Monday cookies... on Wednesney???

Hi everyone...

Today's post is two days late, I know.  I apologize in the best way possible, with warm and delicious carrot cake cookies.

Last week, after reading blog after blog of fall recipes, I was craving fall treats like a mad woman. But since out here it is still on the summery side, I though I'd make carrot cake, or a sightly faster and less messy version of carrot cake.

Today's cookie starts off like any Monday cookie, with a batch of sugar cookie dough. Then we add all the carrot cake basics, mix it all well and into the oven it goes. Out comes a warm little cluster of carrot cake. My son is at that stage were he helps mommy with everything, measuring ingredients, playing with the butter, and yes, playing with the dough, so we make little 1" dough balls. He likes his cookies bite sized, perfect for his little hands and mouth. Having said that, if it were up to me, i'd make giant freeform cookies, with brown crisp edges and soft comforting center. However you choose to shape you cookies, they sure are delicious.

Recipe - makes a dozen cookies
1 cup sugar cookie dough, at room temperature
1/3 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp maple sugar
1/8 tsp grated lemon/orange zest

- Place all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix with a wooden spoon just until combined.
- Shape cookies into 1" balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat mat.
- bake at 325 F, for 8 min, or until slightly brown around the edge.

I've been visiting various sites and blogs looking for ideas for my sons room, and I hope to the post ready for all of you soon. I've also been working on all those baby blankets and as soon as I get a chance, I'll photograph them and share the pictures with you. Hopefully soon!!!!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you bake a batch of this delicious cookies to brighten up your day!

ciao ciao natalia           


once upon a time II

Good morning to you...
 Today I want to share with you a few more pictures of my son's room as I start to put things away, measure for new curtains, and prepare the space for a wonderful little boy.

This hand painted night stand is one of the most precious things in his room. It was once in a little girl's nursery, mine. I though about painting it for a little while, and then I decided it just looked better the way it is. 
A little detail on the chandelier, I think this one will go in my bedroom for now.

My mom brought this little blue box from a trip to Paris while I was still pregnant. The mobile has been hanging in my son's bedroom even since. Until today that is.
College Fund Piggy is what we call him!!!
all photos by me - please use wisely

I've been visiting blog after blog looking for fabulous ideas for the room, I'll be posting them soon.

Thanks for stopping by today, come back soon!!!

                            ciao ciao, natalia


monday maple pecan sugar cookies

Good Monday morning to everyone!!!

Today I would like to share with you these easy cookies I made for my son last week. He loves eating the pecan mixture as much as the dough, and even though its hard for him to wait so long, he love the cookies too. Its as simple as lightly toasting and finely chopping pecans. Once they have cooled, toss them with one my all time favorite ingredients for cookie making, maple sugar.

Make 1" sugar cookie dough balls and roll them in the mixture until evenly coated. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat mat and flatten out slightly.

Bake at 325f for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven. Wait for them to cool, if you can, and enjoy a great week!!!

If you get a chance, hide a few of these cookies and enjoy when you need to sweeten up your day!! 


Thank you for stopping by, have a great week everyone!!!

ciao ciao natalia


welcome home baby boy

Good morning everyone!!!

 I was up late last night trying to finish this wonderful little boy's blanket. My friend asked me some time ago for a receiving blanket to bring her baby home. And even though it seems like she told me she was pregnant last week, the truth is she is almost due!!! So I used every little spare second I could find, and here is the result. I hope you like it!!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend !! Come back soon!

                                                       ciao ciao, natalia


Once upon a time..

... a mommy and a daddy set out to make the dreamiest of places
 for a tiny little baby that was soon to come.
Not knowing whether the magical room would be filled with 
dolls and tea parties or dragons and knights,
they decided to make everything gray and white.
And so the baby came, and quickly grew
and found for every little object in his room
a brand new use.
Once filled with diapers and wipes
the chest now hold his growing collection of cars.

Porcelain gifts from dear friends, 
had to be put away!!
He has grown so much
he can reach almost anything on his own.
Old silver rattles and cups, now sleep on a toy barn.
After all, an elephant is an animal to play with,
not a decoration.

Peanuts the elephant, came from the far away land of FAO Schwartz.
Even Oscar the Grouch had to find a new home. 
A trash can is no place for friend,
 but it is good enough for a game of basketball.

After thousands of naps and hours of play,
the time has come to give this little boy a brand new space.
A space to accommodate his new toys and his growing needs.
I wish I could keep  his room like this forever, but times change
and so must we.
                                                                             ciao ciao, natalia
All photos by me, please let me know if you would like to use them... Thank you!