This month is literally flying by! I can’t believe that Spring Break is right around the corner. This means spring is almost here. This also means my maternity leave ends. Which is sad for all. But, it will be nice to get back to work, see my students, and think academically again. When I left my students in mid-November, I told them I was returning on April 1st, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke. (My high school students didn’t get it–ahh, the humor is lost on them.) At the time, it seemed like my break would be for so long, but that too has flown by.
I actually made these truffle cupcakes around Valentine’s Day, but between preparing lesson plans, working on a quilt for baby Grace’s nursery, (I’ll post that when I finish), and taking care of the ins-and-outs of two little cherubs, these yummy cupcakes didn’t make it out on the blog in time for the big romantic day. That’s fine; they’re good any time of the year. To make things easier, I used store-bought truffles, but you can make your own. Continue reading
Hi Long Lost Friends! Since it’s been a little while since I’ve written, I thought that such a salutation was appropriate. The last time I wrote, I was pregnant. Well, not anymore! Grace joined our family on November 16th, and Eric and I couldn’t have been happier. Okay, not happier at those 4 A.M. feedings, but other than that, Grace has been such a blessing. Matthew has adjusted pretty well too; being all of 2, it’s hard to ask for more. But other than trying to poke her in the eyes, (what is up with little ones fascinated by eyes??), he has been a good older brother–alerting me when she cries, laying down next to her and giving her hugs, and sharing his toys or food with Grace, because “Gracie wants it Mommy,” as he says.
Because I have been doing most of the feedings, and taking care of a toddler while Eric is at work, baking has not been high on my list. (I didn’t realize how easy taking care of one kid was!) But, oh, how I missed it. I would fantasize about all that I wanted to bake during late night feedings, clip out recipes of every kind from anywhere I could find them, and journal in my notebook of what I wanted to make and how I wanted to tweak it. (Yes, I’m weird like that.) My dry spell ended a few days ago, even though half of me wanted to take a nap. The kitchen was calling my name and it was too strong to resist. Continue reading
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