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This is my homework almost everyday…in a very simplified sum up: baking, taking pictures, eating, and writing. Fortunately the state of my mind is not empty like a consumed cupcake wrapper but full of stories and giddy with excitement. I was having a conversation with Elizabeth the yoga instructor where I teach Pilates and she reminded me that I also needed to breathe. I can’t "breathe" and relax in chaos and right now my picture files and documents are in shambles or at least overflowing in all directions….so much so that I forget what I have prepared to post on this blog. It made me happy to found them tonight for next week though!!

So I am going to take the next couple of days to organize my head, my files and figure out a way to prevent Bailey from nipping at my apron while I bake…or pull on the tablecloth while I take a picture!

Thank you to all of you who left a response to my question the other day. It might have sounded like this problem was happening a lot, rest assured that it was only on a couple of recipes that I was re-working from great great great grandma Rose who never owned a 9 inch square pan… While the more seasoned bakers said "I’ll pour what’s left in a cupcake tin or small dish and use it as my taste tester", the more novice ones brought a good point to my attention, "I would wonder if I have done something wrong". I had not really thought of it that way so I could kiss you for the feedback right now! And yes…recipe has been adjusted and if I can’t ever make one fit in the proper pan, I will write a small note.

These flowers are my virtual thank you. You guys are the best!

Flowers-Copyright©Tartelette 2008

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Rosa's Yummy Yums August 7, 2008 um 5:53 am

Take your time!

All the best and cheers,


Manggy August 7, 2008 um 6:34 am

Hey Helen, glad to hear you’re very enthusiastic! I just finished baking something this morning… After that it’s a lazy afternoon 🙂 I sure know how to breathe! Ha ha ha.
I think the culprit when it comes to excess batter is the discrepancy when it comes to egg sizes, egg quality, the degree to which people whip them, and the temperature at which they do. When volume measurements come into play there’s always going to be confusion! 😛

Deeba PAB August 7, 2008 um 6:35 am

Love the way the thoughts tumble out of your head! And the carnations are stunning…

Anonymous August 7, 2008 um 6:51 am

Nice blog!I like your blog.Pics. looks fine.
Thanks for sharing such kind of blog.

Mary August 7, 2008 um 7:13 am

Taking time to breathe is important. Come back to us when you’re ready!

Antonio Tahhan August 7, 2008 um 7:59 am

I think I caught this post at the perfect moment… 4am and waiting for a sabayon ice cream to finish churning in the ice cream maker :-
Good luck with all your work and getting things organized. I can’t wait to see the end result – I’m so stoked 🙂

Botacook August 7, 2008 um 8:03 am

Repose toi bien, le temps que tout ça mature et se tasse 🙂 Prends soin de toi!

Nina Timm August 7, 2008 um 9:55 am

Breathing is essential and not even multitasking moms can do that WITH something else… actually have to let go of the something else,,,,take break and then….breath!!!Aaaahhhhh!!!!

Anonymous August 7, 2008 um 10:55 am

I have to remind myself to breath all the time. Just FYI, I am a super duper organizer and I live a stones through from you. Give me a ring if you need a secretary for a day, while you breathe.

Clumbsy Cookie August 7, 2008 um 12:24 pm

Have a nice "breathing" days, take your time and enjoy it!

Susan from Food Blogga August 7, 2008 um 1:43 pm

Ooh, thank you, Helen. I haven’t received flowers in a while. 🙂

LizNoVeggieGirl August 7, 2008 um 1:47 pm

Sounds like fun homework to me!! Beats university homework ;0)

Best of luck, Helen!! You know I’m confident that you’ll get everything done – you’re amazing!!

Camille August 7, 2008 um 2:25 pm

Life gets crazy…taking your time to breathe is the best thing we can do for ourselves.

I like the pictures of the flowers.

Patricia Scarpin August 7, 2008 um 2:37 pm

No, you are the best for trusting us with such important matters, dear!

Anonymous August 7, 2008 um 2:41 pm

Take your time my friend. As you can see , I am the queen of break-taking. I have not even worked on the recipes for my new offerings for the fall yikes! I’ve been addicted to scary movies lately and that was how I was unwinding from all this baking…:).

cindy* August 7, 2008 um 2:50 pm

helen, i can’t even imagine what your files look like, as mine are a disaster and i don’t even have a task to finish!

the flowers are gorgeous! thank you for your continued posting as well, it is always so fun to come by your blog and find something new and pretty.

Anonymous August 7, 2008 um 3:15 pm

Helen i have to say that you put a smile on my face regulary. How did i miss that youy thought pilates!

Vera August 7, 2008 um 3:21 pm

Helen, it does seem like you need a break! Try to find a little time for yourself and sleep (maybe? :). Please, take care!

Cannelle Et Vanille August 7, 2008 um 4:43 pm

well deserved break helen! i always have to remind myself to breathe as well… it’s hard to slow down sometimes, but necessary.

montague August 7, 2008 um 5:19 pm

enjoy your break!

Anonymous August 7, 2008 um 6:01 pm

Have a good head break and yes BREATH!

Lori August 7, 2008 um 6:44 pm

Breath just breath. la la la hmmmmm. mantra mantra mantra. That is what I use to tell my clients who were anxious. Breath. Oh and me i need to tell myself that as well.
Tell Bailey to go do downward facing dog!

Alexa August 7, 2008 um 10:59 pm

Taking some time out is so important. Your endeavor shows how much effort you put into things… Enjoy this time for yourself. I just came back from camping for two days with my kids and friends of ours on a beach, no phone, no internet… Just friendship, good food, peace and beauty all around. I wish you the same!

LyB August 8, 2008 um 2:11 am

I LOVE that first pic! It just totally conveys the mood you must be in right now! I can’t wait to see what you surprise us with, both in the book and in your next post. 🙂

Anonymous August 8, 2008 um 11:39 am

Oh yes, dear… you must remember to breathe. Still take time out for you.. for walks, for friends, for everything that makes you happy 🙂
Those flowers are amazing.

Mike of Mike's Table August 8, 2008 um 2:34 pm

This sounds like my kind of homework–school would have been more fun if this was what it was all about! 😉 I hope all is well by you and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us

Bonbon Oiseau August 9, 2008 um 4:31 am

ok–take your time—but now that i;m back expect a (maple-y) package at your doorstep very soon!

lorraine@italianfoodies August 9, 2008 um 3:58 pm

Good luck with the clean up, need to do some myself:) Love the blog, the pics are fabulous:))

K Allrich August 10, 2008 um 3:38 pm

Delurking to say hello from New Mexico- and to tell you how much I admire your gorgeous photography.

I love the empty cupcake wrapper shot!

Flo Bretzel August 10, 2008 um 7:13 pm

Have a break and relax!

Barbara August 12, 2008 um 11:00 pm

I can imagine you would need to do twice as much excercise while writing and testing recipes. I know I would.

Anonymous August 13, 2008 um 6:38 pm

This is why I need to go back to Yoga. Life, summer are all so frantic. I don’t breathe at all.

Anonymous August 17, 2008 um 3:57 am

As busy as you are right now, it still must be very exciting time right now. Sounds like you are consumed with things that make you happpy: bake, taste, photograph and to share it all through your beautiful writing. I wouldn’t mind your type of home work at all! I’m very, very excited about your book.

AND you teach pilates? wow, i’m truly impressed. I wish I could enjoy pilates more, but my bad back prevents me from partaking in this wonderful exercise. Maybe I’m doing it wrong!

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