Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cake, Books and Other Stuff

Wow, I have found myself with very little sewing time lately. Actually, I have not been doing much of anything lately, except weeding out my house of excess stuff--namely toys and kids' clothes. I figure if there are less things for the girls to get out, there are less things for me to put away. (This last trimester with two little ones is no easy feat!) SO, I moved Natalie's dresser into their walk-in closet with Layla's. The girls now share that dresser and I moved the new baby's stuff into Layla's former dresser. I don't know if you remember how I rigged Natalie's dresser shut. It only worked for a little while, she managed to empty it on a daily basis anyway. Clever little thing, I tell you. Recently she dropped all her crayons into the vent in her room. They were so far down there, Casey had to go into the crawlspace downstairs, take the whole thing apart and get them out, along with some other treasures she'd been hiding. So, we moved the furniture to cover the vent. Always an adventure.

ANYWAY, I made Casey this S'Mores cheesecake for Father's Day. It was G-O-O-D! I would post the recipe, but it's long and I've already made this post too long, so unless someone wants it, I won't bother. Oh, that's toasted marshmallow on the top--mmmmm. I'm still mad at myself for not getting a picture of Daddy and the girls in their church dresses before Natalie spilled chocolate milk all over herself. Oh, well.

And, finally, some books I've been enjoying, buying and wishing for:
  1. Mudhouse Sabbath--My mom read this and then bought a copy for me as a gift. I'm so glad she did. I finished it last night and loved it, from start to finish. It's written by a former follower of Judaism who converted to Christianity some years ago. In the book, she compares certain sacraments between the two religions and makes some excellent points about what we can take away from Judaic traditions. Great book and an easy read, it's not very big.
  2. The Billionaire's Vinegar--I just bought this book for Casey for Father's Day and he's very anxious to read it and then pass it along to all the wine-loving men that we know. It's a nonfictional mystery about the world's oldest bottle of wine, dating back to 1787. It's sort of like a conspiracy theory, which Casey loves.
  3. I came across a new-to-me blog last night, Preschoolers and Peace and feel like I stumbled on an absolute treasure. I only read a few posts and was SO encouraged by both, I didn't want to stop reading. While there, I found a link to a book called Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends. It's always been so important to me that my kids get along and are close, despite their personality and age differences. This looks like a good read to me.
That's all for now, although I added a widget to my right sidebar where you can see random books from my library. Kinda fun, I think.


  1. Your cake looks so yummy but if it takes a long time to make, I wouldn't do it. I'm getting lazier and lazier about cooking. LOL! Can you just send me a piece to try? LOL! Glad you had a nice holiday.


  2. Hey N!

    Thanks for the comment on the new blog. I've figured it out myself by messing around with the HTML. It's taken me a few days, and I still want to do more, but it's a start. I know it's not perfect, but I'm happy with it so far. I'm going to do a post about my new blog soon. You're the first one to "discover" it on your own. LOL! Thanks again. Off to tweak it some more!


  3. Great blog! The Billionaire's Vinegar is an excellent read.



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