Round Two 

Guess what!? My cookbook is OFFICIALLY IN ITS SECOND PRINTING!!! I’m so excited about this and want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your dedication and support! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the first printing of my cookbook would have went so fast! It’s only been 6 months since it’s release and my stock has been depleted almost completely. “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” (in its second printing) will be officially available THE FIRST PART OF MAY! I’m still taking orders – and preorders – so GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online with PayPal at http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. Order 4 or more cookbooks and the shipping and handling is FREE! I’m so excited about this and can’t thank you all enough! Round two! Here we go!!!

Blaise

3 Year Anniversary!!!

BLAISE THE BAKER IS 3 YEARS OLD TODAY!!! I don’t even really know what to say other than THANK YOU all so much for the continuous support and dedication! I have met so many incredible people along the way and I’m so thankful for you all. Without my followers, my “fans”, my friends and family – none of this would be possible. I’m so thankful and filled with joy when I look back on this amazing journey so far and all that has been accomplished.

When I first started this journey my goal was to just simply share recipes, tips and tricks with people that could use them and enjoy them. I wanted to share my family recipes, stories and memories. I wanted to be of help to those who needed it in the kitchen. I wanted to inspire people and get people cooking and baking again. I wanted to break the stereotypes that only women belong in the kitchen and that only women can bake. I wanted to encourage families to prepare meals together and to get back to sharing their lives around the family table. I’ve maintained the same goals throughout this journey and haven’t compromised on my original intentions.

Along the way I have had opportunities that I would have never dreamed. I’ve been featured on websites, blogs and in newspapers and magazines. I’ve had people reach out for interviews and photoshoots. I have the amazing opportunity to share with you all some of my most meaningful and deliciously heartfelt recipes in my food column, “Chew This!” that appears on the first and third Sundays of each month in “The Courier-Times”. A newspaper that I have loved, respected and admired since I was 7 years old and would visit the newspaper offices with my Grandma Barbra – dropping off an item to be printed in the next edition. A newspaper that I’m proud to be a part of and honored to be given the privilege of space and time.

Most bloggers look at their “performance numbers” daily. I try to make it a habit to never look at mine because to me – that’s not what it’s about. It’s not about “hits” or numbers, shares or likes. To me, it’s about being 100% authentic with who I am, what I make and what I decide to share. What’s important, to me, is that authenticity.

My blog has expanded over the years into cookbook reviews, book reviews, product reviews, global features, guest bloggers and other featured elements that I love sharing with you all! My blog will also be expanding in 2017 to include restaurant and bakery reviews – which I’m over the moon with excitement about!

Don’t get me wrong – there have been bumps and bruises along the way. Each bump in the road I’ve taken as a learning lesson and a valuable teaching experience. I’ve had book clubs, book selling sites and an eBay store with my “Blaise the Baker” name attached, but those have fallen away to not only simplify things but to mainstream what my “brand” is about.

One of the most amazing experiences that has happened from my 2nd year anniversary to my 3rd is the publication of my very first cookbook! My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” launched last September. I have been blown away by the responses from it! There have been a couple of new printings and very soon – another reorder / reprint is in store. I’ve had the most amazing accounts of people writing to me – texting me – emailing me – calling me – telling me how much they LOVE my cookbook! That makes me so incredibly thankful and so incredibly happy.

If you’re reading this and would like to purchase a copy – the price is $12 plus $3 shipping and handling. There are 200 total recipes along with tips, tricks and family memories and stories. It’s a work I am so proud of presenting to everyone. Simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email – blaisejdx@gmail.com as a way to send the money. If you’re in the Henry County area, please stop by “The Book Nook” – where there are autographed copies to buy.

All in all – I’m so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had – and I’m so EXCITED for the opportunities that await in the future. Thank you all so much for being here with me on this journey. Thank you all so much for supporting me. Thank you all so much for the dedication, the feedback and the love. Most importantly, thank you for allowing me into your lives. You all mean so much to me!

Here’s to many years to come!!!

With all my love,

Blaise Doubman
“Blaise the Baker”

Recipe of the Day

It’s time!

I’m returning with my…

“Blaise the Baker Recipe of the Day”!

