Have you ever had a day when you just had to have a cookie? I normally am not a cookie fan, but this week they have been screaming my name. Daryl…Daryl….Daryl! Today it was too much.  I had to bake some. Even though I didn’t have any dairy-free butter substitute, I would find a way to enjoy a cookie.  Lo and behold: you can substitute oil for butter. So I used the recipe from and away I went.  I substituted 1/4 c. sunflower and 1/2 c. olive oil for 1 c. butter and 3 TBS ground flax seed mixed with 9 TBS hot water and left to congeal for a few minutes for the 3 eggs. I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips.(Sometimes the main page has a $1 off coupon!)

The results were very moist, but still delicious, so I added a bit of cracked wheat to the remaining dough.  Those are not as moist but you can certainly detect the wheat in them.  The first batch even passed the test of my husband, who thinks all things with egg- or dairy-substitutes are near blasphemy.  He declared “they were good babe.” That’s like getting an Oscar around here!

I just had to snap a few pictures to share with the three people who read my blog Hi Dad! the world .  I’ve become sort of obsessed with food photography lately, even if it is only my food.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed creating them and the cookies.

I’m not sure why they got dark when I saved them.  I’ll work on that tomorrow or so and repost them with corrected lighting.


Pasta with mushrooms, kale and tomato sauce


I am sometimes asked what I can feed my son since he has a list of food allergies. This is an example. Spaghetti with tomato sauce, kale and mushrooms. It is dairy-free, egg-free, legume-free and strawberry free!

Great Strides: Walking to Blow Away Cystic Fibrosis

It’s been a busy month!  I had two portrait shoots and two charity events in one week!

The charity events were two local Great Strides events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that affects one of my dearest friends, so these events were extra special for me.  To learn more about CF visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The weather was great for both events and everyone had a wonderful time.  If you’d like to see all of the pictures from the event follow this link.

Group of walkers at the Cystic fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Great Strides Fletcher Medical

Two children on bicycles

Two female students from Sandalwood's ROTC program greet returning walkers

two lines of children tossing water balloons

Self-Portrait Challenge Part 2: Lighting

The challenge continues today!  For full information, to see other examples or to participate in the fun go to Digital Photography School.

I didn’t learn of the assignment for the day until after dark and I had a pretty nifty idea to use the street lamp to create my silhouette beneath a tree on the garage door. As I was changing to head out there I heard something peculiar and peeked out the window.  What did  I see? The mosquito control truck spraying out cul de sac.  SOOOO I was forced to move my project indoors.  While trying to decide what I could do, I noticed a cool shadow created on the wall by the vanity lights in my bathroom.  Quickly, I ripped the sheets from my bed and draped them over the closet and shower doors. Perfect! Well not quite, but good enough.

The first image is only edited in that I switched it to black and white and added a tiny bit of contrast.  The second exhibits further playful tweaking.

What neat things have you done with light?

Moments to treasure

Have you ever had one of those days?  I think my day qualifies.

1) My son fought his nap for 20 minutes while flailing around like a loon in my arms on the mattress to finally fall asleep while watching me edit photos.

2) He had diarrhea while doing nakey time…on the carpet.

3) Late for services so we missed church.

4) Couldn’t find the debit card so had to find the checkbook for groceries.

5) Took an hour and 2 trips to the rocker and 1 to the bedroom to get him down for the night because he was wiggly

Ordinarily a day like that would have my nerves fried.  Not today.  Sometime before nap time I saw the title of a blog post “There will never be another moment like this.” It stuck with me.  During the chaos of the nap, I massaged his little back, hands and legs while humming, singing and talking softly. I continued to remind myself that he was scared that he would be alone when he awoke since his normal routine has been changed the last two days.

Even the brown mess was no match for me today.  I just plopped him in the tub and on the potty and cleaned it all up. I told him that it was okay because he didn’t mean to go on the floor and his tummy was sick.  He did go in a diaper for the rest of the day though.

During the nighttime up-and-down and roll and smile and giving Mommie kisses, I kept thinking. “It’s okay.  He will sleep. One day he will burst through the front door at curfew and escape to his room without more than a ‘Hi, Mom.’ take these moments when he wants to stay awake and spent time with you and treasure them. Lock them away in your heart, Mommie.”

When I went out to get the mail, I smelled smoke and the sky looked drab.  As I left for church I noticed the sun was a bright pinky-orange circle and was casting a matching glow on the world.  What a wonderful change.  I thought it was due to the smoke in the air, but perhaps not.  After I arrived at church only to realize they were already in the main service, I elected to return home and photograph the glowing orb.

What a beautiful sight.  Maybe I should frame these for a long-term reminder of my day.

What helps you get through those days?

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