Thursday, October 31, 2013

Life Lately

I'm taking a moment, on this Halloween Thursday, to count the many ways I have been oh-so fortunate and blessed this month.  You may have noticed that my last post was over one month ago! Well, schedule has been filling up and I have been staying busy with pastry school, online classes, jet setting across California for LOTS of friends' weddings, tutoring, completing dessert orders for events, the launching of a new church service, and my new role as a high school counselor for the youth at my church! Often, when I am so busy, I find myself grunting about how little time I have or how exhausted I am. Although these things are true, I forget to remember how blessed I am to be able to have all these activities and commitments going on in my life-- especially when they bring me such joy!

Before I enter November, come take a mini trip with me down memory lane as I recap my life lately-- the good, the bad, and the moderately amusing. :)

My first challah loaf!
Puff pastry pinwheels with a little bit of raspberry jam.

A freshly made pita pocket...where's the falafel when you need it?

Vol au vents with a savory mushroom sauce

The perfect little brunch after driving through the night across the state

More wedding photo booth pictures to add to our collection

When visiting my folks, I found this tee! Can you believe it? I got this shirt in 1993 when I was a little kindergartner.

We found a Yogurtland on the way back from our roadtrip!

Keeping this dog in style-- someone's got to do it.

Harlin's new bed and toy hoarding adventures

Some of the production from cookie week in lab

Soup week in my savory class!

No manners here-- we drink from the bowl! ;)

A decadent chocolate ganache cake for a charity event

Pistachio macarons for a charity event

Hungry and happy hubby

Feed the wife and you'll have a good life

Brunch at our favorite restaurant after 6 busy Saturdays in a row

Good beer and good ice cream

Eggs Benedict

Pie monster

The most recent wedding cake that was made for my cousin

Just a picture at our umpteenth wedding of the season

My production from my pastry midterm

The cutest little braided dinner roll