14 January 2009
Making red velvet cake. What a fiasco. This is not something I'll be making again. The cake didn't rise. I only made two layers because I didn't want it to be huge, but both layers ended up only being the size of one layer. We dyed it green because I didn't want Carter ingesting all that Red Dye 40. Heather tasted a little bit of it and said the crumb tasted like cake. We made the frosting and Heather and Carter frosted it. That's how nice it looked. Then we set it aside. Directions didn't mention refrigerating it, but upon tasting it the next day Heather and I were both struck by the thought that Shirley's is always cold. The caked tasted like rancid cardboard and the smell was really just icky. We ended up throwing the entire thing away. Ick.
I had wanted to celebrate Hanukkah last year, but didn't get the menorah finished in time. I put it away and told myself I'd finish it in time for Hanukkah 2008. And guess what, I didn't. It was the first night of Hanukkah and it wasn't finished. I sewed my little heart out and had it done around ten or so. Carter missed lighting the candle the first day, but on day two we just lit both.
Since Hanukkah coincided with Christmas this year we chose to only give one gift on the last evening of Hanukkah. Carter got gelt each night and then on the eighth night they both got gifts. Here they are waiting for them.
A piggy bank! Yes, I do see the irony in giving a piggy bank for Hanukkah, but I knew he'd really love it and found the perfect size one just before Christmas so I just went with it. Good thing we're not Orthodox Jews huh? Oz got clothes for his gift since he doesn't care how practical and boring his presents are.
We met Auntie Heather in Chicago the Monday before Christmas.
Carter was ready to go. It was a bitter cold day so I gave him a choice of two sweaters. He chose the one with 'colors'. Heather said he looked stupid. At least he stood out when he started to wander too far.
Carter first sees some dinosaurs. This was the whole reason we went to the museum. Carter is WAY into dinosaurs right now (which I am enjoying much more than the train fascination). He loved seeing them all and I think we spent nearly an hour in that room.
I have to say, having never seen real dinosaur fossils before, movies had led me to believe that dinosaurs were much bigger than they actually were. Thanks stupid Jurassic Park.
Us grown ups actually learned quite a bit. The history section contained quite a bit of information that 17 years of school seem to have left out. Like the fact that there have been multiple mass extinctions (dinosaurs were number four). It would appear that we're heading into another mass extinction now per the above sign. Unfortunately it does appear that you only notice these things after they happen. Mass extinction number three lasted something like 5 million years.