If you’re interested, please follow along with me on my Facebook page – http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker

and on my Instagram page – http://instagram.com/blaisethebaker

I’ll be sharing my “recipe of the day” including links, tips, etc. starting TODAY!

Join me there!

Blaise

Holiday Cookbook Orders 


Reminder: NEXT WEEK is the last week you can order my cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” and have the delivery guaranteed before Christmas without paying any additional postage! To order simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman – Box 47 – Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay online through http://paypal.com. Select “send money to family & friends” and use my email – blaisejdx@gmail.com If you need any help or have any questions please send me an email. Thanks again!

Blaise 

Cookbook! 


Lots of people have been asking if I have any cookbooks left – YES! I do! I’m also reordering for the Holiday season to make sure everyone that wants a copy – can get a copy! Each copy will be autographed by my Grandma Barbra, Grandma Deloris – and myself – if you want! I’ve heard from so many people who have tried the recipes inside – and love them!!! This makes me so HAPPY! Thank you all! Ordering information – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook plus $3 shipping and handling) cash, check or money order to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay via PayPal. The email for you to send money to is – blaisejdx@gmail.com IF you order FOUR or more books – shipping and handling is FREE!!! Can I also say these would make FABULOUS Holiday gifts!? 

Cookbook Corner – Butter and Chocolate

As many of you already know, I also review some of my most favorite, fabulous cookbooks, right here on my blog – or my website as I’ve been calling it lately. I do not review a cookbook unless it is one that I personally love myself! My tastes may be different than your tastes, that is great! And then again, maybe we enjoy some of the same books? I read and go over hundreds of cookbooks a year, but I only give the ones I REALLY LOVE the honor of making it into my “Cookbook Corner”. Browse around my website, search “Cookbook Corner” in my search engine, or Google “Blaise the Baker Cookbook Corners” for a full list of all of the wonderful books that I have in my collection.

The latest cookbook I am obsessed with is…

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“Butter and Chocolate” By: Sheila G. Mains

Let me start off by saying that this book is FABULOUS! Well, of course it is, or I would not have been giving it center spot in my “Cookbook Corner” feature. I may even go as far as saying it is in my TOP 5 FAVORITE COOKBOOKS OF ALL YEAR – 2016! Yes, I am serious! I love the recipes in this book, I love the format, the photography, the stories, everything! Sheila is a GENIUS and I love her for coming up with such user friendly recipes using butter and chocolate – my two favorite food groups I feel the need to mention.

If you have heard of Sheila before it is perhaps because of this…

brownie-brittle

She is the creator of “Brownie Brittle”! I had not tried this treat until recently and let me tell you – O.M.G.! IT IS DELICIOUS! I am highly recommending everyone reading this post go out and buy a bag (I found mine at my local “Cracker Barrel” store) and TRY IT! Yes, I am going crazy and using all CAPS because IT IS THAT GOOD! Can I tell you a secret? I am buying a bag of this for everyone I know for the Holidays to include in their “Foodie Gift Baskets”. If you have never had it before it is a thin, crisp, flavorful chocolate brownie. Comes in a lot of flavors – the chocolate chip is my favorite. IF you can not find it in your local area, order it here – http://browniebrittle.com/

Anyways, she is the creator of this fabulous treat…so if you have heard her name from somewhere, chances are – it is from this!

Her cookbook is chopped FULL of recipes ranging from BROWNIES (my favorite section) to cheesecakes, candies, donut holes, bread pudding, bars, cookies, cake pops, parfaits and just about everything else you can think of. And – the best part? All of the treats inside use BROWNIE BATTER! Yes, and some even call for her “Brownie Brittle”.

Some of my favorite recipes are…

cookie-dough-brownies

“Cookie Dough Brownies” (page 26) and also featured on the cover. They are a delicious brownie, topped with cookie dough (egg free) and a frosting made from chocolate chips. I served these with family and friends (and some taste testers) and they were blown away! I can not tell you how many times I have made these since I have gotten this cookbook! This recipe will be in my rotation from now on, very delicious and I highly recommend!

Another recipe I am enjoying is…

salted-caramel-brownies

“Salted Caramel Brownies” (page 33). If you love salted caramel (like I do) you will love these! My friends and family went wild for these too! Great flavor and the salt really sets them apart from the other brownies that you may find in the stores.

