Thursday, February 28, 2019

Really Random Thursday, 2/28/19

Every week I wonder if I will have anything random enough to be worth writing about. But here's something you won't see everyday.

I wasn't actually invited to this particular party. However, the party-goers have agreed to let me share the party anyway.

A year ago, our friend Julia got a new puppy, Bruno. She brought Bruno over to Aaron and Christa's house one afternoon, and they spent the afternoon playing with him. And falling in love with him. Turns out that Bruno had a sibling. And in fit of insanity (their words, not mine), they went out and adopted his sister and named her Rosie. This week, Christa got a text from Julia:" Bruno and Rosie turn one tomorow. My aunt is making them dog cupcakes." And before you know it, there was a full-on party.

Complete with party hats.
And cake.
There were cupcakes and pizza for the human party-goers. You can't much more random than that!

I've been enjoying the clouds so much. Just a tiny peek of blue...
Mark's been experimenting with his Traeger smoker. This week he smoked lobster--SO good!
Haha, number 1.
Sunday was a busy day. Aaron was in Jamaica doing a medical mission trip. Christa was teaching a three-hour class on human trafficking. Charlotte needed an escort to her yearly piano celebration event. Gramps gladly volunteered. He took a picture through the window as she played before the judge.
She got a superior rating--the highest possible. So she then performed in a mini recital.
Charlotte is growing up into an amazing young woman. It's hard to believe it's been seven years since this picture. Time just zips by...
Meanwhile, the rest ofthe kids were at our house for the afternoon. Gabe and I spent the entire afternoon making duct tape crafts. We started out with a zippered pouch. It was a no-sew project and turned out pretty great!
Then he made six insulated drink holders--basically duct tape on bubble wrap.
We had such a good time.
Haha, number 2.
Christa, Aaron and the kids gifted me with this cute clock--radiation is over and it's worth celebrating time.
My good friend, Stephanie, made this amazing armchair sewing station. I was shocked when it showed up in my mail. It's just perfect, including the color!
I continue to work on my Sweet Pea crocheted afghan.
Last May I took a picture of a quilt in Idaho when we visted Mark's brother, Pete, and his wife, Jane.
This is what the Jeep looks like this week.
We had a little family dinner on Tuesday. Mark and I spent all day making a lemon chiffon cake. This is what it looked like with the layer of filling, before we put the top layer on and frosted it. SO good! The story behind the cake is that when we lived in western Kansas (from 1973 through 1978), a lady in town, Mrs. McQuitty, made these incredible lemon chiffon cakes. They were very pricy for the time but they were so good that people often ordered them for special occasions. Everyone always asked for the recipe, but she kept it a secret. After she passed away, the family published the recipe in the town newspaper as a thank you for all the cakes people had purchased over the years. So if you are interested in making your own incredible lemon chiffon cake, and have an extra day to spend making it, let me know--I'll be happy to share the recipe. (Please check if you are a no-reply commenter--if so, I have no way of getting it to you.)
I took a piece to my friend, Janice, who also took a picture. I think she enjoyed it--she asked for the recipe. :)
I'm always fascinated with the things that Gabe comes up with. He gave this to me at dinner on Tuesday.
And then there was this, a proposal for a weekend activity.
It's a little hard to read, so let me write it out here (with words spelled as he wrote them):

"I think we should have a sleepover. I have a plan. Frist, we can go to your house (you pick us up from church). Then, we can get our things redy. After that, we can eat dinner and watch a move. The next day we don't have school. So, we can go and see the Lego Move 2. Then, we will go back to your house and mom will pick us up.

___ Yes
___ Yes

Please, with a cherry on top!"

He included a lollipop to sweeten the deal. I'll be gone for four days, sewing with friends. Otherwise, my answer would be yes, yes, yes. I told him we will plan the sleepover for another time, but definitely yes to the movie on Monday.

And finally, haha No. 3.


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stitchinpenny said... #

My daughter made a great friend in college who wanted to be a vet, but instead she opened a doggie daycare where she does very special things for the dogs including birthday parties. She makes fresh baked dog treats and sells handmade dog scarves and collars. Speaking of treats - I love lemon cakes and would love the recipe if you don't mind sharing.

Sandra Lanter said... #

I like lemon cakes and would love to try you and Mrs. McQuitty's recipe..Thank you...

Cheryl said... #

I would love the recipe for this lemon cake - it looks delicious.

quiltingbydawn said... #

Your lemon cake looks wonderfully delicious! Would love the recipe. Thanks!

Live a Colorful Life said... #

I need your email address. :)

Live a Colorful Life said... #

I need your email address. :)

pcquilter said... #

Glad to hear radiation is over. I hope the burn isn’t too bad. It seems like forever when it is every day!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

So happy your radiation is over! Sounds like you're getting back to serious sewing with another retreat. You go off sewing more times in a year than I have in my entire quilting life. And you call yourself an introvert . . . really?

Laurie said... #

That cake looks so yummy...I love lemon everything and would like to have the recipe...thanks.

Doris said... #

First of all, that proposal/invite card is the sweetest thing ever. I need a little Gabs in my life. ;-) And I'm super impressed with the duct tape zipper pouch--who knew? And my best friends favorite cake is lemon chiffon so I'd gladly take the recipe. Maybe I'll make it for her birthday in April. So nice the woman didn't take it to her grave, at least she shared it with someone!

Nana Laura said... #

Your lemon chiffon cake looks so delicious. I would love to have the recipe. Thank you

Dad Mom said... #

I would love to have the Lemon Cake recipe . Thank you for doing this .

Farm Quilter said... #

You are so blessed that you live close enough that you can be the sleepover house! So glad you are through with radiation and that you are able to go on a retreat...definitely a celebration! Your lemon cake looks divine and I would love the recipe so I can make it for my dad who loves lemon deserts. Thank you for sharing it!!

Kathryn said... #

I love all things lemony, so I'd love your recipe. Kathryn Laposata at Thanks so much and glad you are doing well. Take care

trudie said... #

I would love your recipe! Love, love lemon! Thanks

ConnieG said... #

You have such fun ideas to do with the kids, how fun! That sleepover “invite” was so cute! I love lemon and our lemon tree had bags and bags and bags of lemons this year!! I froze a bunch of juice. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t care for lemon stuff so if I made that yummy looking lemon cake I’d have to eat the whole thing myself!!

Ronda said... #

I also would love the lemon cake recipe! My email addr is Thanks so much!

OPQuilt said... #

Okay, send the lemon cake recipe right over! Who can pass up that scrumptiousness?

Your weeks sounds really busy and quite fun with family events and celebratory events (hooray for no more radiation!!) That password joke at the end made me laugh right out loud--great ending for a fun post!

Pattil712 said... #

I’d love that recipe, it looks amazing!

cjmont said... #

i would love to have your recipe for lemon chiffon cake. i have a bunch of meyer lemons ready and waiting. thanks for sharing.

dian said... #

Your lemon cake recipe sounds wonderful esp since folks were willing to pay a price to buy one. Love to have the recipe too.

Mary said... #

I would love the cake recipe. Thanks.

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