Hello Kitty Cupcakes

I hope everyone enjoys our  Hello Kitty Cupcakes! I made them for a friends birthday and they went over great.

When I made the Elmo cupcakes and Cookie Monster Cupcakes last month I never thought I would start getting requests for different cupcake characters.  The same day I delivered these cupcakes I was asked to make Hello Kitty Cupcakes.

Hello Kitty Cupcakes

I was honestly not sure how I was going to make Hello Kitty Cupcake at first. Finally after sketching out some ideas we came up with what we think is a pretty cute version of Hello Kitty Cupcakes.

 Hello Kitty Cupcakes… 

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Cascade Platinum Pacs to the rescue

Do you ever have days you just don’t want to do the dishes and they pile up in the sink? Days were you turn around and all of a sudden the sink looks like a bomb went off with dirty dishes piled to what feels like the ceiling? I don’t know why but dishes are my least favorite household chore and the one I ended up doing most often. This week we made cupcakes for a friends birthday, had my parents over and cooked for them and ended up with dishes piled high. I was given the chance to try Cascade Platinum Pacs and this was the perfect week to put them to the test.

Cascade Platinum Dirty Dishes

This bowl of icing sat overnight in the kitchen sink. Normally I would pre-soak the dishes and scrub them before placing them in the dishwasher. Cascade Platinum Pacs are made so you do not have to pre-soak or scrub your dishes. Cascade Platinum Pacs have a triple-action formula that is specially designed to deliver sparkling clean dishes.

I was really interested to see if the Cascade Platinum Pacs would be able to clean the bright pink icing off of my pots and spatulas. In the past I have had to wash the dishes by hand or pre-scrub them before putting them into the dishwasher…. 

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Elvis Cupcakes aka Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Are you an Elvis Fan? Are you a cupcake fan? If you answered yes than you are going to love these Elvis Cupcakes aka Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting!

John’s Mom is a huge Elvis fan! I mean huge fan! She has Elvis memorabilia in her house and is always listening to Elvis. Since her birthday was this week I thought I would make her a special treat and created Elvis Cupcakes.

She was so shocked when I told her they were Elvis Cupcakes she was not sure what to say!

Elvis Cupcakes


Elvis Cupcakes aka Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting!… 

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Season of Surprises

This year for the holidays John and I embarked on a Season of Surprises!

We decided to surprise some of the most important people in our lives with….well let me show you.

In total we visited

-8 states (Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama)

-Drove over 3000+ Miles

-Flew over 10 hours back and forth across the country

-and it was all so worth it!

Johns Mom Best of Broadway

Our first Surprise of the Season was for John’s Mom. John surprised her with a Mom & Son date night to Best Of Broadways Million Dollar Quartet. John’s Mom is a huge Elvis fan and we knew that she would love this show. We had no idea she had never been to a Broadway show before. She was dancing in the aisles and had the best smile on her face during the show…. 

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So excited! My new Canon T3i Camera arrived today!

Oh my goodness I am so dang excited! I have been saving for months and months to buy a new camera. Today it arrived and I can’t wait to start using it. I previously had a Canon Rebel and managed to wear out the shutter on it twice. Did I mention I take a lot of photos. I have been saving my Swagbucks  Amazon gift cards for months to buy a new camera. While I was at Blogher a few weeks ago I won $300 in Milk Money from Got Milk this helped me reach my goal. My lovely husband added in the last little bit that I needed and I was able to order my camera last week on my birthday.

This is the kit that I purchased ~Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens & Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 III Lens + 58mm 2x Telephoto lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens (4 Lens Kit!!!!!!) W/32GB SDHC Memory+ Extra Battery + Charger + 3 Piece Filter Kit + UV Filter + Case +Accessory Kit !!

I am really excited that it has everything in one kit. I have lenses from my old camera but they are not IS lenses. I can’t wait to try everything out this week and see how the photos look. Hopefully you will all be able to see some truly amazing food photos soon with our recipes.

Any tips for using this camera?

Check out my Mom’s growing stockpile! I am such a proud daughter

Check out my Mom’s growing stockpile! I am such a proud daughter

This past week we headed to Seattle to surprise my Mom for her birthday. While we were visiting my Mom showed me her stockpile cabinet she is working on. I have to tell you I am such a proud daughter right now! Prior to this visit all of the bath and body products were all over the place. Some were under the bathroom counter, others were on a shelf, others were in a box, others were well you get the picture. My parents are remodeling their house including the bathrooms. My Mom decided to put all of the extras in one place so she knows exactly what she has and can easily find them. I am so happy and proud right now! I think one of the best ways to save money is knowing what you have so you do not go out and buy it again. My Mom mentioned how nice it is to be able to find everything and know exactly what she has. She can easily see how much soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant ect that she has in the house and plan her shopping trips accordingly. In the past if she could not find it she would pick up a new one the next time she was at the store. Only to find her extras a day or two later and be upset she bought something she didn’t need to.


Personalized Birthday Chronicle!

Personalized Birthday Chronicle!

Do you have people in your life that are really hard to buy birthday gifts for? My husband is one of those people. I always try to find him something interesting or fun but it is hard some years to find something. This year I found a really cool thing to add to his gift. I had a Birthday Chronicle made up for him. It is so much fun! I love being able to read what the headlines were on the day that he was born.

Here is some more information on the Birthday Chronicle:

A personalized (8 1/2 x 11) mini-newspaper front page, going back as far as January 1, 1900  up to December 31, 2011.  Your Birthday Chronicle includes a greeting, by name, from the then-President of the United States, plus newspaper headlines and stories from the year of your birth.

You will enjoy reading your Birthday Chronicle over and over again.  Always a conversational piece with groups young and old … you will be able to read and reminisce about the academy award winners and the top music hits and songs from the year of your birth.

Great gift idea for a birthday, a party or just to hang in any room.

To Celebrate Getting Older

I received an email today that really made me smile. My birthday is Tuesday and this was a great reminder to live life to the fullest.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:”

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck..
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.