Thanksgiving review and reminder

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter for a chance to win the “Southern Fried Giveaway” … a Thanksgiving review too!

I’ve read the comments that have been left … you are some busy bakers!  I need to keep up with you  🙂

There are some half-finished turkeys is my kitchen … they are not the roasting kind of turkeys … sweet ones!  I promise to have photos and instructions in the next couple of days 😉

In the meantime … blast from the past!

Nutter butter M&M's turkeys

Nutter Butter Turkeys on Reese’s Cups

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Easy Pilgrim Hat Pops

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Simple Cranberry Sauce

I’m off to the kitchen and finishing turkeys!  Remember … I’ll be selecting a winner tomorrow 🙂


My Southern Fried Vacation & A Little Souvenir Giveaway

October has come and gone … been home from vacation for two weeks … laundry is done … suitcases are waiting to be taken to the attic.  I intended to post this giveaway along with a few vacation photos the day after my return … obviously didn’t happen 😉  Why does it take me so long to back into the swing of things?  It took me two days to do the laundry and two or three days to do all of the grocery shopping.  There were just a few things left in the fridge, including sour milk … two of my sons actually smelled it and put it back in the fridge … never understand that one!

We had a great time visiting family (didn’t take a single photo, oops!) and site seeing … been to the south many times and still find new things to see and do!  This is my Southern Fried Vacation in a nutshell … ate a lot of fried chicken at Loveless Cafe, Cracker Barrel, KFC, Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons and the best chicken fried chicken at Puckett’s Grocery.  Had fried apples at Cracker Barrel … fried apple pies at The Apple Barn (they have a permanent Christmas store!) and Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill, where we watched the whole sorghum making process … think the hubby wants to grow sorghum now!

southern fall vacation

We spent a few days with Bessie and her friends … saw some adorable scarecrows in Gatlinburg … stealing that idea for my yard next year!  I love lighthouses … stumbled across one on Tybee Island.

My hubby, the Peanut Butter Man, had his agenda too …

Hubby's favorite things

Visiting the Louisville Slugger factory may have been the highlight of his year … you have no idea how many photos we have of that huge bat!  The real biggie was … he held Johnny Bench’s bat … been a fan forever and of course we have photos!  I remember driving from California to Tennessee in 1973 … saw a billion Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppes along the highway … they disappeared … found one … hubby stocked up with one of his all-time favorites … Stuckey’s pecan logs!  Visited the Corvette Museum and saw many fancy cars, including the ones that were recovered from the sinkhole!

Fall Vacation


We visited Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston … currently a working farm.  The leaves were changing colors … beautiful countryside!   We did a lot of driving, especially at night … put about 3,000 miles on the rental car … thank goodness for unlimited miles.  I’m still try to convince the hubby that I worked on this vacation … remember the Acorns!

I’m home now and ready to really get back to work … Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner!

Finally … the little giveaway …

I picked up a few souvenirs for one lucky person!

My Vacation Giveaway


These items were chosen because they made me smile, fit in my suitcase and I thought … who doesn’t need a few more kitchen items?  😉  The first dish towel came from The Loveless Cafe … where they serve great biscuits!  The second dish towel is from Paula Deen’s store … the saying made me smile 🙂  I found the wooden spoon at The Apple Barn … made by local craftsmen … never can have too many spoons!

How to enter for a chance to win these fun kitchen supplies!


  • Just answer the following question on this blog post:
  • What was the last thing you baked … maybe biscuits, cookies or a frozen pizza?
  • One entry per person.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. The deadline has passed and the giveaway is over.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday.

This giveaway is sponsored by me.

The winner is comment #17 Cyndi, selected by  Congratulations Cyndi!  I’ll be sending you an email 😉

What was the last thing you baked?  I just can’t wait to hear from you!




St. Patrick’s Day Review and a Giveaway

Here is a quick little review of some St. Patrick’s Day ideas …

Mint & Chip Sandwich Cookies

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

St. Patricks Day Hat Cupcakes

Make Shamrock Nonpareils

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallow Cupcakes

Beef Stew … it’s not Irish Stew, but it’s Stew!

Simple Beef Stew

St. Patrick’s Day Wee Little Giveaway …

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, a few things pop into my head … shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, Lucky Charms and luck in general.

Do you feel lucky today?

I was feeling pretty lucky when I made this bracelet and named it “Lucky”.  I know,  it may seem weird to name a bracelet … I guess I’m weird (my GPS is Lucy).

This is Lucky

I am going to give “Lucky” to one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment on this post.  Tell me what your plans are for St. Patrick’s Day.  Are you having a party … going out to an Irish Pub … making green mashed potatoes … or if you are shy, just say “Hi”. 


One entry per person.  Entries must be received by Saturday, March 16, 2013 midnight (PST).  Winner will be drawn at random and announced here on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  I will also send an email to the winner.   This giveaway is now over (3-17-13).

The winner of the giveaway is comment # 9 made by Lucinda!  Congratulations and Happy Birthday … this must be your lucky day!

True Random Number Generator Min: 1, Max: 17, Result: 9 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Let me just say … I was in shock and disbelief when I read an email telling me that I won a cute little iPad mini from Bakerella … I named her Mini …

My little mini

You just never know when you’ll get lucky 😉

Remember to leave your comment!

Tiki Mask Cupcakes … and a Giveaway!

