I had the pleasure of meeting Lucinda Scala Quinn, author and host of "Mad Hungry." She came to the area to promote the release of her cookbook, "Mad Hungry." We had 'tweeted' with each other prior to meeting, so in many ways it was like meeting an old friend.
Lucinda signed my copy of Mad Hungry, addressed to my Twitter name.
My favorite Aunt celebrated her 75th birthday. I was honored when asked to create her celebration cake.
There is nothing better than having dinner with friends during the middle of winter. After meeting Jackie Purcell at the first Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs, we decided to meet for dinner in February. It was the first time we met Dave Purcell and our family instantly grew. Jackie and Dave have since became two of our dearest friends.
Sometimes the best moments are those that mean nothing to others. Capturing our youngest cat, Sirius in a quiet moment with "Daddy Dave" is always priceless.
Our friends Matt and Marcie tied the knot this year. These two are made for each other in every way.
My cake business seemed to turn into the cookie business this year. Several orders for "cookie pops" came in. They really are easy to make and a great alternative to cakes and/or boxed cookies.
We are always happy to be in Sharon Springs with our friends Brent and Josh. We attended the world premiere of their new show, "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" on Planet Green. The village turned out with great support.
Josh and Brent spoke to those in attendance during the premiere. The auditorium was PACKED.
Getting sniffs, hugs, and nudges from Polka Spot is always wonderful. She loves the camera!
For my birthday, we spent ten days at the Beekman. Now mind you, a 'vacation' at the Beekman is a working vacation. Here, I'm cutting the grass right before I planted 20,000 sunflowers. Helping out at the farm isn't like work.. It's more like contributing.
Bubby, the head barn cat at the Beekman is one of the most delightful animals on the farm. We bonded.
In conjunction with the world premiere of the "Fabulous Beekman Boys" Josh Kilmer-Purcell released his new book, "The Bucolic Plague." Josh signed copies of the book for friends and fans on the porch of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile.
During our spring visit, I had the opportunity to help out at the Mercantile. (after cutting the grass, planting sunflowers, helping in the garden..)
In my own gardens this year, the hydrangeas were just gorgeous and never ending.
There's no better way to beat the heat than to be in Port Washington, Wisconsin. It's a beautiful place.
During our visit to Port Washington, we shopped at the Saturday morning Farmer's Market. Many great finds!
We visited with our friends Jackie and Dave. They have welcomed us into their lives like family, and mean the world to us. This picture of Jackie represents what we do a lot when we are together... laugh.
I think we drove Dave crazy sometimes. Such a good man.
August always means the "Woodward Dream Cruise" in our area. We attended this classic car show and jotted our thanks to Jerry Hodak, who was retiring from our local ABC affiliate, WXYZ-TV Channel 7. Jerry did the weather in our market for 40 years!
After months of 'tweeting' with each other as part of the #EarlyRisers, WXYZ morning anchor Alicia Smith and I finally met face to face. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met.
After meeting at the Dream Cruise, David and I were invited to drop by the station for a visit. We brought a cake and gave the morning team #EarlyRisers t-shirts. It was a dream come true for me to sit behind the anchor desk.
We were back in Sharon Springs for the second annual Harvest Festival. Here, David and I are spending a few minutes with Farmer John and Jason in the barn.
David and I produced a series of Beekman t-shirts and sold them during the Harvest Festival. They were a hit!
Josh and Brent have a mass appeal to people of all ages. During the Harvest Festival, the sidewalks were filled with people wanting a moment with the fabulous pair. And to think I knew them when...
More WXYZ moments when we attended the first #EarlyRisers/#backchannel Tweetup. Here we are with morning anchor Vic Faust. Vic gets my vote for the best hair in local news.
Throughout the year, we met so many great people, it would take the entire blog to mention them all. It's been a fantastic year. Sending best wishes and warm thoughts for an inspiring and wonderful New Year!