Making Whoopie

Right now, I feel amazing
I love skiing
two days and one night away from my island, my family
returned just in time
to a hug from my shirtless man,
my hubby: fresh from pizza makin’ and bubble bath givin’
returned just in time
to swing into nighttime’s routine feeling totally refreshed,
just in time to whisper sweet dreams to my sweet family.
Belingham’s afternoon shopping, hotel by the sea, early afternoon lounging, sushi train restaurant:
therapy, meditation, just what I needed
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after feeling like I never get away, get a break, get a little time.
Perfect for my second ever time away from our third baby,
third getaway in seven years.

I knit so much
I had a hard time holding chopsticks while eating sushi
I don’t like #2 needles
feels like toothpicks
feels like elderly arthritis fingers when I’m done
Lucy May picked out this book from the library, picked a tiny baby
dreams of an Altoid tin to make a little bed
Lucy’s favorite game is Baby Out In The Snow where there’s a baby left out in the snow
she finds her, wraps her up, feeds her, makes her smile and makes her a part of our home
The game ends with Lucy telling me she’s a new mommy and her baby is now warm and sleeping.
It was a dream come true for her to play this game during our recent snowstorm
Sometimes Lucy begs friends, siblings 
to let her be the baby and find her
Lucy feels that this baby
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could always be in her pocket and she’d be ready anytime to play her favorite game.  Silly, silly girl.  
This tiny baby was so hard to knit with crampy fingers,
this tiny baby took a hours to knit.
Love her this much to make her Valentine’s Day come true.

Spent the next day at Mt. Baker with a great island mama pal
five hours, fresh snow, a little blue sky:
I fell in love with skiing all over again
strengthened my crush on snowy mountains
renewed my urge to buy a pickup camper and spend weekends with my family
crowded, fleece-covered
 in parking lot’s skiing accessibility
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all in time to make the 5:20 ferry.
Yup.  Awesome.
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{whoopie pie}
The basics of this recipe came handwritten on an index card from the late wife of Luke’s 4th grade teacher.  For our wedding we received a large box with one hundred handwritten recipes from Yvonne titled For Love.
Blend:  1/4 cup Crisco, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla
Add: 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup + 1 TBL cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt
Drop: by rounded TBLful onto greased cookie sheet into a preheated, 375 degree oven for exactly 8 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).
Cool: on wire rack.
{creme filling}
Beat: I used a KitchenAid mixer forever 1/2 cup of room temperature butter and 1/2 cup Crisco, 1/2 cup of warm whole milk.  1 cup sugar, 1 TBL flour, 1 tsp vanilla.  It looks like lumps for a long time.  Then, all of a sudden, it looks like what comes out of a Twinkie.
Match:  Pair together the best twin sister whoopie cakes.
Fill:  Spread filling and top like a sandwich.
Sprinkle with love and confectionary sugar.

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