Saturday, March 31, 2012

weekend away

I just returned from Easter weekend at my mom's, which provided a much-needed change of scenery for Chris, Penny and me. Sometimes I don't realize how much of a rut I'm in until I completely change my environment. We spent most of the weekend outside, with no agenda but to let Penny run, dance, dig, and play. On Saturday afternoon we bought an egg dying kit and spent Sunday morning helping Penny color her first egg. I bet you can guess which one is hers :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012


For her 3rd birthday, Penny requested a pink cake with strawberries. This was the first cake I ever made from scratch, and I finally get what all the fuss is about those stand mixers you see in all the cool retro colors. But my 1970's era hand mixer managed to do the job. If you're curious, I used this recipe for the cake and this recipe for the frosting. Special thanks to my coworker Stephanie, an experienced baker who wasted no time in whipping up a Pinterest board of cake ideas for me.