Friday, April 22, 2011

Christina's Birthday

This past Tuesday we celebrated my sister Christina's 30th birthday. We always go to the gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for a picnic among the spring flowers. This year, it was hard rain and cold temperatures. Lunch inside was the only option.

Mom came over to help and we pulled things out of the cupboards and off the mantel to make a spring garden party inside. Even Mrs. Tiggywinkle joined us.

I found this recipe for gluten-free almond flour scones. They came out so nicely I've already made them again.

Everyone had a delightful time around the lunch table, despite the rain pouring on the windows.

We enjoyed chicken salad, fruit salad, green beans and scones.

The birthday girl:

Rachel is doing cake decorating in 4-H this year and so set her heart upon making these knitting cupcakes for Auntie C. Very cute!

Mommy and Laura:

Then there were presents to open and a new necklace to try on:

And I sat back and enjoyed the beauty of the (fake) flowers and the spring china.

Rachel unveiled her secret project of making a spring sweater for Laura.

After lunch the knitting came out.....

And some of the children joined in as well.
Then there was another birthday to celebrate at Bible Study for which this cake was made:

And now we are looking forward to Easter and Michael's return and Laura's birthday following that. Busy times, and lots more rainy days around here.

PS: Tomorrow I'll be making Hot Cross Buns using this recipe and making the crosses with icing (small loaves made from the same dough are a really cute alternative to traditional buns); I've got my first batch of Paska cooling on the table. Can't wait to taste it!


Lovella ♥ said...

I am reading this post on my notebook lounging on the couch. .and pointed the screen to my beloved so he could see your little ones knitting. ..too amazing.
I like to refer to Laura as Little Laura bean . .don't know why but she is so very cute.
Happy birthday to your sister!

Christine Pulliam said...

Wow - Laura looks just like your mom!

Stephanie said...

The knitting themed cupcakes were a creative idea by your daughter and perfectly picked for your sister. Thanks for the GF scone recipe; might have to try that out.