Apr 142013

I have not done a good job maintaining my blog. That’s stating the obvious, I know, but I feel like I need to explain why. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything. Quite the contrary, in fact, because I’ve been rather busy. Maybe not so much with cake decorating classes and birthday parties, although there have been a few here and there, and while it’s been ages since I shared a recipe, I have been making stuff. If you follow me on Tumblr or Instagram you’ve seen what I get up to when I don’t have time to do a full blog post about it, like the new gluten-free pancake and waffle mix I tried and pictures of some new cake decorating tools Wilton sent me.

Mostly I’ve been working on a couple of new projects that I’m really excited about. The first is a revamped website for the Tennessee ICES chapter. I did that, with a little help from the previous webmaster who set up the domain, hosting, and moved content from the old site over for me. It’s still very much a work in progress, but I’m rather proud of it so far.

I’m also in the process of building a new website that will be more focused on cake decorating classes and finding an independent cake designer in the middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. But it’s slow going.

Don’t worry, this blog will still exist–hosting is paid up through 2017, so you’re stuck with me at least until then–and this will still be the “go to” spot to find out about my classes, but don’t be surprised to see more posts related to gluten-free baking and blogging in general. I’ve learned quite a lot over the past few years, and some of that information just might be of use to those of you who want to start your own website or blog. And yes, I still love my Chromebook, but no, I haven’t figured out a video editing solution yet. But I will soon, so that’s now fair game for blog post fodder.

These past few months I’ve also upped my participation in local cake-related activities by attending Nashville Cake Club meetings and as many ICES events as possible, like Days of Sharing and Sugar Play Days. These are a lot of fun, very educational, and great opportunities for networking, so they’re a valuable use of my time. Oh, and I’m going to the ICES convention in Lexington, KY this August! I’ve never been to one before, and since this year’s convention is so close, I can’t very well NOT go, so I’m really excited about it.

On a non-cake-related note, since the weather is more springlike I’m spending more time outside, with horses. They are my first love after all, and my Skipper has kept me busy with his insane amount of shedding. He turned 30 this past February, which is really old for a horse, and to celebrate I made carrot cupcakes and horse biscuits that look like, well, horse biscuits. Thanks to his arthritis and a bad hock, Skipper isn’t sound enough to ride any more, but a friend of mine has been letting me ride her mare every once in a while. It’s good therapy–er, I mean exercise.

As always, if you have any suggestions or comments I would love to hear from you, so don’t be shy! I regularly share cake decorating, baking, and gluten-free related things I discover on the internet via my Facebook page, and those updates automatically post to my Twitter stream, as do my Tumblr posts. I’m starting to post more on Google+ because apparently that’s an important thing to do if you want Google to like you, so you can follow me there.

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