Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

I know that it is not PC to say Merry Christmas these days but I celebrate Christmas so I will say Merry Christmas. So to all my faithful readers out there, ok so its really only you Heather, have a safe and happy holiday. I'm sure I will eat too much and drink too much Eggnog, but that what the holidays are all about! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This is what I am doing this weekend.

I am making these awsome little pumpkin cakes from the King Arthur Flour website. Here is the recipe if you want to make them too. I don't have the cute mini pumkin pan, but I figure once you add the icing you really can't tell it's a pumpkin anyway. So I will make mine in a cupcake pan! I'll post a picture after I make them!

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm going to be an aunt agian!

Since I know my sister reads my blog now I wanted to give her a special congratulations shout out!

I love my boys and my nephew but after shopping for a baby shower (for a friend that's preggers too) I have decided that my sisters baby needs to be a girl.

I found the cutest girl stuff I have ever seen. There was matching everything, onesies, blankets, socks, hats, towels, gowns, sleepers...
All pink and white with cupcakes. Could there be anything more perfect for me to give to a baby?

I don't think so.

I'll even sign the card, Love Aunt Cupcake!

Seriously, strip me of my blog...

Ok so I have, again, been a bad, bad, blogger.

I haven't posted in well over a month.

I have however, been baking my butt off. And I fully intended to photograph everything and post pictures and recipes, but now the baking is done, for a little while anyway, most of the leftovers have been devoured by my DH, BIL and DH's nephew.

So no pictures to post. Maybe next time. I have found some really great recipes over the past few weeks and I plan to try them all soon.

I also have to get working on my Daring Bakers item for October. I only have a few more days to complete that so I'll be posting that soon too. I promise more yummy food soon!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Peanut butter cookies to die for? Maybe.

This is why I suck at WeWa.

It's a week night, you would think I would have something better to do than to bake a batch of Peanut butter cookies. Well really I do, but this recipe was so easy I couldn't resist.

I came across this recipe on my favorite food blog, Bakerella. I love her site, I love her recipes. I need to stay away. But really who can resist a cookie recipe with only 5 ingredients.

Peanut Butter Cookies with only 5 ingredients

1 cup Peanut butter
1/2 sugar
1 egg
4 oz semi sweet chocolate melted
1/2 chopped fine, peanuts

Heat oven to 325.
Mix PB, sugar and egg until thoroughly mixed. Chill for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, roll dough into 18 balls, place on cookie sheet, flatten with a fork dipped in sugar.

Bake 18-20 minutes.

Remove from oven cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.
Melt chocolate dip side of each cookie in chocolate then in nuts. Chill 30 minutes. Try to resist eating the whole batch.

Happy Birthday Amber!

I wanted to give a special shout out! Amber is 15 today! WoooHooooo!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Labor Day!

I sure that everyone in the country is off today (well, at least everyone in my family) except me and my staff. We have to work on Labor day. We actually work everyday (yup, even Christmas) but it isn't a holiday for us. So here I am at work, blogging instead of working. I don't have much to say so it won't take long.

I have joined a group called the Daring Bakers. It is a group of people, that partcipate in monthly baking challenges set forth by hosts chosen from the groups blogroll. I am so excited. I have been reading about their challenges and studying the recipes of the things they have baked in the past. But I finally joined and September will be my first time participating. But I can't tell you what it is until the end of the month.'s a secret.

I had a tough weekend with my sugar. I didn't watch what I ate at all. And I had a bad day yesterday because my blood sugar got to low and I ate way to late. So I felt like crap all day while I was out shoe shopping with my kids. But we managed to get shoes and the rest of the stuff my 5 yr old needs to start school Thursday. He is actually excited this year. I guess Kindergarten is more exciting than Pre-K. Oh to be 5 again.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Strip me of my blog!

I am the worst blogger in the history of blogs. I am so busy with work and family stuff that I don't even have time to update my blog. But then again there hasn't really been anything to write about.

