Hello Again!


A cake to celebrate Mother's Day and my niece's 2nd Birthday. (And no, I didn't make this! It came from a bakery.)

From the patio furniture and Coppertone sunscreen displays at Costco to the barbecue planning guides on Epicurious, the big box marketing gurus would have me believe that Memorial Day kicks off the warm-weather party season. Somehow, the party season kicked off a whole lot earlier for me this year, starting with Easter. And that’s right around the same time I stopped posting on my blog. This month and a half has been rich with celebration and provided me a much-needed break from blogging.

For the first few weeks it was a relief not to think about my blog. Don’t get me wrong: I love my blog, but creating posts takes a lot of work and sometimes it feels more like more work than fun. After a few weeks of allowing myself to abandon my blog, my mind turned back to things I’d like to share on my blog: picnic ideas, grill favorites and ice cream treats. So, hello again, blog world! Looking forward to celebrating summer with you.

P.S. I recently read the book 1000 Gifts and thought it would be appropriate to share some of the things I’ve been thankful for during my break from blogging.


  • birth of a niece! Though Sam and I have 8 nieces and nephews between the two of us, this was the first time I was able to see one of them within a week of birth—very special!
  • Easter and all the Holy Week services at church
  • Mother’s Day BBQ with my mom and family
  • my birthday, complete with a family BBQ at Crissy Fields
  • Another niece’s 2nd birthday (kid birthdays are the most fun!)
  • 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge (yes, we did head out with all the crowds to celebrate one of my favorite San Francisco landmarks)
  • taking a trip to Santa Monica and hanging out with this gal
  • having another college friend visit on the days of our Torrey and college graduation anniversaries

Small pleasures:

  • riding my bike more
  • learning to use the manual mode on my camera
  • rediscovering  homemade crème fraîche
  • finishing my first semester of conversational French
  • eating treats from Tartine bakery (croissants, morning buns, coconut cream tarts)
  • eating lunch outside in the sunshine
  • taking advantage of SF’s free museum day (though it’s a little noisy with all the kidlets on school trips!)
  • watching all four seasons of the BBC Masterpiece Classics show “Lark Rise to Candleford”

And I think I’m forgetting a few things. At any rate, my life is full and I’m so glad to have Sam, my family and friends to share it with.

6 Thoughts on “Hello Again!

  1. Hello Andrea, Busy bee for sure. Delicious cake and which bakery was that? The cake looks so pretty. Glad to see your post after a hiatus. Looking forward to your recipes. Hugs!

    • andrea on May 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM said:

      Hi Vijitha! I’m actually not sure of the name of the bakery where the cake came from because my sister bought it, but I do know the bakery is in San Ramon. It’s good to be back blogging again!

  2. I’m learning to use the manual settings now too! and I wish I could come join you at Tartine for a croissant. :)

    • andrea on May 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM said:

      Three cheers for manual settings! I got to take Crescent to Tartine and Land’s End recently and it was a happy reminder of your and Ben’s visit in December. :)

  3. Hey! I read 1,000 gifts too. It was a great reminder for me to remain thankful at all times, even for the little things. So fun to get a glimpse of your list! Glad you enjoyed the blogging break…as you know, I enjoy several rather long blogging breaks throughout the year! :)

    • andrea on May 31, 2012 at 3:50 PM said:

      That’s so great you read 1000 Gifts too! It really was such a great reminder to be more thankful. And yes, everyone needs blogging breaks! I always love reading your posts!

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