Easter Cupcakes

Sophia and I tapped into our creativity and decorated Easter themed cupcakes tonight.

Easter Bunnies

Bunnies – cupcakes with buttercream frosting, marshmallows sliced diagonally and dipped in colored sugar for ears, chocolate chip eyes and a Cadbury mini egg candy nose.

Hen & Chicks

Chicks – cupcakes with yellow tinted buttercream frosting, chocolate chip eyes and a sliced Swedish fish beak.

Bird’s Nests

Bird’s Nests – cupcakes with buttercream frosting dipped in shredded coconut with cocoa powder and Cadbury mini egg candies.

The Process

Sophia is a pro at decorating.  Perhaps Cupcake Wars is in her future?

I hope they taste as good as they look.

Catching Up

Mike and Sophia went to a Father-Daughter event at the end of January.  They had a double date with friends of ours and had a wonderful evening of dancing, laughter and fun.  Here they are right before they left for their big date.

Night Out
Sophia & Her Friend Enjoying Kiddie Cocktails

The weather continues to be below average making it less than desirable for outdoor activities.

Arctic Air

We hosted the annual Super Bowl Party at our house.  We got a little creative with an old tablecloth to add to the football theme.

Football Field By Mike & Sophia

Sophia made sure we didn’t forget what day it was by marking it on our daily board.

Super Bowl Sunday

Sophia made Seahawks and Broncos Rainbow Loom bracelets and sold them for $0.50 each. I forgot to take of photo of them, but trust me, they were super cute and sold fast! Daphne was exhausted the next day.

All Tuckered Out

Sebastian had his first of two band concerts of the school year.  The concert included performances by the 6th, 7th & 8th grades.  They all did a great job.

7th Grade Band – iPhone Photo

Sophia had her own musical performance this week.  She played two pieces of music at a piano festival in front of judges.  The festival was at a nearby college.  I wasn’t able to be in the room with her when she played, but she said it went very well.  She will find out the results later this week.

Festival At The College of St. Scholastica – iPhone Photos

We enjoyed my work of art…this giant cookie after dinner on Saturday.  I think I finally have it perfected.  Homemade cookie dough (my secret recipe) baked in a 9 inch springform pan. Crispy, chewy and delicious!

Cookie Perfection

I tried to find inspiration outdoors for a few photos, but came up somewhat empty-handed.

Winter Branch
Birch Bark
Swirly Sky
More Empty Branches

The week ahead looks busy with school conferences, a piano lesson, gymnastics, basketball practices and a tournament.  We may try to fit in some skiing on Sunday if the weather permits.  We are enjoying the longer days and are looking forward to warmer temperatures in the long, long range forecast.

Thanksgiving Preparations

During our Thanksgiving preparations today, a package arrived by UPS.  A beautiful cookbook was delivered to my door compliments of The Pioneer Woman.  I found the perfect spot to display it on my coffee table.

Beautiful Book
Gift From Ree

I look forward to trying some of the recipes in the near future, but today I had to focus on Thanksgiving.  Here are a few of the items that I prepared for our big day tomorrow.

Cranberry Sauce
Jell-O Salad
Pumpkin Pie

I also prepped ingredients for stuffing, baked lemon bars, made chocolate chip cookie dough (a dessert request by Sebastian), put together a relish tray, made trail mix and finished cleaning the house.  Tomorrow will start with baking the turkey, making mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, garden salad and setting the table.

Here is the floral centerpiece Mike picked out with a little help from our friend Amy who happened to be at the store.

Pretty Flowers

And one random photo of the cribbage board we gave Mike for his birthday this past August.  I still love looking at it.

Cribbage Anyone?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!