Every once in a while I force my kids to go outside, and today was a lovely day for it. Sunny and warm, but not at all humid, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds, it was the ideal April Saturday. So, mid-morning I hustled everyone into the minivan and drove to Nashville for the Honeybee Festival at East-Centric Pavilion.
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.
I’ve had my new Chromebook for more than a week now, and I’m still very happy with it. The only thing I don’t particularly like about the machine itself is that it’s hard to open. That probably sounds crazy, but with my MacBook, which is bigger and heavier, I just lift up the lid. Thanks to the way my Chromebook closes and the fact that it’s so light, if I try to lift the lid, I end up flipping the whole thing over.
I’m anxiously waiting for my new Chromebook to make its way home to me. It’s supposed to arrive some time today, and I seriously hope it does. I made the decision to buy one this past Tuesday, and silly, naive me thought it would be as simple as walking into Best Buy and picking one up. Ha! I posted the whole story on Tumblr, but basically I ended up having to order my Chromebook online. Which, of course, means waiting for delivery.
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and ate way too much. I know I did. Well, until I got the flu, and then I went a few days without eating much of anything, but that still didn’t cancel out all those days I stuffed my face.
Quick announcement: Darla’s Cake Blog welcomes a new author!
My oldest son likes to cook occasionally, and since most kids need an outlet I decided to add him as a contributor to this blog. He’s known elsewhere online as Slashno, so that’s also his username here. His posts will appear whenever he has something to share. I hope you enjoy them!
I’m a huge fan of almond flour and use it often. It’s a fantastic high-protein, grain-free ingredient, and it makes terrific gluten-free baked goods. All of the recipes in one of my favorite gluten-free cookbooks (Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook) call for blanched almond flour, which I initially had trouble finding. Despite the book’s warning, I tried to make cookies with some leftover almond meal I found in my pantry, but they were a disaster. The flour and oil separated and made a nasty, runny, gooey, disgusting mess, so I didn’t post it on here, but now I wish I had.
I finally bit the bullet and moved my cake blog over to self-hosted WordPress. I’m not one to willingly work outside my comfort zone, and I dreaded having to learn a new platform, but after many months of thinking about making the switch, I realized a couple of weeks ago that I was ready. Plus, I finally had enough money in Paypal to fund the hosting and all that.
I love the fresh produce this time of year. Last weekend we went blueberry picking, which is one of my favorite summer time activities, and then afterwards we called in at the Farmers Market. In addition to the six pounds of blueberries we picked, we also came home with a CSA box from Delvin Farms and four pounds of peaches.
I haven’t been keeping up with my blog posts very well lately, and for that I apologize, but we’ve been fairly busy around here. Strawberry picking time has passed, and at one point last week we had over 13 pounds of strawberries in the house.