We made it back to sunny San Diego about 1am Wednesday morning, which translated to 5am Aruba time for my brain and body.

San Diego Street

I stayed up until about 6am here unpacking, sorting the mail, doing laundry, and getting my life back into order.  At least a little bit in order.  Making for about a 28 hour day shy of the hour or so I slept on the plane.

It was a very long day of traveling (18+ hours) but everything went smoothly with our journey; it’s just a long way.  Two five-hour flights is a lot for anyone, especially for a four year old, but Skylar did wonderfully.

I found this half written blog post in my drafts and figured it was as good a time as any to think back to early December….

We had been in Aruba for just days, but 72 hours later I was already on my second two-pound bag of powdered sugar.

Powered Sugar and White chocolate

And my second bag of white chocolate chips.

Bags of White Chocolate

I had made White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge

White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge

and

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Two big offenders in the powdered sugar and white chocolate consumption category.

In between spending time here…

Palm trees and sky

And gazing at the heavenly views…

Palm trees and sky

…I was knee deep in (white chocolate) baking heaven.

Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars (No-Bake with Vegan & GF options)

Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars

And now I am off to my favorite store after a month away.  Lord help me.  And my wallet.

San Diego Trader Joe's and Sky

Good thing I am only bringing a finite amount of cash in my wallet for groceries so that I don’t go too crazy for things I “need” after being away from TJ’s for the month…

Speculoos Cookie Butter

…You know, so that I can use those ingredients to make other things I “need”.

Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies

What are the first things you do after returning from a trip or from an event that takes you out of your usual routine like holiday travel?

I unpack and empty the suitcases, get the laundry started, go through the mail, get everything put away and back in it’s place; take care of voicemails and emails that need attention.  I try to get things humming along again as much as possible.

Then grocery shop and restock the cupboards and refrigerator.

And then…get back into the kitchen and start making things.  But I can’t start making new kitchen messes and tackling new recipes and projects until the other things are handled first.  One thing at a time.

Oh yeah, and I need to fire up my coffee pot right now…

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