Hi there, it's me again. You know, the person who blogged for a few years rather religiously and then dropped off the face of the earth? Well, I'm back. What have I been doing, you ask? Well, there has been that rather time-consuming task of parenting two brilliant and hard headed little girls, did I mention they're cute? Because they are. So cute that if you're on Facebook you see them all the time. That's the other thing that seems to have taken up way more time than I would care to admit. The creation of Facebook ruined my blogging, that's the real culprit of my failure to blog and let's be honest, it's much more easy on me to blame a website than my own laziness. If you're not a friend of mine on Facebook and haven't seen the kids for a while, well, here you go.
I've also been doing this little thing called cake decorating. Wasn't really planning on having it turn into anything but it seems to have started to turn into a beast of it's own. If I decide to make something more of this we will see, but so far, it's fun. Here are some cakes I've decorated.
It's never been a secret to most people who know me that I love to cook and I have decided to try and take my blog more in that direction.. things that interest me and keep me busy rather than to just go on and on about what my kids do. Not that Avery and Hadleigh aren't interesting and fun subjects, and there will still be plenty of anecdotes about them because they are so entertaining, but I think it's time to start remembering who I am and was before the two little people who bless me most came along.
If I had endless supplies of money one of the first things I would do would be to sign up for culinary school with a focus on being a pastry chef. I find cooking and baking extremely relaxing, something I know many people do not find it to be, but for me, the one place I feel most at ease is in my kitchen tweaking a new recipe or creating one of my own. I guess, because I am not a very artistic person (I can't even draw a stick figure) creating recipes is my own personal version of art. My favorite time is on the weekend when Rob is entertaining the girls and I can go into the kitchen, pour myself a glass of wine, put a chick flick on the big screen tv (we have a great room which encompasses the kitchen and family room) and cook a fantastic meal. My own personal heaven.
I get asked frequently for recipes and ideas for meals and because of that I'm going to start putting different recipes that my family and friends enjoy on my blog. It's not that I think my recipes are so fantastic that you can't live without them, I just figure, why not? Who doesn't like to try something new and something they wouldn't have tried if they hadn't heard they really, really should? It's just me trying to put some happiness out into the world. With that said, here's a recipe for a family favorite. We usually only make these a couple times of year because it's hard not to eat the whole tray within a day, and it's somewhat naughty, don't let the fruit fool you. So great with a cup of coffee or tea on a weekend morning!
Blueberry Oat Bars
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup white sugar, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup cold butter
4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice