National Popcorn Day


Today is a glorious day. Enjoy your popcorn today, sweet, salty, plain or dipped in caramel.

I might just have some for lunch and after dinner!

I could eat popcorn once a day, but that would be dangerous.  It is by far my favorite snack – love it so much we gave it out as part of our wedding favors.

Best popcorn place in NC – Vic’s Corn Popper. They sell a 24 inch bag that I have eaten my way through on more than one trip back from the beach. The rainbow caramel is just as yummy!


My favorite place for freshly popped corn in NYC is Garrett’s.  I know they are based out of Chicago, but the 33rd Street location is the J in my Joy!

Favorite 30 Rock scene – about popcorn of course!

A little tune in honor of today!

Popcorn Love,

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How to decorate cupcakes like a pro

I love youtube. I was trying to explain tip techniques to a friend this week via gchat. Then I found this on the world wide web!

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Cupcakes and Football

The playoffs aren’t over and I’m already looking for ideas…..

and I love these


Trying to step it up from these I made last year.

Now if I can find some astroturf and wheatgrass….

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What’s for dinner?

I’ve  been in a rut lately. No new recipes, but I keep finding new ones and printing them.    I just haven’t tried any. There have been a lot of nights of cooking repeats. Picked this up yesterday. It’s on newsstands until 1/27/12.

Source: via Jackie on Pinterest

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Jan 12th, 2012 – Got Big GOALS?

Saw this over at Ashley Brooke Designs. I think I might just frame it in my office for a daily reminder.


Here is her link for a PDF version –

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2011 – Year In Review

2011 in Review

Thought I would share a photo collage of 2011.

January – Lemon Bars
February – Lobster Valentine’s Day Meal
March – Marshmallow Cupcakes
April -  Whoopie Pies
May – Shrimp & Spinach Quesadilla
June – Pat’s Turkey Salad
July – PW’s Cinnamon Rolls
August – Royal Blush Cocktail
September – Easy Shrimp & Grits
October – Mr. Spicy Lens’ Birthday Cake
November – Brussels Sprouts
December – Christmas Cookies

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Christmas Cookies & Cupcakes

After spending a small fortune on Cookie supplies, I shipped the goods home.



My niece, her friend and I made a batch of Christmas cookies while I was in NC.


It was a ton of fun. The girls learned to bake cookies from scratch.



Lots of giggling happens when baking with 13 year girls.



I love decorating cupcakes. The awesome wonder of a piping bag and open star tip!


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Sharing my resolutions with you guys to keep me accountable….
1. Workout More ( Signing up for boot camp, gulp!)
2. Blog More ( I am a blog slacker, I blame the holidays.)
3. Shoot More ( Going to attempt to participate in the Picaboo Project )
4. Less TV, Twitter, Google Reader, Internet, Facebook – More Books
5. Less Clutter ( In my house, inbox, junk drawer, back seat of car, purse, etc.)
6. Less Repetition, More Creativity ( In my Marriage, Work, Home, Cooking, nail polish, etc.)

Let’s recap in February….

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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‘Tis the Season in NYC – 5th Avenue

I have been wanting to take a photo in front of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree for 3 years now. This year we finally braved the crowd and the cold. Here are some of the other pictures I took along the walk.  I finally got the Christmas Card I wanted of us in front of the tree. Mr. Spicy Lens even was kind enough to let me be a tourist and take a million photos for a few moments.

“City sidewalks

busy sidewalks

Dressed in holiday style

In the air

There’s a feeling of Christmas!

Children laughing

People passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on ev’ry street corner you’ll hear
Silver bells
silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring a ling
hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas day!
Strings of street lights
Even stop lights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa’s big scene
And above all this bustle
You’ll hear Silver bells,
silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
hear them sing


Soon it will be Christmas day!

‘Tis the Sesaon.


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Christmas Cookies – Part 2

Two weeks ago, I mentioned making Christmas Cookies. Sorry it took so long to post them. Wanna view the first post? Click HERE.

I would suggest you make these cookies over two days.   I used Bridget’s Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookie recipe and baked the cookies the first night.  Once they were cool, I placed them in a large container to decorate the next night.


The next night I tried my hand at Royal Icing for the first time ever. I was kinda nervous. Didn’t want to overmix the icing. Here are some of the goodies you need.

After watching lots of youtube videos, I made a batch of icing on the first try.
Royal Icing

When flooding the icing, I think I could of made it thinner.  I was afraid to add too much water and if you do the icing doesn’t dry. Didn’t want to ruin the cookies that were taking two days to make.

A friend hosted a Wreath, Wine and Christmas Cookie Party. Yes, all three are much better than one!  So we drank wine, decorated wreaths, ate cookies and even made some Christmas cards.

Here are some of the finished cookies. I hated the wreath cookies. They looked bad and the more I tried to fix them, the uglier they got.
christmas cookies

cookie 2

cookie final

There are a lot of supplies needed to make these cookies. I shipped them home and plan on decorating cookies with my niece and her friends over the holiday.

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