Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Magda turns 8! Let's ice skate!!

Magda wanted to take her friends ice skating for her 8th birthday party this year.  

Our town has a great little outdoor rink--

so we bundled up, laced up our skates and hit the ice!

There is nothing as fun as skating 'round and 'round
with your best buds to fun pop music
outside on a cold winter's day


with your Dad!! 

We put out a little spread...
warm chicken noodle soup and butternut squash soup for lunch.
(Greg's idea...SUCH a good idea!)

And hot cocoa for the Zamboni break.  

The outdoor outlets came in very handy, as did the crock pots!

For party favors, each girl got a little gift bag with a mug, 
filled with a serving of hot cocoa mix
and a home-made marshmallow--with how-to instructions.

(That now that I read them, the instructions aren't really that great..
but the card is cute!)

For each girl, I also made for their gift bag: a little hand-embroidered felt mitten--

because I am insane.

Luca was a total pro; 
he has never ice skated before but after a few tries, 
you would never know it!  

He was so good and now he is obsessed with wanting to play hockey.


Hot Cocoa/Warming Station--those tissues came in handy, so did my coffee!

Home-made marshmallows; So so good and easy. Recipe here.

Paper bags filled with popcorn...for a quick snack!

Coconut cupcakes, that I think, were my best yet!
Recipe from Ina...Kind of hard to go wrong with Ina.

Happy Birthday My Precious Girl!!
We love you and are so proud of you...can't believe you are 8 years old!!

To see what we did when Magda turned 7...click here!
And when she turned 6...here!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Winter's Day

This weekend, I made a raspberry-almond tart...

At this very moment in time,
I need a raspberry-almond tart like a I need a hole in the head.

But I had some left over cookie dough from Christmas that I thought would make a lovely tart crust--

and I really can't stand to throw good food away...

So, while the baked crust was cooling on the rack--the kids and I took the dogs for a
nice Sunday afternoon walk thru the nearby woods...

You know,
to walk off some of the impending tart.

Perfect day for a walk and a tart!