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It’s mid July and I have not been to the beach yet 😦 No vacation has been planned to a tropical island 😦 So … in the privacy of my kitchen, I created my own little sandy beach cupcake paradise … Continue reading

Friday Fun Stuff … it’s like show and tell!

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I am always amazed and impressed by the creativity of others. I know this very talented young man (I know his mom), Louie, who crochets … sells his creations, patterns and has a great blog with free patterns too!  He … Continue reading

Supplies, Ingredients, Tools, etc. and a Giveaway !!!

Do you have a favorite place to find supplies for baking, or crafting?

Where do you buy your ingredients?

Do you buy new equipment/tools frequently or use what you have on hand?

I am not talking about our staple ingredients … we can usually find flour, sugar, etc. … it’s the other stuff …

The only place that I know to find the edible markers that I like … is at local cake decorating store or order online.

So, sometimes I am guilty of hoarding … or at least buying too much … and taking advantage of coupons and sales.

I have picked up a few “necessary” supplies that may be useful … and I am giving them away!!!  Here they are …

Anyway, if I can’t find what I want … I rely on talking with friends … because most of my friends are bakers/cooks/crafters … we can all get helpful info by networking.

Here are some of my reliable sources – Cake decorating stores, Williams-Sonoma, SurLaTable, Michaels, Jo-ann, Wal-Mart, Target, dollar stores, Home Goods, Marshalls, Ross, WinCo Foods, Trader Joes and grocery stores.

What are your sources?  Do you have any secret sources that you would like to share?

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below … if you have a source to share, that would be great!  The contest ends Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:59pm PST.  The winner will be selected via and notified via email.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and only one entry per person.

Giveaway is now over

Fall Doilies Giveaway Winner …

And the winner of the giveaway is … #30 Danya Campbell. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered. Fall/autumn was the favorite season winner … according to our very unscientific poll.

Danya, I will be sending you an email so that I may mail you the doilies.

Can you believe that Halloween is only 13 days away? So, I am back to the kitchen … and still in Halloween mode. Please come back for another treat … no tricks, promise.

Sweet Acorns

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I enjoy cooler weather and the leaves changing color.  Today should be a lovely 88° and Thursday is expected to reach 100°!  This is October … isn’t it?  I am going to ignore the weather and pretend it’s cool.  I am in fall mode and the temperature is not going to spoil it!

Today I made acorns since I don’t have an oak tree.  These are sweet little acorns … not the kind that fall off trees.  But I suppose that’s obvious.

This is what you will need …

  • Nutter Butter Bites
  • Hershey Kisses (I used dark because I had leftovers from the witch hats)
  • Peanut butter chips (some melted, some not)

Set up an assembly line … unwrap the Kisses.  Melt about 1/4 cup of the peanut butter chips in the microwave (20 seconds, stir, 20 seconds, stir).  This will be your “glue”.  Put a little “glue” on the cookies and place the Kisses on the cookie …

After the “glue”has hardened … “glue” the remaining peanut butter chips on top of the cookies …

Congratulations … you just “grew” acorns!


What is your favorite season?  Today … because it’s fall … and I love it!  I have a little giveaway for someone to win.  Could you use some fall doilies … like the ones I used above?  I stocked up back in July and am very happy that I did.  I was at the same store two weeks ago and not a package was left.  I want to share some with one lucky winner.  Wouldn’t they be cute with a cupcake or muffin on top … or maybe used in a craft or scrapbook project?  The winner will receive 4 packs of doilies, like the ones below …

To enter … tell me what season is your favorite or just say “Hi”.  Leave a comment below … and don’t forget your email address (so that I may contact the winner).  The last day to enter is Monday, October 17, 2011, midnight.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced Tuesday, October 18, 2011.  One entry per person.

Giveaway is now over, sorry 😦
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Giveaway!!! Bracelet with a Cupcake Charm

Hello everyone,

As you know, I enjoy baking or making sugary treats.  But, I also like to bead.  Today I made this bracelet … complete with a cupcake charm!  It is adjustable in length and the beads are faceted glass … very simple to make.   Do you like it?

One lucky person will win this bracelet.  Would like to be the one?  To enter this drawing … you must do two things.

1.  You must sign up for an email subscription (in the upper right hand corner of this page).  If you already subscribe, just say  so  …  and

2.  Please leave a comment about what you would like to see on this site … don’t be shy … you could just say HI!

P.S.  Don’t forget to leave your email address so that I can contact the lucky winner!

Enter in the “Comment” section at the bottom of this page.  One entry per person.

Would you like to see more marshmallow ideas … like these Happy Grads?

Cupcake decorating ideas … like these Ladybugs made with m&m’s?

Basic from scratch baking … like Peanut Butter Cookies?

Simple baking, maybe using a mix … like these Brownie Cupcakes with Oreos?

Or … do you have any other suggestions?  Please feel free to leave all of your opinions, comments and suggestions below …

The deadline to enter the drawing is midnight (p.s.t.) Thursday, September 8, 2011.  One winner will be drawn using and announced Friday, September 9, 2011.

Giveaway is over, sorry  😦

Don’t forget to comment!!!

Giveaway ends Saturday!

Did you enter? 

Do you want a chance to win some cute cupcake liners?  I just want to remind everyone that comments must be submitted by Saturday, May 7, 2011 midnight for a chance to win the cupcake liners/papers.   To enter, simply leave a comment below telling what you would do with them if you win!  Remember to leave your email address (it won’t be published) so that I can contact the winner.