I have been working a ton, hiring new employees, firing new employees, and trying to get someone trained so I can get back to doing my job instead of cooking everyday. But that is what happens when your the boss and someone calls in or quits. You have to pick up the slack.

I am still struggling with my blood sugar. I can not keep the food out of my mouth. I eat when I am stressed, I eat when I am not hungary, I eat when I am bored... and of course I am eating all the wrong foods. Which doesn't help.

I finally had my review at work, and it went very well. I was surprised. I've been with this company for a year and a half, and I wasn't really sure how my superiors viewed my work. So I am very pleased with that. It is hard to put your heart and soul into something when, A) you've been burned before and B) you are just uncertain about what the future will hold.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Whats your A1C?

Mine was 7.2 yesterday. It needs to be less that 7. I've been trying to lower it since May when it was 6.8. Good job huh? I've already said that I love cake, but clearly I love carbs too. Pretty much anything that is made with sugar or turns to sugar QUICKLY in my body.

The thing is, I work with food everyday. I know what I should eat, and what not to eat. But why can't I stop? If you've never had an addiction you can't understand. I am addicted to food. No wait, I am addicted to bad food. McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, fry me, bake me, dredge me in sugar! Fat, sugar, fat, sugar, give me more, more, MORE!

So back to the A1C. This is a blood test that tests your blood sugar. But not just that it tells the DR what my blood sugar has been for the last 4 months. So in those 4 months instead of lowering this number, I actually raised it. I'm a diabetic. Since my dad was diagnosed wit diabetes 15 years ago, I knew that I would be at risk for it some day. But what did I do to prevent it? Nothing. And now I am on medication. Not insulin. Just a pill twice a day.

I hope that this is the wake up call I need. I have been on Weight Watchers on and off for about 10 years. I love WW and the program but even though I lost 13 lbs in the last 4 months, my A1C was up. If I want to stay with WW I have to do it low or no carb. This shouldn't be to hard. I go in 5 weeks to a new DR.

Armed with my no carb approach to WW and my Metformin, I know I have to do this. For me, for my husband, for my kids.

Friday, July 25, 2008

10 years from now

I am due to have my annual review at work next week. And my boss keeps asking me where do I see myself in 10 years...and he wants an answer during my review.

The problem is, that I don't know. How can I know? 10 years ago when I was 22 I would never have said "I think I want to run a kitchen in a convent for nuns." 2 years ago I had the job I wanted, I loved what I did, I loved getting out of bed everyday, I loved going to work.

The problem is not the job, it's me. This is a great job, and I am very lucky to have it, but I just don't love it. The company I worked for for 10 years went bankrupt, and closed in January of 2007. I was lucky to find work so quickly. I was never the stay-at-home-mom kinda girl, but when I was off last year with my kids, it was the best feeling in the world. It was so carefree, we go anywhere or go nowhere, it didn't matter, I had the kids and they had me. But staying home is not an option. We need 2 incomes.

So I have a week to ponder.

I love to bake, and I think I am a talented cake decorator. But it is hard to get a job as a baker or cake decorator that pays what I make now. Also since I do have a culinary degree, but not one that shows a concentration in baking lack of schooling is often an issue. What to do????

I would love to be able to work form home. Baking would fit that bill, but I think I just scarred to take the next step. I scarred to put myself out there. What if people hate my product? What if they hate me? Could I be a good salesperson for my own product?

That review will be here before I know it. But so will 10 years from now.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

So I love cake...

There I admit it. I love cake! White, chocolate, red velvet, marble, carrot... this list could go on forever. I also love frosting! Frosting, icing, glazes, ganache... this is probably why I am at Weight Watchers for the 5th or 6th time. I wish it were easy. Sometimes I wish I could eat what I want. Well I could, but I would be as big as a house. Richard Simmons would show up with a crane and get me out. I have no self control. But I'm learning. I don't want my kids to have to struggle with weight when they get older. And guess what, they love cake too.