NIGHTSKYSTAR's SparkPeople Blog NIGHTSKYSTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community weds cakes are baked. all sesame street cupcake components are made out of fondant. i still have 6 huge cabbage roses to make for another cake, but i needed a break so home i am for a bit..and maybe a quick swim. After i feed my girl!!! <BR> I'll be up to my elbows in cookie dough again next week, as well as 2 birthdays and a dont know how often i'll get here..but i'm trying!!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:34:57 EST Saturday still a day and a half left of the fair but i'm DONE so probably not going back. Long, long work week, delivered a wedding cake this morning, picked up my sweet girl..i think i was happier to see her than she was to see me..she loves it at grandma's!!! <BR> i'm dog tired, but i have more cookie dough ordered for tomorrow afternoon pickup so ran to town when i got done deliveries and got ingredients...horked them into the bakery, and i'm not doing dough till tomorrow. just too tired. so going ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:02:31 EST Tuesday My "day off" from the fair. Couldnt sleep up at the crack of bakery by 6..cranked out cakes and cookie time to scrub Lucys crate and shampoo the living room rug and...and.... <BR> come on fall i need a break!!!!! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 13:19:02 EST monday long day. up at 4 to get to the horse show for 6. show went till 2..ran to aldi to get more cookie dough ingredients for the food stand i'm providing it for. ran home to change to dress to go back to the fair to judge the dog show. it was fun!! stopped for ice on way home (my ice maker gave out yesterday) and just got home and had supper. bed soon....long tiring day and i have a long day of baking tomorrow. then its fair for 12-15 hours every day till its done. <BR> come on Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:21:43 EST sunday fair goat show done ( i'm the announcer) <BR> stopped at the store on my way home and bought a full pork loin at $1.77/lb. One third of it is in the smoker already, the other 2 roasts i cut it into are cut, packaged, vacuum sealed and ready to go in the freezer. <BR> going to go start shampooing the living room rug, I always do it during fair as i can do parts of it each day till its done. bought lots of shampoo so i'm headed there now! Sun, 6 Aug 2017 13:55:49 EST saturday cakes to deliver, then lots of work to do this afternoon. come on fall so i can have a day off someday!! Sat, 5 Aug 2017 09:34:00 EST friday cakes all decorated,,,errands run. lucys coming in for lunch then if the thunder holds off pool and mowing time! Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:43:04 EST thurs ugh hate it when a day goes to hell.. <BR> got my cakes built. ran to town..forgot to get my scripts so will have to go back tomorrow. <BR> it was HOT and sunny so was going to hit the pool..but the minute i got lucy out the sky went black and thunder started. was supposed to be a nice day!! <BR> i just have no oompfh today!! Thu, 3 Aug 2017 18:29:56 EST weds cakes are baked. cookie dough containers here for the next onslaught. just about to bring lucy in for lunch, then, lucy bath and POOL!!! Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:11:52 EST tuesday bakery is prepped for the big week starting tomorrow. i'm going to give lucy lunch early...its beautiful out so i'm heading for the pool for once!! <BR> this morning hit a new low number on the scale says i've surpassed my goal, the other says i'm 1 pound away..this is my jan 1 goal. still 36 to go but way better than the 165 to go i had!! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:41:52 EST Monday made and delivered big cupcake order, then home and let Lucy play in the cool inside for a while. then hit the pool..only got an hour and the sun went away..i was going to wait it out but a customer stopped with a component for a cake..and i came in...not 2 minutes later the sky opened up and DOWNPOUR happened. its still thundering... <BR> smoked a pork loin roast yesterday so i have supper for a few days..and i'm going to go have some! Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:03:54 EST sunday finally finally FINALLY broke the weight stall...i'm one pound away from my low, but i still think there was something wrong with my scale or something when it went that low..because in ONE day i was up 11 pounds without going off plan, and have stayed there till the last 2 weeks. Last week I lost 5 and this week another 5!! sooo close to my Jan 1 goal I set when i reached the last goal i can taste it..and my downstairs scale says i surpassed it but i go with the higher scale to be safe. <B... