Happy July 4th!



It’s Been a Week

Sorry for the lack of posts this week!  Life has been crazy and maybe next week I’ll do a post on it.  For now, I’ll tease you with a couple cupcake recipes I’ll post next week.  I know I’ve said I don’t really like cupcakes.  I still don’t really … I will always choose a piece of cake over a cupcake (call me crazy).  But, they are fun to bake and I love trying all the different flavors.

Baking is a stress reliever for me, and with a lot of stress in my life these past couple days, I decided to bake some Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes and some Cookies and Cream cupcakes.

I’m actually planning on making these for a friend on Monday, but needed a practice run since I’d never made them before.  I have some changes I want to make to the Raspberry Lemonade recipe and I’ll share with you my original Cookies and Cream recipe.

For now, enjoy the pictures. 🙂


I used to totally fill out those “get to know you” surveys all the time when I was in sixth grade and we had dial up Internet.  I saw this one on a website and thought it would be fun to fill in my own answers.  Takes me back to my youth!  (You know, since I’m so old and all.  Though that might actually seem true considering all of the gray hair I have … and carefully hide.)

A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?
I love love Braeburns.  If I can’t find Braeburns, I’ll get Galas.

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?
I love those Hawaiian rolls.  Or those rolls from O’Charleys.  Other than that, I actually don’t eat bread as much.  (Sweets are my weakness.  Clearly.)

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)
I rarely eat cereal, but if I were to get some right now I’d probably choose Cinnamon Life.

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?
Jelly donuts from Marsh.  My oh my.

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?
Scrambled with cheese.  Not runny at all, thank you very much.

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?
Blech.  I’m not a fan so I can’t say I have a favorite.

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?
Usually Kroger.  Occasionally Marsh, Aldi, or Costco.

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?
I love hot apple cider and sometimes hot chocolate hits the spot.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
My ultimate is a vanilla base (or sweet cream).  Then add either oreos and hot carmel (DELISH) or Coldstone’s Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some.

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?
I love the all fruit spreads from Whole Foods.  But if I’m at a restaurant, I’ll take grape jelly.

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?
They have this Cinnamon Harvest shredded wheat that is soooo good.

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?
A hot dog from Sam’s Club with plenty of mustard and a little ketchup.

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
Hmmm … I rarely eat microwave meals.  I did like those pepperoni hot pockets in college but I haven’t had one in an age.

N: is for nutrients, do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?
Fats and proteins together.  I personally think that carbs from sweets and breads really aren’t necessary for you (that doesn’t mean I follow this policy).  In theory, I believe the best nutrients are found in fats and proteins.  In practice, I don’t often follow this but I am trying to change that.

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?
Prefer extra virgin olive oil and occasionally extra virgin coconut oil.  Rarely canola oil.

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?
Mainly beef and chicken.  Sometimes eggs, cheese, or lamb.  Rarely peanut butter.

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?
I can’t remember the last time I ate oatmeal.  But it would have milk, brown sugar, and maple syrup.  In all honesty, put them in a cookie and I’m happy.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?
Thin asparagus with EVOO and salt is like candy to me.  I also like roasted broccoli and roasted potatoes.

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?
When I eat a sandwich, it’s usually turkey and salami with provolone cheese and mustard.  Prefer it hot with some oil and vinegar.  (This is my standard order when I go to Penn Station for a sandwich.)

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?
Depends where I’m going but I tend to eat out a lot.  I would prefer to eat dinner out and then make brunch in.

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?
I don’t know that I have many weird food combos; I’m just a picky eater.  But I do like the combinations of Wendy’s fries and chocolate frosty.

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?
I usually only take a MegaRed fish oil.

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?
Never had it.  Doubt I’d like it.

X: is for XRAY. if we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
Diet Coke (that’s not food), plus some party food — chocolate covered strawberries and some M&Ms.

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?
My grandma’s apple cake.

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?
As a quick bread.  Ha.  I’m not crazy about the zucchini texture, but Carrabbas makes an interesting zucchini side dish that I should try sometime.

Domestic Wish List

As I take a break from procrastinate my bedroom and bedroom closet organization (before and after pictures to come later), I thought I’d share a few things on my domestic wish list.  You know, in case you’re feeling charitable. 🙂

(Because it’s totally normal to buy something expensive for someone you’ve never met.)

First on my list is the KopyKake Projector.  I love making decorated cookies (and someday I’ll share with you the roll sugar cookie dough I swear by) but I have a hard time decorating them.  A KopyKake projector projects the image on the cookie so you can basically trace it onto the cookie.  Genius!!  This model is the K1000-G and is $425.  Definitely not in my budget right now.


Next on my list is the Silhouette cutter.  I currently own (read: took from my mom) a Cricut cutter.  It’s great, but I love the Silhouette’s ability to make your own designs and also to download new designs on the cheap.  You can not only cut paper, but fabric, vinyl, and work with rhinestones and heat transfer.  The Silhouette SD is currently available for only $249.99, which I would jump on if I were employed.  In the mean time, I’ll just keep entering all the Silhouette giveaways on my favorite blogs. 🙂

I would like every color (hey, if I’m making a wish list I might as well go big) of disco dust.  Disco dust is sparkly edible glitter for cookies and cakes.

A Cuisinart ice-cream maker.  (Does this really need an explanation?)

Finally, the Kitchenaid Pasta Excellence mixer attachments.  I really want to make my own pasta sometime.  While I know I can do it without these attachments, it’s just not as fun!

Later this week I’ll show you what I’ve actually accomplished upstairs.  Hopefully by this time tomorrow the laundry will be done, I’ll be able to walk in my closet, and everything will be clean and organized.

A Note and a Thank You …

Sorry for the lack of posts this weekend.  For various reasons, I didn’t get a chance to get the final post up for the Race Day series.  Since Race Day is over, I’ll just say congratulations to Dan Wheldon — winner of this year’s Indy 500!


Have a wonderful day today, whether you are celebrating with your family, getting some great deals, or just relaxing off work.  Tuesday is my last day of work for the school year, and it’s a teacher work day, so I’ll be relaxing all day!  But while you’re celebrating, make sure to spend time remembering the sacrifices made for you by men and women all over this country.


To those who have served their country, I thank you!


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