Monthly Archives: December 2011

Things I’m Loving Lately

I had a really great, but BUSY Christmas season.  I have been baking and cooking up a storm, and spending lots of quality time with my family.  There are a few things I have discovered lately that I’m really loving, and I thought I’d share them with you today :)

Babycakes Cupcake Maker

I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond a couple of days ago and found this cupcake maker on the “As Is Merchandise” shelf.  It had been a display model, so it was marked down to $14.99 from $29.99, and I also had a 20% off coupon.  So I paid $13 for a $30 appliance!

The Babycakes lets you make 8 mini cupcakes at a time, and it only takes 5 minutes.  Using this really couldn’t be easier.  All you do is put the liners in, spoon a heaping tablespoon of cake batter into each cup, and let the machine work its’ magic for a few minutes.  This is perfect for when you just want a little sweet snack, and you don’t feel like turning on the oven.  I used this yesterday, and my three year old helped me decorate the cupcakes.

Pinterest

Yes, I was quite late getting onto the Pinterest train!  But now that I’m on it, I can’t believe how many great ideas and recipes I’ve already found.  People are so creative.  I think I joined Pinterest last Monday, and within a couple of days I had already made 3 recipes I had found on there!  How cute are these Santa hat pretzels that I made?

While I’m not one of those people who will spend hours and hours on Pinterest, I love that there’s always new inspiration to be found there whenever I need it.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter

This was a Christmas gift from my husband.  I LOVE this series and I have beaten all the previous games at least twice.  The Last Specter is the fourth game in the series, and serves as a kind of prequel to the previous three games.  I am about halfway done and the puzzles on this game are the most challenging yet.  I also love that there are more minigames in this one, so even when I beat the main story, I can still get hours of enjoyment from this game.

The Caster Chronicles

A couple of weeks ago I was stuck in bed with a stomach virus, and I read the entire 600 page Beautiful Creatures in about 15 hours.  I am currently in the middle of Beautiful Darkness.  The novels are set in the small Southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina, where everybody knows everybody’s business, and anybody different is not welcome.  So when the beautiful and mysterious Lena moves into town to live with her infamous recluse of an uncle, everybody takes notice…especially Ethan Wate, who is exasperated with his small town life since the death of his mother a few months prior.

I am liking this story because of the fact that the writers put so much detail into everything.  I hate YA books where everything just magically falls into place, and the love between the two main characters seems to happen instantly.  It’s just not realistic.  In the Caster Chronicles, events happen in a more leisurely pace, and I really like it that way.

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer is a book blog I discovered a few weeks ago.  It is run by the awesome Kathy, and she hosts many blog hops and always has several giveaways going on!  I am hoping to be able to participate in a few of the blog hops in the upcoming year.

 

Let me know of anything you are loving lately!  Wishing all of my readers the best in the New Year!

Kroger Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies–BzzAgent

I recently had the chance to try the new cookies offered by Kroger brand…they are called Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I am a member of Bzz Agent, and I was sent 2 boxes of cookies and some money saving coupons too :)

First off, these cookies are huge!  They are probably almost twice the size of Chips Ahoy.  These cookies were fresh and smelled great when the package was opened.  They are also soooo full of chocolate chips.

We are big time cookie fans in our home, but I don’t always feel like getting in the kitchen and baking them from scratch.  That’s where Truly Awesome cookies come in.  When I tell you my husband totally wiped out these cookies, I mean it…he ate one entire box in a day!  It’s disgusting  that he’s still so skinny, really.

Overall, we really enjoyed these cookies and I found they were a good substitute when you want a quick snack or just don’t feel like making homemade cookies.  If you heat them up for a few seconds, you just might be able to fool someone into thinking they are homemade!

What I’ve Been Up To…

So I’m not really sure if anyone is reading or checking this blog on a regular basis, but if you are, you may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for the last couple of weeks.  Some of this is because of Thanksgiving and spending time with family.  But mostly it’s because I haven’t mentally been up to posting anything new.  I’m hoping this will change very soon.

Without getting into it too much, I’ll just saying that I have been struggling a lot lately with anxiety (which I’ve been having for years), and more recently, depression…which I honestly had no idea I had.  I just knew I hadn’t been feeling like myself lately and wasn’t enjoying things in life the way I should have been.  After an ER visit a couple of weeks ago where I was having a panic attack, I talked to my regular doctor yesterday.  I’m going to be taking a couple of (expensive!) medications that I’m hoping will help me get slowly back to normal.

I actually have many people in my family on antidepressants, and for that reason I always thought I could handle things on my own–I was strong enough to not need to rely on medication.  I’m still a little angry at myself for needing to be on it.  But right now, if it can help me, I need to accept that fact and take it.  I just want to be the best person I can for my husband and especially my son.

I think there are a lot of stay at home moms who silently suffer from anxiety and/or depression.  It gets very repetitive doing the same things day after day after day, especially if you live in a small town like I do, where there’s nothing for you and your kids to do.  I know I am hardly ever alone, but I am also fortunate because I only have one child.  I think that moms with more kids may have it harder.

So, I’m sorry for not being myself the past couple of weeks and keeping up with the blog!  Hopefully my medicine will start helping soon, and I will try to post more.  It may be once a week, twice a week…but I will TRY.  I know I usually keep it lighthearted on here, but I really feel better now that I’ve put this into writing!  If you need help, or even think you might be in a little over your head, talk to your doctor.  Medication may not be the answer for you, but often just talking about your feelings can be.  As moms we have to be our best as all times :)

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