NIGHTSKYSTAR's SparkPeople Blog NIGHTSKYSTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community saturday off delivering pies in the snow....then home to start christmas cookie baking!! tomorrow is fruitcakes and more cookies, and a couple orders at the bakery. no days off for me!! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:26:30 EST Friday ok all the pies are DONE. that was 40 piecrusts didnt seem bad till it got to be 1 pm and i wasnt done and hadnt taken a break since 7 am....but they are done now. after they are delivered tomorrow i can start Christmas baking!! only one cake for i'll get the fruitcakes done sunday, and 3 of the 20 kinds of cookies finished. maybe i can catch a break in January!! Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:38:51 EST thursday busy day...orthotics appt in 30 mins. carrel with ice cake to do today. 20 pie crusts to make and chill for tomorrows baking. cleaning, sewing, etc. dog pen is already cleaned out..finally can see the ground so went out and got it done. took half an hour but its poop free!!! <BR> Happy December!! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:05:49 EST wednesday oy i have so much to do and not enough time!! i'm still working on christmas presents. got my boy's birthday gifts finished and in the mail. cleaned some...prepped for the 20 pies i have ordered for a wedding for saturday. cake ready to be decorated tomorrow, hard candy "ice" made for that cake, too... <BR> played with lucy..and now i have to sew. forgot to eat all day lol so early supper for me!!! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:28:01 EST tuesday PT early this morning..then got the little bit of shopping i needed done, then home and worked on cleaning and Christmas gifts. went up to the attic for a bit...ugh. what a mess!!! back down, cake back to girtmaking.... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:47:16 EST monday got cakes and cupcakes baked, worked on the pantry..ran over to my neighbors to take pictures of her girls for their christmas card, got a REALLY weird thing form the post office saying i needed to pay $16 for some envelope that was already paid i refused it but took a pic of the label, and called the place listed..they had had 3 other calls from people, same thing, and have NO employee by that name, so very glad i refused it!!! <BR> now i'm sitting working on christmas presents!! Ho... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:33:14 EST Saturday CAKES are done <BR> time to spend with my boy who is leaving tomorrow <BR> the rest can wait!!! Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:43:18 EST Saturday CAKES are done <BR> time to spend with my boy who is leaving tomorrow <BR> the rest can wait!!! Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:43:17 EST friday so glad i dont buy into black friday....i wouldnt set foot in the stores friday morning for anything. I did most of my Christmas shopping online this morning. tomorrow is mostly relax day...i have one cake to do in the morning, otherwise nothing but relax and enjoy my kid and maybe so some Christmas decorating! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:18:04 EST Happy Thanksgiving!! to one and all!! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:42:57 EST weds cooking and prepping...shampooing the rug and last minute pickup. no internet time!! Happy day before thanksgiving to all in the USA! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:17:20 EST tuesday ok so..i think i ended up with about 20" at my house. its so gorgeous..i love driving in it and went out and got the thanksgiving groceries yesterday...but it was really bad. i took back roads to avoid the idiots..if you are scared of it..DONT DRIVE IN IT..and if you want to be a yahoo...stay home!! I've been driving in this stuff since i was 16---i'm careful go a reasonable speed...people who go 20 because they are afraid just make things worse..and the tailgaters who want to go 60 on icy ro... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:48:26 EST Monday snow snow snow!!! yay!! school closed...i'm in my element!! Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:51:18 EST Sunday well thats done!! sales were pretty good..relieved that i made a profit!! the remaining things not sold are heading to the food pantry to go in Thanksgiving boxes...some pumpkin loaves, a couple cranberry nut loaves, some cookies and fudge..and not much else. win win for everyone! <BR> and i drove home on really awful roads...and tomorrow is supposed to be worse or i would have stayed over. but i have to get ready for Thanksgiving so no choice there!! <BR> The snow is gorgeous...i'm so happy ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:31:09 EST Happy Friday!! ok so. Everything has been transported to the show. I just need to pack quick, get lucy set, and get there. and NO BAKING for me today!! YAY!!! Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:27:58 EST Thursday I actually did it. Everything got done with the exception of the butter pecan fudge and the peppermint and fall bark. But i have so much i doubt everything will sell anyhow, and what am i going to do with anything leftover ? <BR> cleanup starts. and the only casualty? sliced my thumb open this morning. i take aspirin so its hard to stop really needs stitches but no time...everything has to be packed for i butterflied it and covered it well and am wearing ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:58:04 EST weds just plain exhausted. just packaged the last 5 pounds of fudge. tomorrow is decorate a tiered cake, and bake and decorate 50 cupcakes...then its all getting picked up in the afternoon and i can collapse... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:14:41 EST tuesday up early. got my mammogram done for this year. then had a dental cleaning. did the grocery shopping. home, got Lucy lunch and set..and went to the bakery. cake for tomorrow..DONE. sugar cookies all decorated. just have to package them. just walked in..going for a lucy walk then doing 5 more pounds of fudge. dont know if the butter pecan will get done or not... <BR> I also have to seal all the packages later, (springerle, peanut brittle, and fudge need heat sealing) <BR> Tomorrow is bake anoth... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:32:38 EST Monday Up, got Lucy set, baked a cake order for wednesday. It needs drying time, so i will frost and decorate it tomorrow, then it can dry before weds am pickup. <BR> sugar cookie dough is i use only pure butter, it only takes half an hour for it to be ready to will be doing them shortly. As soon as they are done i'll bring Lucy in for lunch, then when she goes out i'll start with one 5 pound batch of fudge then a 1.5 pounder of butter pecan fudge. I have to package yesterdays... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:23:47 EST sunday whew...and i'm not done. hoped to have a little time off today but no luck. the little snowmen took me 5 hours to do. lucy needed walking. tomorrow is garbage day so i had to get all of them together from the bakery and home. just started the first of 3 batches of peanut brittle and still have 5 pounds of fudge to make..argh!! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:00:38 EST Saturday ok so..i got up. started the oven. baked the chilled shortbreads, in the meantime i made gingerbread cookies...they took a long time but they are done. had to run delvier a cake to the golf course...just home now. going to feed lucy, scrub up, and start on cake pop snowmen and peanut brittle. then i have to start packaging whats done so far... <BR> i have scads of chocolate covered oreos in the shapes of footballs, turkeys, and snowflakes. the dog bones are done and ready to be packaged and s... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 13:23:37 EST Friday Thank you to all veterans. I appreciate your service and dedication to our wonderful country!! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:20:17 EST thursday thanks to all that responded positively to my yesterdays blog. I only had to delete one post for someone being rude..and i so appreciate all the positive remarks, and am very glad my post made a few feel better. <BR> not much else going on..just madly baking and making candies for a sale i'm doing ...have to get as much as i can do done early. yesterday was dog bones...i still have to package them but they are finished. today i'm starting the poured candy and brittles..the Springerles are ma... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:54:14 EST wednesday well its over. not the outcome i had hoped for. i'm very very sad for our country...and very scared. My message phone rang at 3 dear friend in Hollands sister calling FROM Holland in said you would have to ask those that put him there... <BR> <BR> So this morning i did as i said. i waded through the gloating and the screaming and posted that we needed to respect peoples opinions and JUST BE NICE...and help our friends that will be effected so much by this. I... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:17:05 EST tuesday yes i voted. no i'm not watching rabidly to see who wins. I'll wake up in the morning..some will be complaining and whining..some will be gloating...i'm assuming there will be a huge mess if the one doesnt win and wont concede, if that one does win, that one will gloat and be rude. <BR> My wish, though, is that no matter who wins, we give them the respect that office deserves. You dont have to like them. or agree with them...but i sure hope they will get more respect than has been given our c... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:47:45 EST monday work day..winterizing everything, lucys fence grew a lot...shes so happy to have more space!! she came in for lunch ate fast and insisted on going right out again and shes laying in her new area like the queen she is, feet crossed head reagally up..loving it!! yay!! about to go take her for a walk... