I haven’t shared this with anyone—not even my mother—even though my friend Shevaun shared it with me without hesitation, and her Auntie Joanie has shared it with countless others. Selfish, I know, but it was my ticket to fame in Cowichan. For Christmas, what better is there to give than this?
Yesterday morning I entered Mellor Hall at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds feeling nervous. I walked past Jennifer Tinsley’s amazing mural without looking up, nor did I notice the thousands of exhibition entries including wine, flowers, baked goods, weaving, quilting, honey, and crafts covering tables from end to end of the massive hall. I was entirely focused on the Domestic Science tables, where the night before I had placed 6 chocolate chip cookies, carefully selected from a freshly baked batch of 30, and one cake, made by my mister. (more…)
From the moment I became a mom, I was determined to make the best chocolate-chip cookies. A cookie so delicious it would lure little Hansels and Gretels into my home, thus acquainting me with the children my girls play with. These children would leave spellbound, unconsciously driven to keep my girls safe so they were assured access to my freshly baked cookie-scented kitchen. (more…)
I stopped in at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds yesterday. Mostly just to snoop, and to let my kids get a feel for the place before the crowds roll in tomorrow. We passed the amusement rides on the way in. “Look Mom! A merri-go-round!” says a kid from the back of the van. I think she was referring to the Ferris wheel. I hope she wasn’t referring to the Zipper. Needless to say, the whole family is looking forward to this weekend. (more…)