We just finished our last week of classes, and I’ve decided that no matter how old you are, the anticipation and excitement of summer break never gets old. A full-fledged bonus of working in education is the child-like freedom of summer. So to celebrate, today’s recipe is a two-for-one special, as the double chocolate chip cookies that make up these cookie sandwiches have become one of my favorites all on their own. I first made these cookie sandwiches for our picnic in the park to celebrate Jordan’s birthday and again on Mother’s Day. Not having fresh strawberries on hand initially, I made the strawberry-coconut cream by grinding dried strawberries into a powder. This turned out great, but, with the advent of strawberry season, I wanted to try my hand at a fresh strawberry cream filling. …
It’s hard to believe I started this blog a year ago this week. At the time, I was feeling exhausted and run down, and it wasn’t for several months later that I figured out the reason for that. I assumed my schedule was to blame, and I wanted something totally separate from my day-to-day that would not only give me a creative outlet, but would force me to continue to learn and to connect with others….
So here we are. The end of summer. We celebrated end-of-summer’s eve last night watching our KC Royals play to a sold out stadium. Heath and I sat sandwiched between a couple families with young kids, and not a single detail of the muggy night under the bright lights escaped them. Wide-eyed with their royal blue capes, those kids were entranced by the megatron, stuffing popcorn and peanuts into their mouths as they cheered, and were endlessly trying to start the wave. I, of course, tried to oblige them each and every time. That is summer. The most American of pastimes, and through a child’s eyes, no less. A perfect way to close it out….