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Friday, April 27, 2007

200 Brownies!

Quiz time--
How many boxes of brownie mix does it take to provide 200 individually wrapped brownies for the local bank for their open house? (Hint: each box says it makes 20 brownies)

Why would we be making 200 brownies?--
We're raising funds for T's trip to California this summer.

And why, you ask, is T going to California?--
It all started with her STAR event for FCCLA, which involved raising money for the American Cancer Society. She did this by starting a seasonal business (Nov. and Dec.) selling "Gifts in a Jar" (mixes for cocoa, spiced tea, and 3 kinds of cookies).

She earned Gold in her STAR event category at the district level, and then Top Gold at the state competition, so now she gets to present her project at the national level in July! She, her advisor, and seven other girls will be going, so there will be multiple fund-raising events (Mother's Day breakfast, concessions at Summerfest, .....) until then.

Anyway, the bank needed the brownies, and FCCLA advisor sent the business our way. (Thanks!)

Quiz answer--
If you said 10 boxes of brownie mix, sorry, that is incorrect. The correct answer is eleven! After all, the first batch in the old, dented 9 x 13 pan came out uneven (before relying only on the sturdy, insulated pan), so some of the brownies were much too thin and/or dry. And surely you knew that we would have to have at least Some extras for sampling!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A favorite verse

"I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being." Psalm 104:33

In keeping with that,
I sang a special number at church this morning--"Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks!"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

They changed!

It was just a year ago that we had chicks hatching out. Remember how cute they were? (I tried to make a direct link here to a previous post, but haven't figured out how yet. So if you want to see the chick pictures again, you'll have to go to Archives on the sidebar, and find the May 3, 2006 and June 12, 2006 posts) Here's how some of those "chicks" looked by last fall.The hens took a hiatus during part of the winter, but I think they're all laying again now, as we get around a dozen eggs a day.

Some of our flowers, taken before the early April spell of freezing weather. The "big snowstorm" predicted for last night/today stayed south of us this time. That's okay! It'll be much nicer for T's high school prom tonight.