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Name That Photo Contest Winner!

So I asked you to name this picture.

And boy did you ever!

Here are some of my favs:

From kookla9 on instagram

“What has two pointing fingers and loves cupcakes?  You do.”

From Tammy

“JESUS wants YOU

From carlasconfections on Instagram

“You will make me a cupcake!” (using the “force”)

From Heather O

“Take that suckas”

From mammarada on Instagram

“Pull them both, I dare you!”

From Mary

“Aint no sunshine when I’m gone.” Brilliant!

From fafabear8 on Instagram

“Hey fongool, I’m Sandra Dee!” 

From msmindy on Instagram

“You’re my honeybunch, sugarplum pumpy-umpy-umpkin, you’re my sweetie pie, you’re my cuppycake, gumdrop, snoogums-boogums, you’re the apple of my eye!”  We LOVE that book!

And my almost favorite:

From Liz

“I’m crushing your head.”  I used to do that ALL the time when I was a kid!  You brought back memories! 


And now for the winner.

Its not so much ‘funny’ as much as it is so stinkin perfect for my little girl I cant take it.


From hookemhil on Instagram

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare

I have never heard that quote and I could not love it more.

Miss ‘hookemhil’ you have won a Kindle.  Please email me at manda2177@aol so I get get you your Kindle!

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Name That Photo Contest (contest closed)

I took this picture of Audrey today.

And I loved it.  But didnt know why.

She is rockin pig tails.  And my old sunglasses with no lens.  And her Little Miss Sunshine shirt.

And of course, plenty of attitude.

So I leave it to you.

Name this photo.

Best caption wins.

Judged by me.  I am sarcastic and have a dry sense of humor and pretty conservative so no cursing please.

The winner gets a Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display.

This Kindle.  Brand new.  Shipped to you from Amazon.

I would even be willing to ship it to your mom for Mothers Day.  (in case you are anything like me and have not gotten your mom a gift yet!)

To be entered to win simply leave a comment with your best caption for the above picture of Audrey.  You can enter as many times as you want.

Approximate retail value of the kindle is $100.

Knowing you are the wittiest person in the world? Priceless.

Giveaway will end on May 10 2012 at 11:00pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.


***This contest is also open to my Instagram friends.  Your comment on the above picture in my Instagram feed will also be counted in the giveaway.


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Bakerella. Sur la table. And a Giveaway. {Closed}

I had such a fun day yesterday… hanging out with Shaina from Food for My Family and visiting with Bakerella and shopping at Crate & Barrel and Sur la table.

I had never been to Sur la table.

I might never be able to go again.  All sensibility quickly went out the window as I kept adding things to my basket seemingly laughing in the face of  reason.

But they had cake stands.  And cake servers.  And forks. 

And stuff that goes in kitchens. Ya know.  The essentials.


Eddie loved Miss Bakerella.  And her mother.  He would not let go of them and I think I saw him shed a tear when he was loving placed back in my arms.

I cant blame him though… that is one heck of a dynamic duo.  Angie and her mom just ooze charm and grace and kindness.

I also got to meet one of my baking blog readers, sweet Nicole.  She drove nine hours one way to the book signing.  I was super impressed!

Here is the fun part… Miss Bakerella even signed one copy of her book over to you!  Thats right, I got a copy to give away!

So just leave a comment and let me know… Have you ever made a cake pop?


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Pumpkin Caramels and Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes (CLOSED}

Pumpkin Caramels.


I made those.  

Having never have made caramels before, the process seemed daunting.

But I got this new book, Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat and knew I wanted to try.  Her directions are easy to follow and the photography was done by the amazing Todd and Diane of White on Rice

The pictures are enough to make you drop everything and run to the store for supplies.


But since I didn’t want to put Nina’s beautifully perfect recipe here (that’s what the book is for), but still wanted you to be able to sample some if this wonderful pumpkin and chocolate deliciousness, I made cupcakes.

