World Baking Day!

I had some excellent news yesterday! After 9 years of annual MRI’s to document the progress of my Multiple Sclerosis, I finally get to step down to every other year! I’ve been pretty stable since I was diagnosed, minus a small hiccup while I was pregnant/breastfeeding my son. I was off my medication during that time so it’s completely understandable that I would have a flare up.

In case you haven’t heard my story, I was diagnosed my senior year of high school. My stomach went numb first and we just thought it was a pinched nerve. When the numbness started spreading to my leg, we decided to go to the doctor. After multiple MRI’s, a little electric shock to my nerves, a spinal tap (which ended up not closing up which resulted in me losing spinal fluid and practically passing out in my classes which sent me back to the hospital for them to inject blood in it to help it scab over), and a lot of blood work, I was finally diagnosed. I will never forget the moment I found out.  Since I was underage, my mother found out first. She promptly called a family meeting in which all of us (my brother, sister, my sister’s husband, my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and myself) found out at the same time. I’m not going to lie, I kind of resented not being the first one to know. I mean it was my condition after all and she was treating it like she was the one going through everything. But what’s done is done and after so many years it doesn’t bother me anymore, but please, if you are a parent, PLEASE tell your child about their condition BEFORE announcing it to everyone else. It will make for a more trusting and less dramatic outcome. =)

Anyway, I’ve been plotting a way to celebrate ever since yesterday afternoon. Imagine my joy when I discovered today is World Baking Day! I seriously LOVE to bake. What I don’t love are the countless pounds I gain afterwards since I’m the only one that really eats sweets in my house. Sometimes I totally wish I was like my husband and could just turn my nose up at sweets, but my willpower is practically non-existent. Sugar is my kryptonite.

I’ve been looking around at recipes all evening to see what I want to make this weekend. It’s the least I can do to celebrate the holiday and my good news, right? My favorite place to go when I’m looking for something new to make is the home economics pamphlets collection that we have digitized. I could spend hours looking at all the old recipes. We have cookbooks, pamphlets, and government documents, all containing something to do with cooking and baking.

Here are a few (you can click on the image to go to the actual pamphlet with recipes):

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We have some pretty great stuff as you can see. The cooking for a man one really cracks me up! It definitely sets the tone that A1 sauce and a slab of meat is the way to win your man over. I really wish my computer/internet would cooperate so that I could share my favorite kind of “eww” ones (ugh! Satellite internet is NOT my friend, y’all). We have one pamphlet called All about Lard and several that are about jello and aspics. They are pretty cringe worthy if I say so myself.

If you get a moment, I hope you can check them out and get ideas what to make to mark World Baking Day, especially if you are a baker like me! Happy baking, y’all!


Measuring up…or not…

As I sit here munching on a gummy octopus (yes, my child’s candy. I have no self-control whatsoever, and am only slightly embarrassed at this point to admit it) catching up on Dr. Blake mysteries, I can’t help but reflect on my day, or really the last few years  my whole life, if the truth is really to be told (typed? You know what I mean). If your thinking this is going to be a debbie-downer post, you are 100% right, but with a twist, so please let me get it all out and hang on for the cliché light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-positivity at the end.  Even positive people need a little downer post every now and then, amirite?

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Another semester bites the dust

You know, it really is true. Time really does pass quicker and quicker the older I get. When I was little, I always kind of just nodded my head when older people told me that without taking it to heart (and maybe incorporating a little eye rolling in that nodding during my teenage years). I think the truth of the matter is that time doesn’t pass quicker (obviously) but that our lives become so much more complicated and busy that it just goes by so fast. Here lately I’ve been dreaming of the day when I can get back to that slow pace when everything seems to take forever. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments when things still take forever, like buying a house. Will we ever be able to buy a house? Right now that’s a BIG negative, or so it seems anyway, but that’s another conversation for another day.

I finished my fourth semester on my road to obtaining my Masters just this week, which probably explains the silence on my blog for a while. I took Library Administration this semester which I fully expected to struggle with but it wasn’t too terribly bad. I came out with an “A” but it was in a format that almost made it impossible for  you to get anything but an “A” as long as you did the work. I’m not a take-charge kind of person, so it was an interesting experience to write papers on critiquing leadership styles and how to handle high-charged situations. Thank goodness I took all those leadership classes. That really helped a lot.

Speaking of leadership classes, I completed my silver level of leadership! I only have the gold level left! I contemplated just stopping at silver but I seriously want to complete the full program and get as high as I can in this program. It’s going to be a 60 hour program, but I have a whole year to do it. I can do it, right? Maybe? Possibly? Yes! Yes, I can! Luckily, I have the most supportive mother-in-law in the world who will watch my wee one. Not only will I have this on my plate but classes, a full-time job, mommy, wife, the parent representative on my sons daycare baord) and a new adventure that I’m embarking on which I will talk about in a different post (because all exciting things deserve their own post, right?) I told you I have the most supportive mother-in-law ever! She’s usually the one who ends up having to pick up my son and watch him while I’m doing all this crazy stuff.


With my medallion after the ceremony!

Speaking of my little one, he has exploded! Not literally exploded but like blossomed, changed, grown up, all those kind of words! Exploded is just more dramatic, kind of like my wee one (but what 3 year old isn’t dramatic, am I right?)! His vocabulary is just amazing and he’s just so smart! Poor guy is struggling at the moment with allergies, but he’s making it through. He had surgery (yes another one!) in February to remove a cyst on his neck. I wasn’t prepared for that one like I was with the hypospadias surgeries (yes, plural. He had three of those in the past, poor guy). This one took a lot longer and he reacted not as well to the anesthesia. Throwing up after you just had your throat cut into is not fun, by the way, in case someone needed to tell you that. He was miserable for a day, but by the next day my crazy guy was back to normal, surprisingly. My little guy is seriously my favorite person in the world! He just lights up my whole life. I mean, who wouldn’t love a kid who says “Aw, shucks” every time you give him a kiss (I’m thinking he picked that up from Bambi? Or was it Cinderella? One of those creatures says “aw shucks” at some point I think. They watch a LOT of movies at daycare in the mornings until everyone gets there so I have no idea where he picks up half his phrases). =)


My wee one playing music on fruit and veggies at the UNCG Science Everywhere event. 

By the way, in case you didn’t already know, it’s gardening time! We had a spring garden for the first time ever this year. I planted strawberries, lettuce and broccoli. The lettuce has done amazing, the rest hasn’t produced yet so we will see how it goes. It’s definitely time to get the tomatoes, green beans and peas in the ground, though. I wish it would stop raining so Icould get this all done but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. Such crazy weather!

I think that’s all for now! Stay tuned for my fun post on my crazy new adventure later on! I just have to end with my painting I did yesterday! I had so much fun with one of my oldest friends yesterday! She seriously lights up my life!



My Truth Be Told painting I did with a bunch of awesome ladies yesterday!