**I apologize for the randomness of this post in advance it is just kind of a mind dump for me this morning!**
Good grief! I've been gone a while huh? Life has been crazy and stressful, and to be quiet honest...I'm not handling it all that well. We've had a run of bad luck...nothing major...just a laptop crash (good part...I was able to save all my emails, documents, etc) and a spare tire falling off the truck in front of me that then bounced up into the front of my car. No damage done to the car really...just took about 10 years off my life. On top of that, we've had little to no activity on the house. Like I said...I'm not dealing very well. I've been busying myself by reading and hiding out at home. Thankfully I have a lot to read thanks to Librarything. I've won about 13 books in the last month. I right now have 6 to be read and reviewed and 3 that I haven't received yet. No complaining here thought, free books are awesome, I'm reading things I probably normally wouldn't, it is good all around. In the middle of all of that we are potty training the little man (with little success). We took him to the bathroom every 45 min for 2 whole days and we had only 2 (mildly) successful trips. Today I'm taking him every 30 minutes and we'll see how that goes. One successful trip so far, we'll see how long that lasts.
Other than the above we don't have much going on(right now)....we're gearing up for a crazy busy summer that (so far) doesn't include moving, but we are hopeful that we'll have to squeeze that in there as well! I'm baking/decorating a cake for my cousin's graduation party (yikes...I'm scared...but also really excited!) and my mom, sister and I are taking a trip to Nashville (sooo excited) and we are taking a family (my mom/dad and sister and her family) trip to a waterpark and then to Powers Lake for a few days. I'm beyond excited about spending some real time with my family without having 1,000 obligations to attend to while we're together. We also have a couple of canoe trips and some other fun stuff going on this summer...including all the pre-wedding festivities for Bob's cousin and also his brother ! So, much fun and excitement also leads to some stress about how everything will get done, but I'm sure it will, it always seems to.
Oh...and one last thing before I go...I found this recipe for a copycat black tie mousse from the Olive Garden (our favorite dessert) a while ago and have been itching to try it but was leery about the time commitment to it. So, yesterday, as a belated anniversary present to Bob (and me too!) I decided it was time and tried it. I will admit it isn't exactly like Olive Garden Black Tie Mousse, BUT it is pretty darn close. The only thing to me that didn't really taste the same was the bottom cake part, it could be due to the fact I didn't have Dutch cocoa, but who knows...it is still pretty darn good! Here is the recipe in case anyone else wants to try it :) Big thanks to Pattie Kaykes and Meemo's Kitchen for the amazing recipe!
Here is a picture of the finished product (I would have decorated it better but I was tired by the time I got to this point and didn't want to get out a pastry bag and decorating tips so I just used a ziplock with a hole cut in it also this is a cell phone picture so it isn't the best quality).