She was so excited to hold the pager because usually her siblings do, but tonight we enjoyed some one on one time while dress shopping. Although I can't show you the whole dress before her district band concert, here's a sneak peek:
This evening he finally got to share his work with the public. He was so dedicated to this project, figuring out all of the details and making sure that he documented everything. When people asked him questions, he gave clear, precise answers. We were very impressed with all of the projects that we saw tonight, especially the tesla coil that one of his friends built. Shocking!
The kiddos all love to visit Grammie & Grampa's house, and they're so comfortable and relaxed there; they make themselves right-at-home. This was the scene in the living room within 5 minutes of our arrival yesterday morning.
Considering how active and busy I am, it probably will come as no surprise that I hate being sick, especially when it means missing work. However, I wasn't completely unproductive today - I got some stitching done. There is yet another rooster to add to my collection!
Mother Nature decided to send us a snowstorm for her last hurrah this winter. The boys & I decided to forego the car and ski down to the mailbox. The conditions were absolutely perfect for skiing, so we also went for a trek through the woods with Amber.
This evening we attended the Nordic End-of-Year Awards Ceremony and family pot-luck dinner. It was sad to see the season come to an end, but we all enjoyed spending the evening visiting with our team friends and their families. Plus, the food was really yummy. We can't wait until Nordic starts again next year!
Some days there just doesn't seem to be enough chocolate to help me cope...
And then, I bake this cake, and all is right with the World again.
It's so easy to make, that even the kiddos know how to bake it.
You have no excuse not to try it the next time that you need a chocolate fix!
Devil's Food Cake
5 tbsp melted butter (or vegetable oil)
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup hot water
2 tsp instant coffee (dissolved in the water)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
Mix ingredients together and pour into a greased & floured 8 inch by 8 inch pan. (To make it even easier, I bake it in the stoneware bowl that I mix it in!) Bake 350 degrees Farenheit. After it cools a bit, sprinkle powdered confectioner's sugar on the top.
Step #2: Grinding the peanuts in the food processor
Also known as: "It's like magic!"
And, that's it! No need to add sugar, oil, salt...anything. The kiddos have not complained once about switching from the store-bought peanut butter. They are really having fun making their own, and I feel so much better knowing that they are eating a much healthier version of their favorite food.
Tonight I was lucky enough to see a concert by George Thorogood and the Detroyers at the State Theatre in Portland, and pushy enough to get myself and my sister-in-law into the front row. He is an amazing showman - so much fun to watch! And being right there, against the rail, having him make eye contact and play for us was incredible!
She was enjoying a photo session with her pony, and then discovered that snow pants are slippery! It's a good thing that Lily is so good-natured. You can see how bothered she is by all that hysterical laughter. Not a bit. But, poor Amber didn't know what to think!