I started this draft about a month ago or so and yes I know I have not been very proud of myself in keeping this blog updated as often as I wanted to. I had to keep changing the content as the week passed by because so many things are happening. In fact, I was writing part of this post on my "vacation" somewhere in Prairieville, Louisiana where thunderstorm and wind warning are so common. Yup, that's right! I went away from the beautiful California to Houston for a few days to visit my sister, then off to Louisiana, for a good reason. In a way, San Jose reminds me about the long hours at work and thinking about that is exhausting sometimes. So, it feels really good to be away from that at least.
I must say that I am now having so much more appreciation towards California weather and nature. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the trip (heck, I came back home with a temporary tattoo of tigger with a soccer ball on my thigh), in fact, it was nice that I could feel real Summer earlier, and also humid at the same time. It really reminds me of the time I spent during my college days in Texas. But really nothing beats California road scenery especially these days where green hills/mountains, happy cows, field of flowers, cherry blossoms, the gentle cool breeze, these little things seem to make my days a little brighter. It was one of those little pleasures in life that I appreciate so much.
The weather here is very nice now that I am back, Spring is definitely here, my favorite time of the year. I love it that cherry blossoms are blossoming everywhere. First, it was the pink plum blossoms, then the white ones, now the other pink cherry blossoms, it is so exciting that there's always something to admire and seeing the bright green leaf on the trees just somehow makes me happier. A little part of me is hoping that Summer wouldn't come so fast, just so that I can have this feeling of anticipation that Winter would not come anytime soon.
With everything that's happening at the moment, I could hardly have any time for myself and my kitchen, as you can probably tell that I don't post new stuff as frequently lately (not to say that I did anyway previously). It is killing me that while I got really excited seeing a whole bunch of meyer lemons in the backyard that's slowly falling off the tree and got rotten, seeing the first strawberries of the season, blood oranges, mangoes, and rhubarb among other things, I could hardly find time to do anything with it.
It sounded impossible at first with my schedule but thanks to my dearest friends, brother, and sister in law who were willing to help in any way to make it possible, you guys are the best! The inside is red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, covered in white candy melts and purple polkadots. I was dying to make a sheep or a cow or anything farm animals for these cakepops, but they take so much time to do, so maybe next time. Anyone having a baby anytime soon?
I am working REALLY hard to squeeze in a little time here and there for baking, even when that means that I have to sacrifice my sleep time, but it's worth it! In fact, I made some cake last week, which took me no less than two weeks to finish, but anything is better than nothing. Will post that one up soon. Have a blessed week!