Happy 8th Birthday to my Little A,
who is not quite so little anymore.
Don’t you just love a good set of dimples!
This weekend was my baby girl’s 6th birthday.
As we count down the days to the end of kindergarten, I am also counting down to the first time in 18 years that I will have all of my children in school all day. So what is more fitting for the birthday of my last stay-at-home-at-least-part-of-the-day child than a party full of apron strings (that I’m longing to keep tied) and butterfly wings (that she is yearning to open and fly).
So we planned a “Cooking Party” for 6 little girls, complete with hand-sewn aprons, chef hats, and a make-your-own menu of mini pizzas, fruit kabobs and butterfly cupcakes.
Our butterfly cupcakes, inspired by Annie’s Eats.
Little J modeling the apron she helped design and make. And if you look close enough, you can see (or not see) the first tooth that she lost on the night of her birthday!
So, how come no one ever told me that there was such a thing as a “bias tape maker” before I made about 600 yards of bias tape with just a pair of scissors and an iron!? (Actually it was closer to 20 yards, but it sure felt like 600)
— All of my love to my sweet Little J, who is growing into such a lovely young lady! As you stretch your wings and fly, I hope you never completely forget those apron strings we tied together.
Tomorrow: a tutorial on how to make Butterfly Cupcakes, plus a totally delicious cupcake frosting (from someone who picks the frosting off of just about every cake around).
Big A and her friends M & A started off the New Year with a homemade beauty treatment (Apples & Honey)!
If I thought there was any hope that I’d end up as beautiful as these young ladies, I might actually try it myself!
Today, on the biggest food day of the year, there will be no recipes and no amateurish pictures of the food that regularly graces our table. Instead, I just wanted to share a short (and very incomplete) list of some of things that I am most grateful for:
- I am ever grateful to God, who has granted me life, and who blesses that life on a daily basis.
- I am grateful for an amazing husband, who loves and supports me in all of my adventures, and who has never, in 20 years of marriage, uttered a single derogatory or demeaning comment to me. I love you Brian!
- I am grateful for 5 wonderful children, who teach me far more than I could ever teach them.
- I am grateful to be a full-time Mom. This has provided me more joy in my life than I could have ever imagined!
- I am grateful, again, for a husband who works so hard so that I am able to be that full-time Mom.
- I am grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever, and that I will always be that full-time Mom.
- I am grateful for the family that raised me and who continue to teach and support me. I have terrific parents and sisters that are a constant source of blessings to me.
- I am grateful for a country where I am free to worship as I believe, participate in the democratic process, have opportunity to make my own way in the world, and the freedom to write a silly-little food blog.
- I am grateful for the armed forces who established and maintain that freedom for me at the risk of their lives, and for very little reward. Extreme gratitude also to all of their families for their many sacrifices.
- I am grateful for amazing friends who share daily in my joys and sorrows and are a constant source of strength.
- I am grateful for the far-away friends that I have made across the seven states and four countries where I have lived, for long or short periods of time. You have helped to shape me into the person that I have become today.
- I am grateful for the opportunity to serve others, because I always receive so much more in return.
- I am grateful for the bounty of the earth that allows me to experiment and play with my food!
On this Thanksgiving day, I hope that your turkey is moist and your plates are full, and that you are surrounded by people that you love. Most of all, I hope that you have as much to be grateful for in your life as I do in mine. My best wishes for a gratitude-filled day of Thanks.