Almond poppy seed cookies with pink blackberry sugar for babe

Exactly two weeks ago, after waiting 9 long months and holding “big family” aspirations for decades, I held her in my arms for the first time.  People would ask, “how many?”  I would say 3, but in my heart I knew it was 4.  And now she is – that magic number – all whole body stretches, suckling dreams, 20 inches of her.  My beautiful last child. Labor started slow and ended fast.  While my husband and I walked the halls of the hospital, hoping for labor to progress, I was reminded in small ways of the birth of my
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Almond macaroon daisies and dots (and amoeba)

For every city I have lived, and most that I’ve visited, I can tell you exactly where to find the best almond croissants available for public consumption.  It is an evolving list, updated on occasion after significant research on my part. Because croissant baking is an art in itself and more time-consuming than a normal baking session allows, I have found a quick alternative.  The almond macaroon offers almond paste lovers pure, chewy almond goodness without the rise and roll required of a flaky croissant. I made these cookies for a dear friend, Kate, who also appreciates all things almond.  
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