Aug 17

Check, check…

Yes, I am out here. I was on vacation back east to visit my family and while away I completely neglected my poor little blog. But nonetheless, here I am, back in Colorado and settling into the normal life I adore so much. But here’s some things that happened over the past two weeks:

1. My family and I went to Ocean City, NJ–one of the greatest places on earth–with my entire family: my parents, my two sisters and their husbands and kiddos. It was amazing and I miss everyone so much already. While there, I managed to catch some waves on the boogie board rightly named: Legend. Played a little whiffle ball and paddle ball, built sandcastles, collected sea shells and stones, was bit on the toe by a crab, got a muy bad burn on my stomach cause my stomach hadn’t seen the light of day in over a year, celebrated my 10th anniversary with John, was pooped on by a sea gull, and now I can’t seem to bring myself to empty my purse of the collection of sand that still sits at the bottom.

2. Wow, that was a long one, wasn’t it? We’ll take a breath here so that all of that exciting info can sink in…

3. Okay, both Isaac and Ella Jane lost another tooth while at my parents house in PA. Ella Jane’s new tooth is almost all the way in but poor Isaac has been left with one tooth in the front of his mouth in which to eat. Seeing him eat corn-on-the-cob was highly amusing.

4. I succeeded in doing five interviews for numerous publications in my hometown and hopefully didn’t sound like a complete nincompoop…nincompoop…you’re smiling right now, aren’t you? I’m trying to bring it back.

5. Watched my kids eat ice cream cones from The Creamery at Penn State that were literally the size of their heads

6. Became completely obsessed with Food Network, and more specifically fondant. I think it’s so amazing what bakers can do with the moldable icing, but at the same time, their hands are all over the cake…not quite sure how I feel about that.

7.  Got to see my MomMom for almost an entire day! She laughed hard and loud and often, just as much as I remember her doing when I was eight and sat at her kitchen table in Wexford.

8. My parents bought me three new books: Keeper, by Kathi Appelt (which I just finished last night), Word After Word After Word by Patricia Mclaughlan, and Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.

9. Had a wonderful time at my book signing at Barnes & Noble and talked with some amazing tweens! Hi Ainsley, Grace, Sophie, Maddie, Nora, Lauren, Cameron, Moriah, and McKenzie!!

10. Came home to find a brand spanking new Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer (in silver, mind you) waiting for me on the table with a note from John! I’ve already made two pizza’s and two loaves of pumpkin bread with it and I love, love, love it. Would it be weird to have it as a centre piece?

Well, I think you’re pretty much all caught up now…

So have a great day! I hope that each one of you ate, laughed, hugged, sighed, skipped, kissed, and loved your way through the past two weeks.

2 Responses to “Check, check…”

  • Fondant. Pretty, but not tasty. The element labels of my Periodic Table of Cupcakes (http://jjhoutman.livejournal.com/32927.html) were fondant. It looked great, but wasn’t the tastiest part.

    If you want to see some amazing fondant creations, go here (http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/), but only look at the Sunday posts.

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