MCONFESSOR's SparkPeople Blog MCONFESSOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bleh. I thought having a family viewing of Osmosis Jones before bed last night would magically make me feel better. As it turns out, Muerte Roja seems to be working harder than Ozzy or Drix in my body this morning! I am hoping to keep something down and have a quiet day of reading and lessons instead of wild adventuring. Like I had said last night, it seems to be a quick moving event so I won't complain, but I won't be upset if it moves as quickly as it possibly can! <BR> <BR> It is drizzly and ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:56:24 EST The New Flavour! It seems to be a hit. We'll see how sales for it go over in the next couple of months. I am going to hve them available at the market/fair I am doing in November, providing I am chosen to get a table that is. <BR> <BR> The Literally Can't Even (or LCE for short). It is a pumpkin spice cupcake with ground coffee bean infused mocha buttercream, topped with a fluffy puff of super whipped cream cheese frosting, and then sprinkled with just a hint of nutmeg to bring it all together. Yes, we al... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:36:03 EST Farmers Market - and More Baking. Always more baking, right? :) I am doing a cupcake dress this morning for an afternoon delivery, and I am also making a batch of a brand new specialty flavour for this Fall/Winter. I am calling this one The Literally Can't Even Cupcake. I hope it goes over well. <BR> <BR> I am also heading out to the Farmers Market to get a bunch of fresh and delcious goodie from local farms and vendors. As silly as this may sound, there is a woman from a city about an hour north of us who does these amaz... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:36:55 EST More Cupcake Samplers. (Photos) I have a purple wedding sampler going out tonight, a Halloween wedding sampler, and just a basic Halloween (not a wedding) assortment. The pick up order was right on time this morning. She seems to be a great person and there is nothing wrong with a repeat customer. :) I gave her a free container of the homemade sweet vanilla whipped cream I had made this morning, as well as a pecan tart. I hope she likes everything. <BR> <BR> My back caught earlier, but fortunately I was able to kind of ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:09:12 EST Keeping the Faith. What a week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my Uncle passed away. My Mom got the call that her brother had died as she sat in the ICU with her husband, watching him get worse and worse. My stepfather is in advance acute renal failure and had to be place on a vent due to respitory failure, as well. Things look pretty bleak right now. In between sitting with him, my Mom had to get to her doctor for bloodwork to find out if she is stable enough for her next heart surgery. <BR> <BR> It's just all bad. I'... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:56:21 EST Only Tuesday? It feels like forever ago that I wrote my last blog, but nope - it was yesterday. I seriously thought I must have skipped a day or two. Shows how long my day has been! <BR> <BR> I had a wedding sampler delivery today, we are hosting a full dinner and dessert get together for 7 additional people on Thursday (so 13 of us total), I have a pick up for four loaves of bread and three dozen cookies first thing Friday morning, deliveries for two wedding samplers on Friday evening, a cupcake dress de... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:13:56 EST A New Week. Monday is often one of my favourite days of the week. Rarely are there Monday orders (it does happen, but very infrequently), we get back into the weekday routine, and we are able to appreciate having had the weekend. Hooray for Monday. :) <BR> <BR> I had five different stops/deliveries last night and they all went well. I also booked another relatively large order. While Iove doing birthdays and weddings, later this week I have an order for zucchini and chocolate chip bread, banana bread, ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:03:24 EST Family Fun Day. Today was a family event at the Base and we all had a great time. They had the boats running and we enjoyed that so much. They even did a few 'stunts,' where the boats were practically on their sides, giving drastic views of right at the water and then high above the water on each turn. It was exhilarating. Not really for the water or boat-shy, though! We were also able to meet up with friends who have recently moved out here, so that was nice. It was just one of those genuinely nice days - w... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:42:26 EST The Tired Feeling is Strong in This One. I feel so tired, but so accomplished. I am happy to report that the groom appeared to be thrilled with the order and even gave me a very sizeable tip - which was completely unnecessary but extremely welcome. :) I did the baking and decorating from 10pm - 2am, non-stop. It all went very smoothly and without incidient, so that was nice. I hope they and their guests enjoy everything. <BR> <BR> When I was finished, I whipped up the chocolate mousse cake that my husband absolutely LOVES, so I sus... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:25:09 EST Tomorrow, Tomorrow! So much going on today in order to get ready for tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I am doing the wedding order overnight tonight for a first-thing-in-the-morning pick up, so today I am finishing up everything in the house and getting all of the Welcome Home party supplies together (and in some cases, making them!) for my husband's big arrival tomorrow afternoon. Everyone is looking very forward to having him back at home. :) Since it is a sea arrival, we are throwing a full Pirate Beach Party. In addit... