Birthday prep, today. My 12-yo turns 13 tomorrow. I was going to make her favorite, cheesecake, but their is a local outlet for a national restaurant-quality dessert manufacturer that has their plant in our town. I got a huge Ricotta cheesecake for $8. I can't even buy the ingredients for that. I bought pizza dough from a bakery, and got mozzarella to shred. She likes to make pizza with our homemade sauce. I also roasted squash to puree for pie this morning, and soaked beans to put in the crockpot tomorrow. Need to go stop at out freezer (temporarily living my brother's garage) to get bones to make stock - almost out of my frozen supply. OK - off to make rice crispy treats to take to soccer tonight.