Hidden Art Friday

easter lamb cake at everythingtosomeone.comHappy Friday!  This Easter I continued our family tradition of making a lamb cake out of my grandma’s old lamb mold.  Usually the tradition involves the cook muttering darkly under her breath as the cake falls to pieces while being assembled, which is why my mom passed the mold on to me several years ago.  This year, though, my lamb was problem-free!  I think the secret is lots of pam-with-flour spray and a pound-type cake with a denser crumb than standard white cake.  My kids love the tradition as much as I did as a kid, and of course we talk every year about how Jesus was our sacrificial lamb.

As long as we’re in the kitchen, I want to take a minute to talk about color coding.  I struggled for years with the kids fighting over dishes, and once we had more than one girl, we couldn’t just do “boy colors” and “girl colors.”  My world was changed last year when I read Allison’s post on how she uses color coding to organize her kids’ stuff.  Fortunately, my kids’ favorite colors are all different, so they were more excited me to have assigned colors for plates, cups, reusable sandwich bags, water bottles, notebooks, backpacks, and tokens in board games.  When I’m making lunch, I don’t have to think about which kid’s sandwich (they all eat different amounts) to put on which plate.  No one fights over notebooks anymore.  Even the three year old is old enough to remember that her game piece is yellow.  And when we have a guest, as we did for a couple days this week, I pull out the blue dishes, and no one accidentally drinks out of another person’s cup.  I cannot recommend color coding enough if you have more than 2 or 3 kids!

color coding dishes at everythingtosomeone.comcolor coded sandwich bagsAnd then this week my friend Kat rocked my world by mentioning that they color code their Easter eggs so that all the kids have a fair shot hunting for eggs.  Isn’t that amazing?!  My agenda for the weekend: sort through our eggs and save the ones in our assigned colors, supplementing with post-Easter sales at the drugstore.

You know what else rocked my world?  This week’s chapter in Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child.  We’re discussing Method 9 (“Distract the Child with the Shallow and Unreal”) on our facebook forum, and even if you bought the book and only read the intro, or if you’ve just gotten bogged down recently, please do yourself a favor and skip ahead to this chapter.  It’s my favorite by far–I was marking up every page–and I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you thought.

And I absolutely loved Rachel Jankovic’s post on how we should think about the mess in our homes (and the kids who make them).

Have a great weekend!

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One Response to Hidden Art Friday

  1. Christine Miller says:

    The lamb cake is so real, not stylized– nice!

    Regarding your recent post about hospitality, a thought came to me this morning. Your exhortation to realize when people reject what you do or are otherwise rude when you have served them “to not let it be about me” was so right on! As a younger homemaker I had grand, ideal visions of how grateful people would be in my home, so when they weren’t, I just figured hospitality wasn’t my gift and gave up. Very good word! We dwell in the Kingdom of God in a midst of an imperfect world and need to not weary in well-doing.

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