Allison and Eva made dessert for Easter tomorrow. They made a delicious looking Strawberry, Angel Food Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream dessert. It is a Weight Watcher’s recipe called a Frozen Strawberry Layer Cake. Allison wanted Eva to be able to help slice the strawberries so she used an egg slicer. The problem was that strawberries are much harder than boiled eggs and the egg slicer cut a few of the strawberries and then the strings broke, one by one. Eva thought it was hilarious and she was giggling like crazy. I love it when we involve her in food preparation. Take a look of this collection of additional strawberry dessert preparation photos.
|When taking this photo today I wanted to catch Eva in a moment of having fun while helping. I also took notice of the reflection of the strawberries in the pot. I set the selective focus feature on my D80 to the far left point. I usually turn my camera counter clockwise when I am taking a portrait shot. The pot had all these strawberries in it and I loved how they were swirled along the inner wall of the pot in the reflection. I wanted that to have more focus so I could capture that look. This was one of the last photos in the series because the pot was nearly full.||
Having Eva in focus as well as the strawberries was very fortunate. I also like how the color pops in this photo with the primary of the red with the pastel blue of Eva’s shirt. We had natural light from the windows in the front dining room. The only post processing done was a counter-clockwise rotation and the addition of my logo, watermark. I have a bunch of other photos from the food preparation adventure over on Picasa.
Today was a productive day. I started this morning helping my Dad, Erik and Tara around the yard. We cleaned up all the old leaves and the sticks. We ended up with three truckloads of stuff for the compost pile. It was good to get the yard cleaned up because it looks nice but also it is ready for Eva to go search for Easter eggs tomorrow morning. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. I picked up four Hot Wheels cars and one Matchbox one. I also filled some eggs with Reese’s eggs and some money. I brought all the eggs downstairs so that Eva wouldn’t see me bringing them down to go hide them. So, we have about 25 or 30 eggs for her to go find tomorrow. I wonder how long it will take her to find them all.
I wanted also to share a big win with you all with regards to our participating in Financial Peace University. Allison and I have now completed two full months of being on a cash budget. Because of this we have done some really good stuff with our cash. This month when we did our budget we decided to use a little extra to buy gift cards at Shaws. The reason why was that if you spent $300 on a gift card you would also get an additional $30 added to that card. So we put our full food budget into Shaw’s gift cards. Shaw’s is not our usual supermarket but there was no passing up a a deal like that. The deal is still available until April 15. None of it would have been possible had we not been on a budget and doing Financial Peace University.
Shaws just might become our regular supermarket because they have a a gasoline discount with Gulf. Gulf is closer to us than the Stop & Shop gas location. Gotta save where we can, right?
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