Pumpkin Chocolate cupcakes.

With cinnamon buttercream.

And a caramel on top.

These tasted amazing.  Ah-mazing.  


I remembered I had some of these fun *free-standing muffin molds and I literally danced over to my supply closet to retrieve them.  (I also used *these fun little cupcake liners.)

Um, I like baking.  And cupcake liners.  And dancing in my kitchen.  And eating pumpkin caramels.


 Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes (adapted from Country Living)

1 1/2 cups Flour

2/3 cups Cocoa

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt

1 cup Canned Pumpkin

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

3/4 cups Butter, softened

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar

4 large Eggs


Preheat oven to 325.

Prepare cupcake pan with your fun and festive liners. 

In mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Add in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.  In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, set aside.  Stir yogurt, pumpkin, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.  Reduce mixer speed to low and alternately beat in the flour and yogurt mixtures in thirds, starting and ending with flour.

Bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on your oven.  Remove once toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, or center springs back when touched.

This recipe for Cinnamon Buttercream is divine, I simply excluded the brown sugar. (Because I wanted it to be whiter, not for taste purposes.  I am a vain baker like that.)

I used a *2D tip to pipe out big clouds of cinnamon frosting.  Then I simply went back and added a caramel square to each cupcake.


Now for the fun part… I would like to give YOU a copy of Sweet Confections!  

Simply leave a comment.  

Good luck!

CONTEST CLOSED!  The winning comment was #115, Roberta.  I will be sending you an email Roberta!

Thanks all who participated!

Open to USA and Canada residents only.  Sorry all you fabulous international bakers!  No comments accepted from Facebook.  

*Amazon Affiliate link.

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Mystery Blog Cookies {Contest Closed}


The winner of the gift card is comment #1, from Renee.  (Winner chosen via Random.org)  

And of course you are correct, the answer is absolutely Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman!  You all are SUPER smart!


I recently made some cookies for another blogger and really liked how they turned out!

Instead of boring you with all the designs I made, I figured I would make a mini contest out of them.

Here goes.

These cookies are pretty specific to a certain blogger. 

Who can the mystery blogger be????


Name the blogger or the name of the blog to be entered. 

I will randomly select someone to win a $25 gift card.

The comments will be hidden until the contest ends, which will probably be sometime tomorrow night. Nevermind.  I couldn't figure out how to do that correctly.  You're gonna have to be on the honor system. ;)

Just leave a comment and I will randomly select a winner.

One comment per person please. (please make sure your email address is valid)

Have fun, and good luck!


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HUGE Giveaway (Like $500 Huge)

So when it rains it pours around here!

I am so, so excited to tell you about this super easy giveaway on my brand spanking new review blog!  (Same thing as this but different.  Well, you'll see.)

You have the opportunity to win $500.  That is right, I said $500.  

Who couldnt use a little extra cash this time of year?  

Let me re-phrase that, I always need a little extra cash this time of year.  When I see the big beautiful toys that my kids have been drooling over and the gorgeous little trinkets that hubby would love for hunting and the shiney red kitchen aid mixer… uh, that one might before me.  

Just click HERE to see how easy it is to win!

Here is a hint!


Its stuffing baby!  I totally made that.

And I totally want to show you how easy it is for you to make it too!

(You do NOT have to be able to make stuffing to win.  You only need to be able to type.  Your name.  And maybe you would need to know your email address. Just sayin.)

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Cupcakes and Salvation

I would like to share some news!  Thanks to a tweet from the amazing Bridget, my cookie mentor and 'boss' over at the University of Cookie, I was able to enter a recipe in a contest at Sweet Surrenders Cupcake and Cookie Cafe.

will let you check out the details if you are so inclined, but if I
won, I would get 10% of all the earnings for the entire month of July!
(and to have it named after me, but that is way to embarrassing for me, so I opted to let them choose how to name it for their shop)

Well.  I did.  I won!  I was SHOCKED to put it mildly.

