So, say you want to impress your pals and you have no experience making fancy French pastries. Do this: Buy pre-made pound cake and cut into square-sized bites. Next, drizzle easy, 60-second icing (4 tablespoons of water to 2 cups confectioners sugar) over the top (color it pink if you want!) then let set. You will love the result! (Photo: Country Living)

We had a quiet day today---a quick lunch out with the boys, errands, etc. I did zero writing, but I did get a jog in (always a good thing). But I couldn't help but feel a tugging at my heart all day, remembering how the world changed on September 11, 2001. But there were other things weighing on me today, too. My 2 year old is having surgery tomorrow, and I'm anxious about it. So I do what I do when I'm anxious: I cook and bake, and pray. Today, while looking for recipes for kabocha squash gnocchi (which I made, and loved---and so did the kids, oddly!), I came across an unusual recipe. I've always loved twice-baked potatoes, but had never considered how amazing twice-baked butternut squash could be. Going to make this soon!