Quick snack

I don’t like to waste things.

Especially food.

So I came up with this idea so Chuck and Boy Wonder don’t go hungry when we are out for longer than anticipated and I can not waste food….

Trail mix. Genius, right?

But seriously, what I do is I take the last pieces of crackers or raisins or whatever non-refrigerated thing comes down the pike, and I add it to this cool container.

Then I shake it up.

My kids think it’s pretty awesome, and I’m wasting not and wanting not.

I keep it in my enormous purse and stuff cycles out (mostly) before it goes stale.

And if it goes stale? We go feed it to the ducks.

Go forth and snackify.



Kind of Lost.

One of my twitter friends (who is also an offline friend now) told me last night that I haven’t been very funny on Twitter lately.

I hadn’t realized how not-funny I have been until I read some of my latest tweets.

Or this gem:

So yeeeeeeaaaah, personal issues happening off-blog and me actually WORKING are causing me to be unfunny. And I have nothing that I CAN put on the blog right now, because I’m running off to write a paper on how imaginative play helps small kids develop big brains and then finishing a project for a client.

So in lieu of me being funny or having to post, here are some of my favorite things off of Amazon:

Adele. Adele, Adele, Adele. I cannot say enough nice things about this girl. She’s normal, except for her voice, which I find extraordinary. I adore her first CD (18) and this CD is insanely amazing as well. Good mellow yet ass-kicking music.
Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. This would be the greatest gift of all for a bride or a girl moving out of her parents’ for the first time. It’s got some great tips even for me, who’s lived on her own (MOSTLY) for almost 10 years.

Back to the Future. These are my go-to movies when I’m feeling blue. I know all of the words and possibly even some of the hand gestures, I’ve seen them that many times. Yet somehow (for me at least) they never get old. Related: I love DeLoreans.
I have never read this book. But with the issues we’re having with switching Chuck to a Big Girl Bed, I’ve heard this book would help me. (Note: This is not a kids’ book. It is for adults.)

That’s all I’ve got, my darlings. Maybe later today after paper-writing and project-finishing and laundry-folding, I can get something better up 🙂

Thanks for sticking around.

Disclaimer: These are Amazon Affiliate links. If you click on them and buy something, I get a cut. I chose these particular products because I love them, not because I was paid.

Merry Christmas. Here’s your coal.

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It’s been several years since I got something for Christmas. And I don’t mean “since I got something I wanted”…I mean got ANYTHING AT ALL (outside of last year’s lovely gift of socks and scratch tickets from Mille and Fille.)

True, I told Chef the last 2 years that I didn’t want anything, but here’s a big clue for men out there: sometimes when your wife or girlfriend or female platonic friend roommate says “aww, don’t get me anything”, SOMETIMES she means “go figure it out yourself, meat head. I pick up your underpants and cook you food and raise your children and listen to you complain about your boss ALL YEAR LONG, go get me something that shows that sometimes you pay attention to me.”

I’m just lucky I don’t get coal. (Especially after the picture I posted above…which apparently has something to do with killing Santa.)

So in this season of giving, I’m posting the “things that make me wish Santa still came to visit me” gift list. If I remind you of one of the lovely ladies on your gift list, you’re lucky. Here’s a cheat sheet for you.

If you don’t, then this is pretty much just a list of things that would make me more spoiled than I already am. Sorry 😉

1. This apron from Cupcake Provocateur. Or really, any of her aprons. I’m completely obsessed with aprons, and enamored with hers in particular. All of her patterns are fun and the prints are fabulously retro and I adore it.

The full skirt of this apron is horribly adorable and since I’ve decided my life’s goal (this year) is to get on Martha Stewart‘s show, I would look fabulous in this sassy little number while scheming how to pull off this epic feat.

And I would wear this all year long, because I shun such restrictions as “you can only wear Christmas aprons at Christmas”. Also, Elvis is awesome.

2. Anything from Lucky Cupcake hairclips. Really, ANYTHING from her site. I’m totally obsessed with hair flowers in general, and hers specifically.  I have a ton and a half of uncontrollable hair, and dressing up a ponytail (or whatever you call it when you bunch your hair up and smack a rubber band on it) with one of these bad boys is essential to this momma not feeling like giant wads of something the cat sucked on  (you’re welcome for that visual) when she leaves the house without mascara.

3. A gift certificate to Bake It Pretty. Because I cannot possibly pick just one thing out of the 9.2 million different things (that number is an estimate, BTW) that they have available on the site and I would love every single one of them in my already-well-stocked kitchen.

