Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I haven't baked in weeks It hasn't rained in weeks.  Sweet Moses, it's a drought of epic proportions! Combine this with scorchingly high temperatures in addition to the sudden onset of my flaming, raging hot flashes and you'll know why I have taken a little "blogger" vacation. My once beautiful expanse of green grass has been reduced to something from the Dust Bowl, while most days you can find me with my head in the freezer (literally). For those that have never experienced a "hot flash".............let me set up a visual for you.  Imagine that it's wintertime. You are bundled up in a nice thick, warm coat.  You're comfortable and life is good. Then you enter a crowded department store. You're wedged shoulder to shoulder with other people. It's getting hot. You suddenly have a tremendous feeling of claustrophobia and heat starting to creep up your back. You know you need to remove your coat as fast as possible to cool down. But you can't.  Back to reality now......YOU CAN'T REMOVE YOUR COAT BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT WEARING ONE....THAT'S A HOT FLASH, BABY! Now, imagine this scenerio occuring about 15 - 22 times a day. While I'm working. While I'm baking. While I'm sitting still.

         I think you get the picture.

The business of moving is time consuming........ athough it's almost three months later and I know I still have six boxes left to unpack. Although, it's a little like Christmas when I open them up, and all the while I wonder, "How have I managed to live all these months without all of this CRAP?" It's amazing what we think "we need", isn't it? But other than that, my new house is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! My family is now only a four minute car ride away. Or 14 minutes on my bicycle. Or a 32 minute walk. Anyway, as a result, I get to see Kathy, John and the kids ALOT. Like everyday.

Sometimes three times a    twice a day.

My nephew Cameron is going to be fifteen this week. Gulp. Fifteen?? Didn't I just make that kid a cake? What? It was a year ago? This is such a freaky age for boys, isn't it? They struggle to act like adults, but somehow don't quite pull it off. It's all about being cool.....and I don't mean in temperature. It's hard to get a reaction out of him, at least the type of reaction that I want to see. You know, like when he was little, I'd pull up to his house in the car, he would immediately run and jump and hop and clap his hands.

I just don't get that reaction anymore.  It's a little depressing. Now, if I'm lucky, I may get a small smile and a head nod. But I get it. It's just not "cool" to jump and hop  and clap when you're fifteen.

So I roll my eyes and ignore the reaction. At least I try to. Because he's fifteen. Compared to what alot of kids are doing at fifteen (insert rolling of the eyes here), this kid's pretty boring. Um....moving right along...

Anyway, Cameron loves sushi, which I find unusual for a kid his age. In any case, even though I've done it before, I incorporated the idea into a birthday cake.

He loved it.


                                                                  I think.


Jennay said...

Awesome cake!! Looks very yummy!!

Lisa said...

15!!! WOW! How come with them it happens so fast?

Glad to see posting again :) I'm sooo bummed I am missing the party..:(

I think he like the cake...I think

xoxox, Me

One of many cuzzins! said...

I can't believe that picky eater kid loves sushi!! GROSS! And worse than that...He's FIFTEEN?? Lordie, how is that he's gaining these years on us? What a good kid he is, and handsome too!....Cam's the man.

The cake looks awesome and delicious inspite of those creepy things on top! You are so talented!

I am just getting over a sugar rush after eating my "Green Monsta" cake pop. OMG...sinfully delicious and worth the calories. LOVED IT!! When's the next party?

Aunt Grace said...

Whew, I am so glad that you are back. The cake looks to good to eat. I too remember Cam so long ago, he was a doll even then. The three hour cruise was wonderful, Boston Harbor looks so different from a boat, it was just great. The lights from all of the buildings brought everything into focus, it was a perfect night, and so good to see every one. We did not expect to be fed, as Granpa would say, but that was great too. Brought the cake pop's home to Bill, should have seen him devour it.

Anonymous said...

Just saw you posted a comment on Lisa's blog and thought I'd take a look to see if you had posted anything since.... May??

Glad to see your back up and running! Man. Your talented!

LOVE the Cake! What a lucky kid. Happy (belated) birthday Cam!! Love, Marg.

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