Weekend Fun

We had a pretty fun weekend  🙂  The kids went to pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at church.  I LOVE OCC!  And I love even more that the church is including the youth to partake in giving to other children all over the world.  The kids had a great time serving and loving from afar!

We also had my daughter’s birthday.  I am not sure if I have ever seen her so excited!  She loved every single second of her day and went to sleep happily engrossed in one of several books she received for her special day.  This is her cake:

I love how frosting can cover up fondant mistakes.  I did run out of frosting, so had to improvise on the back.

I stayed away from the yellow dye of the cake, but was cursed by the crescent rolls!  I never even checked the ingredients on those!  I am currently an itchy mess.  😉

Also found out that vanilla may come from a certain place on a beaver…gross!  (Thanks a lot source of info…you know who you are.  😉  )   http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/01/beaver-butts-emit-goo-used-for-vanilla-flavoring/

I am choosing to forget that piece of knowledge and hope beyond hope that most still use the good old vanilla bean in making vanilla extract.

My daughter’s friend party is in just a couple days…time to start preparing.

🙂

Scents

I enjoy fresh air.  When that is not an option and stale house air is…I enjoy adding a little fragrance to the air.  There is a problem with that when you have a house that asthmatics live in.  I love candles!  It makes them sick.  So…I discovered a cool website online that suggests you boil water with cinnamon sticks, vanilla, orange slices, etc…any natural scent you want.  You can leave it on the stove or pour some of the mixture in a candle warmer.   I gave the stove method a try today as we don’t have any candle warmers at the moment, but I think I will be purchasing them soon.  I thought the rooms smelled good and they are not supposed to trigger any asthma symptoms, so win win!  My choice today was vanilla and cinnamon since that is what was on hand.  I am not sure how long they are supposed to last, but hoping for some time.

On a completely different scent note.  It seems that our stink bugs are not the cause of demise for our animals.  Our cat may be able to survive a few more years…it is likely but we are still kind of waiting to see.  And our fish is actually looking like he is making a comeback.  The kids are SO happy!  🙂