It was our neighbor Ashley’s birthday. To prepare, DH straightened up the living room. TY honey!
and I cooked!
Uh-oh! Was that thump you hitting the floor?
My bad! I should have warned you to sit down!
First I baked the cake, lemon. How did THAT mix get in my cabinets??
(In a later post, I’ll elaborate on the actual cooking part.)
Well, at least that meant I wouldn’t eat the whole thing myself! I don’t even particularly like lemon! Maybe that’s why it survived purges??
And then, yella rice, using canned chicken. Yep, unorthodox, but worked!
Card, from my stash.
What to do for a present?? Mama said “I know you have something stashed somewhere!” I insisted I didn’t, but prayed. Holy Spirit told me go look in the back of closet, on the hangers. Sure enough, I had a bag, with 3 sets of jewelry. One had a bikini on the card, and said, “Life’s better at the beach!” With a necklace, and seashell earrings.
When I bought it, over a year ago, I couldn’t think why in the world I was buying it. But it was only $1.39!! And I had a charge card!!! I definitely knew I wouldn’t be giving it to my nieces, since they’re not allowed to wear bikinis. But guess who does???
Now, what to wrap it in?? I no longer have a stash of wrapping paper or gift bags. (I miss them too! But not much, since a LOT of it mildewed!)
I looked around, and what to my wondering eye should appear, but a pink plastic bag, that DH had his meds in!! A few snips of the scissors, many gator rolls later, a prettily wrapped pink present appeared.
All that was missing was a bow. When I went for the scissors, in the girls’ room, (because naturally I couldn’t find mine in my neatly organized desk drawer, right beside me!!) I saw a broken lei.
Hmmm!! Wheels turned! A small piece of the lei became the “bow.” (And obviously, I found my scissors, when I returned the tape…)
Looks pretty good, huh?
Ashley loved the jewelry set!! Once she got them unwrapped!! (I made quite a liberal use of tape.)
She knew how special it was that I cooked for her!! And she really appreciated the effort!
She had a great birthday, my living room was all neat, and I got to eat a good lunch that I cooked!! Hubby appreciated hot food that HE hadn’t cooked too!!
Now there went my “”I don’t cook excuse”!! What have I done??
A Joy House post. Brought to you by lemon cake, and yella rice.