Monday, December 8, 2008

New Blog

K Guys!!! I am way stoked about my new blog. It's still in the works, but from now on you can find me at www.aceofcupcakes.squarespace.com, or at the link below:

Ace of Cupcakes

A Christmas Survey

I stole this survey from Greedy Kristian's blog, you guys should do it too....


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. When I was little my friend said her parents never wrapped any of their gifts, and I was so sad for her. Opening them is the best part!

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. Derek and I both concluded we would kill a real tree.

3. When do you put up the tree?
We were so excited to put ours up this year....it was up a week before Thanksgiving. I'm still glad we did it.

4. When do you take the tree down? This is our first year having it....so as long as Derek will let me ;D

5. Do you like eggnog? Never tried it....It sounds revolting though.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I'm not gonna lie, Gennie always got the better gift. So the best Christmas was when Gennie got Mall Madness. We played that game till the pieces fell apart. But...I can't deny, I loved my American Girl doll too. That was probably the best.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad.....we always ended up getting him licorice or buttermilk.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Derek. He always wants a million different things, which is nice.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, we went way over budget on Christmas decor this year....we will have to add that one next year.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? None so far. Email sounds good to me though.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? That one Christmas we have on video where Gennie got a million huge presents, and I showed off my stick on earrings, dollar store markers, and yarn that I got from Santa. Haha, that one didn't seem too good :D

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Home Alone. I've already watched it 3 times this year. Elf is a close second.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Mid-November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Probably, I was always broke as a kid, haha.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I'll have to agree with Kristin, Fondue. Our Christmas Eve fondue party could win a fondue award. But I'm a big sucker for xmas drinks: Sparkling Cider, wassail, and hot cocoa.

16. Lights on the tree? For sure!

17. Favorite Christmas songs? Yeah, probably O Holy Night, Candles in the Window, or Come Thou Fount, (I think that is a Christmas song)

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We usually travel around New Years.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen. That's all I got. Haha!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star. Man...remember mom's angel? That thing was weird lookin'.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One present or pajamas on Christmas eve, the rest on Christmas Day.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? All the scrooges. Bah-humbug.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We got to buy all new ornaments for our tree, so my favorite is this gold one that looks like a Mascaraed mask, it's pretty cool.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Christmas dinner, we never really did anything. Usually just the Christmas Eve fondue.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Hmm....probably clothes or cooking stuff. I never really know. I am just excited for my first Christmas with my babes, it's already been awesome.

P.S. Krick, thanks that was fun. And I DO hope you get the Beyonce CD. Just keep it on mute while I'm around ;D

Friday, December 5, 2008

Animal Farm.



Some animal cupcakes from today. The demand for time-consuming cupcakes is getting larger at So Cupcake, at least it's keeping me entertained.....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Gingershop.


Here is our store, Gingerbread version. Isn't it cute? I made it at work today (When I realized....wow, my job rocks sometimes.)

At least it looks better than my usual Gingerbread house messes (They typically look like a bomb shelter). I think the color-coordination helped a lot ;)

Well, Derek and I are already obsessed with the Christmas season, we are sewing our own stockings and it has taken weeks to this point. We are almost finished, at which point I'll give ya'll some pics.

All we need is some friggin' SNOW!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

THE 5k.

Derek and I have been training for the Thanksgiving 5k for months now. The only problem is this we stopped running like the beginning of November, so we ended up being nowhere near ready. The 5k finally came, on Thanksgiving FREEZING morning. We ended up having quite the crowd, with me, Derek, his sister Mary and cousins Mitch and Kristen, my mom and Kent, and my two bros. Jonathan, my oldest brother who none of us knew even ran, showed up, which was a nice surprise. Little did any of us know HE would be the one that would beat all of us! He ran it in 27 minutes, far faster than the rest of us.

Derek ran it in 29 minutes, I did it in 32, which, for me, was GREAT! I have never officially run a 5k, so the fact that I ran the whole thing was enough for me.

Anyways, we all had a real blast, although we missed Gen and Kristin, who always run it. Mary and Kristen won some raffle prizes, although some of them were a little cheap ;D ha! At least it wasn't the free entry to the Salt Lake City marathon, I feel sorry for the poor runners that won those......

