A New Year
I hope 2017 finds you and yours doing well and enjoying this beautiful snowy weather we are having. This year instead of trying to fit a family get together in the midst of everyone’s busy holiday schedules, we just waited and had everyone (well, everyone who lives in the area) over on January second. You know what? It worked! No one said, Oh, I have this party or program or family dinner to go to. Everyone was available. I think I may make this our traditional time for our winter gathering of all who live close enough to come. We had a houseful and a wonderful time. It was fun spending time together with the girls in the kitchen.
A Special Day
The next event after New Years Day at our house is Adeline’s birthday on January 5th. She turned five this year. We feel so blessed to have her in our lives. For those of you who don’t know, all of our other children are pretty close in age with 2 1/2 years being the largest gap. Adeline, however, is 4 1/2 years younger than Jeremiah. We honestly thought we were done having children. The Lord blessed us however, and Adeline arrived when I was 47 years old! She was born with no abnormalities except an overly sensitive gag reflex which prevented her from nursing. It broke my heart really, but I am thankful to have her just the same.
We celebrated her birthday yesterday with just our immediate family who lives at home. All of her siblings put great effort into making it a special day. Jeremiah wrote two stories for her. They were hilarious. Something about these bandits who were all pieces of fruit. The characters included Banana Gunner, Cherry Bomber, Pomegranate Grenader, and Apple Ninja. It was very cute. RuthAnn and Samantha made a little cardboard doll house for her with clothespin people. Catherine surprised her with a new helmet for skating. Joseph tried to make homemade ice cream, but needs a little more practice at it. She received new dishes for her play kitchen and a Mr. Potato Head from Mom and Dad. She appreciated all of the fuss and being the center of attention.
A Special Cake – with Fondant
We started the day with Adeline helping me make a simple box cake that we were going to decorate for the occasion. Catherine however, had other plans. She made an orange, marshmallow fondant to cover the cake and decorated it with a Strawberry Shortcake cutout. (The cartoon character that Adeline really likes). It was a first for us making fondant and it turned out nicely. We finished up the day watching a Strawberry Shortcake cartoon.
I thought I would share Catherine’s Fondant recipe and instructions with you as it is fairly simple and easy to work with. It is also not too sweet so it doesn’t overpower the cake.
Our Family Store
As a final note, the 2017 prices for our kitchen equipment are up in the store. If you are looking for a new mixer, grain mill, or dehydrator, check it out. Our mixer, the Bosch Universal Plus, is the best one I have seen on the market for home use and can be expanded to include a blender, a food processor, a chopper/grater, meat grinder and more. It handles both small and large jobs beautifully and is a huge part of the reason our family makes nearly all of our whole wheat bread at home. For Adeline’s birthday, we made our homemade pizza dough with it. It always turns our wonderful and is a family favorite.
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