Life’s been a daze lately. A delicious daze, though.
Adorable sugar cookies from Wegmans are my weakness right now. We’re moving pretty close to a Wegmans (it’s a grocery store the size of Texas) next month and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t most excited about this part of the new house. Yes, the proximity to a massive grocery store. I can get lost in the prepared food section. Have you ever had their sushi?!
I didn’t make these cupcakes either. Totally cheating on my kitchen.
Let me get real for a sec though.
Life is challenging right now; it’s been turned completely upside down the past few months. A few weeks ago, Kevin lost his last living grandparent. It’s unfortunate that something like death can put life into perspective, but we’ve been trying move forward with what life has handed us– whether that is a positive change, heavy workload, or heartbreaking loss. I’m not going to say much about it, but I’m just grateful that his grandfather’s work ethic, strong will, and humble heart will forever be instilled in the family.
Buying a house completely snuck up on me this year, but I’m trying to enjoy every piece of this moving process rather than let it consume me in a negative way. Life. It’s just too short, fragile, and precious to let something as rewarding as moving into our dream home stress me out. I’ve moved so many times before but moving into a home I own: wow. It just feels so big on my shoulders. Change has always brought up all these scary anxious feelings. It freaks me out to the core, like public speaking once did. After the handful of cooking demos I’ve done in the past year or so, I’m feeling pretty good about that whole scene so I’m hopeful I can conquer “change” at some point too. So changing how I feel about change. Sounds so easy, right? Oy.
Here’s what’s been helping:
- Journaling. It sounds silly, but it’s been my saving grace. And making time to journal, even it’s only 5 minutes between conference calls and photoshoots. Putting down my phone and paying attention to my mind. Writing down my thoughts and feelings, either positive or grief, helps.
- Taking things one day at a time. This advice came from family, friends, and YOU. Only focusing on what I need to do today, rather than letting every single thing on my plate the next few months pile up in my brain. And to-do lists. I’m massively grateful for to-do lists.
- Baking. How completely ironic and fortunate that baking soothes my soul, but is also the workload that I need to complete. Creating delicious food keeps me, and my career, trucking along.
Here’s what’s been going down. Lots of new recipes coming up in the next few weeks, all ones I’ve shared over coffee or conversation with loved ones lately. Including a fresh fruit tart recipe later this week!
I recently made two old favorites too. First, I made my recipe for lemon blueberry cake for my mama in law’s birthday. Only this time, I made it in a 9×13 pan and skipped the blueberries. It was suuuuper lemony with cream cheese frosting and colorful sprinkles on top. It took 42 minutes in the oven at 350F if you want to try it this way. I served it right out of the refrigerator– it’s REALLY good chilled and almost tasted like lemon pound cake because it had firmed up.
And I just made these muffins the other day for breakfast with my mom. They’re my orange lemon poppy seed muffins only without the orange. I used an extra lemon instead. And to these, I DID add blueberries! I used about a cup. The burst of blueberries, the crunch of poppy seeds, the fresh lemon… Sunday morning was delish. PS: You don’t need a mixer for these lemon goodies!
It’s my birthday next week and I’m trying to figure out what we can do that’s dog friendly. I love people but I really love my dog and would love to celebrate with my friends… and my dog. There are some dog-friendly restaurants in the Philly area but do you have any other suggestions? I’m thinking maybe a picnic with great food and drinks or a winery if they allow dogs?
Before I forget! I’ve got a new post up on my photography blog today– just a whole bunch of photos (with new filters!) from lately.
So what’s new with you?
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