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:27:07 EST Celebrities Need to "Explain" Weight Gain? I was up early this morning and read about how yet another notable celebrity has 'spoken out' about their recent weight gain and 'explained' it to the media because of all the backlash, rumours, and criticism. <BR> <BR> Are you kidding me? I mean seriously, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? <BR> <BR> It's no one's business if they have gained weight, but even more importantly - where do fans (or non-fans) and news outlets get the idea that it is acceptable to even bring it up? I know there are a lot of a... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:02:21 EST Enjoying a "Day Off." Granted, the usual still applies, it's not like there are many real days 'off,' but I didn't have to bake anything today and that was a welcome change of pace. I made a lovely pasta dish with meat sauce and fresh vegetables for the children, but opted for some cottage cheese and GF toast for myself. I just wasn't feeling food today for some reason. I may have a snack in a bit, because I really do need to up the numbers for the day. <BR> <BR> I got in a good sweaty workout early this morning ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:32:21 EST Stuffed Tomatoes & a New Order. The order is for first thing Friday morning, but apparently a couple has been left hanging by the planned baker and I am stepping in at the (not quite) 11th hour and doing their full wedding cutting cake and guest cupcakes overnight Thursday night so they will be at their intended destination on time. It means I'll be giving up sleep that night to squeeze it in, but I hate to think of someone needing a full wedding order with only 4 days notice. I mean, it is so difficult to get ANYWHERE to ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:50:33 EST One Week Down, One To Go! My husband returns next Friday, so that means all went well for the first week. Not that we had any reason to believe it wouldn't, of course, but it's nice to see the days tick away. He called me last night for a few moments. They had a cookout on deck - with lobster. He told me that it wasn't particularly GOOD lobster, though. Haha! However, I am glad he is enjoying things overall and it sounds like he is learning several cool new things. Turns out, he genuinely enjoys manning the helm - n... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:56:50 EST An Actual Day of Rest. For one of the first days in forever, all I HAD to do today was make sure everyone in our house was fed, clothed, housed, clean, loved, and happy. <BR> <BR> Mission accomplished! <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I have felt like an absolute sloth of a person, though. I have done two workouts, did two consultations on prospective orders, and confirmed this Friday's order - but it feels like absolutely NOTHING compared to my usual days! Tomorrow evening I will baking and decorating for the p... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:27:00 EST Supermoon and Lots of Exercise. I feel like I've been moving non-stop for the past two days. Definitely no worry about getting in enough steps! <BR> <BR> The moon was gorgeous as it rose. <BR> <BR> Everything is going well around here - a lot going on, but everyone is great. My husband was able to call for a few minutes and fill me in on his past two days. <BR> <BR> Eating is on target, mood is great, and no complaints. :) <BR> <BR> Moonrise. :) <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:16:25 EST Yesterday I Used the Term "Relax." Ha! Compared to the past few days, today was more relaxing, but it was still bustling with activity. We went to the store to fill in a few things I will need while my husband is gone. Then, I did a lot of laundry, packed up all of his supplies and uniforms for the sail, and - while he spent time with the kids playing games and making sure everyone had Papa-time - pep talked myself into making time (and energy) to do one more round of baking so not only would the children have fresh baked cookies ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 01:24:33 EST I Made It and Can Now Relax! (Photos) I did it. I got everything made, displayed, and sold. Well, I came home with like 2 cupcakes and 3 cookies, or something small like that, but I sold a ton of baked goods - and even some crafts. The turnout was much higher than I thought it would be, and the interest in my items was WAY higher than I thought it would be. I honestly could not be happier with how my first public showing went. :) I was even given information by the Winter Craft Fair coordinator and invited to participate in tha... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:04:23 EST Obligatory Blog Entry. I'm so tired. <BR> <BR> I got everything done that was on the Thursday list, but I am feeling it. <BR> <BR> My husband called early in the morning to let me know that their briefing was turning into an overnight sail to make sure the crew was sea ready for Monday. Fortunately, I always make sure back up uniforms, overnight bags, toiletry bags, and various supplies are on the ready. He had time to run in, throw it in the van, and head back out. He is supposed to dock and be home tomorrow... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:55:50 EST Crafts For the Festival. I'm not even sure if I have mentioned this here, but I am going to have a table at a local festival this weekend. Today I made the craft portion of things (well, most of them - I have to finish up a few things tomorrow morning). I am (obviously) catering to the young child and grandparent demographics. :) I will also have many baked goods, but those do not get made until the night before - when I also have two orders to fill. Friday and Friday night will be SO busy. I look forward to seei... