Saturday, February 20, 2010

I found a great giveaway over at "Heck of a bunch" here's the link:

They are giving away the cutest soaps shaped like fortune cookies!!! I love fortune cookies!!
I've always wanted a necklace with a little fortune cookie on it---but I'm superstitious I believe someone needs to give you something for luck--it doesn't work to buy it for yourself.
Sorry back to the soaps they come in all kinds of yummy scents and they sell them in a cute little Chinese food container --so cute!!!

It reminded me of a story:

When I was a little girl the only place to get a fortune cookie--was in a Chinese restaurant. Once my family and I took a trip to San Francisco --and my sister chose a museum exhibit that was not for small children--I was about 7 so my Dad told me to choose something and he and I would do it. Well I loved fortune cookies--and I used to save my fortunes--one had the name of the company on the back and "San Francisco, CA" so I looked up the address in the phone book--and then found it on the map. We walked blocks through streets that looked like alleys --finally we found my fortune cookie factory --we went in and asked if we could buy some fortune cookies---they handed us a bag as big as I was and said $2--so my Daddy bought me 2 ---and they were so fresh and yummy---one of my favorite adventures from my childhood.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Madness of mundanity has a contest running to enter you need to play the game:
I always...
I sometimes...
I never...
up for grabs:
A Lomolito 'disposable' camera (it can actually be used again) in blue for the awesome, cross processed effect.
A box of Lomo fotoclips so you can make a funky photowall
An AWESOME Polaroid Brooch from That Kate's Etsy shop
And a bag of Haribo sweeties!

contest can be entered here:

So here is mine:
I always eat candy--I've got it bad---not every day but every hour.
I sometimes paint my nail--I just can't stand it -when it chips.
I never drive--it drives people crazy--but I'm 43 and don't drive--it's probably best--that way I have to walk--so I can walk off all the candy I eat!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I cant stress how much Godiva means to me---I honestly break down the year in Godiva time---birthday is in September -Godiva, Christmas December-Godiva, and then Valentine's Day this month- Godiva----Then Easter march/April --Godiva from my sister---because my dear husband does not see the need to by me an Easter present---But after Easter---we have the long lean months of summer---I have a cooler that I keep my Godiva in --but I don't like to be limited to sometimes one piece a day!!! Aaagh the horror--it pains me to even think about it.

Anyways huge fan of all things Godiva (the Godiva boutique is my mother ship) so I was thrilled when they came out with their baked goods!! I love baked goods!!

In my most recent catalog they sent me a coupon to bring in and get 2 truffles---yes please!! and I'm a member of the rewards club--if you ever buy Godiva--join the rewards club!!

Enjoy FREE Chocolate

When you join the Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club

Rewards Club Members enjoy:

  • Free piece of Chocolate every month
  • Free gift each month you spend $10 or more
  • Free standard shipping for 1 online order
  • Exclusive online special offer every month

Join today...

Anyways --I got my 2 free truffles--a free piece my one a month--and my free gift for shopping last month (gift was a 2 piece box) --so right off the bat I'm thrilled --love freebies---Godiva freebies almost make me cry!!! But I've been dyeing to try the new baked goods I keep seeing in the catalog---only every time I ask the store they tell me they don't have them yet.....
So no delicious cupcakes, no ganache cake, and no giant brownies----but they did have tiny little brownie bites --for a very reasonable $10 (bag of 8 or 10-I can't remember) I was soo excited to try them----but I was very disappointed--they were really dry and crumbly---nothing like the picture in the catalog!! They tasted like they made them a month ago--In all my years I can't think of a worse brownie---so avoid the brownie bites--but sign up for the rewards club!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Easy chocolate cake for Valentine's Day


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, oil and coffee liqueur. Beat until ingredients are well blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly tapped. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out and cool completely on wire rack.
I spray my pan with pam and then use hot cocoa mix instead of flour---I don't like the look flour gives a chocolate cake----wait exactly 10 minutes --wait longer and cake will stick!

I like to serve the cake warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream--in the summer we add a few raspberries on top of the vanilla ice cream.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Out of the box sampler

For those of you who love hand made items---you really should try the "Out of The box sampler" They have them once a month or so --usually start on the first --and they sell quickly--they are $22 (including shipping) and samples range from beauty products, candles, pet treats, yummy home candies, soup mixes, cookies, etc. They also include discounts --
example: You might receive a few caramels from a new candy shop along with a coupon code for 25% off your first order.
It's always lots of fun!!! I sent one to my Mom at Halloween --and she said it was like a big box of presents!! She got a soap shaped like a finger---her favorite item!!---She thought it was hysterical!! This from a woman who keeps a rubber severed arm sticking out from under her bad--just to startle anyone who might see it!!

Anyways if you act quickly you have a chance to win one of these wonderful boxes
head on over to:
and follow the instructions (basically you have to post a blurb on your blog -for a chance to win)
Good luck to all!! It's worth it--if you win it's lots of fun!!!