Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Love This Thing!

It spoke to me from the shelf-buy me. As I reach for it I can see Lon roll his eyes. I have a problem and it's called if there's anything that has to do with cupcakes I buy it. It was only 5 dollars and it has already made my cupcake life that much sweeter. Now I only need five more for when I'm layering rainbow colored batter.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Our Struggle

Throughout the last year we have waited and tried and cried. I have spoke to, meet, and been comforted by many. Megan turned me onto this blog Ready to Be a Mom which in turned dropped me in the center of this

Tears and Hope [HQ]

Never forget how truly blessed you are, and never underestimate the pain that some people suffer, to have what you take for granted... For a better understanding of our journey through Infertility please watch this video. http://www.tearsandhope.com/

Length:7:47(taken from Ready To Be a Mom Blog)

I couldn't have said it or explained it better myself. To all those fellow couples out there dreaming of the babies you've lost and have yet to meet have hope, have faith, find strength in each other, we are here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

HB Melanie!

Melanie's birthday was this past week and her friend from work put in an order for a cake-with Reese's peanut butter cups please! So here it is. I have to admit for those of you who know me I was major stressing this cake. I wanted it to be perfect! Melanie loves turtles too. The sand is brown sugar-love it! HB Melanie!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Who's Johnny!

Apparently I've now become part of this I'm obsessed with cupcakes subculture. I hvae found a home with fellow bloggers and learning to sewers, and baking a messers. So I follow this blog called Cupcakes Take the Cake. They show pictures of super cool cupcakes people from all over that people have made. They also do reviews of new cupcake bakeries and show you what the cupcakes look like-love it. They also keep me posted on anything cupcake related. That's where I found out about Johnny Cupcakes. He's a designer, raised in Massachusetts-points for that. He has these cool stores where his t-shirts are sold and the displays are old bakery stuff-ovens and stuff ya know. His symbol- a cupcake with crossbones!!!!

This brings us to Monday at Crave cupcakes in Houston-yes I'm completely obsessed with their strawberry cupcakes. I keep wanting to try something else but they call to me. I mean come on they're pink! See below-notice the special fondant medallion?

Well they hosted a come and meet Johnny Cupcake night on his suitcase tour. Lon was so great-we showed up at 7:00 and left around 11. We waited in line for almost five hours waiting to buy a limited edition Johnny Cupcakes t-shirt. It didn't happen, I had to leave, just-could-not-take-it. We met some really cool people-shout out to Ernie and the mom in front of us with her tween and tennage girls-that's a mom! I did meet Johnny-that's him

Got a picture in front of his cupcake mobile....

And you can see me just for a second on his Houston vlog-right around 3:45-I'm wearing a white jacket, grey shirt, and have my blue coach purse. Oh Johnny. In the coming days I may have a cupcake and crossbones on my car!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

It's Alive-It's Alive!

My sewing machine works and I actually didn't have to use a seam ripper!!!
I love applique and my friend Dulce just put in an order for her littliest friend Giana! I hope she likes it! I can't believe how easy the ruffle was. I had to share with you all so you can see what I've been doing lately. I'm taking orders and open for business!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

They Were Crunchy!

Okay so I follow blogs..it's what I do and one thing I kept seeing coming up again and again was this Pioneer Woman Cookbook. Since I've tried to start cooking, I did make some horrible caramel corn, Lon bought me this book for my birthday! It was so easy! We have amazon.com wishlists and anything I've been wanting I add to it and he does the same and then when something comes up we can just order gifts off of each other's wishlist.

Anyway in between all of my papers for graduate school I decided to make the homemade potato skins. Wow they were awesome. And they were crunchy!

I love her book so much! It gives great step by step instructions with pictures. Those of ya'll that know me know I won't spend money on a cookbook when I can go garage saling this weekend and find some pretty good ones for 50 cents but this one is worth it. Oh and she has a website!!! Here's the linky!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sewing, Sewing not Sewing

Okay so I'd like to put up a picture but I've been sewing and what no one tells you about sewing is that STAYING IN A STRAIGHT LINE IS HARD!

I've been working on applique-I understand that applique was probably not the easiest place to start but you know me. I did manage the following things.
1. I can cut fabric.
2. I can use backing and make the fabric stick to other fabric.
3. It looks decent until you look at the lines.
4. Oh and I didn't sew the fabric (a onesie and fabric) together making it unusable.

Hopefully I'll have some pictures up soon. If you have any ideas on how to learn applique-ie moving the fabric and keep the stitching somewhat even let me know.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Look Ma! I Made a Pillow!

