As American As Cornbread

Posted by Felicia on 12:31 PM
I was sitting at work Friday thinking about my future life in Australia and taking stock of all the things I have taken advantage of my whole life in America. I love this country. I really, really do. Especially when I see how other countries live and realize just how lucky we are to live here. While Australia is a wonderful country with many American things to make me feel somewhat at home, I have to remind myself that it is NOT America and never will be.

So as I was thinking about my new life, and dreaming of what I want to do there, I was thinking of a new cupcake flavor. My cupcake business dream is still alive and well. I got an idea for a new cupcake flavor that embodies some of my americanness. As a transplanted Southern California girl living in Alabama I have developed my Deep South tastebuds, and what could be more southern than cornbread? Over in Cali we eat a sweet cornbread(Marie Callendar's-holler!) as opposed to the more traditional unsweetened cornbread. I thought, why not make a cornbread cupcake and make a honey butter Italian buttercream? So I did. Cornbread with honey butter is delicious. In a cupcake it's divine! I then gilded the lily by putting a piece of candied bacon on it. Yes, you can swoon. It was a marriage of bliss in my mouth.

May I present, Cornbread cupcakes covered in Honey Butter Italian buttercream with a piece of candied bacon on top.

It is a yellow cake base mixed with cornbread mix. It makes for a lightly sweetened corn cake. The honey butter italian buttercream has just enough honey flavor to compliment the butter and corn flavors.

I might have a hard time finding cornbread mix in my local aussie grocery store so I will have to either have to come to terms with that or have it shipped in by faithful friends and family. For now I will eat my cornbread cupcakes and quietly hum the national anthem. God Bless the U.S.A.!

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The comedian

Posted by Felicia on 9:12 PM
I think I need a new blog called "Stuff My Kid Says". He's freakin hilarious. It's such a cool thing when they finally get humor and start using it. At age 11 he is understanding it very well. It's surprising and fun. Sometimes I shake my head wondering where he picked it all up, but picked it up indeed and put it all together! Here's just a few of his latest gems.

*Running late,I was drinking a slimfast shake really fast in the car before we headed into the doctor's office.*
"Geez Mom. I can practically hear a group of guys behind you going CHUG,CHUG,CHUG!"

* I had some movies out to bring over to a friend's house. He picked up Pineapple Express and looked at the cover.*
"Mom, why do you watch this stuff? I mean, it's not very ladylike. And that's a lot coming from me."

* Coming in from playing outside*
"I could use a cold one. Pass me a fruit punch Bar-mom."

* Getting ready for school he walked out of the bathroom with a faux-hawk. I looked at him and said cool.*
" Yeah, the chicks will dig it."

After saying something funny like this he always says,"I crack me up."
I love this kid!!

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I ain't missin' you at all....

Posted by Felicia on 12:57 PM
I've turned into Houdini. I can disappear. Just propose to me. Haha.
I hate that I've neglected this blog, but I needed some much needed time to just take it easy after the whirlwind of experiences I've gone through lately. It's been an absolute thrill ride; exciting,adrenaline fueled, and scary at times leaving me absolutely breathless. I've loved every minute.

Along with all of that, I said goodbye to my son for the summer and have been mourning his absence all summer. It's pathetic really. I stare at his picture, walk into his messy bedroom and sigh, sit by the phone waiting for him to call me and tell me he misses me and can't live without me and likes me better than his dad. Ok, well I know that's not realistic, but a mom can dream. Life is just not the same without that little booger. I even miss him whining.

It's funny, when he was little I loved him because he was all mine, and he needed me. We tend to become attached to whom we take care of forming an unbreakable bond. Now that he's older that love has changed a little bit. It has become based more on the person he is. He is less mine and more his own person. I love him not just because he is my child, but because he's an awesome person. He is so thoughtful and loving, compassionate and sweet. He is kind and has a wicked sense of humor. I really enjoy his company. I look forward to getting home and spending time with him at the end of the day and his absence in the house is palpable.

It is because I feel this that I am all the more aware of the sacrifice his dad makes in not being the custodial parent. If I feel like this for 8 weeks I can only imagine what his dad goes through for the other 44. He needs his dad and I will never get in the way of that. This time is exactly what he needs.

So now I'm counting down the days until Saturday when he flies home. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder... until you step on the first of many legos, that he left on the floor after you told him to clean them up right before bed, right as you wake up and you're cursing under your breath and limping towards the vacuum so you can suck up every last plastic piece and muttering the whole time how he never listens and you're going to throw every last damn lego he has in the trash if he doesn't keep them picked up. Yep....missin him like crazy.

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I never much cared for pork...

Posted by Felicia on 12:30 PM
3 weeks and 2 days to go until Rick arrives here in the U.S. That is, if Australia doesn't institute their Fortress Australia pandemic countermeasures in the face of the recent outbreak of swine flu. That could mean that flights in or out of Australia are halted and things more or less shut down. Even if he does manage to make it out here, the chance is real that he might not be let back in right away if they institute those measures after he gets here. For right now though Australia hasn't had any confirmed cases of the swine flu, but they are seeking 22 Aussies who shared the same flight with the 3 New Zealanders who tested positive for it.

Australia has an amazingly thorough quarantine system because they must maintain a delicate balance in their country. Hopefully with that and their adequate vaccine supply the problem will not be bad enough to invoke such extreme measures. Here's hoping...

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I'm engaged!

Posted by Felicia on 12:01 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes!
I am so excited!.
He proposed April 4th.

After a wonderful 10 days in Australia I was awakened at the ass-crack of dawn on the last Saturday before I left. His eagerness to have me see an "Australian sunrise" got me out of bed despite heavily protesting how very tired I was. We arrived at The Shallows in Shellharbour and walked down when it got a bit light. He set out chairs in the wet sand and we wrapped up in 2 big, comfy blankets shivering under the cloudy sky. I didn't think the sun would show itself, but he was just so cute about wanting to do it. About 7AM-ish I hear a violin playing behind me and I whipped my head around and instantly knew what was about to happen. I turned to him laughing and said, " Are you serious? OMG Are you kidding?" He said, " What song is it?" I recognized our song Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung.He took out a ring and asked me to marry him, and I wholeheartedly without reservation said YES!. I think I was a bit stunned. I was an absolute mess and I was not exactly an enthusiastic morning person, but he takes the bad with the good and promised himself to me. He is such an amazing person and I am the happiest woman right now.

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A Land Down Under

Posted by Felicia on 6:04 AM
I am having such an amazing time in Australia. Check it out!

He Just Smiled and Gave Her a Vegemite Sandwich

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I'm here!

Posted by Felicia on 7:01 PM
I arrived! Rick is absolutely wonderful. He picked me up in a limo! Call me blown away.
It's absolutely beautiful here. So green.
I will be taking pics and posting my adventures soon. For now, I have to collapse. That plane ride took forevah!!!!

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I'm in love with a wonderful guy!

Posted by Felicia on 9:22 AM
I'm in love.

3 little words with life-changing abilities.

I haven't been really good about blogging even though I have had TONS to talk about. I started another blog specifically about all that's been happening and I will eventually morph this blog into that one in the future. For now though you can read about my love over there because I have to be at the airport in about an hour to catch a flight to Australia!

He Just Smiled and Gave Her a Vegemite Sandwich.

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Posted by Felicia on 12:01 PM
...officially over.

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