May 4th

Today was much sweeter. I woke up after a good 11 hours of sound, deep sleep feeling headache-free. Granted, my heart still aches, but that will take more than a night of rest to change. Baking could help.

Brownie joy
Coconut lemon cookies

Tomorrow we are having a potluck at work and I’d signed up for dessert. I definitely got carried away, but the relief I find in cooking is parallel only to running and I just didn’t have the stamina for a long run tonight. Tomorrow’s menu includes Sweet Sedona bundt cake, lemon coconut cookies and Mexican cinnamon brownies — all in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Sweet Sedona Bundt Cake
Coconut lemon cookies
Voila -- brownies for tomorrow's fiesta

Maddy and I had a great time. She is a doll and such a great reminder of the joy of life. I watched her today with her girlfriends and family; I want to be more like her — she’s carefree, confident, strong and sweet to a fault.

Maddy and me at her 11th birthday party

Thank you for your kind words about yesterday’s post. My apologies to the Monday dieters cruising through the blog.

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12 Responses

  1. Those lemon coconut cookies are really worth a try!

  2. So sorry to hear about your friends brother. Such sad news. Glad you are feeling better today and are finding crafty ways to deal with the heartache. *hugs*

  3. Those sweets look tasty! Sorry to hear about your friends brother ((hugs)).

  4. Luckily I was eating my breakfast while reading your post, so I didn’t start craving all those goodies too much.

    sorry to hear about such a heartbreaking loss. I hope you continue to heal.

  5. “I want to be more like her ‚Äî she‚Äôs carefree, confident, strong and sweet to a fault.”

    Just from reading your blog, I would say you are not too far off. Being an adult might make you a little less carefree. Based on life’s expericences, “sweet to a fault” could be replaced with “sweet, but wise enough to know when not to be too sweet”.

  6. Delicious treats. You’re so kind.

  7. Ohhhh, that Sedona bundt cake sounds delicious:) Every time I see or hear the word bundt cake it reminds me of that seen in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, you know the one were the boyfriend’s parents bring a bundt cake and the girlfriend’s mom has no idea what it is and has a hard, hard time pronouncing the word bundt…

    Anyway….girl you are the same as a young girl ~ carefree,confident, strong and sweet. Dont second guess yourself so much.

  8. I bet she was so excited to have you there!

    All the yummies look so good!

  9. I’m so glad Maddy’s birthday was a success. The things you’re learning from her would be lovely ideas to add to my life, too.

    Your cooking has given me a chocolate craving, so I may have to start a little baking of my own this afternoon.

  10. Kelli,

    So sorry to hear about your loss, it’s just awful, and nothing really helps.

    Glad to see you baking though, and finding the light in the darkness of grief.


  11. Oh dear, I’ve fallen behind on blog writing AND reading. So sorry to hear about your friend’s brother. It sounds like you’re holding up, but how terrible. I hope your friend knows how much you care.