In this Sunday Funday Series, I share little tidbits and finds from my week that brought a smile to my face, in the hope that they’ll do the same to you!
1. Citrus Candy Corn Bundt Cake
As cute as candy corn looks, I can’t stand its chalky taste. So I wouldn’t miss out on the classic fall treat, I created my Citrus Candy Corn Bundt Cake instead! With the tempting flavors of lemon and orange, even my guy—who refuses a bite of every single thing I bake—devoured ¼ of the cake before I took a bite. ¼ of the cake! Yup, it’s just that good.
2. “Now You See Me”
Although I usually respond to comments and edit photos in the evenings, my guy popped the movie “Now You See Me” into the DVD player Tuesday night. I tend to stick to chick flicks and the occasional Disney movie, but this film literally glued me to my seat. It’s about four talented magicians pulling off one of the biggest tricks imaginable… But I won’t ruin the surprise. Grab some popcorn and watch it!
3. Virtual Coffee Dates
Annoyed by the two-hour drive between our houses, a close high school friend and I decided to hold weekly “virtual coffee dates” last month. We reach for the nearest mug, fill it with water (no point in caffeinating in the late afternoon!), and talk by FaceTime. It’s refreshing and rejuvenating to hear her encouragement. She works in a bakery (check out her blog!), so she’s really sympathetic to my recipe disasters like flat cakey cookies and sunken muffin tops!
4. Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes
The moment I saw these cupcakes by Jessica of Desserts With Benefits, I wanted to be her best friend. Or neighbor. Or official taste tester. A rich chocolate cupcake filled with peanut butter and topped with fudgy chocolate peanut butter frosting, all for 170 calories?? Pass me three, please!
5. Online Shopping
With only one clothing store in town (that refuses to stock my size), I rarely go shopping. Instead, I sporadically browse a few online sites. After spotting sales at Kohl’s and Charlotte Russe—with free shipping for each!—I ordered five tops. And three hats. All for $60! When the Charlotte Russe package arrived, I started to grin. What girl doesn’t love being called gorgeous? (That top was actually from Kohl’s though!)
6. Running Buddy
On my Thursday morning run, I passed by a blonde woman who called out a pleasant greeting. Despite never jogging with anyone before, I slowed a bit to continue the conversation. Although closer to my parents’ age, she shared that she worked three jobs, owned three cats, and just returned from a cruise with 48 girlfriends. And she runs 5.2 miles at a time. All with a smile on her face. What a beautiful inspiration!
7. Cake Decorating with Craftsy
Both Stefani of Cupcake Project and Alexandra of Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker wrote a review of a free Craftsy class called “Modern Buttercream” this week. (Here’s Stefani’s and Alexandra’s.) They gave it two thumbs (spatulas?) up, without a single negative remark, and posted photos of their gorgeous cakes. Since the class is free, I really want to check it out—and the basic fondant one too!
8. My Brother to the Rescue!
My computer refused to restart on Friday. It flashed an error screen with the word “PANIC” typed one too many times for comfort, so I did just that and texted my brother. Help help help! He immediately sent back the fix, which saved the day. Hooray for computer savvy family members! While waiting the 6 ½ hours for the computer to reinstall software, I did what any food blogger would do: I baked cookies!
9. Ohio State Marching Band
As I confessed with these donuts and these cookies, I was a band geek. I marched all four years in high school, mainly playing the flute (but doubling on alto/bari saxes, oboe, English horn, and piccolo). One of my old coworkers, a fellow ex-marcher too, emailed me this video of the Ohio State Marching Band. Watch carefully around minute 4:21—they bring the moonwalk to a whole new level!
10. Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
I know I just said in #1 that my guy refuses everything I bake, but… He loves rice krispie treats. And will eat the entire pan as soon as I finish a photo shoot. Last year, he saved almost all of these Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats for himself… I think it’s time to make him another batch before Halloween hits!