Some other recipes I have been enjoying are…

“Signature Brownies” (page 19) – This recipe is the base recipe for the other recipes in the book. Some call for this recipe in a smaller size pan, and some in a larger. Sheila will go over which recipe to use, in each recipe these brownies are called for. They are delicious because they combine semi-sweet chocolate chips with unsweetened cocoa powder.

“Red Velvet Brownies” (page 30) – I LOVE anything red velvet – these are no exception.

“Peanut Butter Cup Brownies” (page 34) – If you love the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter you must try these! And of course, use real peanut butter for them!

“White Chocolate Cinnamon Blondies” (page 40) – These are delicious! I love the flavor combination of white chocolate and cinnamon and I can not wait to serve these this Thanksgiving! I think they will be something new and fun added to the table.

“Brownie Filled Donut Holes” (page 51) – The name says it all!

“Brownie Banana Bread” (page 58) – This chocolate banana bread is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipes! I love banana bread and this recipe is really over the top!

“White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars” (page 74) – I love the incredible combination of white chocolate and raspberry! Think of that combination and add the flavors and textures of a cheesecake – fabulous!

“Brownie Whoopie Pies” (page 87) – A new take on the traditional.

“Pumpkin Pie with Brownie Brittle Crust” (page 102) – I may never make a traditional chocolate crust again! I love her version using her incredible “Brownie Brittle”!

“Cannoli Brownie Bites” (page 135) – A cannoli and a brownie = incredible!

“Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches” (page 150) – Perfect for the summer!

“Lava Cakes” (page 169) – You must try these! Foolproof and decadent…

AND guess what!? I get to SHARE WITH YOU ALL one of my favorite recipes from the book! “Brownie Bread Pudding” (page 62) IS A MUST TRY!

And yes – their photos are so much better than mine! I do not pretend to be a professional food photographer, and until I have a friend who can send me free props, give me lessons, lend me a camera, lighting and professional style tips – you are stuck with MY photos! Ha! Seriously though – if you can help me out with my photos – blaisethebaker@gmail.com Until then, I guess I will have to settle with “food writer, recipe developer, columnist and cookbook author” – I like the sound of that, what about you!?

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Brownie Bread Pudding

Several years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house for brunch. When I asked what I could bring, she replied without even taking a breath, “Why dessert, of course. That’s your specialty!” Wow! No pressure, right? Now, I had to come up with something different, something spectacular. Hmmm, I thought. Bread pudding is pretty popular. I bet if I “brownied” it up a bit, it would pass muster. Well, my bread pudding never even made it to the dessert table. It was served along with the main course, and there wasn’t a crumb left when it was time for coffee and sweets. I took my empty bowl home—with my brownie queen reputation still intact.

YIELD 6 servings

PREP 30 to 35 minutes

BAKE 45 to 50 minutes

Unsalted butter for greasing pan

Brownie Filling recipe (page 43)

12 slices brioche bread or challah, at least 1 day old

PUDDING MIXTURE

2 cups light cream

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 °— 8-inch baking dish with unsalted butter.

Prepare the brownie filling according to directions. Spread it on 6 slices of the bread, then top each one with another slice of bread to form 6 sandwiches. Cut each sandwich into 6 to 8 pieces and pile the sandwich pieces into the greased baking dish.

Prepare the pudding mixture: Combine the cream, salt, and vanilla in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat until warm. Whisk together the sugar and eggs. Add the cream mixture to the egg mixture gradually, stirring constantly to make sure the eggs do not cook.

Pour the pudding mixture over the bread pieces and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the foil after about 20 minutes and check every few minutes until golden brown on top. Allow the pudding to rest at least 10 minutes before serving.

Taken, with permission, from Sheila G’s Butter and Chocolate by Sheila G. Maines. Published by Kyle Books, photography by Tina Rupp. Shout out and special thanks to Sheila G. Maines and Kyle Books.

