First night in the Fire Truck bed
Sunday, August 31, 2008
First night in the Fire Truck bed
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
***Update*** Crisis averted! Shonda just called back and we can, in fact, attend the 7:00 a.m. taping on the 3rd. Phew! As it turns out, this is even better, because then we literally have the entire day to enjoy Chicago.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I just love Camden's teacher, Miss Wentz. She's a bit old-fashioned, which I like a lot. I could tell that she expects her students to be well-mannered (again, love it). I'm so excited for my little guy.
Congratulations, Sweet Boy. Mummy and Daddy are so proud of you. Here's to a wonderful school year!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Camden met his teacher, Miss Wentz, for the first time last night, at the open house at his new school. We all liked her very much - - she taught elementary school for 35 years in Boise, retired, and then decided to come back to work part-time teaching kindergarten.
In case you were wondering, the ugly sofa that Camden is sprawled upon is not in my living room, thank you very much. It came with the house, and resides in the basement, in the family room. Someday, I will get a slipcover for that thing.
Get well soon, Munchie!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I really enjoyed delivering my first Angel Cake last Friday, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. I'm not signed up to do another until the end of the month, and this time it will be a Spiderman birthday cake for a little guy in foster care.
Business has been a little slow at Story Time the past month or so. I'd attributed it to summer vacation, swimming lessons, etc., but went ahead and made a new bulletin board for the children's area at the library last weekend, in hopes of drumming up some interest. I guess it worked, because I had a huge crowd this morning, and all new kids.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Angel Cakes is an organization of bakers who volunteer their services, baking cakes for ill or disadvantaged children, and also for people in hospice care. Ronald McDonald house is generally full on the weekends, so they get a cake for families to share each Friday. The way we get assignments is through an email list. When the director receives a referral from one of our community partners, she emails all of the "angel bakers" to see who would like to do the cake. The organization was just started in January, and continues to grow and grow every month. I'm just really excited to have an opportunity to do some volunteer work, doing something I absolutely love. It is funny how it all worked out, because I've been itching recently to get back into cake decorating.
*In case you're wondering, the cake I made is a Paula Deen recipe - - it is a Summer Strawberry Cake with Strawberry-Cream Cheese Icing.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
1 tablespoon red food coloring
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with cupcake papers.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl, beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer (be sure to use a "low" setting when mixing so that you don't spatter red food coloring all over the walls!). Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 filled. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
*Updated to add: Melissa asked me what kind of cupcake papers I used for these - - some of them were regular liners, but in the first photo, those cupcakes are in Wilton Nut & Party cups - - I recently saw some cupcakes made in these and liked how they look. You can find them wherever Wilton cake decorating supplies are sold.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Griffie, on a recent outing to the Rumor Mill, for donuts and milk. Please take note of Griffin's donut-eating method. He eats the part covered in frosting, and then discards the rest. That's my boy.
This was taken one day when Griffin and I had a lunch date in Meridian. We went to the Blue Sky Bagel Bakery where Griffin had a bagel that was nearly the size of his head.
Griffin, Josie, and Camden, enjoying a nutritious meal at the Cherry Festival. Griffie looks as if he's about to explode. Yes, that's my finger, partially obscuring the lens. I'm a professional photographer, you know.
The boys and I have had a very good weekend, although yesterday was a bit sketchy because I still wasn't feeling quite like myself. Today I was able to get a lot of work done for the library, in addition to doing a lot of playing outside with the boys. Steve left for another Army training stint on Friday, so we won't be seeing him until the middle of the month, unfortunately.
Here's a cake I made for my friend Terri's baby shower. I never knew how much I used my pectoral muscles to decorate a cake, until I tried to get this thing finished. Ouch!
I love this picture of Camden reading, Good Night, Maine to Griffin the other morning. Although Camden does not actually read yet, he has this book (and a couple of others) memorized word-for-word, so he'll sit and "read" to Griffin. Griffin has a thing for "rubbing hair", which is what he is doing to Camden in this picture. Gosh, I love my boys.
Our schedule is jam-packed this week, and the weather is supposed to be wonderful, so we are a happy bunch here!