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New Obsession: Cake Pops

My new obsession is cake pops. Shocking I know since 1. I dont bake and 2. I am not a foodie but for these babies, I can make an exception. I was first introduced to cake pops at a Girls Night Out hosted by The Dandelion Patch when the owner of Chantel’s Bakery brought a huge platter. I tried one, and then another and then another! Love at first bite! I purchased the cake pops book below before Christmas in hopes to try to bake them. It’s laughable to look back and think I would have time to do it. Alas, last weekend, given the cold and our cabin fever, I had some time (and believe me you need plenty of it to make these) to review the directions and give it a try. Success! It was a fun activity with the boys and the cake pops are so yummy. Want to know the secret? You bake the cake and then crumble it and mix with frosting. How can you miss with a winning combination like that? If you are looking for a fun activity for a cold winter day, give this a try!

Awesome ideas in this book Cake Pops.

I would like to try these for Eastser.

Love for Valentine’s Day.

This is the level I am on – very simple.

This was what I was trying to achieve. See below, this was above beginner for us!

Here we are in the middle of baking. Thomas and Jackson had a heavy hand with the coating. We brought them to the bus stop for the kids and they were such a big hit! (yes those are hockey nets in my kitchen – who would have thought that would be my norm one day!!)

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Did you get any good books this holiday?

I received a few good books this holiday season. What Christmas would be complete without a few books on my girl, Jackie O. Cant wait to read these two new books I received. I also picked up Sophie in the City -a modern day Eloise. I received Before I Go To Sleep on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. Yep read the whole way back from NY on the NJ Turnpike and couldnt put it down. It was amazing. So bummed this is the first book by this author otherwise I would be at the bookstore buying the others. Let me know the best book you received as a gift this holiday!

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On my Bookshelf: Cabin Fever

After waiting for many months, finally, November 15th arrived along with the release of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Cabin Fever! I purchased copies for all of Thomas friends at the bus stop. It was a huge hit. One little boy who also loves the series, literally stood there with his mouth open. He was so shocked and excited and couldn’t believe I had a copy for him! I am reminded that giving is better than receiving. Did you get your copy?

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On My Bookshelf: The End of Normal

Just Finished Stephanie Madoff’s new book, The End of Normal. So honest and sad and so many unanswered questions.

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On My Bookshelf

I have such a hard time starting a new book upon completion of one that I loved. Such is the case with Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. Although I have turned the last page, I have not detached myself from the characters and find myself still thinking about them.
Lionel Shriver writes with such real emotion I was shocked to learn she doesn’t have children (reminds me a bit of Memoirs of a Geisha …..I was shocked at the end to realize it was written by a man) and that no one wanted to publish the book in which the main character was such a “cold fish”. As for me, I loved that her character was so real and so honest about her flaws.

Here’s what’s new on my bookshelf.

My dad just sent me this book, The Princessa. A friend of his said it’s a must read for women in business. I just started reading this but must admit that the words in this book have changed the course of my life and after all, isn’t that the whole point of reading?

Just started reading The American Heiress and love it so far. Takes place in the late 1800 in the Newport and tells the tale of a young debutant who’s mom wishes her to marry English royalty.

Hoping this Lionel Shriver book, The Post-Birthday World measures up to the first one I read. I dont like to read books by the same author back to back – I appreciate them more when there is a transition book in between.

The 3 Weissmann’s of Westport by Cathleen Schine looks like a fun, light read.

I also purchased Jonathan Franzen’s new book Freedom and Sarah’s Key.

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On My Bookshelf

So many books, so little time! I am in book heaven right now with all the new releases from some of my favorite authors! Here is what I am reading now….

  • Mini Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
  • The Island – Elin Hilderbrand
  • Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks
  • Rescue -Anita Shreve
  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont – Lauren Weisberger

Recenlty Read and Recommend:
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • Promises to Keep – Jane Green
  • The Castaways – Elin Hilderbrand
  • Testimony – Anita Shreve

All Time Favorites

  • For a lot of laughs…. Briging Home Birkin – Michael Tonello
  • Beautifully written and a peak inside the life of the Kennedy’s …What Remains – Carole Radziwill

What are you reading now? Do tell…..