I'll say now that all of us look much prettier than these pictures in real life. So excuse the no make-up and sweats.


Me, Derek, Mary, Kristen, Mitch.


Mom and I at the starting line. I'm not gonna lie mom, we both can look really bad, haha.... (This was taken only moments before I dropped my iphone and got trampled by the crowd)


We all really missed Gen, but it helped when my mom read her running number #753....Gen's lucky number. Quite the coincidence if you ask me!


All of us. BOY do I look pissed! I don't know why. But thanks everyone for coming, especially Derek's family, that was SO much fun to have you guys there, I hope we can run another 5k sometime!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!



I'm not gonna lie, I'm READY for Thanksgiving to be over. Bring on Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

As of Lately.

I can't believe Derek isn't home for another 3 hours. He just got his hours changed from 8 to 5, to now 9 to 6. You wouldn't think that one hour would make such a difference, but it's dark now when he gets home, and by that time I'm pretty lonely. Aw shucks =(

On another note:

Asher, he is cuter than ever.



Some cool rainbow cupcakes:



Shield the eyes of the children!! I was asked to make boob cupcakes last week. On a side note, the same day I made these I burned my own "cleavage" when I was taking some cupcakes out of the oven. How awkward is that??



A cute lemon meringue:



D-lish Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes:



This lady wanted her cupcakes "El Natural", with rocks and twigs and stuff:



And some apple-crumb muffins I made yesterday on my day off. FAMILY: come get some if you want some. They are really yummy for breakfast, and I am pretty sure I have like 40 of them left. I went a little overboard.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kids: They're a lot of work........But they're worth it.

So....Jonathan and Kylie abandoned all of us here in Salt Lake to celebrate their 10th anniversary in Hawaii -- (Holy crap! That's impressive.)

A while ago they asked if on my day off, I could watch Basil with Kelsy.

The long awaited day arrived today. I picked up Kels and Basil and we drove to Target to play around and pick up some Christmas ornaments. (Side note: I have had the BEST time shopping for Christmas. This is the first married Christmas for Derek and I, and the first time I get to decorate my own tree. It's the bomb!)

Right when we got to target, within seconds Basil was running around enjoying himself. Here are some of our favorite parts of the experience:

The first thing Basil encountered at Target was a big Dinosaur toy that growled. Here was his reaction. Haha, we were dying:
He was pretty scared of that thing.

Then, after seeing him so traumatized, we let him pick out a drink to take off the edge :) Basil, being a good boy, picked a Sobe.This is the part where Basil WOULD NOT let go of the cart. He had to be the one pushing it. This is when I learned, Basil likes to be in charge ;)
This is when I had to pull him away from the bars and sit him in the cart. He stared at Kelsy and I like this for about 10 minutes. I think we were starting to bug him.
Here was Basil's favorite toy at Target. The advent calendar, which he refused to leave until he had opened every door. Haha!
THEN. We met up with Derek for some lunch at Eat-a-Burger. As Jonathan already knows, Basil is a pretty big Fry Sauce connaisseur. We accidentally set the fry sauce by him to dip his fries in it, and he started scooping it with his fork. He did this three times till we finally got it away. Oops.
The result of taking away the fry sauce:
We finally realized what Basil LOVES to do when we popped in the Baby Einstein video. He was so focused on this movie. It was the BEST!!

Jonathan and Kylie: I hope that this blog didn't traumatize you too much, we tried our best. But thanks so much for letting us watch him, cause despite being a little afraid, I had a TOTAL ball. I love Basil!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

If someone asks, this is where I'll be.........


Item #1- A moving couple of days. I never realized how empowering voting is. I told everyone I wasn't going to do it, because I didn't feel like my vote really counted, seeing as in Utah, no matter what, the republican candidate is going to win. Although I still felt that way, a push from my husband and the reporters on CNN....and I was in the booth. Suddenly I feel very, very grateful for our freedom. Our country is pretty amazing.

Item #2- I used to hate the snow. HATE. I probably still do, but today's snow storm couldn't have been more enjoyable. Because it was getting kind of bad, my boss let me go home early from work, and I got to go to lunch with Derek and then come home and lay under mounds of blankets. It's been really nice.

