Saturday, May 27

Singing to the Birthday Girls

Birthday Cakes

Since our daughter and our youngest niece both celebrate their birthdays on May 26th, we decided to have a joint celebration with two cakes!  The birthday cakes were inspired by a wedding cake that we spotted while watching the BBC's Emma months and months ago.  I used two different bundt cake pans:  a Vaulted Cathedral Bundt and a Bundt Quartet PanThe cake recipe was one from King Arthur Flour and I thought that it was just 'meh'...  it used a lot of eggs and butter and perhaps if there had been a lemon glaze added, the flavor would have been better, but it was just too plain to go frostingless (which was what we wanted).  I love how the dusting of powdered sugar sets off the bundt cake patterns and the roses were perfect decorations for these sweet girls!  

Friday, May 26


Happiest of birthdays to the sweetest of daughters.  We cannot believe how quickly eleven years has flown by!

Thursday, May 25

Wednesday, May 24

Strawberry Picking

We went strawberry picking today and the farm that we chose had a little crew of animals to enjoy as well.  The goats were hilarious begging for food and butting each other out of the way.  I could almost hear them scream, "Feeeeeeeeed usssssss!"

Tuesday, May 23

Handwashing Unmentionables

A month or so ago, I bought some new unmentionables and the saleswoman admonished me for washing my previous ones in the washing machine. 

 "But I use a little lingerie bag," I protested. 

"That doesn't matter!  Always launder lingerie by hand with a gentle soap and hand to dry!" she replied.

Ever since then, I have obediently been washing these delicate things in a bowl of warm soapy water.  I've been using just a little dab of either hand soap or dish soap to clean them.  In the above case, Mrs. Meyers peony dish soap did the trick.

Sunday, May 21


Recently I can't get enough of the color pink and was so happy to spot these gorgeous hydrangeas at the market on Saturday night.  It is so nice to see them on our table along with our white tablecloth.  This Thursday is the feast of Ascension and I'm glad that there is still some Pascal beauty to enjoy.

We collected seashells on the beach today with Sugar Plum's godfather, who was visiting from the great state of Texas.  One of the best things we found was a Mermaid's Purse (a shark's egg case)!  I washed them all with gentle soap and lots of hot water and once they were dry, we packed them up, and sent them back with Uncle Mark for his children.

This coming week is filling up with lots of different activities and tasks, but I'm determined to try to make it to pick strawberries once more.  The ones that we picked on Saturday were so delicious!

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