Archive for November, 2009

It’s the Holiday Season

Lola: Not Quite a Showgirl

My time management skills have been somewhat lacking as of late.  Mostly in the sense that I have no idea what day it is or how long it has been since I’ve updated my blog.  (For the record, it’s been too long).

For the holiday, the mister and I drove our two snuggly pets two hours across the state to feast on things like turkey and stuffing.  Well, the animals didn’t eat those things but they joined us on our trek.

Thanksgiving dinner was spent at the familial home of the mister.  Around a warm table of his close family.  And adorable Boston Terriers.

Forgetful Lucy

The evening ended with me not quite sleeping on my dad’s couch, watching American Dreams on DVD until about 1am.  Though I’m usually an expert couch sleeper, I failed to catch any z’s this time around.  Most likely because I knew I had to wake up at 5am for some insane deal hunting.

I must say that hanging out with family while shopping is surprisingly fun.  Due to a lack of sleep on all parts everyone was quite slap happy.

But the BEST part about this past weekend has to be the fact that I got to clean the apartment and decorate for Christmas. Man. I love Christmas.  The apartment looks like magic when it’s all lit up.  Granted, I didn’t photograph all of it, I thought I’d share some of my holiday cheer.

Village People

John's Owl: Amanda's Cupcake ❤

The end.


November 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

C is for Cookie…

I finally did it.  I baked some delicious sugar cookies using the recipe from Bake at 350.  I even made my own royal icing and tried my hands at flooding.

Now, I should tell you that daily savings time sucks and that by the time I was finished it was too dark out for good photos.  But they’re impressive.  Next time I’ll document it better.

Nom nom nom

1st Attempt

So, there you have them folks. I’m honestly really excited about them!! I’m ready for custom orders 😉

So, you’d think that’s the tip top of my cookie excitement, right?  Well, you are so wrong!!

When shopping at Michaels for cookie stuff, I was unable to find any good cookie cutters.  A fact I complained about to my loving boyfriend for at least 30 minutes.  That’s a tip for you: Don’t go to Michaels looking for cookie cutters.

But now it’s Friday.  And Friday the 13th no less.  But something AMAZING happened.  I received a package.  This is huge.  I never receive packages. Ever. What could it be?


What could it be?

Oh man. Who’s it from?  Why is it here?  What is it? Oh man, oh man!

Did you guess yet?


Is that a LOBSTER???

Oh man.  SOMEBODY loves me.  I say somebody like that to emphasize that I’m not entirely sure who this anonymous gift is from.  I say that…but I’m certain it’s a certain awesome lady.

But how amazingly sweet is it to receive an anonymous gift and have it be cookie cutters?  Just when I’m all mopey about things I get this nice gift.  I love you mystery gift giver.  You made my day.  Now, I’ll make you cookies. 🙂


November 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm 6 comments

I need a bigger kitchen


I need more.

My recent bout with unemployment has taught me a lot about the importance of hobbies.  And a lot about the way my mind works.

Here I am, sitting on the couch with some huge headphones on, watching the mister play video games.  All of a sudden my boredom bursts out of me and I decide that if I ever want to get anywhere in the baking world, I need to take inventory of what I have to use.

That apparently means that I needed to go through the apartment and find all of my cookie cutters and take a photo of them.  Now, I somehow lost all of my halloween cookie cutters but that’s besides the point.

The point is this: I need more non Christmas specific cookie cutters. I need moustache cookie cutters. And cake shaped ones. And cupcake shaped ones. And acorn shaped ones. And so on.  But I’m unemployed. So I have no idea what to do with that.

Anyway, I blame this on my recent reobsession with baking blogs. Particularly Bake @ 350.  It’s fantastic for inspiration. And time wasting. And teaching me how to do royal icing.

You just wait. I’m going to bake something gorgeous soon. I might buy one cookie cutter for this endeavor.  Eventually you’ll be able to pay me for my efforts. Yep. Special orders for my goodies.

If you have any baking requests, let me know. I’m bored and want to bake tasty goodies.

November 4, 2009 at 9:14 pm 2 comments


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