We had 2 days of warmth this week and the girls were quite excited.... these were taken earlier in the week while waiting for Hayley to get home from school. Today we have about a 1/2 inch covering the ground again and calling for more tonight. Ugh....
Yes... she dressed herself of course...lol
Even a sign of Spring!
Notice how Hayley sticks to the sidewalk and Kathleen just has to trudge through the snow? LOL
I LOVE this picture, I captured her running behind Hayley; all excited to tell her about her day!
Looking at these beautiful faces helps to ease the cares of the day.... :-)
Herbs in my windowsill....:-)
Skippy enjoying the warmth at my Mom's house.
The girls were very happy to visit their Nana and PopPop. :-)
Sunday began the preparations... my sister's favorite cake is red velvet so I prepared that first...
Red Velvet Cake
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder
2 ounces red food coloring
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Heat over to 350 degrees
In mixing bowl, cream together shortening, eggs, and sugar.
In separate bowl mix together the cocoa and food coloring.
Add paste to shortening mix.
Sift flour, and salt together over parchment.
Add to batter alternatively with buttermilk in 3 additions.
Add vanilla extract.
Fold in baking soda and vinegar
Pour batter into 2 greased 9 inch round pans
Bake for 30 mins.
Cool, then invert cakes
Over med. heat cook flour and milk until thickened. Let cool.
Use electric mixer and cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy and light.
Beat in flour mixture.
Frost cake :-)
Table for American Girl dolls :-)
Hayley took care of these details herself! :-)
They made their own pizzas!
Neve opening some Valentine's gifts from us :-)
Hayley had the idea to slice up apples, coat with peanut butter and add marshmallows on top!
She picked out the flowers and made the centerpiece...
Pizzas are done! :-)
Finished apples :-)
Couldn't resist a picture of this... Neve ate her whole pizza, then put the crust back together, lol.
This is how they left their plates (overlook the crumbs, lol)
Cookie baking time!
Enjoying the goodies :-)
Kathleen enjoying food with egg in it! :-)
They finished up with an American Girl fashion show!
Hayley was disappointed she didn't get all her planned activities done, but time flew quickly as it always does.
We miss our family being far away, so we make the best of the time we have together. Miss you Neve!! Can't wait to see you all again....
"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, full fill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it".
Hope you have a wonderful week filled with many blessings!