Goodness this has been a busy time for me. There has been a ton going on like the end of the school year for the kiddos, working on my new cookbook, becoming a full time student and dealing with some personal issues that have plagued me since last Fall/Winter. In short, life has gotten in the way and although I am a busy bee by nature this year has taken me by surprise and my blogging schedule had to take an intermission. Let me fill you in, so you don’t think I deserted you. But first, I have excited news to share.
A few months ago I was visiting my local Barnes and Noble and finally found my cookbook on the shelf. It was released last November with multiple distributors across the country but it had not made it to my hometown bookstore until now. It was thrilling and I was totally elated!
Soon after I found my book in the bookstore, I was featured in my first magazine ever. Taste of Home graciously featured me as their recipe star in the June issue of Simple and Delicious. This was a milestone I wanted and another item off the bucket list. Things are coming along and all my hard work is paying off. I’m Happy happy!
Why no posts? Here’s what’s happening;
The first exciting reason I have not had time to blog in the last month or so is because I am extremely busy trying to reach my contractual deadline with writing my second cookbook. It’s a dinner cookbook that’s full of my favorite go to family recipes both from when I was a kid and that I make for my family today. I am thrilled I have the chance to put this fabulous collection in print for the whole world to enjoy. But if you remember from my earlier rants about writing my first cookbook Delicious Mornings, it takes an extreme amount of effort and time. I am once again, developing delicious recipes, staging food and taking and editing pictures for the book and then writing it all up and sending it to the publisher by August 1. It’s a full time job and I am grateful for another opportunity to produce a spectacular cookbook that I hope will inspire home cooks for years to come. I certainly put my heart and soul into everything that I do, and I truly hope that it shows and will be something my kids will be proud of.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the recipes that will be in my new Dinner Cookbook set to release in January 2016. Details to follow.
Recipes from the cookbook include homestyle family favorites with Asian, Italian and American flavors. Simple to prepare and tastes out of this world!
On a personal note;
Last year I turned 40 and since then my life turned completely upside down. I have gone through personal struggles and issues at home that completely derailed me. I never saw it coming and never thought it would happen to my family but it did. Things will workout the way they are supposed to and I am confident I have made decisions that will benefit both myself and my children in the future. It has taken a lot of courage, focus, professional help and soul searching to understand why I am going through this but I am certain this was meant to happen and my life as I knew it will never be the same. I believe that in time it will be better. In some way, a miracle will happen and through all of this heartache and uncertainty I will come out on top and my children will continue to thrive and be brilliant little versions of me that continue to make me proud each day. My friends and family mean the world to me and have helped pull me through all of this and for that I am grateful. They have inspired me to continue on, focus my energy on work, the cookbook, the kids and to stay positive. Here is proof that even though life can take a giant crap on you when you least expect it, that there is still so much to enjoy and be thankful for. That no matter how bad things get, there is beauty in the world and a reason to live life to the fullest. I have spent many recent months feeling hopeless and in tears with no motivation or focus, but I slowly picked myself up and started to cherish the things around me. I realized that I am not a victim of unhappiness. I was choosing unhappiness and making myself miserable. I finally decided I needed to choose happiness. Because that’s what God intended for me and that’s the happy, fun loving Mom my kids deserve and need to see everyday. To my family and friends, thank you for being there for me. We will be just fine.
Through tears and mental breakdowns there are still so many memorable moments to embrace and recognize. Each day the sun will rise and shine and I have learned that each day it’s up to ME to notice it. Because if you don’t, you will miss out on the beautiful things in life that matter most. I notice the sun more than ever now because I don’t want to miss a thing. One request though dear Sun, rise a little slower everyday…my babies are growing up too fast. Here are my beautiful reasons to carry on and choose happiness…
My daugher! She is the one in black. And yes, she wanted to wear combat boots with her dress to her 8th grade formal. I wasn’t keen on the idea myself but with what I had been going through I realized that in the grand scheme of things, this meant nothing. It gave her the freedom to be herself. And she was the brightest star that night. So I guess it did mean something after all.
She is a mini me!!
And while I was busy with my daughter and all her 14 year old daily activities, I was still keeping up with my baseball players. They kept me on my toes this season.
My youngest son! He played his first season of AA and did great as a catcher. He was selected to tryout for All-Stars but although he didn’t make the team, I was just proud he was selected.
My middle son! He also had a great season with new coaches and a team that is currently in first place. Championship game is this weekend and he made the All-Star team. We are still going baseball strong at the Bakehouse.
And my oldest son! He continues to amaze me on what a great rider he has become in such a short amount of time. He truly is a jockey at heart.
He was also promoted to the highest rank possible for a freshman in his first year of ROTC. He has found something he is passionate about and that means I can rest easy now knowing he has found his place.
In the midst of the ups and downs of life, I still sit in my office to write my cookbook and brainstorm blogging ideas for the very near future. Oh, and I have another announcement! Not only will I be blogging for buttercream bakehouse, but I am also starting a new blog this Summer. Why a new blog? Because it’s time for change and for me to take the bull by the horns. My plan is to get on my feet and keep them firmly planted on the ground. I decided to embrace a new career path that I am very passionate about. I am currently enrolled as a full time Esthetician student and I can’t wait to start my new career. In addition to food blogging, I will now add beauty blogger to my resume. My new blog will be all about my journey becoming an Esthetician, tips and secrets of the trade, products that I use that really work, new and exciting trends in skincare and makeup that make a difference. And since I am a foodie at heart, I will also incorporate food to my beauty blog as well. Diet can really help the skin and so can homeopathic treatments that you can make at home. I can’t wait to get started so stay tuned for more info. You won’t want to miss this. Change is good my friends. Change is good.
“the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”
Be back soon to share more recipes, my life, my book and my new journey. Happy Baking!