To see even MORE recipes and to buy “Butter and Chocolate” please click here…

http://www.kylebooks.com/page/detail/Sheila-Gs-Butter-Chocolate/?K=e201607041734251265

Blaise

Blaise the Baker Dessert First Release 

TODAY is the OFFICIAL release date of my cookbook “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” and I am SO EXCITED and happy that I can finally share all of my hard work with everyone!!! I can officially add “cookbook author” to my resume and that alone brings such joy to me and makes everything on this journey worth it! My “food journey” has been a remarkable one and one that I am still on, pursuing all opportunities and learning more and more each and everyday and for that I am thankful.

I hope everyone enjoys my cookbook and enjoys the recipes and stories inside as much as I do and have the years I spent writing it. I hope you will keep my cookbook in your kitchen, use it frequently, think of me and create wonderful food memories with you and your family! Crease the pages, write inside and get it dirty! A cookbook that is well worn means that the recipes are well used and well loved and nothing could be a higher compliment to a cookbook author than seeing a well used cookbook. Trust me when I say, I have a few “well worn” cookbooks myself.

TODAY marks the end of one era and the beginning of another. Onward I will go with my journey but today is one of the many milestone moments that I will never forget. It makes me so emotional to think about.

My family has been with me through the thick and the thin of this and words will never begin to describe my thankfulness or gratefulness to them for everything they have done for me. My friends have kept me grounded and have been patient with my process and for that I am humbled. My “Blaise the Baker” fans and “Chew This!” fans are the BEST followers and fans a person could ask for. I love all of your messages, emails, texts, comments and shares. I read them all and respond to as many as I can and you bring reenergized life into me with every message. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU to all who preordered the cookbook. You should already have it in your hands by the time you read this message. I really hope you love it. I can officially say, that I AM REALLY HAPPY with how it turned out. I had a unique vision of what I wanted from DAY ONE and I can happily report that my vision stayed the same and the final outcome is exactly what I wanted. For that I am so proud.

There are SO MANY people to thank and those people are all listed inside of my cookbook. So many recipe testers, taste testers, supporters… It really does “take a village…” I am thankful for you all. Thank you for everything.

Interested in purchasing a copy!?

Send $15 check or money order (this INCLUDES shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Please include to whom you would like the cookbook autographed and a mailing address for shipping. IF you would like 4 or more cookbooks, I will drop all shipping and handing charges. You can also pay via PayPal. My account to be used is, blaisejdx@gmail.com

If for any reason you have ANY questions, comments or concerns (special requests, etc.) EMAIL ME and I would be happy to help the best I can.

There have been SO MANY people preorder my cookbook and I am just so grateful. To those who have ordered and to those who will order in the future – THANK YOU!

I will continue my journey food writing and recipe developing. PLEASE continue to follow my adventures on “Blaise the Baker” (http://blaisethebaker.com) as well as my food column “Chew This!”, which I write exclusively for “The Courier-Times”. My food column is published in their newspaper (and online for those who subscribe) on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of every month. Also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat – all under the username “blaisethebaker”.

THANK YOU so much for everything!

Blaise
“Blaise the Baker”

MORE ABOUT THE COOKBOOK…

“Blaise the Baker Dessert First” will have 200 recipes divided up into 8 categories. The cookbook is called “Dessert First” because it literally STARTS with the dessert recipes FIRST, and walks you backwards throughout the course of your meal.

The categories are – in order –
Desserts / Cookies & Candy / Breads & Rolls / Main Dishes / Vegetables & Side Dishes / Soups & Salads / Appetizers & Beverages / This & That.

BEFORE the recipe section I have several pages of commentary including a section “About Blaise the Baker” as well as my thoughts and opinions on “Ingredients, Tools & Techniques”. And guess what? The book’s foreword is written by my Grandma Barbra!

Each and every recipe is accompanied by a “note” from me. Each “note” will tell a family story, history, recipe development process, etc.

The book contains 100 BRAND NEW recipes – never published anywhere ever before, along with some of my most popular blog recipes as well as some of my most popular, buzzed about and written about “Chew This” column recipes! In total, the book will contain 200 fabulous recipes!!!

AND your purchase of this book comes with a FREE e-book version!

What kinds of recipes can you find in the book!? Here are just a few!