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:05:20 EST satuday. wedding cakes are delivered. shower and birthday cakes and cupcakes out. went to the pool but its pretty cold..was inj the 40s last night and the last few so the pool is 58..and even for me the cold lover without full hot sun thats chilly. <BR> so i'm going to make some keto cream cheese cupcakes with a twist..putting rhubarb in. i LOVE rhubarb muffins and bread...and this will make me feel like i'm having a wee bit of the fruit i'm craving. I dont miss the potatos, or pasta, or bread on ket... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:01:32 EST weds 2 cakes done. one to finish this afternoon. all cookies decorated. cupcakes still to bake and decorate. but i'ma gonna go jump in the pool and get my laps done..then back to work! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:14:11 EST tuesday cakes are done. cookies are glazed..still have to decorate. later i'll go flat frost a couple of the cakes, to prep for tomorrow. tomorrow will have to flat frost all, decorate the cookies. Decorate tomrrows pickup. then thurs am early will have to decorate the other 2 cakes, bake and decorate cupcakes, and finishe the cookies and package all before noon. <BR> Need to at least get my laps in in the pool today!! Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:11:25 EST monday shopping done. cakes prepped for baking this week. cookie order baked to be decorated tomorrow. Lucy i took a couple hours and jumped in the pool!! woo hoo!! Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:11:58 EST sunday weather is supposed to finally be nice...i got mondays wedding cake done so i'ma gonna lay in the pool for once!!! Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:43:26 EST Friday wow busy morning. got a rush order for cupcakes..they are done. finished the next mountain cake for delivery tomorrow. had a meeting about a september wedding cake. scrubbed down the bakery. baked for a monday early am pickup wedding cake..will have to fill and build tomorrow morning before i deliver to placid, then decorate it on sunday morning. <BR> <BR> now i have the afternoon kinda off..have to clean and do workout and weights...but really thats not a lot!!! <BR> coooking bacon and eggs... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:22:58 EST thursday i'm tired. up this morning..working on another mountain cake like last weeks. in the middle the oil guy calls..needs to be let in my furnace room for a deliver. i stop. go do that. <BR> my lawnmower blades, though new, werent cutting right. so off i went to the tractor store. one of my kinda neighbors agreed to come replace them. i was a little scared of what it was going to cost. <BR> so he gets the deck off, and they blades are chewed to nothing. no wonder it was leaving a mohawk on the l... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:29:58 EST busy oh man have i been time to spark or play or swim. but i see a light...for a day or two. i think i have monday and tuesday off!! <BR> heres a cake i did for a wedding yesterday... <img src=""> Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:49:22 EST friday wasnt happy with one of yesterdays cakes so got up early early and redid it. hopefully its good now because no time to do it again!!! <BR> grey and threatening rain here..i dont like rain during the day. love it at night..but day..ugh!! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:15:40 EST thursday ahh i believe my wonderful downward trend is now at a screeching halt. I gained today..not much but a gain..and thats what usually happens when i'm going to hit a plateau again..and its ok...i have lost over 20 pounds in a month after a 3 month i'm happy happy!! Wish it had waited till my big goal was met, but this is phenominal as far as i'm concerned!!! <BR> Cakes to do today...still trying to get that #$%! swimming pool steps finished...and thats about it! Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:33:46 EST Weds annnd another half a pound today...i dont know whats going on but i'm not complaining!! I broke the scale jumping habit years ago and went with the general recommendation of only weighing once a week to avoid discouragement..and when i was stalled even that was too much..but when i'm dropping like this!! <BR> so i'm 3 1/2 pounds away from my jan 1 goal. and hoping my body doesnt play its "lets drive her nuts and stall for months again" game..ESPECIALLY now. Why this number is so important i d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:23:35 EST tuesday... and another 2 pounds today!! for fun i got on the downstairs scale a minute weighs me as less than the upstairs one,,and i'd rather err on the up side so i use that one. but...for fun i got on downstairs and i was under my goal for the end of the year!!!! i'm going to have to adjust again....and thats a wonderful thing!! Keto ROCKS!!! <BR> PS..i have not seen this number since september of 1977. seriously. i'm pre college weight!!! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:13:13 EST happy monday this keto thing is just a miracle. I'm 6.5 months in...and even now..another 6 pounds gone this week!!! i'm 6 pounds away from the goal i set myself for January 1. 