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de-lovely.

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just. yes.

there are good ideas and then there are great ideas—

these are clearly in the latter category.

“Renowned for its indulgent blend of fresh, premium Irish dairy cream, the finest spirits, aged Irish whiskey and a unique chocolate blend, the iconic Bailey’s Original Irish Cream flavor profile pairs magically with rich, semi-sweet chocolate to create this decadent treat,” a  press release states. “Eat them by the handful on-the-go or mix into your favorite baked good recipe, these chips deliver on the flavor and smell of Bailey’s.”

 

“it’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.”

-cole porter

 

 

 

 

 

credits: my recipes.com, well done

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pieces.

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grandies v and r

came over to decorate

and when we took the cookie people out

they were broken into pieces

but no problem

they formed a baking triage unit

and they were  

put back together

each in their own style

and covered with

sugar, colors, and love.

“arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

-vvirginia woolf 

fruitcakes.

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i came face to face with this colorful display

and was struck with a sudden terror

for i knew

 this was

a sure sign that

the fruitcakes were on their way.

 

“a sharp bolt of hunger hit luther hard. his knees almost buckled, his poker face almost grimaced. for two weeks now his sense of smell had been much keener, no doubt a side effect of a strict diet. maybe he got a whiff of mabel’s finest, he wasn’t sure, but a craving came over him. suddenly, he had to have something to eat. suddenly, he wanted to snatch the bag from kendall, rip open a package, and start gnawing on a fruitcake.”
John Grisham

eclipsed.

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for some reason

in anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse 

i decided that it would be a great time

to make 120 ‘solar eclipse’ cookies.

the plan was to give them to 3 different groups of people

who i would see this weekend

the recipe looked quite easy

and fitting in with the spirit of the big day

the idea was to add the sun yellow and moon chocolate icings

to the perfect moon shapes

increasing the dark moon coverage on each one

showing all of the phases of the eclipse

during the process

 smoke and grease and sugar and cocoa and lemon

filled the kitchen

it took hours

the outcome was not quite as i expected

i’m not sure what exactly went wrong

but i am sure there were lots of things that did

the end result was best described by

steve carell while in character on ‘the office’ –

“it looks like it was put together by baby monkeys living on a farm.”


i’m going to embrace that and take it as a compliment 

i know that the eclipse makes lots of things go a bit off kilter

and i can’t wait to see how excited everyone is

to receive this very special gift from me. 

“there’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.”
-mike white

lookout.

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grandies wake up in the cottage

and run downstairs

to take in all the magic

of the new morning snow

and 

perched atop piles of books

eagerly await the arrival 

of their cousins

who will soon help them bake

a team of sweet gingerbread reindeer.

“always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
― e.b. white