Thanks for all your sweet messages regarding our big news. I loved reading all the comments, and Katie went the extra mile by writing me a Mad Gab of her own!
Speaking of *birth*days, September and October are big months in our family. We have seven, and that only includes our parents, siblings, and a niece. We also have several birthdays of aunts and close friends during that time, so there are lots of cards and phone calls!
Last week, we celebrated two special birthdays in our home. Eric's birthday was over the weekend, and I made several of his favorite foods: apple pancakes, pasties*, and Scotcheroos. (If you look closely at the links, you can see I make these same things every year for his birthday! Why reinvent the wheel?)
A dear friend blessed us by watching Nathan and Natalie so we could head out of town for dinner and a hockey game. Good times!We also celebrated the birthday of Cristina, an exchange student from Eastern Europe who is studying at our local college. We are her host family, which means not that we provide lodging, but that we provide a home for her in other ways: laundry, meals and support. Here she is posing with her cake. It took her over three hours to make this beauty!
*This is not the recipe I use, but it's similar. I use only ground beef, and I make mine as one large potpie, served with gravy or ketchup.