Sewing School was a success! Now I'm hooked and I don't know what to do. In class I learned the basics-great for all of us who went to Catholic School and didn't have the option of home ec. I actually made a pillow-see above. Yes, I made that!!! So I have enetered another hobby, and what do I do when I enter into a new hobby? Shop for accessories of course! What am I going to make...hmmm...well Randi's having another baby!!!! It's a boy and there's the onesie I've been dying to try out...we'll see!!!!I'll keep ya posted!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Let the Love Begin!

I'm back at cake balls. This time Valentine's themed cake balls. I used the meltables by Wilton and I'm completely in love with them! I was thinking about making them into cake pops and creating a bouquet for V-Day. Put your orders in now if you want them in time. I love pink and sprinkles and chocolatey goodness on the inside.
Lon asks why are you always making cake balls and I don't get to eat any. The life of a husband-poor thing!

Friday, January 29, 2010


I did it again. I cooked and neither Lon nor myself died. I'm completely overwhelmed by taking three graduate courses at once this semester so decided to cook a little side dish/ appetizer. I believe I got this recipe off of the Pillsbury site. They're covered meatballs. You'll need:

2 cans of Grands biscuits or three Grands Jr-whatever you have a coupon for

15 or so croutons crushed

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or a ton if you're me.

2 tablespoons melted butter

15 meatballs thawed

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Grease a cookie pan or use your very versatile cooking stone (I use it for EVERYTHING!)

Roll out the biscuits

Add cheese as pictured.

I told you I used a ton.

Push meatballs down into the center of each biscuit.

Pinch the biscuit up and around to cover all of the cheese and meatball and seal.

See the seals?

Cover the top of each biscuit with butter-brush it on ever so gently.

Add crushed croutons on the top. I put mine in a Ziploc baggie and whacked them until they're crushed.

Bake for 10-12 or until golden brown and there you go.

Happy Cooking. We're going to PF Chang's!!! Oh yea!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Need S'Mores?

Each week I'm trying to make something new. Last week it was S'mores brownies-so easy and I think with my couponing it cost me 1.50 for the batch. Now you know I didn't make the brownies from scratch because I'm working on making things from my stockpile. So you need:

1 box of brownie mix (follow the directions on the back regarding water, oil, and eggs)

1 bag of mini marshmallows or 40 large jumbo ones

3 Hershey's chocolate bars broken into small pieces

1-2 cups-depending on you of graham crackers or graham cracker crust

I baked the brownies plain and them pulled out five minutes early. First throw on the marshmallows, if you're using the big mallows like I did but them up first. They work as the glue some get them everywhere! Next spread on the chocolate and then grahams. Cook for 5 more minutes or until the mallows brown a bit. They are sooo good and something about the mallows just brings it to a whole nother level of goodness. I got this recipe off of a frugal blog and I can't remember where but to whoever figured this out thank you!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

So I got married again!

The first time Lon and I got married we ran off to Vegas. That's right-at the Little White Wedding Chapel. I believe we were in the same room Britney Spears got married in. It was so fun, so risky, so us. I'm a devout Catholic though and while Lon and I knew we wanted to get married I was waiting for my annulment from my first marriage to come through. You Catholics understand.

So we agreed that once it came through we could have a blessing in the Catholic church. Super small and private much like the first one. Well my annulment came through this summer and we have been preparing for our Catholic blessing ever since.

Deacon Tim was nice enough to marry us again on our anniversary. So two years to the day we tied the knot again. I guess it's pretty finalized at that point. Thank you God for the blessing that is Lon. I couldn't have dreamed there was someone like him meant for me.

My Dad giving me away.

Deacon Tim-the man who went through the divorce, the annulment, and now my happily ever after with me.

The night ended with cake-made by me and bowling. More pictures to come once Marc sends the professional ones. These pictures thanks to Smelanie!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Monkey cupcakes

Melanie and I made the first batch of monkey things for Kim's shower. The monkey cupcakes. I'm so happy with how they came out I had to share them!!!

What'd You Get For Christmas?

Do you remember growing up and running to the phone after you opened all of your gifts to call your best friend and dish about what each other got? Well that's how Suzanne and I always rolled.Christmas 2009 consisted of lots of food, teenagers hiding their faces and refusing to hug people, and getting everything we wanted yet spending half of what we did last year. How that happened I'll never know!
I got my Flamingo Motel!!! I have been wanting this for two years now-why because I collect dept. 56 and have a deep love for flamingos. Lon got extra points for this after last year's mishap.

Lon got a dremel-whatever that means. He wanted it-I bought it.

Teenagers refusing to be merry until the opened their gifts.

And probably the best gift of all from my Dad.