Archive for July, 2010



My heart aches for his family.
I wish I could do something for them. Instead of sitting here drinking tea.

But I keep praying.


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Tonight I am baking a vanilla cake and making lemon buttercream frosting.
Tomorrow I am going to be assembling them together to create a summer birthday cake. I have visions of  this delicious cloud-like masterpiece that will melt in my mouth after all my efforts are expelled.
Yes, I know, I have high hopes.

My sister, Alyssa, is turning twenty-four tomorrow.
She loves lemon.
I love her.
There will be lemon tomorrow.

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     I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my nostalgic belongings. May I?

This is Monsieur Holiday.
A typewriter.


I found it yesterday. I am loving it. My favourite thing? The bell that rings at the end of each line. I love that sound. It is a 1963 Remington Holiday. Adorable, isn’t it?








   I brought Monsieur Holiday in the kitchen and put him by the window. I typed in between stirring pudding on the stove. Yes, I made chocolate pudding today.  It’s really very good. I think I will share the recipe with you. It’s quite simple.

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

·6 tablespoons sugar
·¼ cup baking cocoa
·2 tablespoons cornstarch
·1½ cups milk
·½ teaspoon vanilla extract
·Whipped cream, optional

     In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for two minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. yield: 2 servings.

     Yes, it is that easy. Though, I highly recommend you follow the directions and pour the milk into the dry ingredients and whisk. Not pour the dry ingredients into the milk and whisk. That takes longer. I know. And two servings? Only two servings? We usually make a quad batch here. With our abundance of fresh milk, a quad batch works perfect. Whole milk, gotta love it.

     I know, you’re probably thinking to yourself, ‘Why would I make pudding when I can buy it?’ It’s just better, that’s why. You busy people who buy snack pack pudding for your kids; you really ought to slow down and enjoy something. Why not pudding?

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