Verb: Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect.

My mother and I often misused words we found funny. ‘Fructify’ was used as an expletive in extremely trying situations which had nothing to do with fruitfulness or productivity. ‘Cogitate’ was what she told me to do to cure constipation; quiet time on the toilet with a nice book until the problem went away.

I’ve been cogitating much of late on the subjects of luck and angels. Both seem recurring leitmotifs in my life. My cup runneth over, really; I am eager to give thanks and the only way I know to do this is to feed people.

I recently won a prize from Tandy for my entry in her Come Dine With Me challenge; a beautiful piece of cake jewellery from her sister’s company Stylish Celebrations. My dazzling little angel is a hit atop my dessert cake every time I use it as a decoration. Thank you Tandy and Kerry.


And to thank the barman who helped us getting Fritzl back home, I thought a rich chocolate cake would be a small token of my family’s deep appreciation. No, I’m not going to tell you if the decorations are real dog biscuits …


We’re all kissed by angels but some of us never think to pucker. 

Terri Guillemets


56 Comments Add yours

  1. Miss Chris says:

    I firmly believe in angels but mine have been on strike or holiday or something – they are probably overworked the poor things! But I know they are coming back – I can feel it!
    That angel of yours is beautiful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope they hurry back 🙂

  2. My mom also told me to cogitate… and I always give thanks in the form of cooking or baking. 🙂
    Your angel is beautiful and I love the dog biscuits.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wow, I wonder if our moms knew one another? 🙂 xxx

      1. Can you imagine! 😉

  3. I believe that feeding people is just about the best way to spread ones good fortune around ….. at the risk of sounding too Mother Theresa – easter is coming and how about making one of those fab cakes of yours for your local childrens home or retirement home or spca or ambulance crew? too far??? xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I usually make cupcakes for the local copshop 🙂 xxx

  4. slpmartin says:

    Now this should produce some sweet dreams for me. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sleep tight and don’t let the bugs bite. xxx

  5. souldipper says:

    Because cooking is not my gift, Cin, I admire you for your giving spirit that dances and delights in the kitchen.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My happy place 🙂

  6. Tandy says:

    I love the quote! I hope your angels are always shining down upon you with love and care my friend xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Choose happiness, that’s what I believe 🙂

  7. bow-wow baby! smooch the pooch for cake.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love your comment, Doc 🙂 xxx

  8. Lidia Theron says:

    To be able to give in such abundance, that what you have received in abundance, is such a privilege!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is indeed, Lidia 🙂 xxx

  9. libraryscene says:

    I shall be borrowing ‘Fructify’ as I’m tired of ‘fiddlestix’, thank you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are most welcome 🙂

  10. Supa says:

    Those are not real dog biscuits… just wouldn’t!

  11. Leeswammes says:

    The angel looks beautiful. And yes, Cindy, my first thought was: those are dog biscuits! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      My lips are sealed 😉

  12. Zelia says:

    Cogitate! Food for thought! I love entertaining but with my ‘health-gym freaks’ it doesn’t happen anymore and I miss it… Nice gift…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hiya Zee, longtime no see, how wonderful to hear from you again 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Tilly Bud says:

    Love your Mum’s cure for constipation.

    I think it’s wonderful that you make thank you food: you are feeding one of our deepest needs in a very personal (and delcious) way.

    Now, what can I do to help you…?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sit down at my table, Tilly Bud 🙂

  14. Pseu says:

    I shall never think of ‘cogitate’ in the same way, ever again.

    (My mother’s saying on constipations was
    ‘procrastination is the biggest cause of constipation’)

    ((I dread to think what my kids will tell their kids about what I say sometimes. ))

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahahaha, likewise with my own daughter 🙂

  15. Supa says:

    You new look is very nice, I like it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sue, a whole lot of stuff has gone missing, not sure how to get it back :O

  16. I like the new look!

  17. I never would have thought about it, but since you mentioned it, I’m trying to think what else they might be other than dog biscuits. Ha! My sister, when a toddler, used to eat the dog’s dry food if she got a chance. She liked it. Dog biscuits smell good, but, well, I have never tried them. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m told dog biscuits are VERY good for the teeth 😉 xxx

  18. Tokeloshe says:

    Excellent!I love it 😉

    You’ve changed your blog 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Tok, it was feeling a bit claustrophobic and too busy 🙂

  19. Mary says:

    Food is a wonderful way to say thank you. I’m sure he was very pleased. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Mary, he grinned from ear to ear 😀

  20. suzicate says:

    Love the quote…and of cource the cake and the angel is fabulous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wish I could serve you a slice, suzicate 🙂

  21. Santana says:

    Liking the new look dear one , Love the Angel you got from Tandy . Have a super evening cara mia . xoxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Grazie, sweet friend, enjoy the cooking 🙂 xxx

  22. gospelwriter says:

    Love the angel, the cakes (goes without saying!), and the new look of your blog – fresh, clean, professional. Well done! Oh, I forgot to mention the quote at the end – to which all I can say is: Yes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Ruth, I must admit I am wild about the new look 🙂

  23. nrhatch says:

    Wow! Like the new layout for your blog. Did you change themes, or just the appearance settings?

    I used to think that the best way to love is to listen . . . I’ve cogitated on that thought and have changed my mind.

    The best way to love is to feed people. {{pucker up}}

    1. theonlycin says:

      I changed themes and then fiddled about a bit.
      *blows kiss*

  24. Beautiful cakes, and so glad the angels are bringing so much fulfillment 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Kate. xxx

  25. Now that would have been a cute doggie bit of fun if the bones were made of dog biscuits huh. Nice little cake angel too kid….., feeding people is the best way to give thanks I think, specially when it comes from the heart 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      And it makes me happy 🙂

  26. Naomi says:

    Loved seeing these beauties on FB, and even more so here…and I’m still delighted to know that Fritzl is home safe!

  27. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lovely post, Cindy.

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