Saturday, October 9, 2010

I'm still alive :)

Long time, no "see".  :}

I recently received an email from a fellow blogger/friend, Pam (Thank you for your concern Pam). She noticed I hadn't posted anything recently and wanted me to know she noticed, and to let me know that she was thinking of me and hoped all was okay. So, I thought I would take a couple of minutes tonight and say hello to anyone who has missed me.

Life has been extremely crazy for the last couple of months. I can't recall if I mentioned that my husband's Uncle had been murdered. It was pretty traumatic for the family. The trial for the man accused of the murder was in September. I am glad to say that he was found guilty of the murder and of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The jury gave him 3 years for the firearm charge and 25 years for the 2nd degree murder charge. While it won't bring back Uncle Jerry, we are pleased that justice was served.

Then, later last month, my Mom's oldest sister passed away. As much as I wanted, I was unable to go to South Carolina to be with her and the rest of the family. I had two weddings booked on the same day (at the same time an hours drive from each other!) and had to stay at home to take care of business. The cake for one wedding and the cupcakes for the other wedding turned out great. I will post pictures later.

In addition to all that, I have also been busy during the day and Starbucks at night and weekends. Today I worked 9 to 5 at Starbucks.  It has left little time for me to do other fun things, like baking and blogging. Not that I am complaining. I am grateful to have the work. But, it seems like the only baking I have done lately has been for customers. I did bake for my Secret Baker last month, and baked for my Secret Baker this month. And, I made some delicious Caramel Crumble Bars after receiving some from my Secret Baker. (Thank you Leslie!) They were soooo good I had to find the recipe and make them again. I baked a delicious Pumpkin bread recipe that I will post later. It makes two 8x4 inch loaves. I kept one and am mailing the other one to my Secret Baker.

I am doing well emotionally at the moment. My doctor has tweaked my medication and we seemed to have found a good combination for me. I am feeling better about myself and my life and finding I have a bit more energy to do the things I need and want to do.

So,  for the moment, that's that. :) I promise to try and post on a more regular basis. I am not sure if I can keep up with my commitments to my baking groups and may have to drop out of them. But I will still try and bake an occasional recipe that's picked. In fact, last week I made the Chocolate Ganache ice cream from Dorie's "Baking" book. It was (is) fabulous!! Creamy, rich, so chocolaty. The hubby mentions how good it is each time he has some. :)

Thanks again for checking in on me. It is really nice to know I have friends out there that miss me. <3


  1. Oh my god, Susan, I'm so sorry! I had wondered about your long absence, but I know you're a busy lady...I had no idea that all those things were going on. I'm glad you're doing okay in spite of it all, and I hope things improve. I'm glad you're back to blogging again - I've missed you.

  2. I've missed you. I'm so sorry for sadness your family has suffered these past months. That is a lot to deal with. However I am happy that you, youself are doing okay. I look forward to seeing what you are baking.

  3. I'm glad to hear that things are going reasonably well for you right now. I think we've all been in that too busy to blog mode at one point or another. It'll still be here when things settle down again. =)

  4. So glad to have an update, I have been wondering, but didn't want to make you feel like you had to get posting if you weren't in the mood right now. So sorry to hear about your family loses...that is a lot to be going through all at once. You work so much...I would not get any baking done at all if I were in the same situation...much admiration for all you do. Happy to hear from you! Hugs.

  5. I'm so glad to see you post! I'm so sorry for the losses that your family has suffered. That is terrible and so stressful, too.

    I'm glad you're feeling good, too. That's wonderful. Post when you can. I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you! :o)

  6. Hi, Susan: So sorry for all of the sadness! Looking forward to seeing your wedding cake pictures!! Glad to hear you are feeling good.

  7. Oh Susan, your family has had so many sadnesses to cope with. I'm so sorry you've had to go through all these losses, but I'm glad the trial at least brought some comfort that justice prevailed.

    I'm glad you liked the caramel bars! I was afraid they wouldn't travel well but figured the crumbs would be good over ice cream (especially Dorie's chocolate ganache).

    We miss your posts but everyone has to find a balance between blogging being a pleasure and it becoming a pressure.


  8. Susan, I'm so sorry to hear. Hopefully you get get back to full time blogging again. I just recently got backa and found your site--loved it of course. Hope all is well with you!

  9. So sorry to hear the lose of your husbands uncle and your aunt. My prayers are with you and our family, that with Gods strength and love you will get through this. Glad to hear your baking business is keeping you busy though, and things otherwise are all going well.


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