NIGHTSKYSTAR's SparkPeople Blog NIGHTSKYSTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tuesday back at it. lists for every day are made. its the only way i can keep track of everything i need to do. <BR> i've not had one cheat on keto. i'm almost at a year on it, and 80 pounds gone, but a stall since June. i've had 2 planned times for 3 days last Christmas, and then my Disney trip...i planned..i was not way fact, both times i only gained a tiny amount, then lost that plus another 10 pounds each time within 2 weeks. <BR> but..the holidays are coming. i have sewing ord... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:26:03 EST Monday well..all arrived home safe..yay!! <BR> and now time for me to prepare for the holiday rush. I need to do a bulk order of ingredients and supplies, get the house whipped into shape, finish some presents i started making in the spring then had no time to work on. so, plenty to keep me busy so i dont miss them so much!! Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:12:51 EST sigh... 2 of my three kids have left. the other will shortly. once a year we all get together..and for this mama, it is never enough. I hear so many people say "i cant wait till my kids are out of the house. wish they would grow up." on and on. <BR> Not me. i hated when they left for school. hated when vacations were over. LOVED snow days and holidays and summers. never ever EVER did i wish them away, even on the worst days. <BR> and now that they are all grown and gone, with great jobs and doing we... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:43:50 EST for one brief wonderful moment.. we were all together. My 2 boys, my firstborn girl, and me. Wonderful, wonderful evening!! Wish it was more than once a year... <img src=""> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:23:18 EST Friday well..promised a pic of this year..heres me with my get one with my daughter too till tonite. but this is a start!! <img src=""> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:46:33 EST thursday for a day all will be right in my world. <BR> I have 3 kids. All grown, in good jobs, great, productive, kind humans. I did my was my most important job and i was good at it (you rarely hear me say that, but i fully believe i was put on this earth to have being a mom..loved raising them) <BR> However, with parental success comes the flying the coop, and they are spread out all over. Oldest daughter works on the border for customs and homeland security as an ag inspector. M... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:11:27 EST monday ugh..rainy nasty day. took full advantage of the gloom and went over and got the bakery all prepped for tomorrows start to the weeks cakes. went up and went through a couple boxes in the that its cooler my aim is to do 2 boxes a day. hopefully can get the place ship shape before too long! <BR> hoping my boy comes today..they have to split their short amount of time between a lot of people, so i only get them a little while... <BR> and thats all folks! <BR> oh!! no its not..finally... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 11:32:24 EST sunday oh man what a day yesterday...The kids from far away got here late friday..we had burgers and mushrooms and bacon. we got up pretty early saturday and went on deliveries..the leaves were much prettier this weekend..i truly thought we would get zero color this warming has messed up so much at this point nothing would surprise very happy to see some color, albeit not the usual gorgeous brights we normally have. We got home around 2, then went on getting ready for another wed... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 10:08:53 EST friday what a day. up early..grabbed a quick shower then got to work. 3 laundries. Ran to ovens going, mixed up batter for cupcakes..went to put the liners in..UH OH...umm..forgot i used the last of them last week. flying trip to aldi and walmart..home..back to it. didnt finish the last decoration till almost 3 pm. home. brought lucy in for lunch. back to bakery for 4 pm pickup..only they didnt come. i waited and waited..tried the number, left a 4:30 gave up came home..start... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 18:14:43 EST long day anyone who watches cooking shows like cake boss or ace of cakes thinks ohh that looks easy!! I think I'll try!! <BR> Well let me tell you..I've been doing cakes since 1980. Opened my bakery officially in 2006. and I'm TIRED. I havent had a full day off since May. Some weeks were harder than others..and I had more than a few up-all-night's this summer meeting deadlines. <BR> As someone said to me the other night..its not like you can say..i need a day off and i have personal time...or ok we c... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:53:55 EST thank you!! to everyone for the lovely comments on my post yesterday. Its always fun to see my recipes in print..but this one was especially cool because they ASKED me to make up a new one. The others i've had in were just ones i fooled around with and submitted...and they liked them and printed them. <BR> Just finished baking 27 batches of cake..have 3 weddings this weekend..big ones. also did 3 dozen cake balls, and got a package for my guy out in the mail..i so love baking but cant even sample any mo... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:51:03 EST Had to share... <img src=""> In the spring one of the Taste of Home editors contacted me about coming up with a cinnamon recipe. I worked hard, got taste testers(no ive never tried it..someday when I hit goal!!) and finally got it right. They were as pleased as me..won't hit newsstands for a week or so but I got my advance copy.. Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:01:44 EST sunday a week since i posted a blog. My life continues to be one big busy blur...3 more weeks and it all comes to a screaming halt and i will be SO GLAD!! <BR> I love the business, but i so need a break. i have..get this..27 cakes to do this week. yeah. 27. Some of them will be combined into tiered cakes. several hundred are cupcakes (people wonder why cupcakes cost more..every one has to be touched 3 or 4 times..individually frosted, individually baked, then each one decorated sometimes with more t... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:07:29 EST sunday just sold 4 shirts...i put all my too big jeans, slacks and shirts on the local garage sale site on facebook...big step for me...means i am no longer willing to grow into them again. so 4 just walked out the door!!!! woohoo..and enough money to buy one in my new size!! Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:55:28 EST Saturday cake deliveries then MAYBE a couple hours off!! HOPING for tomorrow off..but i never know..hasnt happened yet but a girl can wish, right? Have a fantastic weekend!! Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:07:26 EST Friday...and a free hand cake Just finished this one. took me all morning. The bride and her fiancee raise Labs and wanted these on the cake. I did the design freehand and am really pleased with the results!! also just finished 100 cupcakes. lots of deliveries to do tomorrow!! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:11:47 EST thursday Busy week!! spent all day mon and tues making cookie dough and cakes..yesterday baking more cakes..this morning building wedding cakes..tomorrow will be decorating and also making and decorating a couple hundred wedding cupcakes..then deliveries all day saturday. THEN...maybe,,JUST maybe?? i'll have sunday off? not holding my breath..but it will be my first full day off since may IF i get it!! think happy thoughts!! Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:27:10 EST sunday so freakin hot here.. I HATE HEAT!!! its the end of September should be crisp and cold!! ARGH!! That said i just shocked the pool and am going to go jump in after lunch. <BR> Cakes for tues and weds baked. got an order for keto cupcakes, too..they just came out of the oven!! * gallons of cookie dough done and chilling for pickup..just 60 more gallons to go...i think. may be more but the 60 left is the minimum..and this will be the last batches til spring. 3 weddings this coming weekend..and ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:55:00 EST saturday Long day ahead. # hour round trip to deliver 2 wedding cakes. paying someone to deliver 3rd. Have to get another corner done in my bedroom, then just one dresser and the room is done and i can move on to the next!! <BR> would like to get in a swim if i can...and i have to gather garbages. my stack of cake orders is getting week is the last "impossible how am i going to get it all done and delivered" week..then MAYBE i can have a day off (havent had a full day off since may). <B... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:30:29 EST Friday and a lace cake Just finally finished all the cakes for this weekend. 2 going to Lake Placid. one for here in town. The town one was a real challenge...i had to make sugar lace, something i havent done before. it took forever..but i think it came out good! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:59:31 EST WEDS all cakes are baked (3 weddintgs this weekend). i did my workout. dinner is more food for me today. oh, yeah...and i got into Onederland today officially!! I've been in on the downstairs scale..but the upstairs one weighs me what my doctors weighs me..sometimes 2 pounds thats my official one! 34 to go to my ultimate goal!!! Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:56:59 EST Monday FINALLY back to my low weight...thanks to my keto coach who showed me how to shake things up to get them moving again!! <BR> todays list..making edible lace for a cake for saturday. grocery shopping for ingredients for this weeks cakes and cookie dough orders. more cleaning in my bedroom. one or two workouts If i do beachbody its all in one..but i'm sore after callanetics yesterday so may do a leslie sansone walking vid and add an arm workout). clean a bit in the kitchen. and take lucy on a l... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:20:08 EST sunday I have so much to do today. Cake pickup at 11. Making lace for a cake for next weekend, Figuring a shopping list for cookie dough ingredients. finish second closet in bedroom. do callanetics and weights. Get Lucy out for a long walk. <BR> Not enough hours in the i'm off!!! <BR> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:38:43 EST saturday cakes to go out tomorrow morning. shopping for cookie dough ingredients part way done. some done in second closet heading up to work on that now. Lucy walked. long day... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 16:49:42 EST friday all cakes DONE. my mennonite neighbor called..the van that takes her daughter to the mennonite school cant do it this afternoon so she asked if i would pick Bethany up. so i switched my pickups around to morning and i'll go get her. I did ask if the man of the house would come put a heavy cake in the car for me tomorrow morning..with my knee i cant get it down the stairs and my girl that helps is gone to college. so thats one thing worked out!! <BR> <BR> some days you just know you are doing... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:59:37 EST Thursday what a day...been at the bakery since early. One wedding cake for tomorrow almost done..just lettering to still do on it. the other is built and flat frosted. one birthday cake is flat frosted, the other not carved or anything done but baked. argh!! i came home for lunch and a break. <BR> Lugged the vacuum upstairs and vacuumed out the closet floor i've been working on. just have to box and put things back neatly and do the top shelf and its finished. i have piles of clothes to sell or if the... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 13:52:08 EST Tuesday I went for my annual bloodwork this morning. Full 7:30 am. At 9 my phone rang..and it was my doc. I thought uh-oh...this cant be good. They dont ever run them that fast let alone get them back to the doc... <BR> She said well first of all your cholesterol is up. 10 points..i said was 132 last year. I know she its 142...still well within optimal limits. Your HDL is high and LDL is low. Triglycerides perfect. Glocose 78...A1C 4.8. and a daily AVERAGE blood glucose of... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:18:33 EST Monday My coach switched things around today. I'm not getting the results we were looking, for the next 4 days only i need all my carbs and protein by 2 pm then i go to broth, heavy cream, tea, and butter, all i want, till the next morning. Once the stall is broken I go back to "normal" eating...and we go from there. <BR> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 15:35:13 EST sunday i dont know when the last time i slept so late was. I was in bed by 9:15. i woke up briefly around 3...then the next thing i know its 9:45 AM. POOR LUCY!! but when i raced downstairs there she was flat out on her side asleep in her crate..i said LUCE!!! one eye opens and blinks like..MOM..leave me alone i'm sleepin!! so...all is welll. <BR> I packaged and froze some chicken thighs, ran to the store to pick up an order...3/4 of it was wrong so a wasted trip. oh well..i needed spinach anyhow. n... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 13:46:10 EST saturday the best laid plans. <BR> so much for my being done yesterday. got a call at 9:30 pm. just out of the shower in my PJs and getting lucy and me ready for bed. My vendor was out of cookie dough at the big fair...and needed it for 7 am today. sooo..i stayed up all night making gallons and gallons of it..ran out of ingredients (because i had asked thursday if any more would be needed..answer was no.) so had to run to walmart at 4 am for more butter. finally got everything done and just got the b... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 16:41:44 EST friday another long day. i couldnt get to sleep last night...finally got up early early and went to the bakery to get started. 3 pm finally finished the last of it till tomorrow. bakery is cleaned, everything is boxed and ready for delivery. took lucy for a walk..and i should be cleaning and just cant. sigh. too tired. early to bed tonite.... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:05:11 EST thurs oh man. spent ALL day in the bakery. built 2 big wedding cakes..5 tiers each. one is finished and ready for delivery tomorrow. the other needs the birch lines painted on and will be delivered saturday. then i did a large border patrol logo cake. just seemed like it all took forever. <BR> Tomorrow i have to finish the birch, bake 140 cupcakes and decorate them all for saturday delivery. 4 different kinds, all with different kinds of frosting. gonna be another long one. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:15:22 EST weds annnd another pound bites the dust..another one bites the dust..and another ones down and another ones down... <BR> <BR> yup..thats 7 this week...hiring the keto coach was some of the best money i ever spent.. <BR> <BR> cakes and cookies baked. about to feed lucy..hope the pool is warm enough to jump in after!! Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:24 EST tuesday well, i didnt win cash for i rarely buy lottery tickets but decided to the other day. i did win my money back, though, so its all good!! <BR> Bride finally contacted me last night, as well as the resort i do wedding cakes for, so i'm about to leave to do the shopping for them. gonna be a busy week... <BR> this keto stuff has always fascinated it works, why it works. I've been stalled for so long i figured maybe it doesnt after a while, but i snuck on the scale again this m... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:46:12 EST monday had to do a bunch more cookie dough today. good thing..hope it keeps up!!! <BR> on the down side...i have a wedding cake..with a deposit..for saturday. but no number of guests, i dont know the flavor, nothing. i have left message after message..both phone, email, and facebook. nothing. argh!! i dont want someone to be without a wedding cake, but if they wont talk to me how do i do it? <BR> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:51:01 EST sunday ok so the naked cake wasnt as bad as i thought..once i got the fruit on it and the confectioners sugar sprinkled on it was kinda pretty. they loved it, which is what its all about, anyhow. <BR> I've been working with a keto coach i hired on monday. He had me log everything into myfitnesspal every day, then evaluated. man was i off..dont just go by your macros!!! i was eating way too much protein, way too little fat, and way too few calories. i thought he was nuts. <BR> <BR> so i figured we... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:03:05 EST fri strange wedding cake this weekend. "naked" cakes are all the rage. i dont get it. without buttercream, cake is just..well..blech. Cake is just a vessel for buttercream. Besides...its..BARE!!! hoping i like it better once its set up... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:02:39 EST thurs cakes baked...all cake orders for today and tomorrow finished decorating, pickups for today done,. Made neighbor that helped me a blueberry buckle cake and got that to him. Grabbing some lunch then getting lucy in..then we will go for a walk. loving this cooler weather!! come on fall!! Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:09:29 EST weds busy busy,. cake orders, cookie dough, fall least the horse shows are done!! Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:07:26 EST 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