The “quins” pictured right are just one example of the 8.73 billion things Bake it Pretty carries, and are totally adorable and I’ve been trying to figure out how I would possibly use them…maybe cake pops shaped like cookie sheets with these on them?

4. These nesting bowls (image courtesy of whitneysmith). I’ve been haunting the whitneysmith shop on etsy for some time, and all of her work is gorgeous.

She does some fantastic single-cupcake stands with tiny birds on them…which I also adore and may have to purchase several of for cupcake photo shoots.

But the bowls are my favorite. The whole set would make a fantastic centerpiece with a tea light in the tiniest bowl, or would be fantastic at a dinner party as serving pieces. Either way, they would be a crazy-awesome addition to your kitchen. Or mine. Or both.

5. For those of you following along at home, you know I am completely obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. Obsessed. I also have a thing for cupcakes. (duh.)

And in knowing these things, you would understand why I totally geeked out about this print. I love the look on her face, the cupcake, the “eat me”….everything. LOVE. (the whole shop is pretty amazing….check it out here. The “We’re All Mad Here” print would also fit in our house PERFECTLY.)

I’m trying to convince Chef to let me buy the Alice print right now and he says to “ask Santa”. I’m pretty sure that’s his seasonal version of “no”.

6. More peppermint foot lotion from Right As Rain. (disclaimer: the owner is a friend of mine, and gave me some of her lotion, but did not ask me to do a review.) I walk around in my bare feet a lot. A LOT. If I don’t have to, I won’t wear shoes.

As a result, my feet get pretty manky. At night, before I go to bed, I love scrubbing them with some homemade salt scrub (though Right as Rain has some great sugar scrub too!) and then slathering them with the lotion and putting on some soft socks.

And now Chef doesn’t complain that I’m rubbing all the skin off his legs at night with my sandpapery feet. (But I’m almost out of lotion…..which is why it’s on the list 🙂

7. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry…but I’d make an exception for a few pieces. Anything in this shop would do….but more specifically this piece.

I would find parties to wear this to. I would THROW parties just so I could wear this. I would end up wearing it with yoga pants, because I don’t own fancy clothes, but it would be epic.

8. Here’s another exception to the “I don’t wear jewelry” rule. Pretty sure this necklace is worth throwing a party for as well. It would have to be a fancy party, I think…maybe with a bird theme. For which I could get the bird cupcake stands I mentioned in #4. And wear this ring. (A party which I would have to have AFTER we move out of Mille and Fille’s house…because they’re not “fancy party” people.)

9. Anything from the boygirlparty shop. Or EVERYTHING from their shop. But more importantly, these recipe cards.

I have a LOAD of recipes. It’s not even funny how many I have. I would LOVE these so I could write the important ones down and have them on something fancy to distinguish them from the sea of papers I have floating around my recipe box. (Which, for argument’s sake, is one of these. The 50 quart size.)

The second I start actually working on opening my cupcake shop, I’m contacting the owner of boygirlparty to see if she’d carry her recipe cards in my shop. That’s how much I adore them.

SO! In conclusion, I like stuff. And I hope there’s something shiny for me under the tree this year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Joyeux Kwanzaa to all, and now I need to go take a nap.

More Random! (Are you surprised?)

Auberge Nicolas Flamel, oldest restaurant in Paris

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Hi! I have been busting my face so hard on cake stuff this weekend that I can’t put two thoughts together to write an actual blog post. SO! Here are a few things on my mind this morning:

1. The lovely lady behind getthewordsout posted some pictures of Alison Sudol of a fine frenzy this morning, and now I am completely obsessed with having redder hair.

2. I outdid myself this weekend with my cakes…one was a Ouija board wedding cake, and I knocked out a Sorting Hat cake in about 90 minutes this morning (construction & frosting, not baking/cooling). I’m pretty convinced this is my thing.

3. I recently discovered Bakerella and her Cake Pop Revolution, and I am FLOORED that I have not known about this whole idea before. I have massive amounts of leftover cake from all of the carving I did this weekend, so I will be making epic amounts of cake pops this afternoon.

4. A few of you mentioned a few things you’d like to see Chef teach you. In his teaching queue is how to slice a pomegranate and how to make a hollandaise (Without breaking it). Anyone else? Otherwise, we’ll just start doing a bunch of kitchen basics. Maybe we should do a “how to put out a fire” segment.

5. For those of you who don’t know, I have a Facebook fan page for my cake/cupcake business. Running a contest over there right now, with some pretty awesome prizes!

6. I still need to post about Chuck’s birthday because I have a related giveaway and I’d like you guys to have the prize before it gets lost in my kitchen or used up. I need to find my camera cord or my card reader.

