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30 March 2008

Daring Bakers: Perfect Party Cake

After last month's bread fiascoes (it took four tries to get it right, although it's become a favorite bread recipe now!), I was ready to try something a little different. Cake looked like a lot of fun! I didn't do tons and tons of playing, although the recipe allowed for that sort of thing. I used blackberry jam from Bithell Farms between my layers, with more Bithell Farms blackberries on top (Not only are the berries very very tasty, they thawed out beautifully!). Other than that and leaving the coconut off, I stuck to the recipe. It went off without a hitch! I didn't have any round pans, so I used the petal pans I got when I made my college roommate's wedding cake. I don't get to make those very often, so it was a lot of fun. However, I've only got 1 in each size, and when I guessed at how much was half the batter I was a little bit off, so I had one short layer, and one taller layer, which I did cut in half. The short layer I just left like it was and the final product had three layers rather than the four it was supposed to have. This worked out for the best because the frosting didn't go quite as far as it was supposed to.

The frosting! I have been a frosting hater for years, but this stuff, while it was a lot of work, was worthy of eating! It's too bad that I don't have a stand mixer, because that would make this frosting recipe much more practical. As it is, I was glad that Andy was home to take care of the Monkey while I whipped that stuff for a half hour. Still, frosting that actually tastes good is worth some effort, and I suspect that this will be making future appearances on my table. It was certainly a hit at church, where the ladies were more than happy to help me eat it all, so I didn't even have to deal with guilt of pigging out on tasty cake.

The really exciting thing? This cake reminded Andy of the cake that he likes for his birthday cake. The one that has been discontinued and is no impossible to find. So maybe with a little further effort I can recreate it for him this August.

I think I may have to pick up this "My Home to Yours" cookbook that this cake comes from, as there seems to be a large bunch of people who think this book is great. Dorie Greenspan, the author of the cookbook, even has a bloggy fanclub: Tuesdays With Dorie, which makes something from her book once a week(!) and posts about it. That's one blog event that I think I'm going to have to pass on... I just don't think I can bake that often without needing to buy bigger jeans!

Courtesy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours (page 250).

Words from Dorie
Stick a bright-coloured Post-it to this page, so you’ll always know where to turn for a just-right cake for any celebration. The original recipe was given to me by my great dear friend Nick Malgieri, of baking fame, and since getting it, I’ve found endless opportunities to make it – you will too. The cake is snow white, with an elegant tight crumb and an easygoing nature: it always bakes up perfectly; it is delicate on the tongue but sturdy in the kitchen – no fussing when it comes to slicing the layers in half or cutting tall, beautiful wedges for serving; and, it tastes just as you’d want a party cake to taste – special. The base recipe is for a cake flavoured with lemon, layered with a little raspberry jam and filled and frosted with a classic (and so simple) pure white lemony hot-meringue buttercream but, because the elements are so fundamental, they lend themselves to variation (see Playing Around), making the cake not just perfect, but also versatile.

For the Cake

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups whole milk or buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 ½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure lemon extract

For the Buttercream
1 cup sugar
4 large egg whites
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Finishing
2/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves stirred vigorously or warmed gently until spreadable
About 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut

Getting Ready
Centre a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9 x 2 inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with a round of buttered parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.

To Make the Cake
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant.
Add the butter and working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.
Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated.
Add the rest of the milk and eggs beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
Finally, give the batter a good 2- minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated.
Divide the batter between the two pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the touch – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean
Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unfold them and peel off the paper liners.
Invert and cool to room temperature, right side up (the cooled cake layers can be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to two months).

To Make the Buttercream
Put the sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl or another large heatproof bowl, fit the bowl over a plan of simmering water and whisk constantly, keeping the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, about 3 minutes.
The sugar should be dissolved, and the mixture will look like shiny marshmallow cream.
Remove the bowl from the heat.
Working with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the meringue on medium speed until it is cool, about 5 minutes.
Switch to the paddle attachment if you have one, and add the butter a stick at a time, beating until smooth.
Once all the butter is in, beat in the buttercream on medium-high speed until it is thick and very smooth, 6-10 minutes.
During this time the buttercream may curdle or separate – just keep beating and it will come together again.
On medium speed, gradually beat in the lemon juice, waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding more, and then the vanilla.
You should have a shiny smooth, velvety, pristine white buttercream. Press a piece of plastic against the surface of the buttercream and set aside briefly.

To Assemble the Cake
Using a sharp serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion, slice each layer horizontally in half.
Put one layer cut side up on a cardboard cake round or a cake plate protected by strips of wax or parchment paper.
Spread it with one third of the preserves.
Cover the jam evenly with about one quarter of the buttercream.
Top with another layer, spread with preserves and buttercream and then do the same with a third layer (you’ll have used all the jam and have buttercream leftover).
Place the last layer cut side down on top of the cake and use the remaining buttercream to frost the sides and top.
Press the coconut into the frosting, patting it gently all over the sides and top.

The cake is ready to serve as soon as it is assembled, but I think it’s best to let it sit and set for a couple of hours in a cool room – not the refrigerator. Whether you wait or slice and enjoy it immediately, the cake should be served at room temperature; it loses all its subtlety when it’s cold. Depending on your audience you can serve the cake with just about anything from milk to sweet or bubbly wine.

The cake is best the day it is made, but you can refrigerate it, well covered, for up to two days. Bring it to room temperature before serving. If you want to freeze the cake, slide it into the freezer to set, then wrap it really well – it will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer; defrost it, still wrapped overnight in the refrigerator.

Playing Around
Since lemon is such a friendly flavour, feel free to make changes in the preserves: other red preserves – cherry or strawberry – look especially nice, but you can even use plum or blueberry jam.

Fresh Berry Cake
If you will be serving the cake the day it is made, cover each layer of buttercream with fresh berries – use whole raspberries, sliced or halved strawberries or whole blackberries, and match the preserves to the fruit. You can replace the coconut on top of the cake with a crown of berries, or use both coconut and berries. You can also replace the buttercream between the layers with fairly firmly whipped sweetened cream and then either frost the cake with buttercream (the contrast between the lighter whipped cream and the firmer buttercream is nice) or finish it with more whipped cream. If you use whipped cream, you’ll have to store the cake the in the refrigerator – let it sit for about 20 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Sunday Scripture

Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works.
-Jacob 4:10

29 March 2008

Melting Snowman Cupcakes

We've had the winter that just won't quit here, and so after pondering what to do with the marshmallows, I came up with the idea of melting some snowmen. At the beginning of the month this seemed like mostly wishful thinking: we still had 2-3 feet of snow in the front, and were getting more at pretty regular intervals. I was a little cabin crazy, to say the least.

I started out with yer basic chocolate cupcake recipe (it was also the base for the Maple-Chocolate Cupcakes last month), and I really didn't mess with it too much, just substituted peanut butter for the butter it calls for. I scaled the recipe to make, but really it makes about 12.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/8 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1/4 cup and 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/8 tsp salt
* 1 T and 1-1/2 tsp creamy peanut butter
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1 eggs
* 1 tsp double-proof vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup (whole) milk

Preheat to 350F. Mix together dry ingredients, set aside. Cream sugar and peanut butter. (This takes a little longer than creaming butter, but it did work.) Add egg. If you double the recipe, add them one at a time. Mix well, then beat in the vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with the milk. Fill cupcake papers 1/2 full. I went a bit shallow on the cupcakes because the "frosting" can't help but be bulky. This means you'll have to watch them closely at the end of the baking time as they may be done early. Bake 14-16 minutes. There should be some empty space at the top of your papers, so let them cool a bit in the pan rather than dumping them out. Once they are cool enough to handle without burning yourself, pull them out of the pan with your fingers so the papers don't get crushed. Take a sharp knife and
"core" the cupcakes, cutting a hollow in the tops. Any tops that you don't eat put in a bowl to use in the next step.

Dirty Snow Topping

Abt 1/3 package Peanut Butter Double-stuff Oreos
About 1 cup vanilla pudding
About 1/3+ package Cool Whip
Tops cut out of the cupcakes

Making this stuff is not an exact science, and because I use bulk pudding, it's hard to know how many packages of that would be equivalent to what I used. The trick to balance the crumbs and the pudding-stuff to get a texture and look that pleases. Mix together the Cool Whip and pudding. In another bowl, take your cookies and your cupcake tops and smash them to smithereens. I used my pastry blender and it worked like a charm. It should look like dirt when you're done. (After all, this is Dirt Cake we're making here, just not arranged so prettily as it usually is.) Fold the crumbs into the pudding. I started with about 1/2 the package of cookies and got to the desired consistency/look at about 2/3 of the package, but I doubled the cupcake recipe since I was giving cupcakes to 2 families this time. You want it to look like that melted snow mess at the end of the driveway in the spring, so don't quite mix in the crumbs completely. There should be some that are still dry enough to look like dirt, but it's also got to stick together well enough to stay on the cupcakes.

