I don’t know if I ever told you, my dear readers, when my daughter was born, I used to illustrate stories for children. I could spend hours and hours creating my characters, making them move through pages of the stories. I have a couple of my favorite drawings from the time and I would like to share them with you. These are very dear to me. They are full of joy and warmth – two illustrations from the story about a little mouse afraid of thunder.
Every evening when it was raining outside, in bed he covered himself with blanket shaking with fear like a leaf. But one evening his wise father told him a story, that rain is the voice of the sky, and the thunder is the sound of sky drums. The squeaking of trees in the wind is a sound of the violin and there is no need to be afraid because all sounds make one symphony of nature, one lullaby song for his son. And after this story, the little mouse has finally fallen asleep and had sweet dreams. He was no longer afraid of thunder and storm and every time it was raining outside he was trying to listen carefully and find new sounds in the melody of nature.
Remembering this story I have baked some coconut cookies for my kids which are perfect with hot tea before bedtime. What is your favorite childhood story?
For more illustrations, please visit my Flickr page.
Coconut & Lime Cream Cheese Cookies
- 2-1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature, cut into small pieces
- zest of one key lime
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and still warm
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 Tbsp. whole milk
- 1 Tbsp. of key lime juice
- 1/2 cup of powder sugar for rolling cookies
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest. Pour the warm melted butter over cream cheese mixture and whisk until all combined. Add egg, milk, and lime juice, and mix well.
In a medium bowl mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and coconut. Add dry ingredients to the main mixture and using rubber spatula mix well until completely combined.
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, and roll them lightly in the confectioners' sugar. Place about one inch apart on baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are just golden on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. When cookies are done let them cool on wire rack.
Rosa's Yummy YumsNovember 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm
You are a talented storyteller and illustrator. Lucky daughter…
Those cookies look really tempting! I love citrusy and coconutty treats.
La Table De NanaNovember 7, 2014 at 1:13 am
I had no idea:)
How sweet these illustrations..and story.
I agree with Rosa..lucky daughter..
And the cookies w/ the coconut?
You are so talented!
MedejaNovember 7, 2014 at 11:13 am
Is there anything you are not good at?! 🙂 you are such a creative artist. Can I have a cookie while I am looking at your illustrations?
Angie SchneiderNovember 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm
You are so TALENTED!
I wish I could have some of your cookies with my afternoon tea now. They look great!
Shibi ThomasNovember 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm
I love everything about this cookies. Coconut, cream cheese and lime combo – fabulous one. I will try it for sure.
AnonymousNovember 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm
Lovely images Yelena. You are a very talented woman and we both share a love of colour :). We both share a love of a good biscuit/cookie as well by the look of it. Thank you for sharing these tropical scented beauties with us all. They are most fitting for us Southerners who are racing into our summer months but they are also a good reminder of the tropics for everyone in the north, just about to get snowed under for the foreseeable future as well. Great all round and no doubt delicious 🙂