Look Ma, No Hands!

This post is not sponsored and is solely the opinion of this really excited blogger!

I used to have a conundrum in the kitchen. When I would make a cake or cupcakes, I would usually have a little batter left over and I was never really sure what to do with it. I would proceed to make some extra cupcakes and of course eat them as I went along.

That worked for a while until I had to buy bigger jeans.

I didn’t want to throw it away, so I had to figure something out…

Did you know that you can freeze batter??!

There are over 6 billion people on this planet and I can’t be the only one who didn’t know that. So yes, you can totally freeze cake batter! When I figured this out, it became a whole new adventure jsut trying to get the batter into the freezer bags. It defeats the purpose of putting batter into bags to keep from wasting it when it doesn’t actually make it into the bag…

So one day, as I harmlessly perused the interwebs for something totally unrelated, I came across this beauty:

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image from walterdrake.com

Y’all, they make a holder that allows you to be hands-free! I might be late to the party, but I have arrived!! I used to think all the “As Seen On TV” stuff was fooey, but this thing has changed my life!

LITERALLY:

1. Set up the holder. It adjusts to the height you need to hold various bag sizes.

 

 

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2. Pour your food in the baggie. Seal it. Label with the contents and date and then put it into the freezer.

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The official name is the Hands-Free Baggy Rack and you can find them here and they are sooo worth the investment. Even if you don’t bake, you can use it for lots of things that need to be transferred to a bag…like prepping stuff for a crockpot meal! I’ll definitely be using some of those in the very near future 🙂

Walter Drake has some pretty nifty stuff, if I do say so myself!

Make It Awesome!

Easy DIY Washi Tape Frame

The hubby and I are attending SoFabCon14 this weekend and we have these challenges that we have to complete to be entered for a chance to win some pretty amazing prizes.

I’m learning so much but I really hope I win the prize pack!

So I just wanted to take a moment to share this DIY craft with you…a 1 min washi tape picture frame!

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Like, seriously one minute…

We entered the crafts room and I was like oooh glitter! Oooh ModPodge! Oooh washi tape! I was sold when I saw purple chevron washi tape.

Follow these simple steps to make your customizable frame:

1. Start with a clean, simple frame. I had a wooden one available. The amazingly encouraging words were supplied by the conference 🙂

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2. Select your washi tape. This step is the best! You can pick any style tape that you want…to match any theme or decor 🙂

3. Place 4 strips of tape along each length of the frame. Done and done!

Just to take it a little further, I embellished mine with paper flowers and buttons.

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These are SO simple and easy to do! You can make them to fit ANY theme!! Have fun and make it awesome!

A Winner is Brewing

Good morning!!

I hope you’re having a great day…I finished my coffee not long ago, so the world around me is a little more secure on this dreary Monday morning 🙂

I just wanted to write a quick post and let you know about a giveaway getting ready to launch over at Cupcake With Character. It’s called a Bake and Brew Giveaway! The winner will take home:

  1. A chrome Kitchenaid Mixer,
  2. A Keurig coffee maker, and
  3. Mindy Cone‘s newest book, Party Food for Girls!

I can’t wait to enter. A girl can never have too many Kitchenaid mixers…

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Cupcake With Character is still looking for a few more sponsors to enter. The giveaways she hosts usually hit a minimum of 70K entries and that’s where it pays off for you! A $25 sponsor fee will get exposure to you and your blog/business/shop from new fans all over the world.

One of my most supportive clients and repeat customers came from someone seeing that their friend liked my page through a giveaway and she’s been around, shopping and supporting,  for a year ❤

This sponsorship is not limited to event planners.  If you are trying to grow:

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Eating Green-Quick and Easy St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us!

