We had another fun weekend with Amara. Saturday was her first Cross Country meet. It was 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 6 local schools. This is Santiago’s first Cross Country Meet ever and I have to give a big shout out to their PE couch who organized the Track Team. They meet after school 4 nights a week. Amara loves it and while she didn’t win, she did finish the one-mile race. We had no idea that during the last third of the race she slipped and fell skinning her right knee and elbow. She still finished the race!
A few weeks ago, when Amara was over we had a blast doing a strange cooking project that will have to wait for another post. It had been her idea and was so much fun that I told her then to find a recipe for something she wanted to make or bake the next time she came over. She called me about an hour in advance and said she had found the perfect cupcake recipe to make. Since the list of things she needed for these cupcakes was long we decided I should pick her up and take her to the grocery store with me. Shopping with her is always more fun than shopping alone!
As we headed home from the store, I told her that we were going to go home and while dinner was cooking, we were going to make a special dessert for Grampy. We would spend the next morning making her cupcakes. Grampy has really been wanting a “lemon ice box pie”. I even got the recipe from his Dad! When we got home, I explained it would be very fast and easy to make as it was just sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and lemon juice and you don’t even have to bake it. Plus we had bought a pre-made shortbread pie-crust! You just let it set up in the freezer for a few hours. Amara gave me a rather questioning look and said, “I didn’t think you were supposed to eat uncooked eggs, Grandma.” So I sent her to Grampy! I knew he would love explaining to her how the juice cooks the eggs – and he did!
We started watching the movie “Tomorrowland” while we dined on chicken strips and fries and waited for our dessert to set up. Amara ate her piece of pie and while it was good, she was convinced she could taste the eggs! Grampy loved the pie and has requested I make it again but this time remember to get the Cool Whip. Amara made it about half way through the movie when she announced she was tired and wanted to go to bed. It really had been a long day.
She was up at 7 AM ready to start making her cupcakes! The recipe was for orange, gray and brown cat cupcakes. We didn’t make the gray kitty because I don’t have any black food coloring and we didn’t have very good whiskers because we couldn’t get the right licorice at the grocery store. But the pictures really tell the story. She did all the work I just kept her company and gave advice when asked. It was so much fun and they were very tasty! One of the best parts was when she took the frosting bag and went running into the office and told Grampy to hold his finger out so she could frost it! She also took the little dish of mini M&Ms and gave it to him when she was done. She does love her Grampy! It was another fun weekend!
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