Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Great news and random other stuff

Best news first. I’ve been approved to receive another kidney transplant and my mom has been approved to be the donor. The testing is complete. The doctors visited. The Ts crossed. Yay! Yay! Yay! So this week, we should find out more information about scheduling the surgery.

I’ve actually been doing pretty good lately. I don’t feel bad. I don’t feel sick. Just tired. The dialysis is working really well and keeping me going. Thank goodness for dialysis. Thank goodness for my mom. Once we have a date scheduled, I’m sure we will both be getting a lot more nervous, but until then we are so happy that things are moving forward. Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.

…and now some other stuff…


Blogher Food. Two weekends ago Blogher Food was in Atlanta and that meant several blogging friends were in town, too. I didn’t attend the conference this year, but I did meet up with some of them for lunch. This was one of the few fun things I’ve done lately. Thank you guys for such a great time! Photo courtesy of kevinandamanda. Links below to all of their awesome sites.

Back Row (l to r):
Reluctant Entertainer
Deal Seeking Mom
Recipe Girl
Food for my Family
Savory Sweet Life
She Wears Many Hats
Smith Bites
Georgia Pellegrini
Kevin and Amanda
Picky Palate
First Row:
Add a Pinch
Southern Plate
Tickled Red
Le Pomme de Portland


Cupcake Lovers. If you get a chance, check out the Betty Crocker Big Book of Cupcakes. Tons of recipes inside including this one from me.


iPad Owners. Cake Pops is now available in the iBook store. Being the Apple lover that I am and seeing this featurette made me smile BIG! You can download the iBook app for your iPad to see the sample pages if you want a peek. If you prefer your books in digital formats, you’ll like this version. It was created specifically for the iPad to stay true to the design of the book.


Brazilian Cake Poppers. A few weeks ago I showed you the Dutch version of the book. Well, now Brazil has its own version too. Yay!

Lastly, I was going to post some cupcakes I baked yesterday, unfortunately I didn’t like them enough to write about them. But on a positive note, I did bake.

Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer said...

Angie, I am so happy to hear your new news on the tx. I’ll be praying and I loved meeting you and hanging out on the Pork Crawl and for lunch. Keep us posted of your progress! hugs!

June 1, 2011 09:11 AM
Debby said...

God bless mommies everywhere.
P.S. You hang out with a beautiful group of people!!

June 1, 2011 09:12 AM
NY Baker said...

Wonderful news, Bakerella! You, your Mom, and the medical team remain in my prayers, and many blessings attend you.

June 1, 2011 09:19 AM
CorieB said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is great news!!

June 1, 2011 09:26 AM
Lisa said...

wordless with happiness for you – sending a big hug and kiss for your Mom! Her heart must be full of sunshine knowing that she can give her baby girl life twice! Wow as a mother I can only imagine the joy she is feeling. So happy for the two of you!

June 1, 2011 09:42 AM
Andrea said...

Fantastic news for you! So happy that your mom is a match. Hope everything goes well, will be thinking of you and your mom.


June 1, 2011 09:49 AM
Dawn said...

I’m soooooooo happy for you! Getting that news is beyond wonderful! My boyfriend went through the same, and the difference in his energy levels was HUGE after the transplant…in fact, the doctors said the kidney was working better in him than it had in his mom! I wish the same for you!

June 1, 2011 09:49 AM
Mercedes said...

AWESOME! So happy to see the group picture, most important to read your wonderful news!

June 1, 2011 09:51 AM
Melanie said...

hi! i’m so happy for you!

June 1, 2011 09:54 AM
Linda said...

Sending best wishes and prayers your way. Great news!

June 1, 2011 09:55 AM
Medina said...

Hi Angie,

I’m so happy to hear the wonderful news. I pray the surgery will also be successful.

I don’t see an email address for you on your site but would you mind sending me an email? I would like to send some information that I hope you would find helpful for you.

Lots of love


June 1, 2011 09:58 AM
Lindsay said...

Such great news! I love reading your blog and can’t wait to read more:)

June 1, 2011 10:04 AM
Meg W said...

So so happy for you, my mom had a kidney transplant in April, such a blessing.

June 1, 2011 10:13 AM
Judy B. - Texas said...

