Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I was sad to see LOST go.  I'm not going to go on and on about how bad the finale was.  It was the finale of a great show.  They're all bad.  I decided after seeing the smoke monster popcorn recipe on the kitchn that I needed to commemorate the end of our favorite television program with a theme meal.  We grilled some of Alex's catch and I made this coconut sticky rice recipe along with a small fruit salad.  The mangoes made me realize that I don't know how to choose a ripe mango fruit.  I need to see if AB has touched on the subject.  I made Black and White Cookies for dessert.  They are also known as half and half cookies and half moon cookies.  I've never had a b&w cookie but I keep seeing them pre-packaged at Costco and they fit the theme so I went for it.  I used MS's cookie recipe but after reading the icing reviews I opted for the Hemstrought's Bakery icing.  The fudge icing was perfect (although it was brown, not black) but the white icing was buttercream and it just looked sloppy alongside the smooth black.  I wish now that I had used Martha's recipe.  I'm sorry Martha, I never should have doubted you. The cookie was cake-like and lemony.  I liked it, here's a pic that I took today after the neatest cookies were already eaten.

 We didn't get to have the smoke monster popcorn because I didn't try hard enough to find ground loomi or nigella seeds.  We had jiffy pop though and it was great!

Speaking of popcorn.  I really want this.

Monday, May 17, 2010

first swim

Originally uploaded by AmySaid
Lucas cooled off in his baby pool yesterday. I posted the photos to flickr.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Aunt Cissy

My Great Aunt died on Tuesday.  My sister and I called her Aunt Cissy, her name was Edna Lucille and Aunt Lucille was too hard for me to pronounce when I was a child.  She was one of my Nana's five sisters, now Nana only has one sister left.  I feel really sorry for her. 

I spent a lot of time with Aunt Cissy when I was a little girl.  She taught me how to sew, balance a checkbook, my multiplication tables, and she always kept crayons in a cookie tin for me to color with.  We played hi-ho cheerio and I dug in her plants with tiny garden tools.  She loved her dogs, Toby, Josh, and Little Girl, and she had an aquarium full of guppies that I tragically overfed once.  At Easter, she would make bunny rabbit cakes, one chocolate and one coconut.  I still have the quilt that the made me when I was born along with a few other very special handmade gifts including the quilt that she made for Lucas last fall.  She amassed the best collection of family photos and records that you could ask for.

This past week opened my eyes to how our family's dynamic really has changed.  When I was a kid and someone died my Nana and Aunt Cissy would feed everyone and make sure that everything ran smoothly.  Now my Mama does it with a little bit of my help.  I don't like getting old.