This month no one had an emergency room trip, in fact, no one suffered crises of any kind. As a bonus, we all stayed healthy despite the continuation of the influenza epidemic in our area. Yes, the weather was mostly cloudy and cold, and outdoor activities didn't hold much appeal, but how blessed we were to enjoy a series of ordinary days.
When our daughter was five, John made a dollhouse for her. It is so sturdy that it has survived being used as a bookshelf for the past 30 years or so, and now has been reinstated as an abode for my new collection of Calico Critters. Have you seen these sweet little characters? I just love them. Our two older grand boys enjoy engineering room arrangements, creating lighting (velcro and battery operated tea lights), and are building a patio, while the younger pair just love playing with the furniture and acting out stories with the adorable figures.
I wanted to make an old fashioned carrot cake for our family Easter celebration tomorrow, and searched for a recipe that called for both crushed pineapple and golden raisins. I found one that looked good at Taste of Home (here's the link) and my preliminary taste test affirms it is yummy. Farmer John doesn't care for cream cheese icing, and so I made my standby buttercream.
Spring is not my favorite time of year; the time change always throws me for a loop and I have spring allergies that keep me indoors. But I can truthfully say that I enjoyed our ordinary March.
2 lbs powdered sugar
1 cup butter or Earth Balance margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/8 teaspoon if you used unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Enough warm water to bring to spreading consistency
Combine all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer, add water a Tablespoon at a time until close to right consistency then whip frosting on medium high speed until fluffy, adding more water 1 teaspoon at a time until just right!