I’ve got that thing they call writer’s block. I’m sure you’ve noticed since it’s been months since my last post. Or maybe I’ve just been trying to thaw out from this insanely long winter. It’s now spring, officially for about a week now. Thank goodness. The sunshine, chirping birds and green grass is so welcome in my book… so welcome!
Stay tuned, I’m hoping to finally write several posts that I’ve been prepared for but haven’t written. What I mean is hopefully I’ll get to posting all the images I’ve taken over the last several months. Don’t hold your breath though… I might get distracted! Until then, enjoy the warming weather.
Have you seen the show? I’m quite the fan of cakes and all that comes with them, but I don’t think I could every accomplish some of the crazy cakes they make on the show. So for now… I settled for meeting two of the stars of the show!!! Duff and Mary Alice were at the Food and Wine Expo in Des Moines this past weekend and I was able to meet them and score their autographs.
Duff, Mary Alice and I
Melissa with Duff and Mary Alice
It has become a family tradition to tailgate at the home Iowa State football games. It’s something I look forward to weekly, but every week it reminds me I’m not as young as I’d like to be, AKA I feel old amongst all the young students. Some days I’m glad I’ve grown up and some days it just makes me wish I was back in school. Here are some photos I captured tailgating, more to come soon!
And of course with tailgating there comes game time. Now we may not have the best team, but I love the game atmosphere. I love the fun Cyclone aerobics we do and I enjoy the band.
A collage of the professional photos by joecrimmings.com
My big brother was married to an amazing woman on August 22 in Sioux City. It was a great day and a night to remember! I had the honor of standing up for my brother as a ‘grooms woman’ or whatever you would like to call it. It was the perfect opportunity to get all dolled up and have a great time. I wish them all the best in the future!!
I visited the Iowa State Fair for the first time… or so I consider it! I had visited once when I was younger, but then I visited to see my 4-H projects and to work and exhibit- not to enjoy all it had to offer. There was a great array of foods, some I had never even heard of or wanted to hear of! I decided it would be a fun adventure to be a fair food critic, but my figure wouldn’t like that career! But really, how fun would it be to get paid to try all the crazy fair foods! During my vist to the fair, I of course took many photos to share with you- so many I just collaged them all!
My little Zoey decided to be a model for me the other night… here are some of the pics!
I made some cupcakes for a bakesale the other day too… they served as very steady models! :)
My co-workers and I visited RAGBRAI in Indianola the other day. We were able to spread the “We Love Smoke-free Iowa” message, as well as take in the event. Megan and Bobbie Jo became a part of history by putting their handprint in cement for the Guiness Book of World Records attempt at the most handprints in cement. Indianola was able to grab this title after 2,581 handprints were put in cement.
RAGBRAI is quite the event. If you have never seen the event, look for the event next year and visit a town along the route. I hope to train and participate in the event sometime in my life!
I made a batch of my favorite ice cream dessert last night that was brought to my attention years ago by my grandmother. I enjoyed a serving of it just as soon as it was set and it was as delicious as I remembered it to be. I decided to take it to work with me today and it got rave reviews… even one calling it “Delish”… so now I have renamed the dish! I think Delish describes it perfectly! Grandma definitely knows how to make some great food! You can find the recipe for the dessert here. Enjoy!!