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Weekend Review

I first considered titling this post “Tuckered Out”, but figured I’d stick with the typical format for weekend review posts come Monday. Thing is, I’m totally tuckered out. T.T.O, ya’ll.

Remember how I mentioned on Friday’s post that Huxley had picked up a bit of stomach flu? Well, he passed it on. I succumbed Saturday and poor Hubs fared the worst of all and  was down for the count all Saturday night, most of yesterday, and a big chunk of today. He’s a total rock star for heading to the feed store for chicken feed and the grocery store for items for Huxley, who is now in the “intestinal distress” stage of the flu.

The photos above are all you want to see from inside of our house this past weekend. Trust me. The fact that I was somehow able to come up with the ideas for, bake, and write about two original pie recipes for a freelance piece I had due yesterday, all while Huxley and Glenn napped for 1 1/2 hours Sunday afternoon, still blows my mind. Necessity is the mother of gettin’ ‘er done, this much I know.

In better news, the San Francisco Chronicle included A Year of Pies in a round-up today of 15 suggestions for food book gifts. Which is some kind of wonderful.

Alright, I’m off to take care of my fellas. Here’s wishing the week ahead brings you and yours (and me and mine!) health, happiness, and a safe home.

5 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Spring says:

    In the immortal words of the south: Bless your hearts! What an ordeal. Hope you’re all back to normal soon! And congrats on the SFC listing!

  • Jill Adams says:

    I feel for you! Last week I almost died! Well, I wanted to die; I had the stomach flu as well. My daughter and sister caught it the week before I did. I’m happy my husband somehow got missed. I hope your family starts feeling better soon!

  • shelli says:

    I just bought your book A Year of Pies for a friend’s bridal shower. It gave me a chance to peek at it and it looks so yummy!! Another friend just bought 2 for her goddaughters. Congratulations! :)

  • kimpeck says:

    i hope you all feel better soon!!! btw, those pies look gorgeous ~ i can’t wait to get my copy, and of course i am giving it as a gift this holiday season! yum!

  • Bette O'Connor says:

    That virus seems to be making the rounds here in Maryland and it is vicious. Hope you all are much better now and not dehydrated. On Monday I took a shift at the hospital and was amazed at the census which included a lot from this intestinal mess. I love my “Pie” book. Our oldest son, David, is finishing up his 5th tour as a Special Ops Green Beret, in Afghanistan. We are going to NC and spend Thanksgiving with his wife and two little ones and I am taking your book with me. We are going to have some pies, girl. Thank you :) Bette