Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Mar 20, 2006 at 6:08pm

Saw Noah! Saw Cooper! Cute little kid day – woo hoo! I met Rishia and Noah Zimmern, and as a bonus also got to see Carol Mack, at lunch at D’Amico & Sons on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t bring my camera to take pictures (this is a pic I snapped a month ago), especially of Noah’s unbelievable blue eyes – they’re truly stunning. He did an amazing job for a 1-year old, sitting and “chatting” with us, trying various tasties from our lunches, taking it all in. Sigh. He’s a little slice of baby heaven, dimples and all.

As is Super Duper Cooper, as his mom calls him, a little mini-bundle of snuggly cuteness. He had his first pediatrician appointment today and has gained 1/2 lb. since his birth – on my calculation, that’s like a 100 lb. person gaining more than 8 lbs. in one week. Go Coop! I got to sneak in a little visit, since I was in St. Paul, and hold him for a bit. LOVE IT! He squeaks while he sleeps, sigh. More baby heaven. And I also delivered to Stace a batch of homemade iced sugar cookies from Suz, who arranged them all on a brand-spankin’-new potty training seat. Hilarious, and delicious.

Nailed down episode 5 of Feminine Hijinx last night – our usual laughfest! Susie baked up an incredible bread pudding for us as a treat when we were done, OMG, mmmm….(recipe posted in comments, below). Wish I had a piece right now…warm, caramel-y, yumminess.

But what I have now is instead a quick pasta I whipped up for dinner. It’s a busy night, since I have to prepare for Picture Person at school tomorrow morning. I had leftover veggies from the other night and decided to turn them into a sort of pasta primavera. Sauteed a little sliced garlic in a bit of butter, added the veggies, chicken broth, a few tablespoons of cream, some chopped fresh herbs, pinch of nutmeg and heated until warmed through. Tossed with Colavita fettucine, grated Parmesan, salt and pepper, voila, dinner. Nathan LOVED it, so much so that I made a little bit more sauce to toss with the plain pasta I’d set aside for him – that’s lunch for tomorrow. S-weet!

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  1. By Stephanie on March 20, 2006 at 7:02PM

    Susie Shubert
    Serves 20

    This makes a butt-load of bread pudding, I often half the recipe
    unless it’s for a crowd!

    15 french rolls (or 2 loaves of French bread)
    6 1/4 apples
    10 Tbsp. Raisins
    2 1/2 C brown sugar
    1 quart + 1/2 C milk
    10 Tbsp butter
    2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1 1/4 tsp vanilla
    6 eggs, beaten

    1 1/4 C sugar
    1 1/4 C brown sugar
    1 1/4 C whipping cream
    1 1/4 unsalted butter
    2 1/2 tsp. vanilla

    Cube bread. Peel and core apples, slice. Combine raisins, sugar,
    milk, butter, vanilla and cinnamon and heat to boil, stirring to
    mix. Pour over bread, add eggs and apples. Mix completely. Place
    in baking pan and pat down. Bake at 350 until firm, 30-40 minutes.

    Boil sugars, cream, butter and vanilla.

    Top each serving with 2 oz sauce. Add whipped cream and cinnamon, if