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elana amsterdam babcock galleries the gluten free almond flour cookbook signing

Another night another book signing.  Hooray!  This one was also super fun with a steady little trickle of people popping by the gorgeous Babcock Galleries in midtown Manhattan.

I want to give a huge thank you to John and Marylyn who arranged this event for me!  They have been super supportive about any and every aspect of my book, encouraging me all along the way.  Thanks so much to two of my favorite people.

Sara with the Gluten Free Almonf Flour Cookbook at Babcock Galleries

Sara posing with my book by a sculpture at Babcock Galleries; above photo, John had people line up so it would look “crowded.”

I also want to thank my best friend from college, Mary who came by the gallery to visit with me.  She is a very successful businesswoman who travels the world for work and I was thrilled that she could make it.

The biggest surprise of the night was my friend Beth.  It is because of her that I met my husband –though that’s a story for another time.  We fell out of touch about 9 years ago when we were both busy with small children; a year or two later my family moved to Colorado.  She stopped by the gallery and it was the first time I had seen her in almost a decade.  Needless to say, I was completely overjoyed.

More than anything though, right now I am missing my children desperately.  They were out here with us over Labor Day weekend, then my husband flew home with them for work/school, so I have been solo for a couple of days.  While I love hanging in NYC and meeting my readers, I am pretty lonely for the husband and boys!  I’m used to being away from the husband as he travels quite a bit, however being away from the boys is something to which I’m not accustomed.

boys in the mud

Here is a photo of one of my favorite memories from this summer.  My boys are destroying our back yard with their friend Kai on a rainy day by digging a big mud whole in the center of our tiny lawn.  As they labored on this project, the storm did not deter them.  However, when thunder and lightening began to strike, I called them inside.  They threw on their swim suits and all 3 of them piled into the master bathroom shower where they steamed themselves.

After that, they came down to the kitchen where I was unpacking a jar of coconut oil that had been recently delivered.  They proceeded to smear it all over their hair and faces, until they were well oiled.  Unknowingly, they had created quite the little spa day for themselves!

Tonight I am heading over to my friend Alex’s on the East side of Manahattan.  She is throwing my NYC book launch party for family and friends and I am really looking forward to it…

posted on September 10, 2009, 7 comments

  1. haha! They must have been SOO oily from the coconut oil!

  2. ~M

    Elana, you look so beautiful in the first photo! :)

    I love using coconut oil as a skin product…smart boys! It’s the best lip gloss ever – edible, gluten-free, not girly, and it actually stays on and moisturizes! I’ve also heard that it can be used as a sort of sunscreen.

  3. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    How wonderful … all of it (well, except for missing your boys, of course)! Thanks for sharing with us. :-)


  4. Hooray for another fabulous signing event!! :)

    Aww hang in there – you’ll be reunited with the family soon enough!! Hugs.

  5. Penny

    Hey Elana,

    Good for you, doing the signings. I ordered your book today, finally, and am looking forward to receiving it.

    Just enjoy your solo moment. Soon enough you’ll be back to all the responsibilities of being a wonderful mom. :-)

    It seems you have two blog fans named Penny I’m the Penny in Kentucky. Cheers!


  6. Linda

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. How special to see Beth again! That’s wonderful..all of your experiences will be great memories. I am sure the boys are missing you too! But time flies and you will all be together again soon…absence makes the heart grown fonder. :) I bet the launch party was a blast too! Enjoy the special moments!

  7. Karen

    Yippee! Congrats! You’ll be home soon so try to enjoy these days filled with booksignings and new connections. I can relate though, it’s always good to get back home.

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