thank you

My mom had two strokes in the past year and a bit, and my mom’s best friend (whom I’m convinced is secretly a superhero) and I have been doing our best to keep an eye on her (the woman does not know the meaning of the word rest). But since life doesn’t slow down for things like these, we signed up for a free website called Lotsa Helping Hands.

Lotsa Helping Hands let us set up a shareable online calendar, where an administrator can list dates, times and tasks, such as giving rides, cooking meals and cleaning. Then friends can look at the calendar, see what hasn’t been taken care of and sign up to help. I can’t say enough good things about it – or enough good things about all the amazing family and friends (both my mom’s and mine!) that have helped us so much with everything that’s been going on over the past year or so.

This afternoon my mom is having a thank you tea to celebrate having successfully completed her rehab physio for the second time. Unfortunately I can’t be there (that job thing), but I sent a box of these along as a congratulations / thank you / love you / really appreciate everything you’ve done / couldn’t have done it without you / please, please don’t stop.

Rolo Snickerdoodles

“What?!? There’s a Rolo melted inside?”
– a co-worker who has clearly been missing out.

Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking



one and a half cups sugar
one cup butter, at room temperature
two eggs
half teaspoon vanilla
two and three quarters cups all-purpose flour
two teaspoons cream of tartar
one teaspoon baking soda
half teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
five packages of Rolos


quarter cup sugar
one tablespoon cinnamon
one tablespoon coarse sea salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (or grease) and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix all topping ingredients and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together, adding vanilla and eggs one at a time and stirring until well mixed. Sift in all dry ingredients, and stir until all of the flour is incorporated.
Scoop out dough in heaping tablespoon amounts, and press a Rolo into the centre. Seal the ball and roll between your hands until you can’t see the Rolo. Roll in the topping, and place on the cookie sheet. These spread quite a bit so leave about two inches between cookies.
Bake for eight minutes; they won’t look done. Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack. These are best eaten warm, so eat right away or throw them in the microwave for a few seconds before digging in (I would also suggest topping a few cookies with ice cream. You know you want to…)

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