I look forward to the amazing way that a weekend allows me to spend time alone and with my loved ones and my good friends doing all my favorite things.
Last weekend was somewhat of a challenge as I found myself having to hop skip and jump between helping friends, celebrating, baking and some charity work.
Saturday started with me playing dress up to portray a grown up version of red riding hood as made popular by the children's fairy tale. It was a week after Halloween and photographer friend cast me as his model for an artistic shoot. It was a brisk 50 degree day and while I complained about the cold while shooting, the end result is a set of stunning photos. Check out his work and my modelling debut at www.theorangecameraguy.com
Later in the day i dashed off to the best 6 year old, popstar themed birthday party. I decided to make her birthday cake and cupcakes for the day's festivities. The microphone cupcakes made from ice cream cones and a 3 layer yellow cake with cream cheese frosting where a huge hit.
Sunday morning bright and early my friend Natt and I as well as many other chocolate lovers gathered in Grant park for the annual Hot chocolate 5K or 15km race. I ran the 5K this year and hope to run the 15km in the future. Im getting pretty good at 5km races now.
I have to say thank you for the race organizers who came up with this delicious way to combine exercise and chocolate.
After the invigorating run I quickly made my way to the Chicago Wat Pa temple for The Thord Gathin Festival.
At this time of year Buddhists people gather at the temple to celebrate the Thord Gathin festival. ( Thai:ทอดกฐิน) is a traditional Buddhist festival celebrated in northeast Thailand. Colorful parades and offering ceremonies of home made food marks the end of monks' retreat at local temples.
A wide assortment of homemade Thai dishes made by attendees to be shared where brought into this ceremony.
Being away from home is never easy but these dishes made it feel like I had a little part of home with me even for a little while.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
" No matter what you do please be sure that you are happy! "