Royal Icing Diaries is now on Bloglovin!

If you’re like me and you follow all kinds of blogs, the best way to do it is with Bloglovin and I’m so happy to announce that Royal Icing Diaries is now on Bloglovin

Whenever you’re in the mood to see what’s new at Royal Icing Diaries, or any other blogs you follow, just open Bloglovin and read away!

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The re-creation of Royal Icing Diaries – an update

As Royal Icing Diaries undergoes its first major transition I’ve found that keeping up with the world of social media and the blogging-sphere is more than a daunting task. It’s absolutely overwhelming at times, at least for me.

When I started the blog a few short months ago I was able to leisurely bake and decorate and then simply write about the process, post a few photos and then I was off to decorate more cookies. Now I need a playbook to keep everything on track: bake, decorate, photograph, edit photos, post, post on Facebook, pin a few photos on Pinterest, post on Instagram, etc…

Jeez…I’m absolutely exhausted!

Then I got this great idea to recreate the blog. Here I am on top of the world, acting as though I am the last glass of ice water in the desert as I move the blog to give it a new look and feel.

In reality, I’m a wreck over the multitude of little steps it takes to make the move! For the love of Pete I can barely keep it all straight. It’s happening at lightening speed “behind the scenes” here.

I think that will be up and running within the next few days!

Yikes! Am I ready for all this?

I feel a compelling need to share this with my followers: There are bound to be kinks to work out in the beginning and I’m quite certain I will be tweaking the site for weeks to come as I am fairly HTML-clueless.

So with that being said, I am not above begging for your patience and understanding!

I look forward to the changes and of course I hope you like them…

Cross your fingers I don’t mess this all up, and again, feedback will be much appreciated.

It’s October and it’s pumpkin season!

Although the stores have been stocked for well over a month now with all-things Halloween, in my slice of the world October is officially pumpkin season.

As I write this post I can’t help but wonder if poor Linus ever got to see the Great Pumpkin he so desperately yearned for each Halloween amid the relentless laughter and torment from Lucy, Charlie Brown, and even Snoopy.

I made some simple pumpkin cookies for all the Linus’ out there who are still in search of their own Great Pumpkin.

A few Halloween pumpkin cookies

In a few short weeks I’ll be sitting on my driveway at 6:00 p.m. sharp. I’ll have my big bowl of candy at my side ready to distribute handfuls to the trick-or-treaters of all ages who will be walking the streets in search of goodies.

At 9:00 p.m. I’ll go back inside and turn off the outside lights just as all the other neighbors will do. Halloween will be over for another year.

That’s how it’s done here. Halloween is a carefully controlled environment. It’s a three-hour ordeal and the kids won’t/can’t come to your door: They expect you to be outside waiting and if you’re not, they’ll bypass your house in search of someone who took the time to wait outside for them.

After years in South Florida I still can’t get used to it. I used to think it was a “local thing” but sadly I think it’s more a sign of the times. Parents are simply terrified to let their children out of their sight.

What a world we live in. We were so carefree as kids in New York and I will always cherish that.

Big and small pumpkin cookies

Each Halloween I anxiously awaited the bell signalling the end of the school day so my sisters and I could run off the bus, don our costumes and grab pillow cases from the hall closet. Plastic pumpkins and buckets were way too small for all the loot we were in search of. We had big plans.

Off we’d go in an earnest attempt to hit up every house in the neighborhood for one kind of sweet or another.

Even better when Halloween fell on a weekend and we could start our quest shortly after lunch.

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