I can't remember if it was from someone's blog or Facebook post or a conversation with friends, on the phone, at church ... you know!!! But the conversation I remember had to do with cooking failures and the fact that we don't remember having had those same problems when we were younger. Case in point for me today:
I found what sounded like a wonderful recipe for vanilla cupcakes. Voila! just what I wanted for Jack's birthday. A good vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting. Simple. So I whipped up those ingredients, followed instructions perfectly, or to the best of my ability, and the batter was so delicious. The first two pans of cupcakes were mighty good, too.
However, the last pan went very south!
I figured out the problem, though. The batter in the bottom of the bowl did not incorporate with the upper batter, so it consisted mostly of butter, shortening, and sugar. I did find out there is an accessory for that Kitchen Aid mixer I can get which will pick up the bottom of the batter and scrape the sides of the bowl. I had even stirred it all by hand before putting it in the pans. Oh well, none of that sad story bothered anybody else. (Actually, I had to eat five of them for testing purposes.)
I get the first one!
Sporting a new haircut!
All the wait staff sang to him - he was all right with that after the first,
but he DID NOT like them saying Happy Birthday Panchito!!! LOL!!
"My name is not Panchito!!"
He's the cutest even with chocolate on his face!
While we were having dinner, a very kind, elderly gentleman came over to Kate and gave her this little origami bird. Jack was pretty disappointed that he didn't get one, but he was mature about it and then said, "I think he's going back to his table to make me one, too." His mom said, no, I don't think so.
Jack was right. Pretty soon the man was back with an origami seal that clapped its hands for Jack. He was so pleased and said, I told you so! He thanked the man and then went to the gentleman's table to tell him thank you again and that he knew he was making one for him.
I love you, Jack!
The weather this past weekend was frigid due to the high winds and low temps! Other than me going to a BSF fellowship on Saturday (which was wonderful), there wasn't much to our weekend except for going to church and to meet our kids for the little birthday celebration for Jack. His birthday isn't until next week, but we will be out of town.