Thursday, October 29, 2009
Ella Jane is really growing up. She turned one on Tuesday and on Wednesday, she used the potty for the first time and she started weening herself from nursing. She has also used the potty again today. She is very proud of herself for this. I ask her if she needs to use the potty and she runs to the bathroom. I was very surprised about her weening herself - can it really be this easy?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A few months ago, I came across this really cool tic-tac-toe game. I had planned to reproduce it for Arin. Last week we took a walk and found several stones. Once, we got them home, I realized that I didn't have the red, yellow and black paints that we would have needed to make a copy of their game, so we went with the more traditional x's and o's for our pieces. We gathered 18 stones.
Yesterday, Arin helped make carrot cake cupcakes for Ella's birthday. I had never made them before, so I found a recipe here on allrecipes.com to use. The original recipe called for two cups of sugar in the cake, which I scaled back to a cup and a half and it called for 3.5 cups of sugar in the frosting, which I cut back to 2.5 cups. Even with my adjustments, the cake ended up with four cups of sugar, which is really an outrageous amount, but it was delicious! We also substituted a half cup of raisins for the 3/4 cup of nuts that the recipe called for since we were making the cake for Ella. We were able to make six jumbo cupcakes and 12 regular cupcakes. Arin insisted that they must have pink frosting, so we added a little pink food coloring to the frosting ingredients.
Arin frosted all of the cupcakes, except Ella's. She also learned that no matter how hard you try, you just can't lick frosting off of your elbow. Bummer!