Fig Bars

We have been so busy the past few weeks…or months.  I feel like summer flew by quicker than any other summer.  Summer time is usually when I do new recipes with all the wonderful, seasonal, fresh fruits and veg but this year I haven’t had much time to really go through my favorite blogs or websites or experiment very much.  I’ve been relying on my old favorites given I know so many of them by heart and they are usually really quick to make.  Rob was also away a lot this summer so when it came time to packing lunches and snacks for camp I wanted to pack things I knew the kids like.  I’m often surprised by what they don’t love.  I have made cookies or other sweets in the past that they were like “ehhh” about things the adults loved.  So given all this, not many new sweet creations or treats came out of my kitchen lately. I am a HUGE fan of The Sprouted Kitchen.  Her site and book are so beautiful and the photos are incredibly beautiful, delicate, and sooooo mouth-watering.  I have … [Read more...]

Cherry Cafoutis

This year Mimi’s (or “Maman’s” as us grandkids always called her) would have been 101.  She passed nearly 5 years ago now but every year I remember her and all the joy she brought into our lives.  One of my daughters has recently begun asking a lot of questions about Mimi. What she was like?  Did she ever meet them? Do I miss her? While we did live far from Mimi I spoke with her often on the phone. We also skyped with her so she could see the girls when they were so tiny! She couldn’t get over it, seeing the girls from so far away. A woman of her generation could never have imagined such a thing as video conferencing. Her amazement was almost as wonderful as her excitement to see my little babies. My girls were her first great-grandchildren and sadly the only ones she had a chance to meet.  We took them overseas to see her when they were only 8 months old. I was very sleep deprived and exhausted from a VERY busy time at work and the early morning feeding times with the girls but … [Read more...]