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:42:43 EST Buy All the Lotion! I found out that a salon owner was going out of business and selling all of their little bottles of Aveeno lotion. For $10, I got 407 (it was a 'these two bags for $10' type of thing, without knowing how many were in them for sure). Totally worth it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also - <BR> <BR> Circuit training - check <BR> Extra cardio - chec... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:16:13 EST September Health and Fitness Goals. Well, here we are - September 1, 2014. <BR> <BR> I have done pretty well this year, but I want to do better to close out the year. <BR> <BR> The following goals are things I feel are inspired yet reasonable. Each day I will check them off in a blog entry to hold myself accountable, and on September 30, I will update on what kind of progess I have seen as a result. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Blog on SP daily. I have been slacking on that in the recent months and want to get back on track. I f... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:41:13 EST I'm Doing Cartwheels - Literally! We took all of our boys to the ocean today for a bit of rock climbing and walking around. It was a great time and, despite a little bit cooler and overcast weather, it was nice to get out of the house even if the plan had been a lazy Sunday at home. <BR> <BR> While our two youngest were amusing themselves by doing handstands, and my husband was joining in and showing them a few PT exercises he does, our oldest son enjoyed rolling around in the grass and watching the ocean waves. When my hu... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:48:28 EST The Four Day Weekend Has Started. (Weekend Wedding Order Photos.) My husband started his four day weekend today, so that was nice. Of course, it coincided with a big wedding order I worked on all day for delivery tomorrow morning, so no sleeping in for me - but it was still nice to have him around. :) <BR> <BR> While baking and decorating, I did a consultation for a birthday party next weekend. I will be making a two tiered cake and two dozen cupcakes for that. I look forward to this theme! (A Fairy Garden and Tinkerbell cupcakes) <BR> <BR> I got in a ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:57:52 EST Circuit Training Starts Again. My body had really missed circuit training - in a couple of ways. <BR> <BR> 1. I feel GREAT. Sore and tired (and pretty sweaty), but great! It is the perfect way to start my day and I am glad I psyched myself back into it. <BR> <BR> 2. I FEEL it. I know it will become easier each day, and by next week I'll be at it with no problem, but getting back into a habit is always an effort. At least this one is worth it. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> I have an order for delivery tonight, so I'll have to sta... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:50:10 EST I Am So Tired. (Plus: Famous Artwork Cupcake Photos) Between yesterday's all day outing (LOTS of walking!) and today's artwork inspired cupcake decorating (not to mention cleaning, laundry, and chasing an active boy while we were home alone together), I am really looking forward to an early night and (God willing) SLEEP. <BR> <BR> We have had a wonderful weekend, though, so a bit of exhaustion is worth it. :) <BR> <BR> This week will be moderately busy, as far as the baking business goes. I am doing a birthday cake and cookie set tomorrow, ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:38:34 EST Motivation. I think I am going to buy a bathing suit on clearance this weekend - two sizes smaller than I need right now. That will be the motivator in the closet to keep me going all winter. :) <BR> <BR> Yes, I realize that my health, looking better, and feeling better should be all the incentive I need, but let's be honest - if that is ALL we needed then none of us would be here! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:07:29 EST New Cupcake Designs. (Photos) Hello all. My personal eating and exercise is going well, so that's good. Fortunately I cannot eat most things I bake and decorate - the following cupcakes being an example. :) I wanted to work on a new line of character cupcakes, but not use the exact same techniques you see all over the Internet. With these, I used tips and colours that I thought would best illustrate the textures and styles of each character. Printing, cutting out, and assembling the cupcake toppers on these took a bit... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:38:52 EST Prayers For My Mom Are Welcome, If You Do That. :) My Mother has been rushed into ICU following a series of heart attacks that have disturbed the heart rhythm. Long story short, she is being prepped for heart surgery. The extent will be determined once they are in there and can fully see what they are dealing with. <BR> <BR> There is just so much going on and I'm so worried. I hate not being able to be there. I mean, my Mom and I are both realists and we understand that you can't halt life for unexpected things. She was on the other end o... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:50:34 EST Oh, Glorious Weekend - Welcome! (A Lot of Pointless Photos) I am so happy for the weekend to be here. Yesterday, my day consisted of preparing two wedding orders, making a new meal for dinner for the family (AND MAKING MASHED POTATO ROSES!), boxing up the orders, and working out. Today, I delivered the orders, did the grocery shopping for the week ahead, worked on a couple of projects, and then made it back home exhausted and ready to enjoy an evening with absolutely NO BAKING! I also got in a couple of miles of walking, so that was nice - although... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:28:15 EST Minecraft Order Photo. The person who placed the order requested no fondant on the actual cake, plenty of gel to make it 'shimmer,' and to have the Creeper face go all the way through the cake, not just on the frosting. This is what I came up with. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am doing 10 dozen cupcakes and a cake tomorrow for a Saturday wedding. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Mom ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:51:11 EST Long Night. My Mom was going to be medevaced yesterday evening, but after having an anxiety attack over the idea of the helicopter, they compromised and sent her by ambulance to a larger hospital in another city. I got notified at about 10:30pm our time. It appears to be a heart related issue and she will be undergoing tests and treatments this week. I am not flying out at this point (she and I are both pretty pragmatic about situations like this, so neither of us is freaking out), but am trying to tal... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:20:31 EST Baking and Decorating and More Baking and Decorating! First, the great news - my nerve and muscles are feeling MUCH better. So much better, in fact, that I was able to get in two workouts today, stay on my feet for several hours, and even walk a little. I am very thankful for this. I missed moving without feeling a need to scream! :) <BR> <BR> As far as the title of this entry - that's really just what it is. Today was a set of Superhero cupcakes and a set of Wicked/Wizard of Oz cupcakes. I have two weddings this weekend, and a Minecraft c... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:01:19 EST Howdy, Howdy, Howdy! I hope at least someone got the Toy Story reference in the title of this entry. :) <BR> <BR> My pinched nerve is doing LOADS better. Turns out, unlike my usual "push through the pain" approach to just about everything, this time it really did take REST. Real rest. It was odd, I wasn't particularly crazy about it, and I am glad it looks like it is behind me, but it really seems to have done the trick. Yes, I still have pain, but it is nothing like it was a few days ago - or even two days... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 01:43:05 EST Sciatica and Fruit Carvings. I hurt so badly that it generally just makes me want to scream. I am doing all that can be done for it, though, so it is just a wait it out situation. I hate it, and I hate not being able to properly work out, but there really isn't a choice in this one. I know when I have done too much because I unintentionally scream the minute I cross the line. I'd love to sit here and whine about it, but that won't change anything so I am resting when I have to, icing, heating, massaging, and carrying... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:36:15 EST Mousse Animals! Sometimes I really have fun with my confectionary treats. <BR> <BR> <BR> A bunny, mice, hedgehogs, and a bear. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is a Coke "Faux"loat! Ha, get it? It's a fake float. (Mousse topped with a scoop of homemade whipped cream done to look like ice cream.)... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:38:25 EST Today's Cake Order (Photos) The order was for a Hawaiian themed birthday. They wanted a waterfall and flowers on the cake and a dozen cupcakes on the side - and beyond that, gave me a bit of creative liberty. This is what I whipped up this morning and will be delivering shortly. Hope they like it! It was a fun one to make. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:07:49 EST Pinched Sciatic Nerve. Last night and today have been spent largely praying and yelping in pain when I move. That's a slight exaggeration, but not by TOO much. What happened is pretty straightforward and uneventful - last year our special needs son had injuered me pretty badly during one of the extremely violent outbursts he used to have so frequently. The result was a herniated disc. It was bad, but it got better and has given me no trouble since for the most part. Fast forward to last night - he wanted to "b... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:28:00 EST I Accomplished Many Things Today! Sometimes I stop at the end of the day and think "I really was doing things all day! Why do I feel like I did nothing?" Not today. I DID things. I did an arm, ab, and leg workout, then I worked outside for three hours on our back patio and the areas immediately surrounding it, then I made a full homemade dinner and dessert, and I also squeezed in four loads of laundry. I'm exhausted, but in a really good way I also felt completely justified in enjoying the dessert I put together - a Mouss... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:20:16 EST I Think We Need a Pool. Nothing fancy, or anything. Just something we can plop into for a bit when it gets too hot (which is constantly these past few days and will apparently be that way for several more), especially our special needs son. He has such a rough time with the heat. We are generally very fortunate out here - it is rarely 'hot,' but this current stagnant heatwave has decided to hang on for a bit. Anyway, I am looking into them and we'll make a decision soon. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am going to buy a whol... