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Pac-man Olive Oil Meyer Lemon Cake

This year we were lucky to get a lot of Meyer Lemons from our tree. I searched quite awhile for a recipe to use them in and found this lovely cake.

http://hilahcooking.com/meyer-lemon-olive-oil-cake/

It’s not too sweet, has a pronounced lemon flavor, and more importantly has a high taste to effort ratio. I was able to make it while the baby napped (which isn’t long these days).

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Paper Crane Mobile

Since I don’t sew or knit, I really wanted to make something for the baby that involved some other skills. I decided to make a paper crane mobile. Never mind that I also didn’t know origami. I enlisted the help of my sister, the expert origami folder. Over Fourth of July weekend we folded 60 paper cranes. She folded 3 cranes to my 1 and I had to look at the YouTube video each time (really).

Next I had the help of my husband in creating the frame. We used embroidery hoops that we wrapped in yarn. Karl then linked the hoops with dowels that were also wrapped in yarn and hot glued to the hoops. I then strung the cranes on to heavy duty thread with a needle and knotted the ends. I decided to do a capiz shell chandelier type of design with three different lengths of cranes for each hoop. I was done knotting and had moved onto tying when I went into labor one week before my due date.

Fast forward almost three months later — the baby can see across the room so I decided to finish the mobile on Christmas Day before I went back to work.

So after nearly six months and the efforts of three people, it is done. The baby loves his mobile, which makes it all worth it (I find myself saying that a lot these days). I will post more pictures of it hanging in his room later. The ones you see are of it hanging from a stocking holder on the mantle (a good place to make final adjustments with minimal tangling).

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Cacao Nib Shortbread Cookies

Ever since we went to Seattle and visited Theo Chocolate, I’ve been meaning to bake with the cacao nibs I bought from them. This recipe lets me do this. It’s a very textural cookie and grown up. Not too sweet which is great for me considering that my gestational diabetes has not quite gone away. I recommend having these with tea. Also, this recipe uses half whole wheat in the flour component. They’re almost downright healthy.

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Playtime!

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And in the 37th week, a pregnancy related skin rash has resulted in this latest purchase. Users describe it as smelling like “railroad tracks” and “bacon over a campfire”. The second description sounds like a plus in my book. But at this point, I will try even bacon-soap from grandpa to stop the incessant itching.

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Even more adorable in real life.

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Happy 4th of July! I made blueberry hand pies in honor of the day. My blueberry pies never set up so I thought these would work better. They’re a bit oozy but I think they’ll do. I used this recipe:

http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/2011/7/3/blueberry-hand-pies.html.

My alterations were using a half lard and butter crust and subbing in a teaspoon of fresh thyme for the cinnamon. If you’ve never tried thyme with blueberries I think they compliment one another well.

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The name on the seed packet said “Cut and Come Again”. They weren’t lying.

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Jeans planters in front of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower).