Do any of you remember eating these Circus Animal Cookies as a kid?
Well, Olivia and I made our own today. They were much better and cuter than the packaged ones, I think. We started off making a sugar cookie recipe and then gathered our miniature cookie cutters. We cut out daisies, tulips, butterflies, stars, and hearts. After baking, we frosted them. And then the most fun part of all--the sprinkles.
They made for a bright spot in our day and a special time between just me and my daughter. J
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."
~William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet
Choosing a name for your newborn is a big deal. We have struggled with our third child's name more than either of Olivia or Isaac's. We have attempted to select names with special meaning and feel pretty confident in our middle name selection. The first name, however, is a different story.
I find it fascinating the names we first selected for Olivia and Isaac have never made it back on our "potential" list. Olivia Taylor was originally Annika Taylor or Mary Elizabeth. Michael Isaac was originally Robert Alexander. It seems funny that I could be the mother of Annika and Alexander instead of Olivia and Isaac. Olivia doesn't look like Annika and Isaac doesn't look like Alexander though, so I'm glad we didn't choose those names.
For Baby #3, we have a reasonably long list which has been reviewed, mixed, matched, and critiqued many times. I have my favorite three and Michael has his favorite three. Unfortunately, none of the names overlap. So we're calling him one name for awhile and then trying out another. Presently we have it narrowed down to two, but honestly it might just change when we actually see him. J
He is scheduled to enter this world one week from today -- which leaves me in total disbelief! To say I'm beginningto get large is an understatement. I feel huge and the swelling accompanied with carpal-tunnel in my hands is so frustrating.
Please be in prayer for our little guy as he is completing his development.
Soon he'll have a name and soon our family of four will become a fabulous family of five. J
Did you know today is "Cow Appreciashun Day?" If you go to Chick-fil-A dressed like a cow you can receive a free combo meal. Olivia decoded a message on a Chick-fil-A kids meal several weeks ago and learned that July 10 would be Cow Appreciation Day. She has been looking forward to making her own costume and going to "Git Free Chikin" ever since.
This morning after some schooling, we found some old t-shirts of Michael's that Olivia and Isaac colored black spots on. Then we cut out and colored "Eat Mor Chikin" cardboard signs. Michael came home, we loaded up, and went to Chick-fil-A for lunch. They especially had a great time greeting the people behind the counter with a "MOO" when we arrived and placed our order.
Olivia and Isaac would like to encourage you "2 Doo" something today. "Take a Vacashun frum Beef" and go to Chick-fil-A to "Git Free Chikin." Afterall, they know that "Eatin Mor Chikin" will make you "Smyle."J
Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a popsicle?
I have had fun coming up with many popsicle recipes this summer.Our family is trying to eliminate as much high fructose corn syrup as possible from our household. Doing so has given me the opportunity to make our own popsicles. I have tried to make our popsicles with healthy ingredients as well as ingredients that I know.
I made Watermelon Popsicles for Olivia's birthday party and Fourth of July weekend...and they were goooooood!
Here is my recipe:
I placed 4-5 cups of cubed watermelon chunks (large seeds removed) in the blender and pureed it until smooth (like I do for my watermelon lemonade).After pureeing, I strained it through a coarse sieve set over a bowl to remove all of the pulp (will need to stir to allow all juice to drain).Next I added simple syrup (equal amounts of sugar and water) to sweeten.All watermelons have different levels of sweetness, so you’ll have to taste the watermelon mixture as you go.You could also use other sweeteners like agave or stevia.After reaching the desired sweetness, pour the watermelon mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.
I hope you will enjoy this refreshing treat on a hot summer day.