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:36:12 EST Sunday ugh i hate the time changes....they mess me all up!!! <BR> ran to the store for christmas lights..have people coming tomorrow to put them up at the bakery. <BR> cleaned..same reason as lights lol <BR> Lucy is walked. <BR> workout done. <BR> almost relax and knit time.... <BR> staying off facebook. this election cant be over soon enough for me. cant abide the hate and disrespect coming from the two "sides" glad to be registered independent so i dont have to claim either lol Sun, 6 Nov 2016 15:33:17 EST Saturday. well back down some today...still.4 over what i was thursday but hanging in. checked all my food diaries..nothing i shouldnt have had, ratios good, just have to sit it out and pray it starts going down again or i wont last on this!!! <BR> cleaning today. people coming to help get ready for winter on monday..and i dont want them walking into a mess..shouldnt be too bad..had it all done when the kids came so its just picking up and dusting!! Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:11:12 EST friday small gain today (.8) but i was preparing for it...i was told your body adjusts...and thats one should be gone tomorrow or the next. so no discouragment or bingeing like i would have before!! just information..keep going doing what i'm doing... <BR> <BR> happy friday! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:13:25 EST thursday and it comtinues..down another pound and some this morning...HOW can you lose weight eating bacon and butter? i dont know but its working...hope it continues. i'm not going wild buying keto friendly products till i've been at it for a bit...right now its only been 6 days. so i'll give it another week or two. i dont expect the big loss to continue, but 2 pounds a week would make me really happy!!! Thu, 3 Nov 2016 17:00:47 EST weds ok so i got on the scale this morning..and i'm down..a 4 days. absolutely gobsmacked..NEVER expected this kind of results ever. i keep hearing about the keto flu that hits 3-4 days in, and theres no sign of it..shhh. i think because maybe i was already doing low carb? <BR> i have a this till thanksgiving, then maybe take just 2 days off while family is here..then right back on till Christmas eve, take a couple or 3 off then right back on. i know it will throw me out of ketos... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:43:06 EST tuesday ok so much to my surprise this keto thing is EASY, and i have no cravings, and i have to tell myself to eat..i'm not even a little hungry...and my weight is going down...and WOW!! i hope it continues to work!!! Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:21:49 EST Happy Halloween!!! Hope everyone has a great day...stay out of the candy!! Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:58:02 EST sunday kind of a lazy day...but i really needed a lazy day!! garbages are all out by the end of the drive, lucy has had her walk, cats are all fed and watered, knit a bit..watched hallmark christmas close to suppertime but i'm not hungry so dont know if i will eat or not. <BR> tomorrow it all begins again. but this was a nice almost day off! Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:53:31 EST Saturday I do all the wedding cakes for a large resort an hour and a half away. today is my last delivery there for this year...weddings are winding down....and i love the business but the 3 hour round trip every weekend is long...especially when the weather gets bad. so i'll be glad when 2 pm hits and i'm home on my couch watching Hallmark Christmas movies with a hot cup of tea and my knitting!! Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:40:21 EST friday up shivered into the shower (i'm poor..cant afford the heat my house stays at 54 all winter and takes a couple weeks to acclimate to the chilly). <BR> Got Lucy set. took some new cake orders, went to the bakery. ALL my wedding cakes are DONE and waiting for delivery!! yay!! <BR> going to make a big mug of ginger tea and make some molasses cookies for lucy..then work on the closet. workout done...then i will be able to sit for a while and knit!! Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:43:38 EST thursday... got up got my wedding cakes built for the weekend..will decorate tomorrow. came home fed Lucy, she stayed in with me for a while..then i put her out, meaning to go work on the closet..but it was getting dark, so i decided to take her for a walk before the predicted rain hit. <BR> <BR> to my surprise and delight..she started doing her snow bounce..i said oh honey, it gonna rain sweetie..but she insisted..and sure enough...its coming down gangbusters!! so we went for a longer walk and played ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:23:53 EST weds baked all wedding cakes this morning. lucy in a long time..then up and worked on closet. half done!!! took lucy for a chilly walk..knit a bit, now grilling supper. then relax!! Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:29:47 EST tuesday today is tougher. yesterday was cravings. today i want to EAT. so far i'm resisting..and hopefully i can hold that!!think good thoughts... