Happy Birthday Maria! (I don't know who is covering Dom's mouth, but I have no doubt it needed to be covered LOL)
Maria wanted a pony birthday. The craft store had no pony cake pans, but the princess birthday line was 50% off! I guessed princess would work and could be tied in with ponies somehow. :) So here is mine and Monica's attempt at decorating a crown cake. Being the frugal mom that I am, we will use the cake pan for other feasts too. Maybe Christ the King or Epiphany...
This has a funny, little story. These gifts are from Uncle Frank. Maria is very shy and will not speak to people. On our vacation, she was quite taken with Uncle Frank and invited him to her pony birthday. She even spoke to him on the phone! He has a fan in Maria!
I know everyone is frantically busily getting ready for the school year. Me too. One of my projects was menu planning. But I realized that menu plans get changed frequently around here. Why can't I stick to the plan?
Because there are leftovers to be used up, an abundance of ripe produce, a great sale on marked down meats at the grocery store... I need flexible food plans.
So I organized my overstuffed recipe binder. I purged recipes that were not a hit, or that I will probably never make due to time constraints and obscure ingredients. There are now sections for beef recipes, chicken, pork, meatless, breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts, sides, and homemade mixes and cleaners.
On large index cards for each section, I made a list of the recipes in that section, and also listed the dishes that I do not need a recipe for , like sloppy joes. In parentheses after each listing, I wrote the main ingredients for that dish. I will use the cards for planning meals from the sale fliers and keep them with me in the grocery store in case I run across a good deal on something. That way I can decide what to cook with the sale item and make sure I have the other ingredients for that recipe available.
I just couldn't get a sharp camera shot of the cards. Here is an example on the beef card.
The parents conduct, in good times and in challenging times, must be the model for how we hope our children will conduct themselves in similar situations.
To reflect Christ, we must be patient in our actions, gentle in our directions, steadfast in our faith, courteous in our words, firm in our expectations, and always ask ourselves 'how can I help this person grow in holiness and good character?'.
Kristina and her kids are sort of related to us by marriage. We were delighted that they made a visit to Michigan. We all have a good time together. This was her first trip since the death of her husband, Paul. I am quite impressed with her courage and the job she is doing as a single mom. Paul was missed and was included in the visit in our conversations. I am sure he is proud of his sweet, fun family.
Regina and M. They really could be sisters or cousins, no?