Melted Snowmen

3 Mini marshmallows for each cupcake
round toothpicks
empty granola box

First, make a marshmallow melting apparatus: Stab a toothpick through the side of a granola box or whatever you have handy. Jello boxes were too tough: they broke the toothpick. My Sunbelt granola box worked handily, but obviously it doesn't matter. You just need to be able to stand a toothpick up on end in the microwave.

Spear 3 marshmallows & stand it up on your box. Microwave for 5-10 seconds. Watch carefully, and stop as soon as they start puffing; they're plenty warm enough to "melt" by then. I usually stopped at about 5 seconds, but it just worked better to put 10 seconds on the clock each time. (Don't just let these things go, as I've heard that they explode when nuked too long. Don't say I didn't warn ya!) Pull the toothpick out and stab it into the cupcake, pushing it down enough to sort of compress the marshmallows to give them a "melted" look.

28 March 2008

More Animal Watching

Monkey continues to really enjoy watching animal movies, and we found a few more good ones.

This one is a cat playing the piano. I have tried to interest my cat in doing this sort of thing, but she wasn't having it. This cat apparently really enjoys it!

Here, a parrot is dreaming of the day it can become a groupie at the concert. It's easily the funniest of the videos we found this time.

And here we have romping koala bears. Most cute. Cheesy music.

27 March 2008

And Thus it Begins

Yesterday a friend brought over a big box of hand-me-downs. The timing was perfect: the plan was to go find some lightweight jackets at the 2nd hand shop today. I am convinced that she was an instrument in the Lord's hands; now we have what we need.

Last night I didn't feel wonderful, so I didn't get that big box of clothes put away like I should have done.

This morning I just grabbed a shirt, a bright yellow shirt, and tossed it on the Monkey. I then went looking for some jeans to put under that yellow shirt. But before I managed to do it he brought me a lovely pair of maroon sweat pants, and grinned at me. The message was more than clear: "I want to wear this." So I put it on him. After all, toddlers can't be expected to know what looks good together, right? So, this is the result of his first time choosing his own clothes.

26 March 2008

Pint-sized Geography Buff

I browsed across this adorable video this evening while I was blog-surfing (as opposed to sewing, which was supposed to be on today's agenda) while the Monkey took his nap on my lap. It didn't start as a lap nap, but he's got another ear infection and while he is better, he's still not at the top of his game and needed some extra cuddles. But this video, this little girl, is amazing! I think we underestimate kids so much of the time. Sure, the places she points out probably are just colored blobs on the map, but as she learns about those places that'll change! Monkey says "yellow" without really knowing YELLOW. I don't see that this is much different.

25 March 2008

Freedom Matters

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Nature Sketch

We spent some time outside in the backyard this afternoon after the Monkey finished his nap. I'd been reading Charlotte Mason's stuff on studying nature from volume 1, and it was all I could do to wait for him to wake up before I took him out. Had it been a little bit warmer we would have gone outside for his nap. He was sleeping on my lap anyway, it would have been easy. But he's got a cold & ear infection, and it's still pretty brisk, so I waited until I could bundle him nicely. I must say, reading about nature study sure does make ya want to go DO it! This time I took my sketch book rather than my camera.

24 March 2008

Nature Study


We helped a friend pack for her move, and she looked in her box of play-doh toys and said to me, "I hate play-doh. Do you want it?" We managed to find something to do with both the play-doh and the play-doh toys she was getting rid of.

Thrift Store Finds!

Today I went to St. Vincent de Paul, and I think that I did very well. For just a little less than $23 I got the following:

17 mason jars (we're planting a big garden, with high hopes this year for a rich harvest!)
2 medium mixing bowls
For Richer or Poorer (VHS)

And the books. I really hit the jackpot today! It looked like someone was cleaning off the children's bookshelf, and I got there at just the right time to pick up a mess of classics that will be very useful in a few years. I'm feeling very blessed, particularly since this is not the first time that I've hit the jackpot, although I think this may be the best book jackpot to date.

