hours!), after not sleeping more than 2 hours in a 24 hour period, or you may end up with this:

Sad, broken Pampered Chef Bar Pan

 when you try to heat up this:

(ooops...wrong burner :/ )

Just sayin.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Little Love...

Bear with the's a sequence!

 Here's hoping you have a sweet Valentine's Day!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Seeing My Shadow

Since it is Groundhog Day, I thought it would be a good time to come out of my comfy little burrow to have a peek around and say hello.  And I don't mind saying that I really wouldn't be disappointed with another six weeks of winter...

I love her little hand on mine...

These last 5 1/2 weeks with little Noelle have been amazing, and also very difficult at the same time.  First off, she is an angel.  She is so sweet!  She really is an easy baby, and I'm so thankful for that.  We all are smitten with her. The difficult part was the whole breastfeeding thing and dealing with new challenges that came with it.  On top of a dose of baby blues...blah.  I am so very thankful for my husband, children, family and friends for their prayers, love, support and encouragement.  Not to mention our sweet homeschool community that made us awesome dinners!  It was just what I needed to get me through the hardest parts. 

A cuddle with Grandma- how sweet!

This last weekend, in response to outbursts of emotion on the telephone (and the lure of the smell of new baby!), my mom and sister drove down to come help us out.  It turns out that their visit was also just what I needed.  On top of Mexican chocolate in my oatmeal...has  anyone else heard of this for increasing milk supply?! :)  All factors combined, I am happy to report we are doing much, much better. Prayer, Perseverance, and's a powerful combination!

A midnight game of Yahtzee :)
Speaking of Yahtzee...Gabe got the coolest Pirate's of the Caribbean Yahtzee for his birthday, which we celebrated, Lord Of The Rings Style, last month.  He had a friend spend the night, and they delved into all things Middle Earth...even learning to speak Elvish!

The White Tree Of Gondor

I was up at 1:30am making Elvish Lembas Bread (shortbread cookies) like it was no big deal.  My hours are so mixed up!  Thankfully the whole up-at-night thing hasn't been too painful this time around.

Elvish Lembas Bread for your Journey!

One small bite is enough....

To fill the stomach of a grown man...
Unfortunately for me, one small bite is enough to entice you to eat the whole pan!  I have never made shortbread before, nor have I been a big fan.  Until now!  Every pregnancy comes with things that make me run to the bathroom at the mention of it, and new cravings of things that I never before liked.  One pregnancy it was, unfortunately, displayed here.  Just looking at these pictures of Lembas is making me want another late night bake session.  I think I'll hold out until Valentine's Day.  No chocolate, thank you- just a whole pound of butter please.  I'm in trouble!