Friday, March 11

more random thoughts …

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1.   Is it still a random thought to go on and on once again about how busy it’s been?  Work, kids, board meetings, volunteer work, entertaining, my grandmother.  Phew!  So I’ve been a bad blogger.  But I’ve finally gotten half a moment to breathe, and here I am.  And I’m really looking forward to catching up on all your blogs.  I’ve missed you all and can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. 

2.   Thanks and more thanks to everyone for their good wishes on my son’s birthday.  It means a lot that people took time out of their day to wish him well.   He read all of your comments (and he never  reads this blog!). You really made us both smile.

3.   Thanks too to everyone for their good wishes and prayers for my grandmother.  She is doing better, and being discharged from the hospital this morning.  She isn’t 100% but she is stable enough that she can go home.  Because of her age, my sisters and I have been there around the clock, taking shifts so that she was never alone.   

4.   I may be on another baking bender.  Forty-eight hydrangea cupcakes and one hydrangea cake, and two Oreo cakes this week, along with some home made peppermint patties and truffles.   All the hydrangeas may make you think it’s spring here.  Nope.  Not even close.  I do want to make the cake again. I didn’t have time to get the colors the way I wanted them as my guests were coming over shortly, so I left well enough alone.  

5.  Can I just say that the Oreo cake was delicious?  And super easy.   It is really rich chocolate.  The hydrangea cupcakes were devil’s food cake.  And the hydrangea cake was a three layer vanilla cake with butter cream frosting.   We have leftovers if anyone is hungry. 

5.  We’ve had people over a lot in the last week, and that makes the husband and kids be careful a bit more in picking up after themselves.   As long as I pick up after company pretty quickly, they tend to keep things together.  So I’ve been enjoying a full house and a clean house.  Which makes for a happy mom.  I fully plan on having people over constantly until it becomes second nature to them.  I hope our friends won’t mind.

I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m looking forward to catching up with all of you!




  1. Love those cupcakes, and belated birthday wishes to your son, he is adorable :)
    Have a great weekend Stephanie, and thank you so much for your kind thoughts and comment. I'll be back to blogging next week!

  2. i am living through your images. i gave up chocolate for lent. only 3 days so far and i am craving it so bad. so i will just sit and stare at your scrumptious creations.

  3. your cake and cupcakes look fantastic! i'm glad your grandma is doing well enough to come home. hope you have a wonderful weekend and your house stays clean :) susan

  4. You have a busy life but a happy one. All these things are what makes life worth living. Even if it does get a little overwhelming at times.

  5. Hi Dear Stephanie
    Hope your Grandmother is feeling better... and glad to hear you have a clean house!! hehe.. could they come over this way and pick up after me>> hehe

    Your cakes look wonderful as usual.. so pretty.. you really have a talent here.. Have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxxx Julie

  6. So that's the secret - invite people over, bake your heart out and get your boys to pick up after themselves! Who knew? So glad to hear the your grandmother's back home. And those cakes are beautiful! Happy weekend.

  7. Sounds like everything is going well in your neck of the woods! The hydrangea cake looks scrumptious!

  8. Stephanie, please forgive me for being such an absent blogger lately. I have been working hard on a project outside of my normal job so I feel like I've been working 24/7. I have been stopping by your blog but haven't had time to leave a comment.
    First, a belated Happy Birthday to your son. What a handsome guy he is! And, I'm glad to hear your grandmother is doing better. You have had your hands full to say the least. Your cakes look beautiful and I can only imagine how divine they must taste. Beautiful. I also want to mention that you flower photos are gorgeous.
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and hopefully I am getting back to a normal schedule and will be able to blog(or at least leave comments)more often now. I hope you are having a weekend full of sunshine.

  9. you've definitely been a busy bee these days... have a fantastic week!

  10. Those cupcakes and cakes are gorgeous!!! Happy Birthday to your little guy....little boys are the best! I have 2!

  11. Found you at Jeanne's ... your blog is so very lovely....and those cakes....OH MY.....right now we are in dieting mode at our house....this just makes my mouth water. (O:



  12. You always make the most beautiful things. I don't know how you do it and not get fat!

    Hope you have a great week.

  13. They are all gorgeous! Now I've really got spring fever. And dessert fever!

  14. I am so glad gma is home! I have been praying!
    I just bought that tip to do the flowers. I saw it on you tube! I hope to make some next week for gdau's bday!
    Yours are beautiful! I bought the color they rec in the demo. I will have to play though!

  15. awesome job on the cakes - your making me crave cupcakes right now!!! Glad your back to blogging world!

  16. Wow, Steph, those cupcakes are amazing. As soon as I saw the photo I thought, "Hydrangeas!" The color is perfect!

    So glad to hear that your grandma is doing well, and very sweet of you and your sisters to tend to her. I'm sure she appreciates it. :o)

  17. Stephanie...these are just gorgeous! Hydrangeas are my favourites and you captured the best with that fantastic hydrangea blue...what a great idea to put it on a chocolate cupcake!

    Glad to hear your grandmother is better...bless her heart :)

    Jeanne xx