March 22, 2011

Random Things of Happiness

Hello all! Sorry I've not posted much lately. No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth. It's the busy season for me at work, add stress and just personal issues to go along with that and I've not done much to blog about nor felt like looking at the laptop after working on a computer all day.

Here's a few little "somethings" that brought me some happiness during the past several weeks of craziness. Much love to my cousin M, my bestie SMD and my mom for being my rocks and anchors when I felt like the boat was sinking. I love you all.

This is my new apron my wonderful mom gave me. Isn't it just the CUTEST? Little, sparkly cupcakes all over. And it's reversible too. The other side has coordinating stripes like the ones along the bottom of this side and two cute little pockets. I love it! The glittery sparkles will probably come off in the wash a little each time it's washed, but it will still be fabulous, sparkely or not.

This is my souvenir my honey brought back for me when he went to a haunted halloween convention in St. Louis, MO a couple weekends ago. I love, love, love monkeys and he saw this little guy and knew it was perfect for me. Inside the rim it says "Have fun monkeying around." I very much enjoy having hot tea in the evenings and coffee in the mornings and this mug is the perfect size. It's lightweight and sooo adorable! Yep, he did good picking this out. It was accompanied by a pumpkin spice flavored lip balm. Pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite flavors. It's the best thing about fall every year.

My niece Kayla came to stay with us for several days while she was on Spring Break from college. We don't get to see her very often and I like to try to bake something with her when she's here. Usually she reaps the rewards of our efforts because we send her back to college with goodies. I reap the benefit of getting to spend time with her. These are Apricot Pecan Thumbprint cookies. They were simple to make, didn't take a lot of time and are really good. The recipe called for peach but I didn't have that, so I used apricot instead. I can't remember off the top of my head where the recipe came from. I found it online somewhere. Maybe Pillsbury's or All Recipes websites. I can't recall but they were delicious. We also made smokey four cheese mac-n-cheese which just lit her entire demeanor up. LOL...I've NEVER seen anyone that excited about Mac-N-Cheese. She had to text her friends about it. Don't worry, she took home a container full of the stuff.

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll have more to post in the weeks to come. I'm wanting to make a second attempt at making cake pops. Last time I wasn't successful with making just the cake balls. I've learned a few things since then, things being done incorrectly, wrong amounts, etc. So I'm about ready to give it another go and see how well they turn out this time. Let's keep our collective fingers crossed they actually turn out this time!

Lots of love to you all and keep on baking! I'd love to see what's been cooking in your "laboratories!"

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