I've got lots going on tonight because we're preparing for a little party tomorrow in honor of my dad's birthday!
What's really funny is that this family also has five-year-old twins, so my little sisters are excited to meet them. We actually met the mother during our first week here, but then we hadn't seen her again until this past week. We haven't met the rest of the family at all yet, so it will be nice to get to know some new people.
Having people over also gave me a great excuse to bake! Instead of making a small birthday cake for my dad, I made cupcakes and cake pops! I've never tried making cake pops before, but I was excited to give it a try. If you know anything about cake pops, you know that they get covered in a candy coating once they are cooled. Well as it turns out, candy coating is made with dairy products, so I can't use it. Instead, I came up with my own recipe for cake pops, by basically baking a cake recipe into cake pop molds. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to coat them with frosting that my sisters can eat, and decorate them with sprinkles. My mom already tried a cake pop and said they came out really well, so hopefully everyone else will like them too, even if they're not the technical cake pops that you hear about everywhere.
My little sisters helped me with mixing the ingredients for the cupcakes and cake pops tonight. They thought we were on some big secret mission, which was hilarious to watch. They kept telling each other to shush and whisper-yelling that, "It's a surprise for Daddy!" The only problem? Well, my dad knew all about it. In fact, at one point he was waving to the girls through the kitchen window when he was sitting in the lanai, and then when he came into the house he walked right next to where we were mixing batter. Yet the girls continued to tiptoe around the house and yell about how we needed to keep quiet. Boy, I need to remember that if I do actually have a surprise planned, I can't tell them a thing about it. It's adorably funny to watch them when they think they're keeping a secret, but they're just not very good at it.
I'm looking forward to meeting our new neighbors and trying to perfect these cake pops tomorrow. Hopefully it'll turn out to be a really nice day.
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