Preparing For Gathering


Triple Chocolate Fudge & White Almond Raspberry Filled Cupcakes

Today was one of those days that seemed to be busy with a hodgepodge of “stuff”.  I spent time preparing for a bride/groom wedding shower that, as an aunt, I am helping host. This means, we are in charge of lunch, games and whatever else needs doing.

These showers started out being for couples on my husbands side of the family; due to being a small group. I am not sure how the guys feel about being included, but I think it adds a lot of fun to see the guys’ perspective on things.

One of the things I had to make was cupcakes. As of today, I can check them off my list of to-dos. They are some “canoey” work….but they are fun to decorate. We have some who cannot have gluten so I also made some of those. (It is really helpful to have a little  help from Betty Crocker for that!) I bought a yellow gluten free cake mix and turned them into lemon cupcakes with a recipe I found on Pinterest. (Lemon Cupcakes)

Gluten free.JPG

I also got to prepare for my kids to come home, for a time, this weekend. The oldest son and his family will be spending a night here! I cannot wait to see them. It was time to sweep, dust, vacuum, and change bedding upstairs in anticipation of the weekend.

On Sunday the kids will all be here for Sunday dinner. We will celebrate Mother’s Day and we are also going to have a “grand reveal”  to find out what our newest grandchild will be. We will find out if we should purchase pink or blue items for this newest addition to the bunch.

I am not sure what my youngest son and his wife have planned for this big reveal….all I know is my son said they needed “lots of room”. Knowing how they love target  and clay pigeon shooting, I would not be surprised if it somehow involved shooting! I guess I will have to be patient and wait to find out.

Some of my preparations involved washing towels (you have to have clean towels when the kids come home) and hanging them outside to dry. After I got them hung on the clotheslines I wandered over to the garden.  Easter weekend my husband and I were able to get our potatoes planted. When I checked them today I was pretty excited to see they were starting to come up. Some places I could even see rows!

Potato Plant

Yukon Gold Potatoes


Now the busy work starts…..weeding, hoeing, watering and mulching those potatoes. I mowed the lawn today, but didn’t have time to bag the grass to be used for mulching…..maybe next time! Maybe next week will be a little slower pace….maybe. About the time I think that life will slow down; something else pops up and keeps us running.

It is a fun kind of busy….these last few days. It is a busy that is filled with anticipation of seeing family and getting together. It is the knowing that our time together will be too short; but it will be so full of laughter, stories and love. It will be a time of new memories being made and the re-telling old ones.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend. May you be surrounded by your family. If they cannot come home make sure to give them a call and let them know you care! May you have time to make great new memories.

If you don’t have children….be the “cool” uncle, aunt or neighbor that all the kids want to hang out with. You have no idea what you mean to those kids! Everyone has a need to belong and know that someone cares about them.

May you be blessed this weekend and may you be a blessing to those around you.


“Our family is a circle of strength;
founded on faith,
joined in love,
kept by God,

Cherish your human connections:
your relationships with friends and family.
Joseph Brodsky

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27 thoughts on “Preparing For Gathering

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Your week was a week of great activity and after your period of rest and winter, it must have been a welcome change- since you like working hard so much.
    Those cup cakes are beautiful looking and surely delicious.Please share what you did on the wedding showers( would that be like a bachelor party or hen party as the modern people call them) .
    Love the new birth of potatoes-hope you have plenty.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      This shower is my husband’s side of the family. His nephew is getting married. We get everyone together (who can make it) and play a few wedding related games. We are going to play Pictionary this time using wedding terms as items to draw. Then we have lunch and have the couple open the gifts that everyone has brought. The gifts are items they will use in the home they will make together once they are married. I guess you could say we shower them will love and gifts!

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  2. says:

    What an exciting week end for you. Those cupcakes sound wonderful! Gosh, I went from the clothes line to the garden right with you-your posts seem like a visit every time. I can see the love you have for your family. It shows up like a light when you write! Happy Mothers’ Day!

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  3. Timelesslady says:

    What beautiful cupcakes…I hope your occasion is lovely, and your Mother’s Day blessed. What fun…a new grandchild, what joy…God bless this new life that will join your family in a few months. I can certainly relate to the happiness of seeing that first flush of green burst through the soil. O Happy Day! God bless you and yours.

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  4. Anne Mehrling says:

    I could feel the excitement! Your cupcakes are gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and that all the partying goes smoothly. Our son is coming tomorrow, and he and John will grill meat for our dinner. A bakery chocolate cake is already here, and what more do we really need????

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are so right Anne! All we need is a little food and a lot of family. Even if the partying does not go smoothly it will be fun. Sometimes the most memorable stuff is when things don’t always go as planned.
      Have a blessed Mother’s Day Anne.

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  5. samanthamurdochblog says:

    What wonderful cupcakes! Love the icing swirls 💕
    Potatoes are such a rewarding thing to grow too 😺 Have a lovely weekend and shower too xxx

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