“Turtle Cake” / “Hummingbird Cake with Thick Cream Cheese Frosting” / “Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake” / “Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie” / “Glazed Strawberry Pie” / “Individual Cheesecakes” / “Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles” / “Blaise’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies” / “Applesauce Cookies with Caramel Frosting” / “Wicked Brownies” / “Grandma Barbra’s Divinity” / “Magical Fudge” / “Chocolate Puff Pastry Turnovers” / “Refrigerator Spaghetti and Sauce” / “Famous Tea Room Chicken Salad” / “Bolinger’s Ham Salad” / “Onion and Pepper Pasta Bake” / “Darla’s Old-Fashioned Meatloaf with Potatoes and Baby Carrots” / “Double Batch Lasagna” / “Homemade Pizza and Tomato Sauce” / “Black Pepper Corn Pudding” / “Potato Books” / “Baked Oysters” / “Broccoli Cheese Soup” / “Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad” / “Great Grandma Flora’s Corn Fritters” / “Family Salad Dressing” / “Lemon Curd” / “Maple Syrup” AND TONS MORE!!!

BUNDTLUST.com review –

“Blaise the Baker – Dessert First!” review

My interview with Donna Cronk –

http://www.donnacronk.com/blog/guest-blog-a-visit-with-blaise-doubman-as-he-discusses-his-debut-cookbook

AND!!! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BTBdessertfirst when you post your photos, etc!

Thank you ALL for EVERYTHING

Blaise

Signature – Family Memories and Recipes 

I am still SO EXCITED about my upcoming cookbook! The count down is ON and I am beyond grateful. September 27th will be here before you know it, but you can preorder your copy NOW by clicking here – https://blaisethebaker.com/2016/07/31/blaise-the-baker-desserts-first-ordering-information/

I LOVE this photo of my Grandma Deloris and Grandpa Max. It was taken years ago right before one of their famous Thanksgiving feasts. My Grandpa, always looking his best, ready to carve the turkey in the background – and my Grandma Deloris looking mischievous – as usual! LOL

BUT my favorite part!? LOOK at the casseroles sitting around in the foil pans – LOOK at the slabs of butter sitting on top – waiting to be melted! THIS I must have gotten from them! LOL What’s in the casseroles!? One item is on page 134 in my cookbook. You’ll have to wait and see…

Blaise

Signature – 09/24/15

For those who follow me on Facebook (http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker) or even Instagram (http://instagram.com/blaisethebaker) you will know that on rare occasion, I will post about something personal going on in my life. I don’t really like bringing attention to my personal life, etc. but so many of you have been good at sending prayers and good vibes to me and my family, I really feel like I owe you a look inside some very personal issues – and updates as to what’s going on.

I’m calling this new journal-type section my “Signature” post…

Signature 09/24/15

Grandma Barbra Blaise the Baker

About 5 months ago, my Grandma Barbra became a very sick person. We thought she was having (or had had) a stroke. Her speech was slurred, there was a weakness on her right side and you could just tell that something wasn’t right. That very morning, her blood pressure was sky high, so we just knew it was a stroke. All of the puzzle pieces, that we had, seemed to lead to one thing… stroke.

My Grandpa JR took her to the nearest Emergency Room… twice. They sent her home both times, telling her to “stop taking your blood pressure so often – you’re fine”. Remember – her speech was slurred and you could see it in her face that something wasn’t right. She was even struggling to walk.

I remember feeling numb and panicked. What was going on? What was happening? Why couldn’t people see what we were seeing? This woman, my Grandma Barbra, just a week before, was attending water aerobics class twice a week, driving, getting her own groceries, cooking, cleaning, and crafting…everything!

Her symptoms worsened, so we decided to take her to another Emergency Room. This time – they could tell, something wasn’t right. Several tests were run and ultimately it was determined that she had had a stroke…but there was another spot on her brain too, that they couldn’t really determine or explain. So they sent her to a bigger Hospital, for more tests.

At the other Hospital, she lay in bed getting worse and worse. I felt that the woman who had always been there for me, the woman who I loved and respected more than a lot of people in my life…was slipping away from me. I wasn’t ready for her to go. I didn’t want her to pass away. I knew she was “ready” though… I’ve never in my life met a person who loved God, had so much Faith and had lived her life according to such high beliefs in my life. The only difference though – was that I was NOT ready for her to go…

A week passed, and her symptoms were getting worse. Different Doctors came in with different options…sometimes three or four Doctors a day, and all with a different diagnosis on what was going on with my Grandma.