And unbelievably honored.  And shocked.  And scared to tell anyone for days because I didnt think it was real.


I have decided to donate 100% of the profits to The Christian Research Institute, and amazing educational organization that happens to be run by Hank Hanegraaff, my absolute favorite authority on apologetics.


Have you heard of Hank?  He is awesome.  On his radio Show, The Bible Answer Man, he answers the questions that folks throw at Christians when they are trying to dispute their faith; as well as the questions that Christians themselves have about the Bible.

For example, have you ever wanted to know:

Can a Christian lose their salvation?

How should Christians respond to Halloween?

Is baptism necessary for salvation?

Are generational curses Biblical?

What is abortion? (link goes to a different post on my blog, not the specific answer)

Should Christians be tolerant?

Should Christians use birth control?

Who is the antichrist?

What is the meaning of 666?

Why pray if God already knows what we need?

These are just a few examples of the tough questions that Hank tackles, and legitimately answers in his books.  Every single answer is backed up with Scripture.  

(if you really seek an answer to these questions, please email me manda2177@aol.com, and I will try to share with you some of his insights)

Hanks greatest desire (in my opinion) is that people know the Bible for all its worth.

I love listening to Hank on his radio show, I love reading his books, and I love learning more and more about God, His character, and the Bible.

Hank is bold and righteous (the good kind) in his faith and I want to be too!

So!  That being said.  If you live in the Boynton Beach, FL area, and would also like to support the Christian Research Institute, then please, feel free stop and have a Chocolate Hazelnut Delight cupcake!

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Thanks so much everyone who entered.  I think the consensus is that everyone loves Duff!

If you won please just email me at manda2177@aol.com with your name and address and choice of flavor.


#147 Wow! I hadn't heard about his products yet. Would love to try them!
*hint hint!*

#200 sigh. the thing i miss most about having tv is being able to watch
cooking/baking shows, mostly ace of cakes.

i'm dismayed by how expensive these mixes sound, but would still love to try
them out someday.

(your cupcakes look delicious, as always!)

#287 I usually use my own scratch stuff, but it would be nice to try
something different. :)

Posted by: Meghan @ Domestic Sugar
| Jun
09, 2010 at 08:06 PM


I think I will be trying his fondant next… if its good I might have to share. ;)

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Some Very Sought After Advice~Contest Closed

Its been one of those days.

I have just been in a funk.

I made a cake and forgot the set the timer, so it shriveled and burnt up.

I went grocery shopping and forgot some of my coupons at home.

It rained so we couldnt play outside.

It was all very important life altering events and you can certainly see why I spent my whole day as a gloomy gus.

Anywho, whenever people tell me they are sad or bummed or down, I offer up some totally unsolicited highly sought after advice.

I like to say, "The best way to make yourself feel better is to do something nice for someone else."


I am going to take my own advice.

I decided to give away this thing.


Pretty huh?

I dont know a whole lot about it other then its a video camera.

Here is the manufacturer info.

See it, shoot it, share it – capture life's unforgettable moments in
high-definition clarity and share them online with Creative's Vado HD Pocket Video Cam.
  The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit
in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and easily captures video
in 720p high-definition quality with just the touch of a button. The
Creative Vado HD is the only pocket video camera to feature high
quality HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable that provides
1080i output to an HDTV.

Um, yeah.  I have no idea what any of that means.  But it sounds good right?

So all ya gotta do is leave a comment letting me know how to reach you.

If ya wanna tweet it and have another comment and blah blah blah all that stuff… you know the drill.  I dont have followers per say so if you want to leave an extra comment because you have an aunt named Ethel, please feel free.  Lets just say… three comments max per person ok?

I am going to randomly select a winner tomorrow.

I cant WAIT to do it cause I really want to stop being a gloomy gus.

You may now go back to your regularly scheduled programming.


A winner has been chosen, thank you so much for playing!

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