Do you have your green ready to wear? I always forget every year and used to try to avoid getting pinched by saying that I had on green undies. That got awkward real fast when the pincher said “prove it” so I just sucked it up and took the pinch…

Would you like to avoid the big pinch this year? I always say it’s easier to catch flies with honey than vinegar…and it’s probably not a bad idea to bribe away the pain with sugar 🙂

Here are a few great ideas for St. Patrick’s Day goodies to share with family and friends:

Green candied popcorn

Green candied popcorn

Try some green candied popcorn…great for a school snack or watching Leprechaun movies at home. Or not. Those movies are terrible. Find the recipe over at Skip To My Lou!

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These are some yummy looking cupcakes from Love From the Oven! I seriously want to devour these…

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How quick and easy is this?!? Hershey’s Kisses gift bags or baskets! Head over to Setting the Mood for ideas on a fun DIY gathering 🙂

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This healthy, fruity rainbow was part of a luau party styled by San Diego Cooks a few years ago, but is still perfect for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration today! And if you want to be a little naughty, switch out those bananas for a few Almond Kisses or gold coins!

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Everyone loves donuts! Check out these beauties found on TastedThis.com! If you don’t have a local bakery getting in on the holiday, grab some icing, add green food coloring, some sprinkles, and distribute 🙂

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Pinterest Party and Cash Giveaway – Call To Bloggers

We’re having a party! If you want to mingle with us, check out all of the information below 🙂

Pinterest Party and Cash Giveaway

Calling all bloggers who would love to take advantage of a great opportunity to grow your followings, get some more exposure on Pinterest and increase your pageviews in the month of April! You will qualify for this opportunity if:

1) You have at least 300 Pinterest followers.

2) You can pay the $20 fee by March 15th. (All of the funds from all the hosts and co-hosts will go towards the cash giveaway.)

3) You will be willing to repin all of the participant’s pins during the week that it is required.

You can proceed to the sign-up form for more details. We are only accepting 48 bloggers for this opportunity so hurry to secure your spot! This one is going to be big!

Sign up here!

To all other bloggers, this is a great opportunity to get one of your posts some great exposure on Pinterest from people who have a nice following there. Stay tuned for the awesome giveaway and linkup that starts April 1st!

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{Valentine’s Day Craft} Sweet as Pie

My hubby loves my mom’s sweet potato pie. She usually makes it around the holidays and he looks forward to it every year…he managed to score 4 this year, so we’ve been eating it for a while.

That might be one of the reasons that I had to buy bigger pants last weekend. Moving along…

We live in the South and there are so many idioms and sayings here. A lot of them revolve around food and somebody is always as sweet as something. So I thought of something really quick, easy, and cute to share with you for Valentine’s Day…a “Sweet as Pie” pie box!

I googled templates of the pie box to find one that was really easy to construct. With a little editing, I customized it to fit the holiday.

Tools You’ll Need to Complete:

  • templates
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • tape

1. Print the templates out.

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2. Cut the templates out. Make sure that you only cut on the solid lines or you’ll need a lot more tape. You can also use decorative cardstock for the bottom if you want to give your box a little more color.

3. Fold along the dotted lines.

4. Place the tab inside the flap.

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4. Tape the sides to the tabs. Inside or outside, whatever works aesthetically for you is fine.

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5. Do this for each side until both parts of the box are finished.

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6. Insert pie into the bottom part of the box…the one that reads “mmm, pie!” is the bottom (if you want it to be.)

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bad picture, good pie!

6. Share 🙂

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You can jazz it up with some twine or ribbon if you like. But what a sweet gift! And you don’t have to only use this for pie, as cake slices will fit into it too! Just be warned, each box only holds one serving!

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Happy Wives Club: I Married My Best Friend

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This post is part of the Happy Wives Club Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE! 

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“You’ve never been married because you don’t know what marriage is about!”

During one of many arguments with the individual I was dating at the time, he screamed those words at me. I calmly, yet indignantly, replied, “I’ve never been married because I do know what marriage is about.”

I dated a long string of jerks looking for the man who I thought should be my husband. I went through repetitive years of heartbreak, disappointment, fear, failure, and emotional torment trying to find my happily ever after; I couldn’t find the man I needed to complete me.