74 pounds down in 6.5 months..its surgery, no pills, no shakes, nothing special to buy, no hunger, no cravings..totally a miracle. And all my labs are doc is happy...i feel good... <BR> thanks to my kid for telling me about this..and my guy for being so totally supportive. now its not i wonder if i can..its... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:26:23 EST Thursday sunny again but way too hot for my liking. i got about 3 hours worth of mowing done yesterday..headed out to try and finish up..but i still have the entire back , part of one side, and part of the front to finish..and with a broken blade that leaves a mohawk of grass i have to go over everything twice. really sucks..but i dont know how to drop the deck to change the blades, and i cant afford the $100 house call to get the mower dude to come do it for me. Blades are $50..and thats going to be ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:23:14 EST sunny weds!! yay the sun is finally out!! woohoo!! but now i have to mow the lawn..LOL!!! <BR> oh well. have to deliver a rush order cake first..then home to do it. Enjoy the day, all!! Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:04:54 EST Rainy Tuesday LOL to my friend Cat...i like rain..sometimes..but this is getting close to biblical proportions....but..better than heat!! <BR> good news..i got weighed this morning and i'm down almost another 2...i guess my binge week at Disney kind of jump started me again...stall is done!!! hoping i can make my new years goal now!! Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:07:17 EST Rainy days and mondays... and even worse when its both together. not a nice day. got the price checking done on a new project. banking done. gas for car and mower. and thats about it...well i did a workout..but i always do a <BR> anyhow. dont want to have any of my bad day rubbing off on anyone else. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 18:29:58 EST sunday up early did a workout at lucy out. and her pills in her...shortly headed for the horse helper will come to stay with Lucy right after i leave so i dont have to be worrying about her all day. <BR> Hopefully the weather holds..we had a horrid season last year with rain every single day of our club shows says the morning will be nice but rain moving in late in the will have to keep things moving along. <BR> then a much easier cake week this week so hopefu... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 06:00:07 EST Saturday 2 cakes picked up..have to go deliver a wedding cake, home get ready for the horse show, deliver another one, print out the show and get everything set. yeesh!! Busy Busy! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:00:52 EST Friday all cakes are FINISHED!! several were picked up today, 2 going out first thing in the morning, then i have to deliver the rest. <BR> chicken last night was wonderful..chicken isnt my favorite, so its nice to find a way i DO enjoy it!! <BR> workout done..i've made my 5% loss for my challenge group...happy!! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 17:10:18 EST Thursday Just put chicken in to brine...smoker will be fired up this afternoon!! I have 19 cakes for the weekend..headed over to flat frost and build the wedding cakes. Tired..stayed up way too late talking but hes worth it! <BR> i am not a chicken fan, but my son assures me that brining for 5 hours, then a rub with salt/pepper and garlic powder, using a mix of hickory and a little mesquite, is going to have me loving it. we shall see...i got a package of 4 leg/thigh quarters, so im gonna have to li... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:03:49 EST weds up really early did a workout and went to the bakery. got 7 cakes baked, an apple pie and a raspberry pie. REALLY busy week, plus the first horse show is sunday, which always is the worst...then i have a couple days this point, anyhow!! Wed, 31 May 2017 12:41:48 EST tuesday long day...had to go a size smaller jeans!! and all the baking stuff for the week and the horse show stuff too. then home, had to do a cake, then worked on another job. now have to take lucy for a walk! Tue, 30 May 2017 18:38:39 EST Memorial Day Please take a moment from your barbecues and festivities to remember the brave soldiers that gave all for our great country, and their families. And then, maybe..another thank you for all the service people that are serving now, and the veterans that have served. <BR> I know i give them all my family members that served through 3 wars. <BR> Thank you. Mon, 29 May 2017 12:15:07 EST sunday lawn is mowed, pool is almost full, grilled a steak for supper, 2 laundries done..great day!! Sun, 28 May 2017 20:29:12 EST Saurday all cakes done!!! all meetings pickup at noon and i have 2 days OFF!! Sat, 27 May 2017 11:34:36 EST friday long, rough day. wasnt feeling well this morning..had cakes to do. got all but one finished will have