You and your Mom will continue to be in my Thoughts and Prayers….good to hear that operation is moving forward – soon dialysis will be a thing of the past (but it’s good to have as back-up). Blessings…..

June 1, 2011 10:55 AM
Margaret said...

That’s wonderful news.
Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

June 1, 2011 11:12 AM
Carrie Fields said...

YAY!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you! I am SO glad I finally got to meet you face to face and give you the well deserved hug. If you need ANYTHING let me know please. I will do what I can!

June 1, 2011 11:12 AM
Jill said...

Great news and many answered prayers!! I will continue to pray for you and your mom and a healthy transplant and recover procedure!! Best wishes to you always!

June 1, 2011 11:22 AM
Btrflywmn said...

So glad to hear your mom is a match, and that your feeling well. Hope surgery goes well for both of you.

June 1, 2011 11:26 AM
Faba said...

It’s so good to be hearing from you again. I hope you feel better!

June 1, 2011 11:26 AM
Carol said...

You are a blessed woman! God must have bigger plans for you! You are truly an inspiration! My prayers for a perfect surgery and a swift/healthy recovery! Can’t wait to see your cupcakes!

June 1, 2011 12:01 PM
jenna said...

congrats on being approved! :) I wish you the best of luck, gorgeous lady! :) i’m def. checking out the betty crocker cook book it looks yummy!

June 1, 2011 12:10 PM
Vontresa said...

Great news!! I was so happy to see a post from you. You have been in my prayers and I will continue to pray for you and your family. I hope you realize how much your site means to me. It’s so good to see someone enjoy baking as much as I do!! Thanks for all you do for “Bakers”!!!

June 1, 2011 12:26 PM
Catherine said...

So happy to hear your good news! Best of luck to you and your mom.

June 1, 2011 12:27 PM
Sarah said...

I’m so happy for your news! God bless your mother for her gift to you, I’ve will keep you both in my prayers.

June 1, 2011 01:03 PM
veronica said...

I’m sooo glad for you!!! very good news true blessing your Mom is a match, We will keep thinking of you.

June 1, 2011 01:16 PM
Karen Wayman said...

What incredible news! I’m so happy for you! I’m sure both you and your mom will come through this with flying colors!

June 1, 2011 01:16 PM
Jammies said...

Congrats on the great news!

June 1, 2011 02:06 PM
Ashley said...

So glad to hear you are doing well and your mom has been approved to be your donor! I was worried when I saw you haven’t written any new posts recently. Can’t wait to see more of your amazing work!!

June 1, 2011 02:34 PM
Kim said...

SO glad to see your updated! Will be praying for you and your mother!!!

June 1, 2011 02:53 PM
Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

So HAPPY to hear some good news coming out of your corner of the world! I’ve been poppin’ by to check-in for any news so it was SO nice to hear that things are looking up ;) I definitely beleive in the power of positive thinking and I’ll keep sending my BEST thoughts your way! Baking always makes me feel better too…or is it the tasting….hmmm lol!

June 1, 2011 03:16 PM
Taisa said...

Thank you so much for remembering brazilian !!! I´m one that visits your site every day ! I´ve just ordered your book, but I guess mine is going to be in english….

June 1, 2011 03:30 PM
Wenderly said...

THAT is fantabulous news love! Been praying for you! Wish I could have met you in person at BHF, just couldn’t get there this year! I’ve got a little somethin’ for ya…(Amy mentioned it to you I think?) Love the photo! And I’ll continue to pray for you & your mama!

June 1, 2011 03:31 PM

Angie ~ truly, truly this is the BEST NEWS EVAH!! thrilled that i’ll get to see you wearing those fancy red shoes . . . and maybe kick up your heels too!!! (((hugs)))

June 1, 2011 03:35 PM
Tammy said...

I know everything will go well with both of your surgeries. You are both in our prayers. Hugs!

June 1, 2011 03:42 PM
Betty-Ann said...

Yahoo! So happy for you! Thanks for the update…I’m sure we’ve all been wondering. Best of luck to both you and your mom on this journey.

June 1, 2011 03:50 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, that is so wonderful! I’m glad you’re feeling ok…I know you’ll be glad when you get your energy back, too.

Will keep you and your mom in my prayers.

And, LOVE that picture! I see lots of familiar faces and lots of faces I’d love to see in person someday…including yours!