The Complete and Unabridged:
*The Swiss Family Robinson
*Black Beauty
*The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
*The Red Badge of Courage
*The Jungle Book
*Aesop's Fables

From Laura Ingals Wilder:
*Farmer Boy
*The First Four Years
*On the Banks of Plum Creek
*The Long Winter
*Little House in the Big Woods
*These Happy Golden Years

Other Random Books
*The Little Giant Book of Knock-Knocks
*Stuart Little
*More Poems (complied by Untemeyer & Anglund)
*My Big Book of Fairy Tales
*My World & Globe
*The Great Big Paddington Book
*The Story of Ellis Island
*Ned & the Joybaloo
*The Random House book of Mother Goose
*A Child's Book of Poems

There was also a lovely dollhouse that was only $5, and had I had a little girl, she would probably have a dollhouse this evening. Now the thing I need to do is figure out where I'm going to put those jars until I've got something to put in them.

23 March 2008

Sunday Scripture

And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is arisen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
-Mark 16:5-7

19 March 2008

Grocery Bag Impact

A while back I found this tutorial for making cloth shopping bags. I made up 4 of them and I've got fabric for another that is cut out and ready to go if I'd just sew it up, which takes about an hour once you get the hang of it. They're nice to use: one of these is stronger than plastic, so you can load it down more, and they're nicer on the hands to carry. When they get dirty, I toss them down the laundry chute. So I'd have to say that the cloth bag experiment has been working out well for us. And it has definitely cut down on the number of those annoying plastic bags on top of my fridge.

Turns out that little things add up quickly. MSN has an interactive article on paper vs. plastic bags. Turns out neither one of them is really all that wonderful for the environment. At the end is a fun little impact calculator. I used it to guesstimate our bag usage at around 288 bags a year. There's really only one store around here that offers paper bags, so I selected 100% plastic use. If I reduce my bag use by 70%, then I save 230 plastic bags. That is, as Andy pointed out to me when I started using the cloth bags, a drop in the bucket. (But it's a lot of bags that aren't filling up the top of my fridge!) But the cool thing about this calculator is that it lets you see what would happen if other folks did it with you. I selected 10% of Americans also reducing their plastic bag usage by 70%, and supposing that they were all using and reducing in the very same way that I did, it would save more than 13 billion bags a year. That's 1.16 million barrels of oil!

That's something concrete and immediate that we can do to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I've got 6 cloth bags now. Four I made, and 2 were $1 each at one of the grocery stores I shop at. I like the homemade ones better: they're pretty. But the green store bags work just as well, so you don't even have to be a carfty sewer type to do it.

17 March 2008

Watching the Animals

Two or three weeks ago when I was half sick from not sleeping because Monkey-man kept insisting on waking up in the middle of the night, we watched a couple hours of Animal Planet and happened to catch some bears. It was some pretty fun programing. I taught him the sign for "bear" and since then he signs "bear" all the time. So yesterday I went looking for more footage of bears, since he clearly loves watching them. Right now, it seems like there's not a lot of live footage of bears, although there are several "Bear Cams" that I came across. But I did find this polar bear stuff at National Geographic, and they have live elephant seals, which are just comical to watch.

16 March 2008

Sunday Scripture

And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

And they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in teh name of the Lord:

Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
-Mark 11:7-11

15 March 2008

Easter Ideas

Last year Andy and I decided to add the Easter Bunny to the list of holiday figures that are not "invited" to our house. (The bunny joins Santa & the elves.) So we needed some new traditions for Easter, particularly ones that are focused on Christ. We had a list of ideas that we worked up after Easter last year, but in the process of moving to the new calendar at the beginning of the year the list got lost without getting put on the calendar. It's very sad, because we had some good ideas for things to do this week leading up to Easter. So here I am, trying to put it back together and have something for the next week as we prepare to celebrate Easter. Here's what I have so far:

For Palm Sunday:
A cute "palm" banner that we will be making for Family Home Evening, along with reading about the Triumphal Entry. The idea is from this lovely blog.
Monday - Thursday:
Our family scripture reading will be from the last week of Christ's life. I haven't got any other brilliant ideas for these days.

Good Friday: I'm going to my parents' house, and we were going to cook anyway, so I think I'll talk them into doing Hot Cross Buns. This recipe looks good.

Saturday: Probably do some of the Easter scriptures from the Book of Mormon. Nothing else planned at this point.

Easter Sunday: Obviously, we'll be going to church. I'd like to do some sort of Easter dinner, but really, I'm pretty much floundering here.

So what do you folks plan on doing for Easter? I'd love to have some great ideas. I'm thinking that looking at the passover, maybe eating some matzo crackers, something like that, would be a good idea. But I've got nothing concrete in mind right now.

Silly Stuff

Your Personality is Somewhat Rare (ISFP)

Your personality type is caring, peaceful, artistic, and calm.

