While cooking together over the holidays we shared mixed messages from our grandmothers. When you're baking:
- To save eggs (no doubt from the days of rationing) use one fewer egg and you won't notice the difference.
- And probably a form of post war overcompensation, my grandmother's rule: always add an extra egg for a richer cake.
It looks like our eggs made the decision for us. Jumbo eggs were only .10 a dozen higher in price than their extra large sized siblings. Jumbo is definitely an American thing, having never seen them north of the border. Even extra large eggs in Canada seem smaller than their American counterparts. Yesterday's eggs:
They big ones surprised us with double yolks.
A boiled one revealed two yolks nestled together, crowded as identical twins sharing a sac.
As Lene left for her return flight to Denmark we said our "until next times" and "see you soons"avoiding the finality that is conjured by saying goodbye. She soon discovered that her flight to SFO, originating in Chicago, was iced in with no hope of its arriving in time for her connection to Copenhagen. We treated it as an opportunity for a fun bonus day together, allowing us to get in one more watercolour tutorial, dinner out and another family game of Play Nine. B, who shares his mother's lack of enthusiasm for card games (not including this one, which is quite fun), even enjoyed himself.
Rocks were the subject of the day, starting with pebbles like you would find on a beach. Not quite done yet, but what a fun exercise. You wet a piece of paper, drop in four colours randomly on the page and let it dry. Next you use dark paint to outline the splotches of colour and turn each into a stone. Very relaxing, not unlike the meditative feeling we had using the colouring books M made for us for Christmas.
Next was a jumbo rock - a desert rock face, appropriate for our location. I added a teensy tree and a huge time lapse milky way.
Good thing these are indoor projects. We're getting frustrated with the high rainfall/low temperature patterns that have been happening over the past month here in the desert. The past six month's precipitation is almost what is seen in an average year!