Party Planning: Strawberries and Cream “Pocky”

April 24th, 2013

Strawberries and cream pocky

Fun fact: I finally had a dream where my baby was in it. I guess it took a while for my subconscious to catch up, but I suppose now I’m a mommy through and through. One of my biggest fears when I was pregnant was that I would never have a free moment again. Would I never be able to do anything without thoughts of baby running through my head like a subliminal bassline?

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Strawberry and Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Whipped Cream

April 15th, 2013

strawberry and rhubarb scones

Along with all the lovely growing, blooming things that herald spring is the baby in our home! Isabelle is three months today and I think she may have hit her growth spurt early. She’s a chubby bundle now!

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Making Do: Buttermilk Vanilla Bean Mini Cakes

April 9th, 2013

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze

The days are starting to fall into some semblance of a schedule, albeit a very flexibly-written one. For example, baby is in her best mood in the morning, which means I usually spend that time interacting and playing with her, since she’s at her most adorable and responsive. Afternoons are more of a mixed bag: if she’s napping well I get some time to work on things, or, more usually, clean things up. If she decides she’s not into napping, the day kind of devolves into a cycle of rocking/walking/feeding/whatever quiets baby down. As with every parent before me, I’m sure, the importance of maximizing every scrap of free time becomes utterly paramount.

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An Easter Egg Cake for Easter

March 30th, 2013

Chocolate Easter Egg Cake

Ok, this post is going up a little later than I wanted but at least I made it before Easter – why is it when you *have* to get a post up on time that things invariably go wonky? I wanted to share this cake that I picked out from Martha Stewart Living’s special Cakes and Cupcakes edition, as it’s so apropos for the holiday.

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{Cookbook Review} Souvenirs and the Making of Memories

March 18th, 2013

Pineapple Carpaccio with Lemon Sorbet on dessertfirstgirl.com
Pineapple carpaccio with lemon sorbet, cilantro granité, pineapple chips, and crystallized cilantro from Souvenirs.

Isabelle is two months old! I can’t believe how much she has changed in eight short weeks. It’s like the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I’ve always been a nostalgic person. Even though I know there are years and years of joy ahead in discovering my daughter, I’m already feeling the passage of days. She can do so many things now she didn’t do before: the little coos she makes when she’s curious. Her smiles at me (she’s smiling!). The mini push-ups she does when she’s on her tummy and trying to lift her head. The way she looks around for me and focuses right on my face – who would have thought that being recognized would evoke such a palpable sense of joy?

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A Sunshine-y Cake for Spring

March 7th, 2013

Triple Vanilla Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd on dessertfirstgirl.com

Thanks to everyone who commented on last week’s post with their favorite pie. I have about a hundred pie ideas to make now!

The two winners of a copy of Pieography are:

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Commenter #3, ladywild

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and commenter #6, Sarah! Congratulations! For the rest of you, remember my pie recipe is available on my site.

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