What a productive start to the weekend! My mom came over to watch Maris for a good chunk of today, and I actually did things. I started the day by finishing up a little barn for M’s Schleich animals. I had done most of the work after she went to bed last night, so all I really had to do today was attach it to the base, sand it, and then give it a coat of beeswax polish. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, as long as I don’t look too closely. I was making up the design as I went along, so there are a few things I’d do differently now that I’ve done it. M is happy, though, especially with the open design that lets her see the animals from different angles and pass them through from all the sides.
During M’s afternoon nap, both my parents helped me get the new garden posts set. We had to finish digging some of the post holes, and then we used Quikrete to hold them in place. I still have to work out what I want to do for the gate. It has to be at least as high as the new posts (6′), or there’s no point in any of it being so tall. Once the garden is fenced in, then I can work out there while M is awake — I’ll be able to give her some outdoor toys to play with and not have to worry about her wandering off.
I ALSO made an angel food cake and chocolate pudding today. When we went to the neighbors’ house this week, they gave us three dozen eggs, so I have to use them all! The cake took a dozen egg whites, but the pudding only needed two yolks, so there are still a bunch of yolks in the fridge. Anybody have a favorite ice cream recipe? I used the trusty 1978 Betty Crocker cookbook for the cake and the pudding, and I’d use both recipes again. I was amused that there were two angel food recipes — one was ‘Supreme’ and the other ‘Deluxe’. I’m not sure which one is supposed to be better! I made the ‘Deluxe’, which uses powdered sugar AND granulated (‘Supreme’ just has more granulated sugar in place of the powdered). It does taste pretty deluxe, but I feel like it’s not quite supreme enough. I suppose you just can’t have everything.