The food skills of Mabel Watson Payne have continued to improve daily, though unintentionally big and unwieldy bites still tend to offer occasional challenges. Dipping came suddenly into favor recently. Above, a piece of fruit-studded bread dipped quite deftly into apple sauce before proceeding toward its destination. I also noticed the novel absence of the plastic eating tray. Instead, the high chair inhabited Mabel's own spot at the big-people table (recently covered in a vivid, easy-wipe oilcloth).