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Thursday, September 23, 2010


As my vacation winds down there are some fond memories to share, some of which I will do here now, and some later. This year, after just a few years from planting our little pear tree, we hoped that the fruit it bore us would finally be edible. But unfortunately, still not so.

This is probably the largest of the pears this year, and there were many. But even though they are really juicy there still is no sweetness to them at all. Rather like sticking a lemon in your mouth.

We hope that at some point, perhaps as the tree matures with time, there will be edible pears to enjoy! Still, the pretty white flowers this tree produces each spring is reason enough alone to be worth having this little tree in our front yard. Ah well, maybe next year!

I've baked many a cake in my time, but for some reason I never made cupcakes. Weird huh? I've never bought a muffin pan nor little paper cupcake "cups".

Until this vacation, that is. I saw a baking ad in a magazine or somewhere and for weeks before my vacation I kept craving what I saw. I promised myself that while I was at home with time on my hands and rested joints I was going to do this.

These are coconut flavoured cupcakes. Don't they look delicious? Are you drooling yet?? Hahaha I made them from scratch, and they are sooooo moist. They're so easy to make that I made them 3 times. Once for us, another time to take to my dentist's office while there on an appointment (I've been going there for so many years and wanted to give them a nice little gift, which by the way they loved), and the third time I made a little half-batch to share some with my best friend when we spent an afternoon together the other day.

They are a hit. Everyone likes them, and the BEST thing is that they taste just like my craving tasted like in my mind. How satisfying is that!

I used coconut extract to flavour both the cupcakes and the icing, and then dipped the iced cupcakes into coconut for texture and more flavouring. NOW are you drooling?

Before my vacation started I made myself a list of things to get done, like I do every year. This time, I did horribly. I was so tired I spent the entire first week just sleeping and resting. The second week (where did the friggin' second week go???) I had a doctor and a dentist appointment, and slept some more. This last week is full of get-togethers with friends (see you tomorrow Vickytoria!), and a couple of photo shoots which I will tell you about in another post soon.

The biggest project I need to get done is to repaint the walls in a stairwell. These past 3 weeks I've managed to get the walls prepped. No paint can has seen the light of day yet, but I'm not back to work until next week so we'll see.

See? As I type this I have laundry on the go and I'm yawning. I am going to go for a nap. What can I say? Working for a living makes me tired.....well okay, it's the "getting up with the alarm clock no matter HOW little sleep I got because of snoring hubby" thing that does it.

And right now he's at work so I'm going to go sleep in my bed. Alone. Mua haha!

Take good care of each other, and have a good weekend!

Love Jude


Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Cupcakes look and sound really good!

Time stands still for no one. Vacation time seems to fly by quicker than anytime I know. Too bad doctors appointments, the line at the DMV, etc. doesn't move as fast.

Keep enjoying what time you have left. I agree with you that working for a living makes one tired. I hope you got the sleep you wanted and that you enjoyed it!

5:58 PM, September 23, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Jer, I know you feel the same way about time off!

I managed to get that painting all done today too, so now for the remaining few days off I am going to R.E.S.T. Have a great weekend!

6:23 PM, September 23, 2010  
Blogger sydwynd said...

They DO look yummy! Send me some.

Not surprised you're so sleepy. You've been saving up all of your lost sleep for a year. That's got to be 6 or 7 days worth of extra sleep needed, easy.

6:15 AM, September 24, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

That does kinda suck when you think about it, but I'm grateful for the weeks off to catch up some. As for the cupcakes, I wonder if they'd make the trip intact? LOL

Have a great weekend Vincenzo!

7:33 AM, September 24, 2010  
Blogger Tracey said...

Those look YUMMERS!!!

I'm glad you are enjoying your vacay =)

Love ya!


11:50 AM, September 24, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

They were deelish! Back to work on Tuesday. 3 more days to relax. Love ya!

9:31 PM, September 24, 2010  
OpenID Xavierism said...

I love the picture of the pear. It's too bad they're not tasty...but they're so pretty.

Love your pics. I love how you go out and actually take pics. I always say that I'm gonna take more pics but never do.

Fall season...gotta love it. Have a great weekend, Jude. Love you!


12:20 AM, October 02, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

I love autumn too! :-)

Hopefully the pears will mature along with the tree in time Xavier, we look forward to that.

Love you back my friend! xoxox

8:41 AM, October 02, 2010  

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