Only about 7% of all people have your personality, including 8% of all women and 6% of all men

You are Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving.

12 March 2008

More Moon-gazing

We dashed out to Barnes & Nobel to pick up the copy of Art Across the Alphabet that I'd ordered. Somewhere in the process of ordering it the numbers got crossed, and the number they tried to notify me at was disconnected. Clearly not my number, as it works just fine. But I called them this afternoon and it was just in time: tomorrow it would go on the shelf. So I had to get it today. But I got this information after I told some piano students that I had no plans to go anywhere and it would be just fine if they dropped by to pick up the left-behind music just any old time. I'm going to be here. Fortunately, B&N is open until 11. So I left the house around 9:15. (I've got a point here, just wait for it.) It was a quite enjoyable trip. In addition to the book I ordered, I took a swing past the bargain books and hit the jackpot! They had poems, myths, and fables for $9.99, 50% off, members get another 10%. So they were right about $4. I got The Real Mother Goose, A Child's Garden of Verses, and some myths. Very cool. I managed to leave behind the book about gardening that lept of the shelf and begged me to take it home. But I did thumb through the part on starting seeds and learned that I've got a serious light problem. The fix is likely a grow-light, but I've gotta figure out where to plug it in.

So we got back home around 10pm. It was a beautiful night here, cool and crisp, and you could smell spring. Not too cold. So I grabbed the binoculars and my camera and took the Boy back out for some night time nature study. Anyway, I studied nature. He played with his little snow shovel. After, why else would we come outside? I took a couple of pictures, but if the weather is good (I heard rumors of rain) I may try again tomorrow night. The view through my binoculars was much better, and I think I can do a bit better if I play with my manual settings. But that's way to complicated for what I wanted to do tonight. Tonight I was moon-gazing. I also took a peek at that nebula in Orion's belt. And looked (unsuccessfully) for the Pleadies. And I contemplated learning the names of those dark sploches on the Moon. Mares, I think they're called? And I glanced at Saturn. And wondered if that other bright spot was Venus. It's in about the same spot that I last found Venus, but those planets are tricky: they move. And I don't know how much. I hadn't bothered to bring out my little glow-in-the-dark star map, or I might have had a better idea of what I was looking at. It was a good time anyway. I would have stayed longer had it been a bit warmer, but we still got about 20 minutes.

08 March 2008

Sunday Scripture

...if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

-Daniel 3:15-18

This became one of my (many) favorite scripture stories several years ago when I heard Brother Simmons speak about it. His talk is reproduced here. Always before hearing him speak about these verses, when I thought of this story it was about how these three men were miraculously saved from death. But Brother Simmons points out that their faith was not conditioned up on their being delivered from death; he points out how the real lesson in the story comes in the words but if not. It's something that I have often remembered since then.

Ideas Anyone?

The Cupcake Hero theme this month is marshmallows. I'm drawing a bit of a blank on creative ways to use marshmallows in a cupcake. Any good ideas out there?

A Busy Week

Several Time I intended to limber up my typing fingers & post a bit about the Stuff We Do. But this week's been a bit of a zoo. Something's buggin' my Monkey at night, so he screamed at us several times this week, right around 2am. I just not quite as efficient as usual this week. (Anyone wanna clean a bathroom?) Hopefully tonoght will be a bit better. In the mean time, I'll tell ypu a bit about what we did all week.

Sunday was Dr. Seuss's birthday (I bet ya'll knew that already. I bet your posts have been up all week.) We kept our celebration simple: we had green eggs and ham for lunch on Monday, and while Monkey dined on this fine cuisine I read him Green Eggs and Ham, ABC, and from the Sneeches book we read about the 23 Daves and the Zax.

Monkey discovered a new way to play in the cat tunnel. This continued to be an enjoyable pastime all week.

We didn't manage to make it to playgroup this week, but we did visit some friends this morning and he got to play with those kids. Well, as much as any child of a year and a half plays with other kids. One of the lovely things about visiting friends is that no two toy collections is exactly alike, and this morning he was delighted to discover they had the big legos. He spent some very happy time de-constructing a building my friend A. had made, one brick at a time.

We also painted a big B and a little b for the fridge and looked at a buncha books. It was a pretty good week! Hopefully my Art Across the Alphabet book will arrive at Barnes & Nobel soon. I'm looking forward to looking at it again, plus I think A would like it.

02 March 2008

Sunday Scripture

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or hs parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
-John 9:1-3

Sorry I'm slow today! I was out of town yesterday and could not post last night like I've been trying to do before bed.


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