We celebrated my husband's birthday the other night.
He hates birthday parties. He hates when people sing Happy Birthday.
We had a mini cake and ice cream party at my in-laws house with a few of his favorite people anyway!
Everyother year I make a him a wacky cake, well an un-cake cake.
Two years ago it was the Swiss-roll cakes cake.
This year? A donut hole cake.
This was a big hit!
This might be my new go-to dessert when I'm bringing something to share.
And really? Who doesn't like a donut?
I have been making some MAJOR changes to the way I eat. (More on that someday) I been removing refined sugars and carbohydrates from my diet. because of that I have been trying to find a semi-substitute for cake-y, bread-y deliciousness.
Breads and simple carbohydrates are a trigger food for me...they make me want more and more sugar! Not to mention they make me sleepy, sluggish and hungry much quicker than when I eat more protein rich foods.
Here's the recipe, Hope you like it! try it and let me know what you think.
A super yummy low-carb, low sugar treat
2 ½ cups of almond flour
½t sea salt
1t baking soda
¼ cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Eggs, beaten
¼ cup honey
¼ cup granulated baking splenda (or your favorite sugar free substitue) (or sub the honey for another ¼ cup of the splenda)
Recipe JWMGorman 2013
You can Download the recipe right here!
Yesterday while visiting with my nieces and nephew we had a "Spa Day" Each of the kids got their nails polished and a fake haircut by Aunt Fer-Fer (that's me yo!).
After I fininshed each 'client's' nails they each told me how much they liked them.
But M- exclaimed in her most adorable six-year-old voice
"Aunt Fer-Fer...THIS just SCREAMS ME!
I love, love, love it!"
I love, love, love you too little girl.
Where have I been?
I have been asking myself the very same thing these few weeks.
But really, I’m not sure.
This shit is getting real.
2013 is a huge year for me. I am a college graduate. Like I’ve said before, I never thought I would actually finish college. I always dreamed of it, and made a few attempts, but this time it is real. It is real because of the amazing support I have had from family and friends through each step of the way.
From my husband who is a rock, supportive to the core, although he is worried/cautious about the loans we have taken to finance this adventure, more important to him is my happiness, and how this will benefit both of us in the near future.
My parents who just kept telling me “I knew you could do it.” “You are NOT too old” “We are so proud of you. My dad talking me off the ledge when I felt like I was in over my head, had I made the right decision, was I going to be accepted into the program; all of the could I? should I? and would I?’s of my brain. My mom who kept me focused on the prize, even when I was sure I had failed my first class, or even gotten below a B in anything, she was right…I got a B+.
My husband’s family who helped keet me motivated, donated to my textbook fund, and were there just for a hug when I needed one.
My three younger sisters who constantly supported my decision, encouraged, and were some of my biggest cheerleaders throughout this journey.
Countless friends. Oh man, my friends. I am lucky to have the people in my life that I do. I don’t have hundreds of friends, but the ones I do have are really more like family. I’m Aunt Jenn to their kids, we go on vacations together, they visit from far and wide, we talk, sometimes we don’t talk often enough… we drink coffee, we laugh out loud, we cry, but the support and encouragement from each of them has been a huge motivator for me.
I’ve never heard so many people tell me they are proud of me, and that I have inspired them to do something big, something different. WOW. You guys inspire ME!
To say I am humbled beyond belief from the support and kind words would be a huge understatement.
P.S. I promise to stop the graduation talk...for a bit, before you know it I won't be able to shut up about grad school!!!
The other day I had to have a procedure done at the hospital, nothing big, but it required anesthesia so someone had to drive me there and back.
Enter my husband. Duh.
After the procedure in the PACU he was there and we were joking around after I woke up. When I'm nervous I talk EVEN MORE than I usually do, and M- of course was taking good care of me. While were talking to the nurse she said
Nurse: "Do you guys work together?"
We both looked at each other an laughed.
Me: "No, why?"
Nurse: "Oh, you just act like you are together 24-7."
Me: "Well, not 24-7 but a lot. Whys is that surprising?"
Nurse: "Oh, you guys are just having so much fun together, laughing and talking!"
Me: "Well, we ARE married. That must be it"
Nurse: laughing hysterically, "That usually means the exact opposite, you have no idea."
Kinda made M- and I feel good. We do have our moments, but most of those a good ones.
Thankful for my honey.
School is finally out, and I think I have recovered from the craziest semester ever. My final semester of undergraduate school.
I am a college graduate.
Let that sink in a bit more.
I realize a ton of people have done that in the past, and many more will graduate in the future, but guess what now I am one of them.
What exactly does that mean? Well loans and now More. School. I am finally at the point where I will begin to be able give something more back & hopefully help someone become whole again.
Like someone helped me a few years ago.
So after a fun summer of volunteering, art making, work, and misc. fun my adventure back into school resumes. I will be attending Eastern Virginia Medical School in August.
I will be studying Art Therapy and Counseling. This is what all this work has lead up to...me being a grown-up.
Ha. Me a grown-up? Never.
When I started school I was excited to go back, but never REALLY imaginied I would come to the point of actually fininshing my bachelors. I had tried 2 times before without success.
This time was different. With the support of a great family, awesome friends, and the most loving, gentle, fun, kind, supportive, and patient husband ----> I did it.
On another note... I've been working a little watercolor painting recently.
Any one of the millions, if a hug's not your thing...shake their hand, look into their eyes and say Thank You
I think this is one of the most important things we can do regularly, but especially during weeks like these.
And just for good measure, I thought I'd put this out there...
Watercolor and graphite. --> Something I haven't done before.
This my friend's (and old, er- former boss's) pup. Hansome Jim.
This picture was so hard to resist painting. So. I gave in and painted him.
I was so happy to hear how much these pups parents were with the finished painting.
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
- Gilda Radner
"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and forever."
Sending love, light, contentment, and new mistakes your way, today and every day! Happy New Year!
What's up you say?
M- took me on a date this weekend. I love that!
We went to the Smithsonian National Air and Space musem in Chantilly, Virginia. This is an extention of the Smithsonian A&S in D.C.
It is H-U-G-E! It is a giant hangar, full of airplanes and other flying machines...