June 1, 2011 03:52 PM
Kristen said...

That is the best news ever about your mom and your kidney transplant! Yay!!! You both will be kept in our prayers. Best wishes.

June 1, 2011 03:55 PM
Diane said...

Great news! Will pray all goes smoothly & that you both have peace.

June 1, 2011 04:00 PM
Bre said...

Yay! I’m so glad things are now actively moving in a positive direction for you, healthwise! And congrats on getting one of your recipes published in a Betty Crocker cookbook! Not to mention all that other cool stuff in production! That’s rad! ;D

June 1, 2011 04:04 PM
Hailey said...

It sounds like things are finally looking up! I’m happy to hear your mom is your match and you’ll be able to go ahead with the surgery. I wish you both the best.
It also sounds like you’re doing some fun things, and baking again is great news. You’re definitely missed around here.

June 1, 2011 04:27 PM
Liz said...

So very glad to hear your news! Hope all goes well from now on for you and your mum – she’s awesome for stepping up in this way; and congrats on the multiple languages of the book!

June 1, 2011 04:30 PM
Meredith said...

That is great news!!!!! Wishing you all the best and many prayers for you and your mom. Will kidney shaped cake pops be on your list post-surgery? ; )

June 1, 2011 04:46 PM
Crystal said...

I am so grateful your mom is a match and the surgery will be scheduled soon. I adore you, you are truly a beautiful person inside and out.

June 1, 2011 04:53 PM
Margaret said...

Hi Angie, I have commented earlier (192) that I wanted to post on my blog about your book version in portuguese. Wanted you to have a look and see if it is all right with you! Google translator is terrible and if you would like I could e mail the translation for your appreciation. Have a look and let me know if it is OK. Thanks


June 1, 2011 04:57 PM
Sonia said...

Hola, I’ve been lurking your site since you were on blogspot and totally fell in love your creations, when I found out you were sick it broke my heart, so I’m so happy your mom can be your donor, you and your mom will be in my prayers.

Onto de book, I got in english but I hope it comes out in Mexico so I can buy it again!!!

Hope you feel awesome!!!

June 1, 2011 05:48 PM
Angela said...

That is amazing! I’m so glad things are looking up. What an incredible mother you have.

June 1, 2011 05:59 PM
Alpha said...

I´m so happy to hear these news!
As always, you and your mom are in my prayers.

June 1, 2011 06:07 PM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

So excited to stop by and see that you had posted some updates on everything! What amazing news that your mom is a match for your donor! So glad things are progressing! Love all the updates on the Cake Pops book too, that is awesome! I will be attempting your bee pops tomorrow for the first time for an upcoming baby shower this weekend!

June 1, 2011 06:40 PM
Trace said...

You look wonderful!! I am so very happy that you are able to receive another transplant and your mother is a match. I will continue to pray for both of you! Good Luck and have a speedy recovery!!
PS. I miss your baking and blogs! .)

June 1, 2011 06:49 PM
Corrie said...

Whadda RELIEF! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

June 1, 2011 07:02 PM
Rebecca said...

Congrats on all the great news! I will keep you and your Mom in my thoughts. May you have the energy you need to continue with all your endeavors!

June 1, 2011 07:11 PM
Tamara said...

I’m so excited to hear you are doing better! Praying for all to go well with the operation and for you and your mom to have a speedy recovery.

June 1, 2011 07:23 PM
LisaAnn said...

So, so happy that you are getting a new kidney- I’ve been telling everyone to pray for you since you let us know you were ill. Big smile here :)

June 1, 2011 07:45 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Hi Angie!
SO glad to hear your Mom will be the donor! How perfect that you two peas in a pod will be going through that experience together. I’m so happy for you and will have you both in my prayers! (Hi to her b.t.way!)
Congrats on the iBook and Brazilian version of your book as well!

June 1, 2011 07:49 PM
yiLISA said...

happy day!! Hugs and prayers

June 1, 2011 07:50 PM
Amy | She Wears Many Hats said...

YAY!!!! Will be praying for you sweet friend!

June 1, 2011 07:54 PM
Emily said...

Yay! What great news! I’m so glad you’re getting a good kidney, that you and your mom can heal together, that you aren’t feeling totally awful, and that you can bake (even if it’s gross :-) Thanks for the sweet post!