My whole family came together, some for the first time in years, and my Grandma knew that. I spent my days and nights’ barely holding myself together… crying on most days, staring into space and wondering what was going on, on other days. It was a living nightmare.

Then, finally, a Doctor came in and explained to us that there were two spots on the brain – one spot was the stroke…the other spot was cancer. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact she had brain cancer AND a stroke!? Really? Why? How? How could this happen to someone with such a good nature, like my Grandma? I was beyond upset, I was mad, and I was confused.

I prayed and prayed and didn’t stop. Then, the ultimate shoe dropped. We got an “official” report saying that my Grandma didn’t have a stroke at all. She had two masses on the brain – one pushing against the brain stem – that was classified as “brain cancer”. The cancer had started in the breast and traveled to the brain. There was no treatment. She had three months to live.

I remember feeling like my body had ripped open and my heart pulled out and stepped on. I cried and cried like I hadn’t since my Grandpa Max passed away – another Godly person in my life that had passed a few years before. I remember holding onto my cousin and us both crying. I remember my Mom holding me and trying to talk to me. Everyone was shocked and devastated.

I told myself this was it. I couldn’t live without her…and I wasn’t expecting to. I couldn’t even imagine going on in life without my Grandma there with me… Then two ministers from the Hospital we were at came over to us, held me, prayed with me and put a blessing on our family.

I went home that evening, after telling my Grandma Barbra I loved her and cried myself to sleep.

That next morning a miracle happened.

My Uncle was over at the Hospital with my Grandpa JR and Grandma Barbra, and another Doctor came in with this “diagnosis”. He said the spots on her brain, he thought, could be treated. He said he had someone, several years older than my Grandma Barbra, with some of the same issues – and today, he was fine! It’s a fairly new procedure called “radio surgery” and he highly recommended it.

When I heard this news, I dropped to my knees and thanked God. There was hope!

A couple days later, the “radio surgery” was performed, and we all waited and prayed it would work. The Doctor really had high hopes for the surgery and was really optimistic about it.

In the meantime, Grandma Barbra was transferred to a “Rehab Facility”.

She had the treatment, and the very next day – the very next day – her eyes were wider and she was talking clearer! We were all amazed! The treatment seemed to work!

Over the course of the next three months, my Grandma Barbra got stronger, talked better, became more alert and became more wide-eyed. We were all amazed and so thankful…

When my Grandma Barbra went back for her follow up appointment, the Doctor said it showed NO SPOTS in her brain. The MRI came back perfect, and things appeared to be normal. She was healed! The only thing she would have to monitor would be the breast cancer – which was still there. They had given her a cancer pill, which had helped keep things at bay. They told her to just keep doing what she had been doing, and that she was doing great!

Grandma went back to the Rehab Facility and what they did for her there, I can’t even put into words. They had given her her life back! The therapy, the encouragement and the support they gave her was above and beyond anything that I had originally expected. We were all impressed – and thankful.

I will never forget the day she left the Rehab Facility to come home. A few months earlier, I didn’t think that that moment was even possible… And now it was happening! I cried, tears of joy and thankfulness, most of the way home…

We were all thrilled that Grandma was home again – but none of us were more excited than my Grandma Barbra herself. I remember as soon as she walked in, she said “Wow! Smells good in here…” and just smiled and smiled.

“Home Therapy Care” started soon after, and she did great with the program. Within a month, she was cooking some in the kitchen, crocheting and knitting again, and reading her Amish Romance books. It was almost like things were back to normal. She had been through so much, it was remarkable to see her like this!

She’s currently attending “Outpatient Therapy” and doing great! She’s had several re-evaluations and several more Doctor appointments, and everything is so far, so good… She will continue the re-evaluations and they will continue to keep a close eye on things.

I’m so proud of her, and I love her so much!

I’m sure there are details I’m forgetting, emotions that I haven’t even began to convey through the written word, but I wanted to give everyone the full story (or at least a recap) of what’s been going on, how Grandma Barbra is doing today, how much she means to me, and how grateful and thankful we all are for your prayers and the sending of positive thoughts and vibes. Please keep them coming for my family, we more than appreciate them.

Blaise xoxo