I have a young man finishing sixth grade! So many changes are on the horizon, and I am both nervous and excited about that.
One of the changes are are feeling right now is the shift from “elementary” to “junior high.” It will happen this fall for school, but this spring it takes place at church. This was Nathan’s final year to attend our Wednesday night clubs program, and he ended with the long-anticipated crest ceremony. Each year the 6th grade boys select images and colors and create a wooden crest that represents things that are important to them. They present their crest at the final night of clubs, talk about what they chose, and then hear words of blessing and a prayer from their parents. It is really cool and really important!
Here is Nathan with his crest..
It is amazing to think that the boy who was a baby when this curriculum was designed is now graduating from the program. I am so grateful for the men who worked with Than to put this together, and for all the godly leaders who have feed truth into my son during his years under their leadership.
Baylor Music Studio Spring Recital–cookies, kids, parents, music–always somewhat the same, but always new too!
Nathan and Katya played a duet together for the first time, and Nathan’s clarinet teacher came for one of the performances to play a clarinet duet with him as well. We sure heard some good music from so many students!
Oh, and in case you are wondering, the cookie selections included…
This recipe was originally from Yummy Addiction via Pinterest. I’ve made it a few times, and have been known to shift around flavors and mix-ins based on what I have available!
Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies
This is an easy recipe to halve, if you have part of a container of ricotta cheese that needs to be used up. The texture of these cookies is very different from an ordinary cookie--a nice chewy change of pace.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or a Silpat liner. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and poppy seeds. Stir with a whisk to blend. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add butter to the mixture and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in the orange juice, vanilla and ricotta cheese. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute to make sure everything is incorporated.
Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. The dough will be moist and a bit sticky because of the ricotta cheese.
Spoon/scoop about two tablespoons of dough for each cookie on a baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from oven and and let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
While the cookies cool, make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice and zest. Whisk until smooth. Spread about a teaspoon of glaze on the top of each cookie. Let glaze harden before serving. Enjoy!
This is a gluten free version of classic coconut macaroons. It is from my classic America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It is a little on the sticky side, so I prefer my other recipe that has a bit of flour in it, but these will do when needed!
Wow, I haven’t downloaded pictures from my phone or posted on the blog in 3 months. What happened?!!
I suppose there are plenty of explanations–life happened, work and church and school and family and whatever else. The kids are bigger, they aren’t here doing cute stuff every 5 minutes all day long, and there are so many good things to spend time on.
However, for my faithful followers there are still some fun photos and seasonal events to share. I’ll try to get caught up and break the silence so it isn’t so daunting to post over the summer!
Here is Catching-Up #1–Easter pics. I’m not sure they need much explanation, they are what they are!
Katya had the chance to go with her Sunday school teacher to see a litter of the sweetest, fluffiest Golden Retrievers ever!! She was so thrilled, and had a wonderful time soaking in the puppy wonderfulness.
As if that wasn’t enough to fill her nearly-9-year-old girl heart, the dog breeder also let her visit the horse and hold the Ragdoll cat.
Thanks to her teacher for arranging this special outing, and to the dog breeder for filling this little girl’s love bucket! (Can you tell that these photos just make my heart happy?!)