Today is my sister Tisha's birthday. She would have been 53. I would have a card and a present for her first thing and then we maybe would have had breakfast out and a walk down Main Street to celebrate.  And then some window shopping and maybe later we'd have dinner or go catch a movie. Simple times. Simple happiness. 

I miss her so much.  I wonder if there will ever be a time that I don't miss her and I just cannot imagine it. Her loss, the lack of her, the space where she once dwelled is so empty and I am so lost sometimes...

With Tisha - July 2010 SFO - Paul McCartney Concert

With Tisha - July 2010 SFO - Paul McCartney Concert


Oh barf!  I spent the day in bed, sad and feeling very alone. To make myself feel better, after I finally lurched up and back to life, I made a test batch of something I've been contemplating for a bit. How to make some kid friendly, easy to grab, fun treats for Farmer's Market and today I came up with Garbage Balls!  

Instead of making those oh so "normal" rice crispy treats; you know, 3 tablespoons of butter, a bag of mini marshmallows and 6 cups of crispy rice cereal; heat & melt, mix up and done.

Instead of that boring old trope, I decided to go one (.. er, two) better. My first batch started with the standard butter & marshmallow beginning, but I added fresh grated ginger and some sweetened coconut. Later, after it cools, I'm cutting them into rectangles and then I'll add some chocolate and more coconut to jazz them up a bit. 

The next batch I added a big glug of Trader Joe's maple syrup and instead of using just crispy rice, I grabbed a fresh box of corn chex cereal.  I also added a handful of crispy rice and some frosted flake cereal to jazz it up a bit. I also mixed in some multicolored sprinkles for color. 

Taking a look at them now, I think the first one is the better version. That one got balled up before the sprinkles melted and it looks much much cleaner. The mix came out a little less sticky that it needed to be so I wrapped the balls in plastic wrap - which should help keep the ball shape intact. 



Harry's just back with some shopping and some dinner - yay!  He got dates, which are a weird ingredient, especially for something so very English!  We are trying out a recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding and the recipe calls for dates...

Wow - super Nom is all I can say. These are going to be a hit (and the caramel sauce - wow!)