7. OMGWTFLOLBBQLMNOP. When the hell is my doctor going to call with the results from my damned “are my girl parts trying to kill me or not” test??? Seriously, it’s been 2 weeks and I’m afraid my inner workings are rebelling and trying to murder me quicker than scheduled. And I’m not cool with that.

ANYWAY! Hope you are all having a fantabulous Monday, and I will try to gather brain cells to write an actual blog post and maybe post a recipe and a review like I’ve been promising to do FOREVER. xo!

ps – for those of you just joining the party, that restaurant has nothing to do with anything specific. It’s some random picture that WordPress thought I would enjoy with my post, and I usually pick the one that has the least to do with the post 🙂 You’re welcome.

You don’t have to read this.


But because I know you guys and you’re nosy little monkeys, I know you will anyway.

Here’s my list of things I want to watch on Netflix. With the enormity of the list and the fact that I can hardly ever keep Chuck off the computer, I’m estimating this will take me the rest of my life.

SO! If you feel so compelled, please feel free to add something in the comments you think I should watch.

ALSO! This is a work in progress. I won’t delete things, but I’ll cross them out as I watch them, or add them as I think of them.

  1. Season 5 of Nip/Tuck
  2. Seasons 2-?? of Weeds
  3. The Tudors
  4. Seasons 3-? of The Sopranos
  5. All of the Terminator movies
  6. All seasons of How I Met Your Mother
  7. Californication
  8. Entourage
  9. Rescue Me
  10. Pushing Daisies
  11. Wonderfalls
  12. Six Feet Under
  13. Twin Peaks
  14. Dr. Horrible
  15. Big Bang Theory
  16. Big Love
  17. The Wire (after 1/2way through Season 2)
  18. X-Files
  19. MST3K

An open letter to Claire, the stylist at Se7en

Bellevue Square

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Dear Claire,

Your awesomocity astounds me.

Not only did you give me one of the best haircuts I have EVER had in my life (this hair is hard to handle now), but you made me feel welcome in a city that I’ve never felt welcome in. I grew up there, and I never belonged.

After arriving at Bellevue Square a bit early for our appointment, I stopped by one store, and then another store, and then yet another store.  I had money to spend, and ended up not spending a dime. Why?

The employees at each store took one look at me, (the head to toe “check out”) and turned the other way. Because of the way I’m shaped and what I LOOK LIKE, I was not deemed worthy enough to help in any of the stores.

My self-esteem was plummeting when I walked into the Se7en salon. I felt like I would get snobbed once again, because I wasn’t rail-thin and wore jeans and carried an old beat up messenger bag instead of a big stupid-expensive purse.

Then you sat me down in your chair, didn’t do the “head to toe check out” and just treated me like a person. You cut my hair in a way that looks amazing both curly AND straight (something even experienced stylists have huge issues with) and you chatted with me like we were old friends.

You made me feel welcome in a place that has never embraced me, and for that I thank you.

Also, I look awesome and I thank you for that too.



Sucking The Life Out of Me: Netflix, the Vampire Story

13/365 Chapter 11

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So Fille gave up his much beloved Blockbuster account on Thursday, after learning that they were filing for Chapter 11.  Somehow, the fact he was taking the money and running into the cheaply outstretched arms of Netflix, abandoning the more expensive and less convenient caress of Blockbuster and the irony of how many people doing the same in Buster’s time of need was COMPLETELY lost on him.

Anyway, I digress.

So now we have Netflix. And my life is ruined.

We have a laptop that I use to escape Mille & Fille and their dungeon of computer paraphernalia.  And on this laptop, I am now able to watch just about any television show or movie I can think of. And some I have never heard of. And some I have heard of but never really wanted to watch.

For example: in the last 36 hours, in addition to regular Mommy Pants duties (i.e. cooking, cleaning, shopping and trying not to lose my everloving mind) I have watched:

  • 7.48 episodes of Season 4 of Nip/Tuck (am horrified Julia slept with Marlo, mostly because she’s so high and mighty, not because he’s stature-deficient, and have I mentioned I love “little people”?)
  • 1.28 episodes of Gangland (from the History Channel…FASCINATING show. Really bloody & violent, though.)
  • Aeon Flux (Though I have to admit, 9/10ths of this was watched through my eyelids. Not sleeping, just quiet.)
  • 3 episodes of Wonder Pets
  • 1 episode of Sid The Science Kid
  • Planet 51
  • Now playing: Fantasia 2000 (Chuck likes the music, Short Stack tries to copy the animation 🙂

Now, for $12, I am paying Netflix to suck my brain, my free time and my concentration right out through my eyeballs. My brain is trying to file for chapter 11 just to recover and recoup some of its melting brain cells before it’s too late.

