The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and Cooking through My Grief

Taking it one recipe at a time. 2013 will be mainly focused on "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," by Dinah Bucholz, and how doing what I love, cooking, being with my family and reading Harry Potter will help me process my grief associated with loosing my 3 week old daughter, Ruby, on November 18th, 2011.
Join me for a "culinary magical masterpiece" throughout 2013!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ruby's Wish

I have been working on the logistics of our start up Non-profit organization and it has been taking so much time and thought and energy. My husband and I are so excited to get this up and running though and are very excited to see how far we can reach and how many lifes will be blessed from this! Please go visit our Facebook page so you can keep up with our progress. Just look up "Ruby's Wish" and like us. We are trying to get 200 likes by the end of March! Please help us reach that goal:)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Now and Forever/ Pumpkin Bread

I know it is March and the uproaching March 21, 1st day of Spring cannot get here fast enough! So making pumpkin bread kind of took me back two seasons ago, but I was pregnant and I had a new baby, the last two I have missed out on a lot of things I LOVE in the fall. One of these is the fall soups and breads-so, I broke down and made some Pumpkin Bread. First off, this was a fantastic recipe! It cooked up perfectly! It wasn't heavy or mushy in the middle like some Pumpkin bread can be. I loved that Bucholz suggested to sprinkle powdered sugar on top! It was a perfect way to finish off the bread before it got devoured!!! It excited my pallet to eat and makes me wish I had another loaf ready to eat just writing about it! I did add a few things to the bread that I love. One is I added some walnuts, I always love a little crunch in my pumpkin/bannana breads, and I also added some chocolate chips, lets face it, I'm a chocoholic, I just have to have it!
  In Memory of Ruby this week I have spent some time just talking about her with Rose. Just taking little Moments of every day, keeping her alive in our family, not wanting Rose to forget. And then Rose surprises me and in return reminds me every day, "Ruby is In our Heart Mom!" "Ruby is in our heart Dad." I don't know who taught her this, or if this is how she makes sence of everything, but I like this response better than her old one where she would say "Ruby is in the Hospital," even though it has been months, and months since we last saw her. "Ruby is in our Hearts," brings so much peace with it! And the reality is that we will never forget her because truly our hearts will never forget our beautiful little girl!

 This past weekend there seems to have been a lot of death and as always, the emotion that goes along with loosing a loved one-saddness.  To them I guess my thoughts and message would be that even though you no longer get to hold, touch, and interact with your loved one, THEY ARE IN YOUR HEART! Now and forever!