Posts from April 2016

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

04/28/2016

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With the last few lemons hanging on our tree, I made a big batch of lemon cookies and mailed them to lots of people for important reasons: my grandma’s 90th birthday, my dad’s 65th birthday, the staff in the NICU for being amazing with Leo, and to Leo’s birth parents in thanks for giving us him. Lemon shortbread cookies are WORTH all this celebration and gratitude, right??

Ingredients:

Cookies:
1/2 c butter, cold
1/2 c white sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 c flour
1 T lemon zest
1/2 t salt

Glaze:
1 T lemon juice
1/2 c powdered sugar

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl, put in the sugar, flour, lemon zest, and salt. Chop up the butter into small pieces. Place in bowl, and mix gently. Add the egg. Mix together. (If it doesn’t look like hard dough, take out of the bowl and mix together with your hands. Make sure you get all the butter mixed together.)

Next, roll the dough into one long tube, and roll it in parchment paper. Put this in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Once the dough is cold, take out of the freezer, and cut into 1/2 inch slices and put on an insulated cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

To make the glaze, add lemon juice to 1/2 c powdered sugar. Drizzle over the cookies when cold. Feel free to add more zest to garnish.

Leo Joseph

04/17/2016

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My apologies for the lack of recipes lately–we’ve been a little preoccupied. Namely, we have a kid!! Leo Joseph was born on Monday the 4th; and a beautiful little redhead is he.

Ironically, although I can grow carrots and cabbage, passion fruit and figs, oranges and orchids, and lemons and lettuce, I can’t grow babies. Two years of fertility awfulness plus two years of waiting on an adoption list ended in us being handed Leo. (To make a long story short: my uterus is apparently a waste-of-space.) We were picked over my many many mamas, but the birth-mom who chose us was right. And throughout the last two weeks of getting to know her and her family, and forging this life-long relationship between us, Gary and I have emerged parents. Adoption is a heart-wrenching and beautiful thing when the right people who can’t have kids connect with the right people who choose others to raise theirs. Leo’s birth parents are amazing people who will continue to be in our lives as we all watch him grow. The last two weeks spent in the NICU with Leo have shown us that we have this vast and amazing support system through our family and friends both locally and afar that will help us love this child fiercely.

To use a food analogy, this experience can be likened to my Midwestern love of apples. To me, they taste so much like home. Yet in my little Florida yard here, we can grow everything but. However, I’ve gotten amazing and beautiful apples grown elsewhere, and enjoyed them throughly here. Locally grown is great, of course, but sometimes you just have to import in order to enjoy.

In our short week and a half of being attached to this little guy, missing holes in Gary and my hearts are now filled. We cannot wait to enjoy a lifetime of his deliciousness!

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