Hi, I'm Stephanie




  I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice so much that I decided to have five daughters and name the second one Elizabeth.  Like a modern-day Mrs. Bennett, I spend my days raising my girls so they will be happy and independent when they grow up – only I prefer that they make their money instead of marry it.  And if my youngest runs away to London with some loser at age 15, I will track her down and haul her home myself.  But I’ll totally do some sightseeing first.




The Guinea Pig.  Gives me hope.  My husband in feminine form, she just gets more fun.




 Energetic, smart, kind, and will argue her convictions to the death. 






My Hallie Priscilla. Unique fashion sense, desperately wants to live in a purple house.  Loves skunks and fruit bats.


 My girly-girl and lone lefty.  Charming, gracious, stubborn, preternaturally practical.  And ya, she and Hallie are identical twins.

Scarlett Bella, Bella-boo.  Becoming a daredevil. Spoiled rotten, practically perfect.

Mr. Man

My intensely private husband.  Hilarious, smart, compassionate, good. 


Joan Rivers on Housekeeping:

I hate housework.  You make the beds, you wash the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.

Blog Honor Roll:

CK’s Days

Cozzens Family News

Cranberry Corner

Every Day I Write the Book

Graham Family Adventures

Grandma Honey


Living Waters




"I surely know that there is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."

Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Daughters of God"

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The Prize Cookies

They're like Percocet without the c-section.

Ginger Lime Cookies


Sesame Seed Shortbread









 You don't eat these in one sitting or even a day - actually you don't eat them at all because my vehicle was messier than yours - I nibbled, paused, tried to analyze the flavors. I didn't know cookies could taste like this.  

  Maybe she anticipated the questions that would follow my euphoria; Tanya sent lavendar sugar, rose sugar, bourbon vanilla. 



Clearly, you don't bake bliss with ordinary ingredients.


Maybe the prizes next year will be different.  But they could be the same. I have (barely) enough dignity not to trash my van so I can win the Second Annual Messy Car Contest.  


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Reader Comments (7)

What are you supposed to do with the sugar?

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Well, never having done anything with the stuff I can't be absolutely sure, but a brief internet search has me thinking I'll put each variety in the food processor, and use them in cookies. They're supposed to give a rich, complex flavor. It can also be used in lemonade or sprinkled on berries.

April 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterStephanie Cozzens

Yup! You could also sift it and just use the sugar or use them as a decorative topping for sugar cookies!

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

They were so wonderful, Tanya. I also so much appreciate your effort and sending the sugar/vanilla, which I wasn't expecting.

I do wish I had a website to stick up here for you - a blog? I'd like to spread the love a little.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Cozzens

So glad you liked! :) My blog is http://cookbrooklyn.wordpress.com.

Actually, would you mind if I posted one of your pictures (with credit)? You're a much better photographer than I am.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Go for it! (Can I post your recipes?)

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Cozzens

Yes! Of course.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

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