Oh where to begin... It is undoubted that I have all but fallen out of favor with the ever and urgently updated blogospere, as it has been an unprecedented 2 (almost 3 months) since my last posting. Unfortunately, this has not been due to a lack of material... For all things missed, a quick recap: Isabella had a 6th birthday party fit for a princess, complete with handmade vintage party hats and homemade marshmallow goodie bags; Thanksgiving was spent with all of my family, with me spending three blissful days doing nothing but cooking for 15 people; My annual Gingerbread Day was a success- consuming 16 lbs of flour, 10 lbs of powdered sugar, 8 jars of molasses, 1 jar of ginger, and, a partridge in a pear tree.
Also in there, occurred 3 cooking classes, 2 small catering events, and one woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown (me). We barely averted disaster twice in one week when Josephine (3) and I had the most expensive "slumber party" on record when she was held at the hospital for observation for what was thought to be appendicitis (thankfully she did not undergo any surgery and is completely fine now), and when, 3 days later, I was making an hysterical phone call to 911 after Samuel (1) turned blue and went unconscious after choking on a piece of bread (he is also fine now, thanks to my husband who knows how to maintain calm in a crisis). Needless to say, it was necessary for me to take a personal hiatus from certain worldly pursuits, such as bathing and blogging, during the perpetual panic attack that was the "holiday season" of 2010. My biggest regret would be that, as a one woman show, I was too busy serving up confections to actually pick up a camera for most of it (which is not only a regret, but a down right shame).
But, alas, it is a new year, and I am ready for it! Already on the books is a brand new homeschool curriculum (it's sad the things we become excited over once becoming a parent), and Wes' and my first trip to NYC for our birthdays in February. And for my dearly neglected C&C readership, I have two fun new things to offer in 2011 (one being more for my delight, the other for yours):
No. 1 The Butter Tally
Wes had the brilliant suggestion back in the summer to tally up my butter supply over the course of a year. I have anxiously awaited New Years day for this very reason.
No. 2 (and far more engaging than the first) Cooking Videos!
Armed with my new Flip camera, I will soon be posting cooking demos right here on the blog, so please, stay tuned!
Here is a rather rough video shot just for fun over Thanksgiving that Isabella wanted me to share ;)