Christmas card blitz!

Nic and I got together with Grandma this morning to make her Christmas cards. I prepped the supplies a bit this weekend and that helped us make almost 80 cards in under 2 hours.  It was a nice morning chatting, crafting and basically hanging out. She should be ready! And it's nice to use up some of my massive amounts of craft supply. 

Nic is so cute. He gave Grandma hugs, multiple kisses and was very polite. Sometimes he can turn that charm on. I really should try to document and live in the moment of his sweet comments more often.

A few Nic gems from today:
"I am three and last year I was two. Next year I am six!"

"I already kissed you... check!"

"Goodnight, goodnight, where are you?" He said this in reference to Grandma's horse named "Midnight".

"Grandma, you stole that candy from our house". Referring to the candy corn we gave her at Halloween.

"This ski boot is tight. My sock says get me out of here". Trying on his new ski boots.

Love this boy!

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

A few years back I grabbed all of Grandma LaRue's rhubarb recipes and have been waiting for our rhubarb plant to be mature enough to harvest.  Finally I can try these recipes out. Yeah!  I also discovered you should not harvest rhubarb stalks by cutting, rather your need to pull the stalks by gently twisting at the root.

Here are in process photos of my first try at Rhubarb Coffee cake. I went to take an after baked shot only to discover the cake had been half eaten. Guess it was good.

Grandma LaRue's Rhubarb Coffee cake:
1-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. marg.
1 egg
1 c. sour cream
1 t. baking soda
2 c. flour
1-1/2 c. rhubarb (cut into tiny pieces) - I added a half cup of strawberries to supplement my rhubarb.

Mix ingredients together, pour into pan. I used a round spring release pan, Grandma suggests a 9x12 cake pan.

1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. flour
1 T. cake batter
Mix topping until crumbly - sprinkle over top of cake batter.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Birthday parties!

Benjamin will be ten years old tomorrow.  Tonight we had a family birthday party to celebrate Ben turning 10 and Nicholas turning 2.  We had a great time with cousins playing outdoor games, jumping in the trampoline, water balloons and good food.  The boys both received many nice gifts that they really appreciated.  

I decided to make two cakes. Benjamin wanted a texas sheet cake, recipe here. And since Nicholas couldn't choose his cake I decided to try my hand at making a "nothing bundt cake".  Here is the recipe I used.  It turned out great and seemed to be a big hit.  Nicholas loved the berries on this cake and proceeded to eat them all off the top.  Love this boy.