We've changed out the thermometer over there >>> to reflect the next chunk of change we will need to save/raise. God has not slowed down in His provisions thus far! We recently had an anonymous gift of $1000 and also had friends who gave $500 for their "end of year" giving and other friends who donated above and beyond the purchase price of their Mississippi towels or Christmas and New Years Cake Pops that they had ordered. These gifts along with our personal contributions the expansion account completed the remaining amount needed to be able to pay the first agency fee and get the home study started!
Speaking of Cake Pops, one way that we are fundraising is by Cake Pop Parties/Classes. A couple of years ago I stopped by Starbucks and saw they had these cute little cake balls on a stick. So of course, I ordered one (or maybe a few) and was instantly addicted. Then I thought to myself, "Heck, I could make that little thing!" And after much trial and error, I figured out how to make them and not only that, I figured out how to make them look as good as the ones I had eaten at the coffee place! I was most impressed with my new found crafting skill as I am not crafty by nature. I made them for friends and family and for different parties and events, and it wasn't long until people started asking me if they could buy some from me. Because people knew that I taught sewing classes, several ladies began asking if I would teach classes on how to make Cake Pops. This past Saturday afternoon was the very first Cake Pop Party/Class, and we had an absolute blast! Here are some pictures of our class.
|Rolling the balls and inserting pop sticks|
|Ready to head to the fridge to firm up|
|Look at all those pops lined up waiting to be dipped|
|This gal colored her cake purple and|
decorated the pops Mardi Gras style
|Dipping and tapping carefully|
|Some of them died, but this happens in every batch!|
|The finished product!!|