My youngest sister Leisa and her husband Dale are having a baby in August! Personally, I am so excited to have another nephew! (I only have 1 nephew right now, but I have 4 nieces so this baby will help balance it out a bit.) ;)
Last week my mom called and asked me if I wanted to make Leisa's baby shower invitations. I ended up having a lot of fun designing them and putting them together. Since her husband flies airplanes, I went with an airplane theme.
Along with the invitations, Leisa had pictures printed of her with her belly ;) that we'll attach to the invitation with the curly paper clip.
I haven't gotten a Bountiful Basket in a while, but Andrew and I decided we wanted to get one last week. By the time I got online though, they were all sold out in Roosevelt so I ended up getting one in Lapoint. On Saturday I picked it up. Here's the list of this week's bounty:
2 heads celery
1 head romaine lettuce
1 bunch spinach
1 head cabbage
2 half-pints blackberries
5 tomatoes on the vine
16 small peppers
I also got an add-on of 5 loaves of honey whole wheat bread. I shared 2 of the loaves with Savannah and whatever we don't eat of the remaining 3 loaves will freeze really well. We opened one of the loaves yesterday and it sure is delicious!
On Monday Savannah and I attended Kim's first violin recital. I really enjoyed listening to Kim play her violin. The first song she played was Auld Lang Syne, which is a favorite of mine. The second song she played was Amazing Grace and for her third song she played a duet of Nearer My God to Thee. She did such a great job!
I feel very blessed that I have such great friends that are also family and that we have the opportunity to support each other like this. :)
Over Memorial Day weekend my brother and SIL asked me to make my niece Kinley's 2nd birthday cake. She was having a princess party, but not Disney princesses, she just likes dressing up and pretending to be a princess. :) Her invitations and party paper goods were pink crowns so I checked out Wilton's website and actually found a crown pan! I was so excited and my SIL loved the pan as well so I ordered it.
Last Thursday night I baked the cake so it would be cool for Friday when I would be decorating it.
On Friday I mixed up my buttercream, tinted it and got to work. I think the cake turned out so cute!
Saturday we drove out to SLC for the party. Kinley loved the cake and tried to dig right in before we had a chance to take any pictures, but we got some anyway. :)
Trying to show us she's two, but only her first finger would go up.
For about a month now, I have been planning a Pampered Chef party and the date finally arrived last Saturday. :) I enjoy being the hostess for parties of any kind, but this one was particularly fun because most of my favorite girls were there and we had a good time discussing kitchen tools and eating Strawberry Amaretto Pastries. Thanks, Ladies!
Now I just can't wait for all our fun tools to arrive!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Unfold pastry dough onto baking pan. Finely chop half of the almonds and combine with granulated sugar. Sprinkle evenly over surface of dough. Lightly press almond mixture into dough.
Cut dough lengthwise into three strips; cut strips crosswise into four strips for a total of 12 squares. Gently separate squares evenly over surface of pan. Bake 16-18 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from pan onto cooling rack.
Meanwhile, place remaining almonds into a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool.
Whisk sour cream, powdered sugar and almond extract in a medium bowl. Fold in whipped cream. Slice strawberries. Split open each pastry square. Top with about 2 heaping tablespoons of the filling, sliced strawberries and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Zest orange over strawberries. Place tops of pastry shells over filling. Serve immediately.
Last night we got together again for book club. Randi chose this month's book, "Morality for Beautiful Girls" by Alexander McCall Smith. Morality for Beautiful Girls is the third in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels set in Gaborone, Botswana.
In Morality for Beautiful Girls, Precious Ramotswe, founder and owner of the only detective agency for the concerns of both ladies and others, investigates the alleged poisoning of the brother of an important “Government Man,” and the moral character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest, the winner of which will almost certainly be a contestant for the title of Miss Botswana. Yet her business is having money problems, and when other difficulties arise at her fiance’s Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, she discovers the reliable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is more complicated then he seems.
While we discussed the book last night, Randi fed us a healthy menu of homemade wheat rolls, chicken salad, veggies, crispy baked wonton skins and mini cheddar rice cakes. It was all very delicious! Then we watched an episode of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency as it has been made into a TV series. Until next month!