Monthly Archive May 2011

Not Your Everyday Jennifer

The next subject in my Name Project series, Jennifer Leal, sat down with me recently and talked about her name, why her parents selected it, and why the sound of it triggers giggles from her children. Jennifer is the mastermind behind the popular blog, Savoring the Thyme, and as you'll see from this interview (and its corresponding photo), she is a smile-inspiring person.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are not just your everyday chocolate chip cookies. Of course, they're vegan which makes them different right out of the gates. But there's also a secret ingredient that I think makes them just a little bit healthier than your typical chocolate chip cookie. Finding a healthier cookie is good, but even more important is one that also tastes delicious. This cookie covers all three bases - vegan, healthier, and oh-so-tasty!

Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Today, a freshly-made jar of vegan caramel sauce in the fridge was partly to blame for my desire to make chocolate caramel cookies. I had hoped for caramel oozing from a chocolate cookie. However, the vegan caramel sauce preferred to infuse into the cookie, leaving just trace amounts of visible golden caramel. It's alright I finally concluded. First of all, caramel infused chocolate cookies are pretty tasty. And second, I had caramel sauce leftover which worked quite well to drizzle over the finished cookies.

In Honor of Herbs

I stayed recently with my lovely cousin, Margie and her husband Mel. Margie is a master gardener and I was in heaven taking photographs of her spring blossoms.

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I could have stayed all day taking photographs of her flower gardens, but Margie had something else in mind. We were headed to an herb sale. That's right, I happened to be staying at Margie's the very day of the Webster Groves Herb Society's 40th Annual Herb Sale. How lucky could I get!