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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

As I was surfing the web on StumbleUpon.com, Joy The Baker's website popped up...  As if the Heaven's sent me this for a reason, Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread would not leave my mind...  HAVE TO MAKE THIS!!

My photo's don't compare to what Joy has on her blog- I should honestly take the time to make pretty photos!!  
But honestly, this is so yummy, so delicious, I would highly recommend this recipe!  Find it here!
Happy Baking!!  Smiles always!!

I want this Chair!

I've just discovered www.stumbleupon.com - it's a great time waster - it captures you and you're HOOKED within minutes!!  It's basically a website that looks at your interests and brings you websites, videos, blogs, etc that matche.  The more you 'like' the suggested pages, the more customized your website choices become.

I've stumbled upon this:


I'm a cuddly person... And this chair would TOTALLY work for us!!  Not only that, it doubles as a table!!  Multi-purpose?!??!!  I LOVE that!!



It's a chair from Yanko Design and is UBER cool in my book!

Trying Something NEW- HTML

If knew how to put a huge "under construction" sign on my page, I would...  I'm trying out a new layout, which is much more labor intensive than my previous 'type-n-post'.  It requires me to fiddle with the HTML code, which, is a foreign language in it's self...

OOHHH BOY, what did I get myself into?

...Anywho, I probably should be baking more and messing around less with the HTML mumbo-jumbo- BUT I'm going to give it a shot and if not, I'll switch it back (I HOPE I know how?!)

Cruise to Mexico

Eric and I NEEDED a vacation, so we decided to take a cruise!  We had a last minute change of heart from our original Whistler snowboarding plan.  www.vacationstogo.com  We got a KILLER deal $550 per person for a 7 day cruise to Mexico on Holland America- room with a balcony!  
Here's a few pictures!

We did the Hidden Beach Horseback riding excursion in Puerto Vallarta- I have nothing but GREAT things to say about this tour!!  Well worth our money!!
This is my million dollar shot!!!  Whales graced us with their presence on our way- literally 20 feet away from us!!  This wasn't even part of the tour!!  Amazing, peaceful creatures...  something I will NEVER forget!
My first horseback riding experience was great!  They gave me a grandma horse that took it's time and made me feel completely comfortable!  We borrowed the people of Quimixto's horses and they took us to a huge waterfall.  This little town is only accessible by boat and I swear, this is where I want to retire!
We a…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

It has been one crazy busy new year and it's already 12 days into FEBRUARY?!  Aaah, make the time go by a little slower so I can enjoy my weekends!!

I've needed to post this for a while and have only now just found some time!!   This is a Phenomenal recipe;  it has a taste that you can't put your finger on what ingredient it is that makes it taste so uniquely delicious!  Found it on AllRecipes.com.  Don't be intimidated by the amount of ingredients, you may have most of them already in your kitchen.



Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs1/2 cup ground pecans2 tablespoons white sugar2 tablespoons brown sugar1/4 cup butter3/4 cup white sugar3/4 cup canned pumpkin3 egg yolks1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground mace1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon salt3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

TOP TEN in Wilton's Pops in a Post contest!!!

WHOA, like a whirlwind flurry, it happened SO fast, I don't think it's quite sunken in yet!!  WILTON JUDGES SELECTED ME AS A TOP TEN FINALIST!!  ..Oh, eM, Gee!!  They liked me?!!? ... or my pops anyway!!  Click here for my Ocean Frenzy blog.



So as I calm myself and get a grip, I realize, I'm up against some pretty darn good Poppers [NOT poopers] out there!!  



Here's what the website rules are per Wilton:
You may vote once per day until the polls close. Voting will begin Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM CST and end Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:59 PM CST. The grand prize winner will be posted within one day of the end of voting.


Check out the contestants here and don't forget to VOTE!!


Hero Cake Pops did some extensive research on other contestants that entered the contest and there's a crazy Cake Pop craze out there!!



Although I don't have a huge fanfare of followers (say THAT 3 times really fast!!), I'm hoping my network of Facebook friends, family, co…

Ocean Frenzy

It all started when I was surfing through Hero Cake Pop's blog and stumbled upon a post that had to do with a Wilton Cake Pop Contest... *GASP*  Having Wilton judges LOOK at MY blog, would be an honor in itself?!? !!  [deep breaths]  ...then family graced us with their presence for the holidays and I didn't have TIME to think, plan, or prepare for my pops!!  p.s. we had a FAB time with the FAM!!

So I finally sat down and sketched out my thoughts with my inspiration being an ocean theme.

Wondering if my idea and odd shapes would even work, I thought I'd give it my all and see what comes of it!
It all starts with smooshed cake and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  See the step-by-step instructions here.
Squeeze as hard as you can to make sure the smooshed cake is one whole piece, this way, it won't crack or break.  I've seen various instructions and I insert the stick in the cake ball, then freeze it, and works for me every time!
Prepping takes the longest, so patience is a mu…