The Naughty Lottie cake

Little miss and I made a cake last weekend that was so de-lish!  We just used the Yellow Cake recipe out of the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook and it was super moist.  We had to improvise a bit on the buttercream frosting but my clever 5-year-old decided to hide some of our mistakes with a fruit topping she did herself.  She dubbed it the “Naughty Lottie” cake because she just couldn’t avoid the temptation of a sneaky slice when she was supposed to eating her dinner…

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Le Thoureil, France

We were on vacation recently in the beautiful Loire Valley in France and we happened across a tiny but beautiful little village right on the Loire river called Le Thoureil.  This bijoux little town is so pristine.  Everywhere you look is like an image from a postcard. If only we had more time!

I’m baaaaaack

So here I was in the throes of toddler motherhood back in November 2014 when my favorite little hobby,, got infiltrated. I only had time to be sad for about a day but many of you lovely followers told me you missed my blog. I’ve been delinquent in doing anything about it but my sister has been blogging about her own house renovations (check out Mullet House – she’s far funnier than I am!) and she said she really wanted me to get my own blog back up. With a little help from the folks at Fiverr, it’s been reinstalled from a clean backup for a small little sum so…here I am. Life has moved on quite a bit so I’m sure I won’t be as frequent a poster as I was before but I imagine in will still indulge in my little writing outlet if you’d like to join me… and just to reassure you all, the blog’s namesake is still fully in the frame in our household. Matilda McGregor (Tilly) will be 10 later on this month and is still my (nearly) constant companion.

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