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Just a quick look at the birthday cake I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday earlier this month:

I made marshmallow fondant, dyed it, rolled it out and scored it with a knife.  Then I cut it into strips and wrapped it around tennis balls to make the balls of yarn- pretty simple with big wow factor.

I also discovered that Duncan Hine’s Devil’s food cake mix is dairy-free (made with cocoa powder!) so I used that and dressed it up with some cherries and made my frosting dairy-free, too.  I felt like I was cheating when I ate this cake!  Unfortunately, some of the frosting melted in the car on the way over, but it was delicious and we had a fun party.

Happy Birthday Becky!

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Glimpses of the inevitable

My daughter is mobile.  I didn’t think this would happen so early!

Luckily, it isn’t anything that happens too quickly yet.

I put her here and took her picture cuz she was such a cute little banana:

Then I went about doing my thing (my thing involves the computer, sewing, and food), and within a few minutes, my darling banana was here:

She isn’t rolling, and you never actually see her move, she does it so slowly.  But its pretty amazing to see how far she travels just by kicking her legs and looking from side to side.

She was awfully proud of herself.

I was thinking about baby-proofing. I’m not ready for it!! This apartment is not conducive to a baby that can go wherever she wants!

Sigh. Well, it is time to go exercise.  Evelyn is kicking my butt in the toe-touching department.

I think it helps that she does it all day long, every day.

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A New Housewife

I did pretty good for a few days there, didn’t I? I was on top of updating!  I’ll try and keep it up to at least once or twice a week.

I’m enjoying being a housewife.  Last month it felt like I was just on Christmas break, but now that Steve is back in school it feels real.  And I love it!  Evelyn is starting to have a little routine in her life and it makes my days more productive.

Nothing, however, compares to the impetus of a to-do list.  I’ve discovered that if I make a to-do list first thing in the morning that I will go all day getting things accomplished and feeling energized by ticking things off my list.  I’ve also discovered that the opposite is true.  Take today, for example:

Instead of making my list this morning I decided to check my e-mail, which turned into blog-hopping, etc.  Oops, forgot to take my shower before it was time to wake-up Steve, oh well.  Hmm… breakfast at 10:30? How did that happen?  I think I’ll do the crossword as well as the Sodoku this morning.  I wonder what the ads have in them today… Wow, Evelyn already woke up from her morning nap?  I guess I’ll put her in the bouncer and see if I can figure out how to use the Wii Fit. Wait, Steve is already home from school?  I guess I better make some lunch, its 3:00 already… Evelyn is already up from her afternoon nap? Well, I’ll play with Steve until he has to go to work, and now its 5:00 and what have I done today??

See? Lists are important!

Alright, off to make myself an evening to-do list.  Have a good one everybody!

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One of my favorite things about living in Ellensburg is the blotter that appears in the newspaper everyday.  Every 911 call gets its chance to shine the following day.  Here are a few examples from today’s paper:

  • A person reported that there was no feed available for a white horse in a pasture on Thrall Road.
  • A person reported that a service dog was not allowed to come into the emergency room on Chestnut Street.
  • A person reported that White Birch and Chestnut Street were a sheet of ice and vehicles were slipping.
  • A person on Mountain View Avenue reportedly had a nose bleed.
  • Loud voices and a sporting event on TV were reported on 18th Avenue.
  • An Ellensburg woman in her late 70s or early 80s was reportedly having extreme back pain.

Is it odd that this stuff entertains me so much?  My mom and I used to hear about drive-by shootings in Yakima that never made it to the newspaper, yet here I can find out that a water pipe was reportedly broken on Pine Street.

Anyhow, I recently learned of another perk of living in a small town, and had to share it with you.  Look at the following picture closely:

I blurred out the city and such, just on the off chance it discourages someone from abusing the fact that I just published my address, but that isn’t what I want you to notice.  Notice instead that there is no street listed. There are a lot of streets in this town, and probably several 901 Easts.  This was still delivered to us! No return to sender to fix the address, they just had the postman look at it and say, hey, I know where the Flynns live, I’ll deliver it. (That is my assumption, anyway.)

Have I mentioned I like it here?  Too bad there isn’t any foreign relations work available, we’d stay.

Oh, and P.S.  If you happen to recognize your hand-writing on this post give yourself a pat on the back for making my day!

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Book Wreath

Tada! I’m crafty, and I want to share.

Several months ago, I ran into this post with a book page wreath, and since I’m drowning in book pages (as I use the covers to make book purses), I decided to give it a go.

I made this one for our Russian professor out of an old Russian dictionary and I’m happy with how it turned out.  Unfortunately after I started making it she told us that Russians only hang wreaths at funerals.  I hope she won’t think I’m hinting at anything.

What are you making?

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Look! I’m baking! And I’m telling you about it!  Its been awhile…

On one of my November trips down Safeway’s baking aisle I happened upon a coupon book that had this gem of a recipe inside.  I bought the needed ingredients with plans to make them right away.  Several limes later, I finally made them and they are DELICIOUS!

Try them, you’ll know what I mean.

Cosmo Cocktail Cookie Bars

based on this recipe from McCormick (mine are the dairy-free, lime-ier version)

Cookie base:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening*

Combine in food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  You could also do this with a pastry cutter or 2 forks.  Press this into a greased, foil-lined 9×13 pan and bake at 350° 20 minutes, or until endges of crust are golden brown.

Filling mixture:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed**
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tbs lime juice

Mix well (I used my food processor again) and pour over the hot crust.

Bake 20-30 minutes, or until filling is set.   I tested this by jiggling the pan when I checked it until most of the jiggle is gone. If you are using McCormick’s amount of cranberry juice (see note below) this may cut the baking time to 15 minutes.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack.  Dust with more powdered sugar and some more lime zest.  Cut into bars.

* If you are avoiding soy, make sure your shortening is soy-free. If you avoiding nothing, use butter. Butter is so good…

**I used a 12 oz cranberry cocktail mix, but just noticed the recipe called for a 6 oz can, that could be why mine took so much longer to bake, but it worked and was delicious!

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Guilty Pleasures

  • Buying fabric/patterns/anything craft related
  • Eating frozen cookie dough
  • Caramel
  • Using store-bought pie crusts
  • Blog hopping for hours
  • Ice cream in any form
  • Outlet malls
  • Cheese
  • Tetris in bed

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