June 1, 2011 08:02 PM
Alyce said...

Glad you shared your good news. I check your site every few days, and I was so happy to see you had posted. Good luck and I hope the transplant goes well.
Everyone loves hte cake pops I have been making :)

June 1, 2011 08:09 PM
Dawn said...

So happy for you. You and your family are in my prayers.

June 1, 2011 08:28 PM
Karen Dunn said...

So happy to see your post!! Praying all goes great with your surgeries when the time comes :) have fun baking!!

June 1, 2011 08:38 PM
Jen L. said...

WONDERFUL news about your transplant! I’m a PKD patient, so I’ve seen the difference a healthy kidney can make. My mom’s about to celebrate the 4th anniversary of her transplant. Wishing you all the best!

June 1, 2011 08:44 PM
Kolleen said...

Praise the Lord! That is amazingly awesome news!!

June 1, 2011 09:26 PM
Cindy C in Tennessee said...

So glad to hear the good news! Wishing you and your mom the very best.

June 1, 2011 09:31 PM
Queenie Reda said...

SOOOO glad to hear the awesome news! I will say a prayer for you guys! XOXO!

June 1, 2011 09:42 PM
Liz said...

What great news! Blogher Food looks and sounds like so much fun…I have yet to attend a blog conference – someday though! I saw some other Blogher Food pics on Amanda’s site – so much talent all in one room! :)

June 1, 2011 09:47 PM
Elizabeth said...

SOOOOO glad you are doing better. I’ve been checking back almost daily just to know how you are doing. Still praying for you AND your mom. Can’t wait til you are all better and tempting us with your baking again!

June 1, 2011 09:56 PM
Heidi said...

So good to see your post and hear the great news! I’ll keep praying for you and your mom!

June 1, 2011 10:39 PM
Veronica said...

This is my first time going to your website and read your blog. I was touched. God bless both of you. Will pray for your successful surgery and speedy recovery. Take care ! ! !

June 1, 2011 11:14 PM
elle why said...

Yay! Praise God! It is soooo good to hear from you. I get worried when no new posts are up. I saw on Twitter that PW tweeted you at the BlogHer Food lunch, so that made me feel better. Thanks for sharing the good news!
Congrats on the book in the new translation!

June 2, 2011 12:01 AM
Laura P. said...

YAY!!!! This has completely made my day. Prayers and wishes of health and blessings to you and your mom as you prepare for the surgery! XOXO

June 2, 2011 12:54 AM
delia said...

That really is great news. Congratulations!

June 2, 2011 01:35 AM
patricia calef said...

Oh Angie. I have been waiting to hear the good news you have just shared. Get well, get better, and please continue giving us such good fun with your website. On dark days [ and mine are so much not as dark as yours in comparison], it brightens up my life.

June 2, 2011 01:40 AM
Carrie said...

Just wanted to let you know I am still praying for you and now your mom as well, I pray for healing and strength and encouragement and wisdom. I pray for a perfect surgery and a quick recovery for each of you.

June 2, 2011 02:14 AM
Pedita said...

Wonderful news about your match!! And glad to know you are getting to do blog things, connect with friends and bake through dialysis. The whole family here has been inspired by you, so thinking of you and wishing you well.


June 2, 2011 02:27 AM
Magdalena Vargas said...

SO HAPPY for you!!!!!!!!!! Sending lots of happy thoughts ur way :)

June 2, 2011 02:52 AM
Beth said...


I’m so glad to hear that things are looking up! I hope things continue to go well for you and your family!

June 2, 2011 03:58 AM
Yuchie said...

So glad to hear the good news! =) Best of luck with everything! =D

June 2, 2011 06:24 AM
Trooppetrie said...

woo hoo praising and praying for you. I am so thrilled with your news.

June 2, 2011 06:36 AM
Júlia Mano said...

thank god everything is going right for you!!! you deserve it !!!
and a can’t belive that I am going to read your recepies in portuguese !!!!!!!!! i can’t wait for the book to arrive here in brazil !!!!
get well
kisses !!!!!

June 2, 2011 08:32 AM
Monica said...

I wish you and your mom all the best for a successful operation and a very speedy recovery!!

June 2, 2011 08:34 AM
sherri lynn said...

