Hard to believe our daughter (still getting used to the idea) is one month old. The days and weeks have flown by, and yet we have been aware of every moment as it has passed (sometimes painfully). A is clearly not a great sleeper, although things are going very well on the feeding front. I suppose that balances out. There have been momentary meltdowns from all members of the family, right down to the cat, along with sweet moments when we have glimpsed smiles and laughed together, and other hours that have seemingly vaporised into nothing. Such is life with a newborn, when the days all blur into each other and you enter into this strange time warp.
We do get tugged back to real time several times a day by the need to maintain some sense of normal routine for the other youngster in the house. A youngster who wants to play and eat and read and draw and bake (and ideally not go to childcare, but the world, sadly, is not ideal). I'm all too happy to try to bake something every now and then, particularly if it involves playing with my new kitchen toy. So we have somehow found some time to do so:
Melting moments from Janet's wonderful collection of recipes at Eater (which has just moved to blogger- must update my side bar). I've blogged about these before. They are simple (especially with a stand mixer to do the hard work) and delicious.
And some Rare Things (as I like to call them, or Coconut Macaroons according to the recipe). Deliciously chewy cookies requiring only three ingredients, two minutes to mix and 10 minutes to bake. I used a Donna Hay recipe that called for you to simply mix together 2 cups dessicated coconut (I used shredded) with 1/2 cup caster sugar and 2 egg whites- there was no mention of beating the egg whites first.
To ensure that I could involve both my kitchen helpers, KA whipped the eggwhites to soft peaks first, then C poured in the caster sugar into the mixer for some more whipping, and finally the coconut was gently incorporated on a low speed (Yes, I have watched the DVD now, and am dreaming about one day making my own sausages as well as home made ice cream. May need to buy a bigger freezer first). Makes a fairly small batch (probably good for my waistline). You could easily play around with this kind of cookie- adding nuts, chocolate, spices, dried fruit etc. Hopefully these won't be so rare around here in times to come.
Same too for longer baby sleeps at night, and those sweet, fleeting baby smiles.