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:06:33 EST The More Sweets I Bake, the Fewer I Want to Eat! Yesterday found me on my feet and in the kitchen for 6 hours non-stop. I got in a few miles of walking IN MY KITCHEN. The orders are boxed and go out for delivery later today, and the trial batch of French Macarons are here for my family to try. I had a few turn out really well, but they are such incredibly time sensitive cookies that just the amount of time required to take one tray out, put it down, and turn around to get the other one (so less than a minute) was enough to overbake the sec... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:33:08 EST Tired- But Doing Well! It's been a busy week. I've had orders, my husband had his last day at his current posting (and going away party that I provided dessert for), and our temperatures are finally getting serious about going up. I've been working out every morning and getting in a lot of walking. <BR> <BR> For those who enjoy the baking photos, here are a couple of items. <BR> <BR> Triple Layer Cappuccino Meringues (low fat, low cal, gluten free - and about the size of a mini marshmallow) <BR> <img src=... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:24:07 EST Such a Great Week! We have had such an incredible week. We were able to do all the things we had planned - and then some. More importantly, we all had a wonderful time together and enjoyed every minute of it. <BR> <BR> The beach trip wound up being unexpectedly (to us and the weather forecast!) drizzly, but we made the best of it and were still able to spend hours in the ocean and at the splash pad in the park attached to the beach. We played with mud crabs, collected shells, searched for treasure, had a... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:30:48 EST I Bought a Swimsuit. I hate it. I hate how I look in it. I hate that I needed to get one. HOWEVER - I am glad I have it so I can frolic around in the ocean and plop down in the sand and build castles and things with the rest of the family. I'll keep a shirt over it and no one else will ever know how hideous it is - and I assure you, it IS hideous. <BR> <BR> Our trip will be wonderful, though, because we will be together and are celebrating Independence Day even if we aren't on US soil at the moment. Fun... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:09:51 EST Our Canada Day Adventures. Our family had a great time yesterday. We also really enjoyed the fireworks over the Harbour. We took a full picnic spread complete with a watermelon grill and fruit kabobs. We took extra cupcakes and glow sticks to hand out to people around us and they seemed to like that quite a bit. Parents were very grateful have their children handed glow sticks and/or bracelets for free, because as anyone with a child in their life knows - the ones being sold AT events are incredibly overpriced, but... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:52:17 EST -35! Today marks the day I have lost 35 pounds! Still a ways to go, of course, but hey - 35 pounds! That's awesome! I'm really happy with my progress and thrilled that I can say I have done this myself. No meal replacements, no diet pills, no anything other than counting calories, working out, and not making excuses about why I need more than those two things. (I am not knocking anyone who opts to use anything - it just wasn't going to be the right path for ME.) <BR> <BR> My husband is on l... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:52:16 EST An Actual Progress Photo. I thought I would show how my progress is going so far. The first photo was taken last year at this time. The second photo was taken just this past Friday evening. While neither counts as a 'good' picture, haha, I DO think it shows that whether I feel like I can see it on a daily basis or not, some progress is being made. <BR> <BR> As of this afternoon, my husband starts 10 wonderful days of leave. We are all looking forward to that and have lots of plans - including a trip up island f... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:08:52 EST Feeling the Burn. (Also, more order photos) As the month winds down, I am DEFINITELY feeling the challenges and SEEING the effects. It's great. I have no plans of stopping when June ends, either. I plan to keep at it. Abs and arms have become such a natural part of my day now that I'd probably have a difficult time giving it up, anyway. I figure if I stick with it, I'll continue to see improvement AND continue to feel good about doing it. :) <BR> <BR> I have been really happy with my success this month. I have not deviated fr... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:17:48 EST Happy Monday! After an absolutely wonderful weekend, I look forward to starting an equally great week. I guess I have no reason to believe it'll be a great week, but more importantly - I have no reason to believe it WON'T be, so I am choosing to to be positive. :) <BR> <BR> I am working on an order later today that gets delivered tomorrow morning. I am really glad it'll be full of gluten and for a customer, because otherwise I KNOW I would want more of it than is healthy. Haha. A dark chocolate cake... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:02:15 EST A Fun and Healthy Brunch. (Photos) To celebrate the first day of summer, my family sat down to find their plates bursting with the life of a food park! Whipped quiche filled with broccoli, mushrooms, onion, and a bit of cheese was topped with bacon roses and surrounded by broccoli trees, strawberry shrubbery, a ranch wading pond, and olive and carrot ducks. :) <BR> <BR> My own meal did not have bacon, ranch, or raw broccoli because I do not care for any of them, but the rest of the family loved it. My husband's plate i... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:25:54 EST