But I still wanted desperately to be married. I still believed in it. I knew I would find the right man before I was 30 with whom to start my happily ever after.

Proverbs 18:22 states that “He who finds a good wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord” (ESV) and I think I figured I could help God out a little by trying to find him first. I’ve found, consistently, that God usually laughs when we make plans and try to do things our own way. When I did meet my husband, I was still looking for him and he wasn’t ready for me…I was still trying to rush him and rush God. And while our intentions were slowly syncing, we did something incredible…we became friends.

I’ve always felt like I wanted to be friends with the person that I was dating. I knew that it was important to be friends with my spouse and truly believed that having a friendship would be the foundation for a lasting marriage. I didn’t realize just how important being friends with your spouse would be until we actually started dating and got really serious about each other.

So, just shy of my 34th birthday (and only 3.75 years past my deadline) we got hitched. We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary on November 19th. There are two things that I hear most from people when they see me and when they see us: people will see my glow when my husband is mentioned and tell me that marriage looks good on me; it usually just serves to intensify my radiance…and some see us together and say that we’re only happy together because we’re still newlyweds and that all of that will wear off after we’ve been married just a little longer.

photo courtesy of Isaac Singleton Photography

photo courtesy of Isaac Singleton Photography

Hubby is quick to reply that we’re happy because we really, really like each other as friends.

In reading the Happy Wives Club book, there was something shared from one of the couples that made me grin from ear to ear and I found both comfort and satisfaction in their words. One of the husbands stated that the most important thing to having a happy marriage was “(to remain) good friends…that friendship is…the trust…the confidence…and with a good friendship, you can put up with your friend’s idiosyncrasies,…(their) small misdemeanors because you’re friends…”

One of the things that I find equally frustrating and beautiful about being married to my husband is that I can never stay mad at him. Lots of times I really, really want to be mad at him. But I can’t. I can’t stay mad at my friend. And he can’t stay mad at me. I know I’m winning on that front because I surely aggravate him on a consistent basis…but we love each other, flaws and all. We are each other’s confidant and closest companion. We do almost everything together. Even when enjoying our separate hobbies, we enjoy being together…he watches football and I curl up under him reading a book.

I often hear women lament that they can’t find a good man, that they have this really great guy friend who is locked securely in the “friend zone” because “he knows me too well…”

Ma’am, if the guy possesses the characteristics you’re looking for in a husband, he knows everything about you, and still wants to be around you and is truly a friend to you…he. might. be. the. one.

My husband knows everything about me. He knows my strengths, weaknesses, flaws and all…and he loves me unconditionally. He loves me because I’m a real person and I can return to him, the love and respect that he shows me. He compliments me where I’m strong and complements me where I am weak. When anything happens in my life, good or bad, he’s the first person I want to talk to. I know that he gets my incredibly sarcastic sense of humor and reaps the benefits of my ability to laugh at myself…he laughs “with” me A LOT. He is, without question, my best friend and I’m blessed to spend every day in his presence. I eagerly look forward to all that the future holds for us.

I held out for him and didn’t settle for the first man who said he wanted to marry me or asked me to get more serious in our relationship. Yes, I wanted to get married, but I never wanted to settle. There, sadly, was more than one occasion where I dated someone to only realize later that I didn’t even like him as a person. No bueno.

It’s been almost 8 years since I heard those words from my incredibly delusional ex, but I’ve never forgotten them. I truly believed that a happy marriage was possible and I knew that I wanted it more than anything. Marriage really is like having a job, but as Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Being married to my best friend is the easiest decision I’ve made and I love our lives together. We are living proof that happy marriages do exist!

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Fawn Weaver, the founder of the Happy Wives Club wrote a book about the best marriage secrets the world has to offer. They say the book is like “Eat, Pray, Love meets The 5 Love Languages.” I say the book is inspiring. You can grab a copy HERE.

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