Cookies and Therapy

I don’t remember how it started exactly. One year I was baking Christmas cookies, and I believe our friend was in the neighborhood. He stopped over and the ex gave him some cookies hot out of the oven. Before I knew it, it was a full-blown party every year. We called it Cookie day, and I literally baked cookies all day in our tiny South Street apartment. I learned something about cookies. They will draw a crowd like nothing else. Even if you don’t eat them, they are a reminder of comfort, family, and love. The smell, the warmth, the […]

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Mount Hood - Portland

PORTLAND I LOVE YOU. Dave and I met when we were 14 years old. We completely disagree about what he was wearing the first time we spoke in 10th grade. I swear it was blue pants and a Hawaiian shirt. It was 1991’ish so it would make sense based on fashion trends of that time, but he claims he didn’t own blue pants. I’ve let it go though – kinda. These days we disagree about other memories. For example, the time he almost killed us driving to Ocean City, Maryland because his sandal got caught on the brake pedal. (That happened and there were witnesses […]

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The Culinary Challange …

Baking is therapy. This has been a stressful couple of weeks. Trying to balance the businesses, life, and myself is somewhat challenging at times. As always when there are highs … and the lows come to match them. I kinda keep to myself lately … I think it may be a “nesting” thing. I’m in love with my life right now and being home and enjoying quality time with my kitchen has become one of my favorite things to do. Here is a little back story … Growing up my dad had a restaurant. So food was a big part […]

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Snow Storm Comfort Food …

Last night I made dinner, wasn’t anything exciting, Chicken Picatta and Whole Wheat Pasta. Very easy and yummy dinner. However, the snow started to fall and Ccelli finally got home. We ate and then we kinda just stared at each other blankly. I knew what he was thinking … dessert. Earlier that day vanilla pudding popped into my head and I have no idea why. I decided to make it. There is something about pudding that you make on the stove and not out of a box that is so comforting. It seemed perfect for the snowy night outside. Vanilla […]

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