to get up mega early to get it done, at least it isnt too too difficult..just time consuming. did a half hearted workout..hard when your head is pounding. around 1 or 2 it was like someone waved a wand and it all i brought my girl in, worked on cutting out quilt pieces while she snoozed. about to go cook supper..smoked pork hash with bacon and a big spinach salad...yum!!! Fri, 26 May 2017 18:39:28 EST thursday ugh..yesterday i had horrid vision problems..blurring and double vision. scared me just a headache, so i'm pretty sure it was a migraine. havent had one in ages, thank goodness. <BR> too many cakes to be done to have this problem!! Thu, 25 May 2017 12:17:51 EST wednesday challenge up early to the cupcake and large cake order finished just in time for pickup. all but one other cake is baked for the a used a/c carried in but my helper is coming this evening to help me put it and Lucys in..then shes going to carry all the boxes that are trash down from the attic..i cant carry on the stairs with my knee. <BR> i could go to bed right now..but too much to do!! Wed, 24 May 2017 13:39:14 EST Tuesday agh dentist--my favorite thing..NOT!! <BR> then quick trip for bakery staples, and home to bake and clean. 2 more boxes in attic (i always say 2 then do 4 or 5) its coming along..i almost have one whole wall done!! I will really be able to see the progress when my helper comes to carry all the garbage down the stairs..i have boxes on boxes of stuff going to the trash. then i'll have some more room to work..i'm finding such treasures..a GORGEOUS painting done by my mom...some of my old trophie... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:55:45 EST Monday OMG that smoked pork was pure heaven...and i have plenty for the next bunch of days!! love love love my smoker birthday present!!! <BR> <BR> its rainy and chilly..have a cake to bake and attic to work on-workout is done. and then i may just take it easy for once!! Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:00 EST Sunday the attic is coming along. I mowed the entire mowable land yesterday..i usually do it in stages but looks like rain the next couple days and its growing like a jungle so i took the 3 and something hours and just did it...acreage is great..till you have to mow it with a mower that needs new blades!!! <BR> cakes are done..last one being picked up in half an hour...and then its back to the attic till smoker start time..i'm smoking a bone in pork loin today. yum!!! <BR> workout already ... Sun, 21 May 2017 09:49:57 EST Saturday First..Lucy. I grilled a strip steak last night. cut half of it up into tiny peices, and mixed it in with some kibble. Sat on the floor with her giant head in my lap and hand fed her bits. At first, she refused..then it got the best of her and she took a nibble..then another. then she left my lap and put her paws around the bowl and nibbled more. she ate most of the meat and a little of the kibble..this morning she is more longer disoriented and her tail is wagging again. big sigh... Sat, 20 May 2017 09:49:47 EST friday busy day. workout..baked cakes, shopped, up to attic got rid of 5 more boxes. back to bakery to flat frost everything. back home to bring Lucy in..she isnt feeling well the heat wreaks havoc with her and even though it cooled off today shes refused to eat for 4 days now, doesnt want walks, just laying there. I'm really worried about her and hope she can snap out of it soon. Fri, 19 May 2017 18:41:35 EST thursday sad of my favorite musicians is dead. Rest in Peace Chris Cornell. We lost a major talent with you... <BR> <BR> Its a sunny, hot day here..thank goodness tomorrow we go back down into the 50s. today i'm taking advantage, though, and giving my girl a bath..shes a smelly doggie right now. plus it will cool her down..she suffers in the heat probably more than me. I always can always put on a sweater to warm up, but theres just so much you can take off. I so hate heat.... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:05:39 EST tuesday ugh. hot here (not as hot as you, clue how you do it). have to finish a cake, but no baking thank goodness..bakery needs a new a/c but i cant afford it yet so it will have to wait and i'll have to suffer. <BR> My wonderful old stone house is still lovely cool, though, so hopefully Lucy and i will survive the 2 days of 80s till it goes back to a reasonable temp. oh how i hate the heat!! <BR> i'll get the pool connected today and start cleaning hopefully it will be ready to swi... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:18:43 EST Tuesday on the scale today..i'm officially 60 pounds down since the first of november!! WOO HOO!! <BR> Keto on people, keto on! Tue, 16 May 2017 09:43:37 EST Monday Cakes are in the oven, the sun is out. NOT looking forward to the heat coming our way for wednesday and thursday. Hope it passes quickly and brings back my cool air... <BR> lots on my list for today..better get to it! Mon, 15 May 2017 10:46:07 EST