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How I Spent My Spring Break

Since Mark and Katie are both teachers and were on spring break this week I had the week off too. It turned out to be a very busy week with some planned activities and some which developed at the last minute. Some of the more mundane activities included a dental check-up and a filling, some shopping, and some organizing activities. I'm trying to organize my sewing and craft supplies and I think I should have enough supplies on hand to keep me busy until it's time to move into the nursing home. 🙂

In the span of just over a week we have two anniversaries and a birthday in the family. Last Saturday evening we helped Ryan celebrate his first birthday and his first taste of cake. He wasn't too sure about what to do with it to begin with but after a couple of tastes (with accompanying "mmmm's") he decided it was pretty good stuff. He also took a few steps that day and since then has gotten another tooth.

He wasn't too happy about wearing the birthday hat:

Rob and I had a little anniversary celebration of our own and went to the Charlotte area for an afternoon of shopping and a dinner out. One of the main purposes of our trip was to get this little table and chairs for on our front porch:

Earlier this week I did a little baking and made these buns:

and tried a new bread recipe from the King Arthur Flour website. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture. It tasted very good and I hope to make it again. I did share one of the little loaves with our neighbor, Mary.

Years ago I was given a Wilton Lamb cake pan but it had no directions. I tried making it once but was not pleased with the results. Recently I read this post in a newsletter from Lehman's store up in Ohio and decided to give it a try for our Easter dinner. This lamb turned out much better. I frosted it with the coconut flavored icing recipe that we used on Nora and Topher's wedding cake last year.

We also had a very nice visit for lunch today with friends who were here visiting from France. It had been several years since their last furlough since we had seen them and it was wonderful to catch up and see how the Lord has been directing them.

We are looking forward to special services at church tomorrow and then spending the afternoon with Nora and Topher. I hope you will have a truly blessed Easter.


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7 Comments on “How I Spent My Spring Break”

  1. #1 Rhonda
    on Apr 8th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Your fantastic lamb cake puts my Easter dessert to shame, but I wanted to tell you I made your Luscious Lemon Streusel cake for our Easter dinner. I made it with the yellow cake mix (rather than the lemon), and we loved it. So and yummy! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  2. #2 Becka
    on Apr 8th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    You are very welcome, Rhonda. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Happy Easter!

  3. #3 Vikki
    on Apr 9th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Your cake turned out cute. A friend of mine also tried to make a lamb cake, but it turned out looking like a puppy. A cute puppy, but still a puppy.

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Apr 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Your lamb cake is beautiful. I have the ingredients for your lemon cake too.

  5. #5 Deb
    on Apr 13th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Becka, I’m very late checking in to this post, but I wanted to say how wonderful your lamb cake is decorated!! We were given a Wilton lamb pan a few weeks ago, and Sarah almost made a lamb cake to sell last week at the Farmer’s Market. She waited to see how much time she’d have after baking everything else and ended up exhausted and didn’t try the lamb decorating. I’ll forward her this post so she can see how beautiful yours is!

  6. #6 Ann B.
    on Apr 14th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Love your lamb cake! You are very talented!

  7. #7 Becka
    on Apr 15th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Deb, thanks for your kind remarks. The lamb cake was fun to make. I miss doing projects like this now that the children are grown. 🙂 I used the recipe for the lamb cake from the Lehman’s store link that I posted on my blog, but thought that the cake was a bit dry. It was a white cake made from scratch. The amount of batter was just perfect for the pan I have though. I may look at the Wilton’s website and see if I can find a yellow cake recipe if I make it again. The website did include a good tip to put some toothpicks in the neck, nose, and ears to strengthen those areas. I have enjoyed reading about Sarah and Hannah’s baking and soapmaking efforts and I love the quilt you made for their booth!

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