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:43:41 EST monday back on plan...was a fantastic week with the kids but i went off plan and did 5 pounds of back to it!!! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:43:52 EST Sunday own bed. but the house is too too quiet... <BR> i did realize that as much as i cleaned and purged before all the kids came home, there is SO much more to do... <BR> i'm taking today to decompress. rest. knit. toss something in the crockpot so i dont have to think about supper. tomorrow it begins. the big purge. i have one wedding cake left to do for this next weekend..then no weddings till december (at this point). <BR> I have one craft fair to do. the weekend before thanksgiving. i... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:38:59 EST what a wonderful week. tonite, not so much... Hi all. Now i can tell the secret i've known for a month..and been bursting with knowing. On Wednesday pm i drove to my moms and met Billy and Sarah there. they stayed in my little cottage, i took the extra bed in the big house. at 5 am they left to hike up mount Marcy, the highest mountain in NY. Remember, both of them were 70 pounds heavier last january..and i was a bit worried. I was an interior park ranger in the high peaks when i worked for the conservation dept, and i know the climb is ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:57:36 EST Monday oh, what a wonderful few days with my kids...Dougie got here at 3 am friday morning, and He picked Billy up in the afternoon. Billy got sick on the trip so went straight to bed...Sarah got here late from seeing her parents. Saturday we had a nice day..they went with me to Lake Placid to do wedding deliveries, and then we came back and i put in a pork roast...Katie, who wasnt supposed to come till after supper called, and she, her boyfriend, and his 2 kids came for supper too. good thing i got... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:44:36 EST friday well, one of my boys is here!!! i didnt get the house finished, but its good enough. i just finished the last wedding cake (middle son is off visiting friends) and youngest son is sick on the road and is at urgent care in Syracuse..but only 3 hours away...he will be here tonite or tomorrow. <BR> so my world is for a whole week..well almost..have to share with her parents... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:58:34 EST wednesday oh man. i'm just so tired lately!!! i got up, got Lucy set and went straight to bakery. did 20 vegan cupcakes for a school party..someone in the class is allergic to eggs and peanuts so i have to do it separate from everything else. those are finished..frosted decorated and waiting for pickup. then i baked a sheet cake for the same boy's party, thats almost finished..just lettering and borders and its done. Then baked a wedding cake i need to deliver in a couple days. Got all the bases made a... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:30:52 EST Tuesday brrr..i love the cold..haha but i left my bedroom window open last night. when i woke up there was frost on the walls around the window and i was a bit chilled. lol!!! tonite i will close it... <BR> got the shopping out of the way, all cookbooks and craft books are put away. orders set for bakery tomorrow. most correspondance caught up.workout done. pantry shelves cleaned. stairs vacuumed. <BR> tomorrow...bake wedding and birthday cakes. shampoo rugs downstairs. clean bathrooms. thursday wil... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:26:44 EST Monday i'm tired. the living room, including the "junk corner" is cleaned. the rug still needs shampooing, I found my sock yarn stash, everything is neat and organized. i'll do rugs thursday and friday, and dust..and that will be it!! <BR> I have to put away some cookbooks and craft books i cleared out of here, but that will take seconds. i'm doing pretty good on schedule!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:36:35 EST Sunday ok so..i got a LOT done today. the family room is purged and clean, except i have to shampoo the rug. the kitchen is done except the floor. lucy got her walk. i got my workouts in. i made chili for supper. i'm trying to get everything finished before 9...i detest politics, am not enamoured with either candidate, but i think it may be i'm going to watch at least for a little. so i am working on getting everything set so i can get lucy in and to bed. <BR> tomorrow is the livi... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 19:41:23 EST saturday one wedding cake 3 hour round trip delivered. now to go deliver 150 cupcakes and a tiered cake to the casino on the rez...THEN maybe i can take a breather!!! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:24:26 EST friday cakes and cupcakes finished. have 2 pickups tonite. did second chiropractor appt more next week. <BR> just need some time off.. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:51:46 EST