Well, lookie here. I survived going back to work and jury duty. Honestly, I wasn't positive I'd make it. I had that terrible plague that everyone has and I really didn't think I'd have the energy to get out of the house. Alas, I'm alive and feeling fairly healthy after the full 10 days of anti-biopics. Now the kids are sick. Bethany & Hunter are miserable. Hunter sounds like he's drowning in goo. Poor guy, but can I get him to go to the doctor? Nope. He's a big boy now, gotta make his own decisions.
Well, enough about all that. Work closed down over this last weekend because of a big ice storm. I took advantage of the bonus days off and tried a new cake recipe. This is Almond Cake with Almond Ruffle Frosting. Now, the picture doesn't do the color justice. It's actually the most obnoxious violet color... Clearly, I need more practice making cakes that are not for a child's birthday. I'm practicing for our Anniversary party next year. I want to do my own cake because I know my cakes taste better than any bakery I've tried but my decorating skills are terrible! So, I declared this the year of the cake. My frosting was a little loose and I didn't make enough to begin with. Big learning curve. I'm real used to cupcakes.On Christmas, I received a bucket of yarn from Hunter's girlfriend. Part of their Minimalist lifestyle is getting rid of things they don't need. Sounds like a nightmare to me, but they've got to live life their way. Lucky me, I got lots of pretty yarn and decided to start a granny square afghan. I've already used up 1 skein but I'm not nearly as far as I thought I was. This might end up as a baby blanket although that wasn't my original intent. I had hoped to give them a blanket for the school bus that they are renovating into a home (no need for baby blankets for several years, one hopes). Plus, crocheting always makes my hands cramp.
Talk to you soon, Happy New Year!