I’ve been missing my mama like crazy lately.

Chocololate Almond Cookies 2 - Yes, I want cake

I think it’s the impending holidays.

Actually, I know it’s the impending holidays. The thought of facing them without her is very close to unbearable.

Chocololate Almond Cookies 3 - Yes, I want cake

So instead of making plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas (I seriously have no idea what we’re doing or who we are spending the holidays with), I’m packing all my moments full of things that make me smile.

Chocololate Almond Cookies - Yes, I want cake

We go to the park daily, even if it’s freezing. We play with friends. We go to the library. Meeker and I learn how to speak French every night after Adrienne goes to bed. We paint. We hike. I take a lot of pictures. I ignore that pile of laundry for another day. We crunch the leaves. We read a gazillion books.

And we bake cookies.

Lots of cookies.

I have so many (so many!) things to be supremely grateful for…I’m just going to cling on for dear life to those blessings, and let everything else work itself out.

That’s a plan I can handle.


Frosted Chocolate Almond Cookies

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{adapted from a recipe out of my very first cookbook}

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/4 C butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 C cocoa
  • 1 C sliced almonds


  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 t vanilla OR peppermint extract
  • 2 T milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl. Add the salt, egg and the milk and stir.

Add the flour, baking powder, cocoa, and almonds and mix until just combined.

Drop by spoonful on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

For the frosting, combine all ingredients until  smooth, then drizzle over or dip the cookies in it.

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