That is such great news about the transplant!! And I’m glad you were able to bake, and were able to see some friends for lunch :)

June 2, 2011 08:38 AM
Maggie Laughlin said...

Congratulations, I’m so happy to hear your great news! You have been on my mind, and I’m sure this has been a difficult time for you but you always remain positive and upbeat!! You and your Mom are in my thoughts and prayers!!
XOXO from St. Louis, MO :)

June 2, 2011 09:33 AM
hoLLy said...

great news!! sorry you haven’t been feeling good :(

thanks for sharing of your talents on this blog-i always come here to see what you are up to. always something incredible!!

i know you are busy and a tiny giftcard to cold stone creamery probably doesn’t sound like the most amazing thing ever, but click over here to enter. i’m celebrating 1000 posts(or 1000 rambles, whatever you want to call it:) your chances of winning are high because my blog is small! :)


June 2, 2011 09:34 AM
Allie said...

Congrats, Angie! What great news!!! I wish both you and your mother an easy donation process and speedy recovery. Keep being the lovely individual you are!

June 2, 2011 09:43 AM
Anne said...

Happy you are doing better! You’re really a blessed person. =] I’m from Brazil and I just can’t wait to have your book in Portuguese! Thank you for this!

June 2, 2011 10:25 AM
Aikko said...

I am so happy for you, Angie!
Looking forward to more cake pops from you :)

June 2, 2011 10:31 AM
Kerry said...

Woohoo!! Awesome news about your mom being approved. I’ll pray now for a quick turnaround on the surgery date and an even faster recovery for both of you!

June 2, 2011 11:36 AM
Stephanie said...

I am so happy to hear the great news!! Wishing you and your mom speedy recoveries!!

June 2, 2011 12:31 PM
Lisa said...

I am thrilled to hear that you will be on the mend soon!! This is wonderful news!! You are an amazing slice of sunshine in my inbox and remind me to be kind to all no matter what! It’s amazing how “cute” does that to a person!! :)

June 2, 2011 12:38 PM
Casey said...

I cant tell you how happy I am to hear that!!! It is so wonderful to see answered prayers. Keep going girl and stay strong you will get though it!!!! I will be praying for you still!!! Cant wait for the next update to hear how awesome you are doing!

June 2, 2011 01:22 PM
Margaret said...

Hi, I want to let you know that I went ahead and posted about Cake Pops in portuguese (comments 192 and 242) . Would love for you to come here to Sao Paulo. Your fans are waiting for your visit! Wish you well and praying for you. Margaret http://cookieriabymargaret.blogspot.com/2011/06/cake-pops-bolipops-bolo-no-palito.html

June 2, 2011 01:40 PM
Anna said...

Horray for a donor match! How special that it’s your mom. The cupcake book looks tasty – I’ll have to check it out!

June 2, 2011 01:51 PM
Michelle said...

I am so happy to hear your news and will keep watching to see how you get on.

June 2, 2011 01:56 PM
Julliana said...

I would like to know where can I buy the brazilian version of Cake Pops, my mom will love it, and she can’t read in inglish.

Congrats for yous Books!


June 2, 2011 03:02 PM
A. Cole said...

I miss your posts
I check back every other day and It nearly kills me when four days go by without a post :)
I love your site :o)

June 2, 2011 03:24 PM
kimmie said...

Good luck with the surgery!! That is wonderful news :)

June 2, 2011 04:13 PM
Janet said...

The news we’ve been waiting for – Thank God! And, thanks to your Mom!

You look well – thank you for the update – Excuse me now while I go take a deep breath! xxoo

June 2, 2011 04:37 PM
Milena Daly said...

That’s wonderful news!!! I’m very happy that u r feeling better, and i will b praying for u and your mom :)

June 2, 2011 06:41 PM
Vanilla and Thyme said...

Good news is awesome to hear! As a cancer survivor, I’m telling you that a positive attitude, support from family and friends, and a smile each morning will get you through. You’ll be in our prayers each and every day! hugs~

June 2, 2011 08:12 PM
Christene @WhipperBerry said...

What news could be better! Oh, we’ve missed you being your spunky self, and we know the road ahead is difficult too, but we’re so very happy to know that things are moving forward. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mom, dear Lady. Glad you were baking. :)

June 2, 2011 08:14 PM
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