March 29, 2011

Bowling

We had a lot of fun bowling! Pam, Gaby, and Vero came, so it was our whole cluster this month! We played two games and Pam was the best bowler of us all. I took last place both times but I'm going to blame it on the baby growing in my belly. This was a great activity for our monthly meeting because we had lots of time to chit-chat while one person was bowling. Although it would seem like there would be a lot of downtime for each person to wait her turn, the waiting went very quickly because we were having so much fun! This is definitely an activity I'll include in our list of suggestions.

March 1, 2011

March 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to March!

I bet the kids are looking forward to Spring Break this month - does anyone have vacation plans for that week?

Earlier this month we celebrated Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), which ushered in the Lenten season for many. On the 17th is Saint Patrick's Day, which is marked by the color green and often celebrated with corned beef and cabbage. For a fun dessert, try the rainbow cupcake recipe below.

Growing AuPairCare in North Alabama

This month we're focusing on creating and growing relationships with local area businesses to help spread the word about AuPairCare. Do you know someone who is a small business owner? Would they be interested in partnering with AuPairCare? Contact me for more information!

March Au Pair Activity

Ready for some bowling? Sunday, March 20th, 2:00pm, at Plamore Lanes of Huntsville. 2404 Leeman Ferry Rd, Huntsville, AL 35801; 256-539-2785.

Costs: $2.25 per person per game, plus $3.50 for shoe rental. You may also want to bring some money for concessions. Remember to bring socks!

Save These Dates

March 13th, April 17th, May 15th.
Note: dates are subject to change if there's something fun we'd like to do that doesn't correspond with the dates I've chosen. Just let me know what you want to do!

Au Pair Birthdays

There are no Au Pair birthdays this month.

Arrivals/Departures

There are no Au Pair arrivals or departures this month.

Just For Fun

Here's what little leprechauns look forward to on St. Patrick's Day: a magical snack that can add color to the grayest March afternoon. Pot of gold not included.

Ingredients
  • White cake mix
  • Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
  • Baking cups
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions
Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.

RAINBOW COLORDROPS OF FOOD COLORING
Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue12 drops
Green12 drops
Yellow12 drops
Orange12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red18 drops

Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.

Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions.

Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.