First of all, yes, I am still alive. My wife and I spent a very relaxing week in NYC early this month and my reading and baking, and thus my blogging, have simply not caught up. I'll have some pictures from our trip up later in the week. My ongoing effort to bake the Betty Crocker Cookie Book took one step back and two steps forward today. The oatmeal lacies, lovely as they appear, were almost impossible to peel off the parchment paper and serve. Whether they needed to be left in a few minutes beyond the recommended time, or what, I don't know. Fortunately the two recipes I chose to redeem myself with, fudge macadamia cookies and rum raisin cookies both turned out quite well. More on them later in the week.