Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brother Slobber

This morning as I was getting ready for work, I heard Maggie wailing from the kitchen. Thinking she had been somehow wounded, I flew down the stairs to tend to her. She was perched on her chair, just where I left her, her cheese and banana breakfast laid out before her. She was crying too hard for me to understand what the problem was, so I asked Bart what happened. He told me he blew a raspberry in her direction and she just started crying. With a nod of her head and outstretched arms looking for a hug, Maggie confirmed that this was indeed the reason for the tears.

When she had calmed down enough to speak, she revealed that she was covered in “brother slobber”. Poor thing.

I’m going to NYC for a girls weekend this week. I’m really looking forward to spending time with my best friends (my high school friends!) and taking a bite out of the Big Apple!

There’s so much work involved in making sure the house will run for 4 days without me; a sampling:

- make an detailed itinerary so the kids make it to their lessons/social engagements/school on time
- lay out kids’ clothes for specific events (dance clothes for dance lessons, appropriate birthday party clothes, school clothes for Monday); neither the kids nor Homer show good judgment in this area
- buy and wrap birthday presents for parties
- teach Homer how to do the girls’ hair (he is overwhelmed by this task)
- catch up on all the laundry so that I won’t have such a massive pile when I get home
- leave out coupons for pizza, food delivery. Remind Lisa to remind Homer to make sure they are getting enough fruits and vegetables

I don’t mean to make Homer sound incompetent, because he’s not. The kids’ schedules/home organization have just always been my domain (and I like it that way), so we all panic a bit when the leader of the pack takes a little break. They’ll be fine... maybe a little hopped up on junk food and too much TV, but otherwise fine.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter treats II - not as pretty!

Ha ha! So I have some photos of my own efforts in the Easter treats department.

Easter Eggs:

Cake Pops:

This was my first attempt at making these. They are so easy to make and so much easier to transport to school than cupcakes.

Cookies (final decorations by the kids):

Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Treats

While I have no idea what chocolate and candy and bunnies have to do with Easter, I do love to make Easter treats.

Once again this year, my mom and I will be making our Easter Eggs. I love this tradition of ours and I know I'll still be making these eggs with my kids while my grandchildren sit at my kitchen and decorate eggs. One of these will go home with each of the dinner guests from our family Easter celebration on Sunday.

I'm also going to try my hand at some bunny and egg cookies. I have the cookie cutters to make these:

Mine will not look nearly this cute. I really like decorating cookies, even though it's quite time- consuming. These will be on the dessert table after Easter dinner.

I'm also going to try Bakerella's cake pops. She is incredibly creative and patient. I plan to just do the egg shapes, dipped in dark chocolate with some coloured chocolate drizzled around. These are Bakerella's. Mine will NOT look anything like these! These will go to the kids' friends at school tomorrow.

I still have to come up with an adult dessert for Easter dinner. I'm thinking of either Pavlova (which I have never made, nor eaten, but I've heard is amazing); or this Almond Toffee Tart (for which I will have to buy a new pan). Unless you have a suggestion...