Last night, between the Soul Sucker Netflix and Chuck deciding sleep is for the weak, I got 2 hours of sleep from 5am to 7am. I am also currently at my mother’s house, which means I have a 90 minute drive home tonight.

This could be fun.

My newest love, and the reason I can remember stuff.

I am notoriously disorganized. (see yesterday’s post) I had to HIRE SOMEONE to come into my house and help me throw stuff away because there is some disconnect in my brain that makes me save most pieces of paper I have in my possession.

Then along came Evernote. Evernote has eliminated my need to print every single thing I find on the internet and put it in a binder so I can promptly lose it.

Which cuts down on the amount of paper I’m hauling around.

Which means momma is a happier girl because she’s shuffling less crap around on a daily basis.

So I kind of love Evernote because it doesn’t MAKE a mess and it ELIMINATES my biggest mess-adder.

What is this Evernote you ask? Well, it’s a free website (premium memberships are $45/year, and if you “clip” as much stuff off the internet as I do, it’s WORTH IT) where you can store any or all of the following:

  • pictures of your babies (or your knitting or someone else’s knitting or babies, or pictures of that cool cake you saw that one time)
  • videos (I haven’t yet figured out this one, but I’m sure I’ll have the need to do it later.)
  • recipes for out-of-season ingredients (I inevitably find the GREATEST strawberry recipe just after they’re not in season anymore, and they don’t taste the same when they’re genetically engineered from Mexico)
  • The link to the website where you found your dream wedding dress after searching for 9 months only to find the thing cost more than your car + your fiance’s car (Like this one)
  • a typed note about Couch to 5k that makes no sense, but I’m pretty sure might be important

Plus I’m sure you can think of a thousand ways that YOU can use it that doesn’t involve me blabbing on endlessly about my crazypants “filing system”.

You can file these notes by any category you like, you can share them with your friends/family/coworkers, you can access them through a (free!) app on your Android, iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone….I can clip stuff I find on the internet from my cell phone. I love that.

You can also download a little widget for your internet browser on your computer so when you find something super awesome during your morning ramblings (I get an hour or two while Chuck naps to check blogs, write blogs, play on Twitter, etc), you just click the little elephant that looks like this:

(but much smaller) and you can save the whole website as a picture, just the URL or one single picture.

Since I don’t have a printer on the laptop I have absconded with, this makes it so much easier to reaccess things I need/want to look at later!

I think I’ve blabbed enough. Go check it out for yourselves, you’ll love it.

Purdue also has a great article on Evernote HERE or cnet has a pretty awesome review HERE.

DISCLAIMER: Evernote did NOT pay me to do this review. Although, I would have said the exact same stuff if they did. They most likely have no clue who I am. This whole review is my opinions and my ramblings ONLY.

UPDATE!!! I just discovered that if you highlight something and hit the little elephant button you download for your browser, it automatically creates a note with JUST the highlighted text! AWESOME.

A few of my favorite things….

I like to hear about products that people really enjoy. Things they discover during the regular course of their day that they enjoy so much, they want to share with everyone.

So here’s a random bunch of products I really like:

# L’Oreal Double Extend mascara, with the lengthening serum. It’s not too thick, and I’ve noticed a significant difference in the length of my lashes.

# Pilot Parallel Pens. I’m teaching myself calligraphy, and these pens are simple, easy to clean, blendable, and the ink comes in a mess of colors.

# The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Other than my Martha Stewart Cupcakes, this is my very favorite cookbook. Ree’s writing style is fantastic, her photography is stunning (she includes a ton of step-by-step pictures for every recipe), and this is the only cookbook I own (and I own over 100) that I’m trying to make every single recipe from.

# Pretzel M&Ms. Just the right amount of salty & sweet. Bought a 30oz bag at the W@lmart and they were gone in about 2 days. (not all me 🙂

# Pantene Curly products. The Damage Repair is my favorite! I used to use VO5 Hot Oil, but can’t find it anymore, so gave this a shot. It calms my poor frizzy hair and smells awesome, even a few days later 😉 The gel is a great hold without being too stiff or sticky, and the shampoo is lovely and doesn’t dry out my hair.

# Maybelline Express Finish nail polish. When it says it dries in 55 seconds, that’s no joke. I have issues with painting my nails because I usually can’t hold still long enough for them to dry….especially now that Chuck is 7 months old and mobile. This works wonders and comes in several bright summery colors right now 🙂

I think that’s it for today…maybe I’ll post more later.

Happy Tuesday!

disclaimer: I am not being paid nor compensated to mention any of these products. The opinions are all mine & my family’s.

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