Category Archives: spring

’tis the season

‘Tis the season for spring training… and also, apparently, basketball.  My baseball-loving nephew discovered basketball this winter.  Like his love of kayaking, baseball, and skiing (Nordic and Alpine), he comes by his new sport honestly. Read more…

(almost) birthday boy!

I am in Tahoe this week visiting my favorite kids (and escaping the oppressive humidity in Washington, DC).  I won’t be back before my nephew’s 5th birthday next month, so I brought him an early birthday treat. Read more…

if you give an artist a cookie…

I recently made cookies for a very special bride-to-be.  She and her fiancé are both amazing artists and all-around fantastic human beings.  The benefit of making cookies for artists is that they turn cookies into art.   Read more…

cherry blossom time

I live in beautiful Washington, DC.  Most of the time, my city is known for its partisan gridlock, political corruption, House of Cards-style power struggles, and complete inability to solve both real and manufactured crises.   Read more…

so THAT’S what those funny shaped tips are for!

For my 30th birthday, my then fiancé (now husband) gave me a tool box filled with piping bags, icing tips, and food coloring. I had been decorating cookies with those little tubes of icing from the grocery store. That gift started me on the path to what has become a pretty serious hobby. Read more…

easter egg tutorial

The first time I made cookies for Nate, he remarked, “it’s amazing what you can do with lines and dots!”  It’s true.  With the right colors and designs, easy techniques can have a powerful impact.

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finally spring

It was a long, wet, cold winter in the nation’s capital.  Despite the fact that 2013 was the warmest year on record — and the warmest and driest in California–Nate and I suffered near-New England-like conditions down here in DC.   Read more…

pollster by day and night

First, I have to thank my colleague Lester for giving me the title for this post.  In an email exchange timestamped 3 am, he questioned the legitimacy of “pollster by day.”  It is true;  lately I have been a pollster by day and night and those dark quiet hours in between.  Read more…

spring, please.

The talking heads will spend the weekend debating the sequester, crisis governance, and partisan gridlock.  But I am thinking about cherry blossoms and warm weather.  I am sick of winter hats, wool coats, and grey skies.  I want to arrive home before dark. I want to wear sandals and white pants. Read more…

green food is good for you

My mother-in-law’s husband is Irish-American and they LOVE St. P’s Day.  It’s not my thing for many reasons, which disappoints my mother-in-law.  I finally conceded and agreed to make SPD cookies.  My mother-in-law got pictures of cookies and my office got much-needed sugar.

Lesson: don’t disappoint your mother in law.  Make cookies. Read more…