Well, the past several days have been very busy. First off, there was our anniversary (#6). DH’s parents came down and cared for Bug overnight while DH and I went out for dinner and stayed at a local B&B (Carriage Lane Inn). It was very nice and our room had a whirlpool, which was used many times! We love the whirlpool!
The next day there was Bug’s second birthday. We made fruit pizza (sugar cookie crust, cream cheese sauce, and fruit for the topping with glaze to keep the bananas from browning). It was a good day and the dessert was yummy, but Bug barely napped, and so was cranky most of the afternoon. Both sets of grandparents (Nanas and Pappaws) came down to visit. DH’s parents from Paducah and mine from Ohio. Mine stayed until Monday and went with us to Bug’s checkup. She is about 50% for all categories -height, weight, head circumference. It took nearly 2 1/2 hours to get everything finished at the doctor! That is just ridiculous – expecting a 2 year old to be able to stay at the doctor in small rooms with no toys and just a few books!
Aren’t the fresh raspberries and baby oranges beautiful?
Fruit pizza: sugar cookie dough -your favorite recipe or a large roll from the store. Roll or smoosh it out to fit on the cookie sheet. Bake as directed. Sauce: Combine 1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz, softened), 1/2 c sugar, and 1t. vanilla) and spread it on the cooled cookie. Add fruit: whatever you like and whatever is in season. The glaze is optional: 1 cup fruit juice, 3 T. cornstarch, 1/4 c. lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Add some food coloring if desired. Cool and then drizzle over the fruit.
Yesterday we went to “Victorian Day” at the Oakland Historic Home here in Murfreesboro. There wasn’t very much there compared to other festival-type things around here, but it was fun. There was even a lady doing tatting. She is opening up a store in Christiana and will do a class in tatting if there are a few people. I have tried tatting (with much thicker crochet cotton than she was using), but it just seemed to go so slow. I had visions once upon a time of making some tatted Christmas ornaments (tatting surrounding small glass balls), but that is WAY complex! There was also chair caning, washing clothes on a wash board (which Bug loved), dress up, furniture and small wooden box making (which DH loved), a small petting zoo, weaving, music, pottery, a cake walk, and a civil war re-enactment (which scared little Bug).
We also made itty-bitty muffins and homemade pasta.
This is about 1/2 pound of fresh pasta noodles (cooked) tossed with 1 T. garlic sauteed in 1 T. butter. I added about 5 artichoke quarters, a can of diced tomatoes (drained) and about 5 leaves of fresh basil (from the garden, slivered).
Today, we went to the Discovery Museum here in M’boro and played with everything. Bug even petted a real live snake!
The garden has been very dry (1 rain in the last month or so), so we’ve been watering it. The blackberries are doing well, as are the snapdragons.
I’ve been going to my LYS SNB on Fridays (The Knaughty Knitter). The ladies there are so funny and nice. It is very comforting. I have been working on my first full size sock (toe up) and have nearly turned the heel. I also cast on for the Odessa hat with the pearl looking beads (a ball of cashmerino – darkish purple with pearly beads. My normal cast on is sooooo incredibly loose, I have to purposely try to make it tight. I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts as I’ve been in the car and doing routine things at work; Stash and Burn, Pointy Sticks, and Sticks and String are my current favorites. I can’t seem to get the theme song to Pointy Sticks out of my head!
So, I think we’re all up to date now…..