1. This blog...If you've noticed I now have ads from Blog Her in the sidebar. It's my way of trying to get more recognition to our blog, try to make a little extra money, and keep myself blogging. So far, I've noticed comments dwindle or completely be nonexistent. Come on, people. Really? Don't you think we need a little encouragement to keep going?
2. You Smart Cookie....This is our cookie decorating business. I made a resolution to put forth more effort into getting our business going. I've learned a lot about starting a business in the last 3 years, done some market research, and tried like hell to learn more/better techniques in decorating. There are some really great cookie decorators out there, but they're not here in the Twin Cities. This is my market, and I can conquer it! Or at least I'd like to try to.:) This means, I'll be making and decorating more cookies, blogging about that, listing them over at our other blog, You Smart Cookie, and focusing on what makes our cookies really great. This is the one thing that I always come back to about our cookies. They are made with mostly organic ingredients. We use organic brown eggs, organic flour and sugar, and organic butter when we can get it cheap. I make all my icing, and Maria has proven herself to be an excellent mixer of colors. She has a great eye for capturing just the colors we want for decorating our cookies. She's a real pro! Lastly, we have got to get back to edible images. First Communions and graduations are coming up, and summer will be here before we know it with weddings and anniversaries. Our edible images on cookies are always a hit. Personalization is very important to people and their celebrations so if we don't get back into that market, we really are missing an opportunity.
March weather is coming in like a lion, but hopefully will go out like a lamb!
It got so bad that we had to shut it off down at the fuse box. Reason being, one of the gears in the panel went bad and would constantly buzz as if the timer was going off. Annoying! We'd already had issues with the thermostat which was going to be crazy to fix if we could even find the parts. So a recent mix up at our local Sears led to all kinds of deals towards getting this oven.
I love it! It's so cool. It's way too cool for me, but hey it was their mistake so this is what God has given me to work with. Not bad, eh?
4. Here are a few pics of the kids at The Ordway a couple Saturdays ago. We went to hear selections from Ravel's Mother Goose. It was a fun time! Like the music hounds we are, we went to Orchestra Hall this Tuesday morning with friends to hear Peter and the Wolf. That was really a lot of fun. Now the girls are thinking about auditioning for the Minnesota Youth Orchestras. We'll see what happens with that, but today I spoke with Maria's flute instructor. He's all for training her for a June audition. Who knows!
Maria just loves to bring her hamster to me at night so I can touch Pepper. It can be a bit annoying at times, but in all honesty she is a very cute hamster!
I went nuts yesterday using the new oven. I baked two loaves of bread, raisin muffins, and roasted potatoes for dinner.
|Proofing the bread in the oven.|
I also went a little nuts with my sewing. I was only going to add the sashing around the quilt blocks, but I stayed up with Daddy while he worked so I sewed on all the sashing plus the border. I think it looks great!
|This is the nearly completed quilt top. Now I have to get batting an a fabric for the quilt back. I'm making a scrappy|
binding from all the leftover pieces of fabric. I can't wait until it's done!
You can see more P, H, F, R moments over at Like Mother, Like Daughter.