Saturday, April 23, 2016

There's Adventures Being Planned

 My one week spring vacation is here and there are plans afoot. 
At least for a few days. The rest of my down time I plan on gardening, making art, reading good books, finishing that art space cleaning, walking, napping, OR maybe doing none of those things. 
I don't want a lot of commitments because then I'll spend my whole week checking the clock and running around. But I don't want to be bored either.
Well, maybe worrying about being bored is rather stupid since I could easily spend all week in my play space making art and the week would fly right by.
But I digress.
So the top journal page is from last summer. I took a 4  (half) day intro to pastry making class over in Vermont. This is a journal page I had put together from that adventure for my little scrap-journal of July 2015.
And I had so much fun at intro to pastry making, I decided that if the second level class was ever offered when I was available I was going to take it. They only offer that class once or twice a year.
And so when I saw it was offered during the week of my spring vacation, I signed right up.Look at just a few of the high calorie deliciousness we made last year in class.

 I am drooling right now. Excuse me while I wipe my chin.
Anyhow the good part is they taste delicious. The also good part is that I bring it all home with me. The bad part is that I bring everything I make home with me.
So Monday-Thursday next week I will be baking and learning from noon until 5 each day. I don't even have to clean up after myself, except for wiping down and organizing my table space. :)
I am very excited. In this class we'll be practicing chocolate work, and making more complex cakes and who knows what other goodies or techniques I'll be exploring.
I am going to stay some of the nights (the class is about 2 hours from home) so I can drive a bit less. And one night my daughter is coming to stay after work and one night my hubby is coming after work which means I can have a little evening fun with them too.
I'll have my computer with me so I will even post some photos for you.
I wish I could share calories over the internet so they don't all end up back at my house. :)

And also, I am in my summer trip planning. How exciting is that? I didn't expect to be heading off anywhere this summer since my husband's dialysis means he's pretty much tied to being within reach of a center. But then a friend asked me to tag along with her and her sister on an exciting adventure. This place has been on my to go to list for quite some time now.

I've started gathering some books to do my background research. Having a little knowledge of where I am going is how I like to travel. But that doesn't mean I really know much about the place. There's always what you actually see and observe and the feel of the place and the weather and the smell of the wind and the language you hear and all those kinds of things that come as surprises once you arrive at your destination. 
And this past week we planned our general route and booked hotels and airfares and it is really going to happen. So in late July I am really going on a BIG adventure. My own Nordic background isn't probably going to totally prepare me for this because I'm not going to Scandinavia proper. But I will be out on the island near Greenland, the one that isn't really covered in ice.
You can probably guess.
More coming some other day.
Happy weekend!


Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, your holiday plans sound fabulous, Vikings and pastry making, yummy. Yes, you can send some of the calories m way, please. Have a BIG fun week, and enjoy yourself. Hugs, Valerie

laurie said...

you have been busy and will be even busier!!
The pastry class sounds so interesting!!!
The trip you're planning will be amazing!!
I have read two of those books, I have a keen interest of the vikings,,I have a friend form Iceland and find the beauty she shows me in photos and words intoxicating!

Divers and Sundry said...

Those sweets look wonderful! I don't have the equipment or know-how to make such treats, but what fun it would be :)

Sounds like a great vacation!

Jeanie said...

Wow! These are both so exciting, Erika! What island are you visiting? I'm trying to place my brain in Geography land. Is it near Newfoundland or Labrador? I'm probably on the other side of the world!

I'm more than a tad envious on the baking class. Last January I did a teacake class at Zingermann's bakehouse in Ann Arbor. Not nearly so long and intensive as your class, though they have them. Mine was a four-hour thing or so and we came back with three amazing cakes. Yes, bringing it home IS both the good thing and bad thing. I want to dive into the screen and eat every one of those photos! Sounds just wonderful!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in AWE of both trips, first the one that takes you to Vermont and the new pastry making classes, and second, the one out of the country. I'll be following along on your adventures next week, then cheer you on as you eat some of those non-caloric items you'll be baking. I am sure this will be a fun time, and I know you will share photos as you bake away. You make it all sound SO exciting, and that gets me excited, too! Have a great next week and this weekend, too.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wow.. excitement ..... fantastic adventures on the plan!
I am looking forward to all the photos of the baking class..and that no single calorie will get on my hips....
I will enjoy it!Iceland must be fantastic .. I friend of mine was there 17 years ago and was just fascinated of the impressions there.

Enjoy your free week Erika! A fabulous Journal page -with a super layout according to the baking course!!

I gave you an answer to your question about my last tendril page:
""It just happens , it's a very busy colorful background - you draw something on it and then you calm down the area around the object with white or black color to bring it out.""

oxo Susi