Midnight Madelines

This weekend I was able to try a bottle of Mad Housewife wine, and I was not disappointed. As typical I visited the website and it’s facebook page to have a look around and discovered there is a running giveaway until December 31 of this year. I think this may be ‘MY’ new wine, and I’m very excited to collect the requisite number of corks for the freebies I’d like.

As you can also see in the photo there is a bit of technical difficulty happening on the kitchenaid front. I attempted to mix up a batch of pancake batter to find it would not turn on. I tried different plugs and still nothing. Eventually it was taken apart and the Mr. used his tester to check for electrical issues after finding no visible wear on the gears. He made an educated guess and took it in to work for second opinions and all agree it is the circuit board so with any luck and an extra $40 I can have it taken care of in the near future.


Sunday was an early day in the park, meeting a co-worker for a game of disc golf. He brought his boys, the girls newest friends, and they were able to play a full 18 rounds. The kids ran ahead and tossed their Frisbee into the baskets, or stopped to draw pictures.

I say ‘they’ were able to play because I don’t, I’m not good at it and have no interest at all in the game. I go along simply because I have no reason not too, I enjoy the walking around poking at plants and spending the time with my family. We do everything together, even if the others aren’t excited to participate we put aside an hour or two of and enjoy the time together. We’re just odd like that Winking smile


With the girls amazing change in behavior they earned back one of their favorite, and at this point one of their last, toys. Mega Bloks Dragons ! They pulled the entire bin down the stairs to play this weekend and back up to their room where they are staying as long as the room stays clean. 


What is a Sunday afternoon without a nap? During our weekend shoping we picked up each girl their own little ‘art box’ and sketchbook as part of their back to school supplies. I’m going to try and incorporate more hands art lessons, practice, history and so on this year.


Tonight ended in baking, and wine. I usually have a bottle or two on the bar, nice and dusty, that just sit. We received a call earlier, a close family member was in the hospital in serious condition so in comes the stress. Being half way across the country, there isn’t much to do but wait and none of us are particularly good at waiting. We’re also not good at keeping our emotions to ourselves, when one is upset the others soon enough pick up the emotion no matter how well it’s hidden.

My stress is your gain I suppose, here is the recipe I used and the delicious results.



    • 2 large eggs
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
    • powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Generously butter and flour pan for large madeleines (about 3×1 1/4 inches).
  2. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl just to blend. Beat in vanilla, lemon peel and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Gradually add cooled melted butter in steady stream, beating just until blended.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 10-16 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead.).

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