I coulda slept in this morning.  I need to sleep in.  Really, really badly.

But when I opened my eyes at Audrey’s first whimpering of the morning, a smile crept over my face, and I knew today was going to be a good day.

So yes, I could have slept in.

But then I would have missed this.




That’s Jenny.  In the pink shirt.  Smiling off into the distance.  Being all cute with her bad self.  She helped organize and work the events of the weekend.  She rocks. 


Madeline was every bit as precious in person as on her famous Daddy’s blog.

I even got to give her one of these.


“for the love” inspired from this image




Thanks Jo, for letting me make these cookies for you. 

And to everyone else that I saw this morning… giving up their time, their energy, their resources…

I was inspired. 

You are amazing!

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures. YOu are too funny asking me for photo tips. Girl you rock the camera! Looks like the event was a huge success. Madeline is gorgeous.

  2. Wow…really great photos…such a wonderful event, glad you could attend and make those super cookies…how could you eat such art made from sugar! WEll…I probably would’ve too! YUM!
    Looked like a fabulous day…hopefully you can still find a day to sleep in!

  3. I loved that you were able to meet up with us today! I would love to visit again soon for even longer. The cookies were awesome and Jamie had his very first cookie EVER today thanks to you! My friend even blogged about it on HER blog and posted some awesome pics.

  4. Hi!!! I popped over from He& Me because of your subliminal message…it self destructed right over to this blog!!!
    I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS!!! You are really funny too..I love your comment about Forbes 25 blogs and how that you can’t create quality content…LOL You are too funny… I will stick around a while!!! 😉

  5. Just had to pop in and say thanks for sharing the photos, for going to the walk and for the cookies. Did I go? I’m nowhere near the MN. 😉 But regardless, I am another follower of Matt and Maddy.. and now I am bookmarking your blog, as I am enjoying reading through it. 😀

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