Item #3- I got a package in the mail, and I couldn't remember ordering anything. I opened it to find the roulette wheel that failed to make it to our Halloween party.

A picture of the jerk:

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Casino Del Candy.

I have already put up a ton of pictures on Facebook, that most everyone saw, but I wanted to explain a few highlights of our Halloween Party, a.k.a. "Casino del Candy."

Highlight #1 - We had a pie on the counter that Basil couldn't reach, nonetheless, he figured out that if he used his sword to scrape off the frosting, he could eat some of it. We all found him like this....and despite us laughing hysterically that he had been clever enough to do this, he just stood staring at the wall like he is in the picture for about 5 minutes. He looked like he was thinking, "I just killed a pie...."

Highlight #2- The Candy Gambling. We had a Black Jack table that Kristin made, it looked authentic, and a Roulette table I found online. Everyone got loads of candy to take home, it was a blast. (Note Derek's dads nerd costume at the Black Jack table...it was awesome.)



Highlight #3- The Best Costumes: Randy and Kristin came as Dave Thomas and Wendy. It was perfect for them. Also see Asher balling in his Shrek outfit. It too was perfect.

So I have loads of other pictures, but here are some I couldn't help but put up:

I LOVED Basil's Knight costume. It was so perfect for him.


Derek decided to shave his head down the middle to be a munk. Haha, it was great.
No one could guess my costume, I was a Japanese Anime Character, I guess it works ;)


Jake (Derek's bro) and his wife Denae- Geishas, and a little risky...haha....

This costume was so great. The deer costume was like this machine that constantly blew air into it. Too difficult for me to understand how it worked, but not for me to enjoy it.

Jonathan made this awesome robot costume. I still can't get over it. And Kylie- the Pirate.



Anyways: To everyone that came: THANKS! I am glad everyone had fun.

Gen and KC: We missed you guys, but fondue at Christmas is going to beat it out of the park.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Um....The Best Popcorn Balls....EVER.



3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp. cold water
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Marshmellow fluff (or Marshmellows)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

2 bags popcorn (popped)

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, cold water, powdered sugar, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for one minute stirring constantly. Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel.

2. Wearing gloves, or ziplock bags over your hands, grease hands with butter/oil and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before it cools. Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.



* I made these today.....they are SO good!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm sad.

I ordered a roulette table for our party - for Candy Casino. It's going to be a freakin' blast, but only if it gets here on time. I just found out the wheel might not get here in time :( But don't worry, it'll still be a ball!

Here is a new cupcake: (Kinda blurry)

Monday, October 27, 2008

This is Halloween......

First of all: This is mainly for Derek's family, or my family if you haven't done it yet. Before I forget: The link to register for the Thanksgiving 5k is right here.


Alright, to business...So, I have never carved a cake before in my life. Meaning, you stack a tall cake, and carve it into a unique shape. A man called last week asking us to make a 3-Dimensional Witches Hat Cake. I'm not going to lie-- I was pretty worried. So the fact that it didn't fall apart was enough for me:



Also, here is a Halloween Cupcake cake I decorated:



And some musical-note cupcakes:




And lastly: We are having a Halloween Party on Friday, so Kristin and I finally combined our candies for the party into one large pile, we were all overjoyed when it was so big. I decided these pictures really don't do it justice:




We threw the pile of candy bags on Basil - he of course was loving it! So cute.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Monster Cupcake.

So...I can't take credit for this one, because my boss Kevin at work invented it, but it was still too cute to not put up. We got a bunch of gummy tongues, fingers, ears, noses, etc to decorate our cupcakes with, so he came up with this masterpiece:



They sold out in a matter of minutes today. The best part was that all of the kids were loving them, but when we showed Celina (My boss's daughter) the Monster Cupcake, she said in a very unamused voice, "Ha ha. Very funny." Ha, it was great....


SIDE NOTE: I lost my wedding ring for over a week. Most of you probably know this and most of you probably know I found it. I just have to thank King of Queens for inspiring me to find it. After a very melancholy week without it, I was watching the episode where she almost buys a new ring but decides she can't live without her original one....and it made me so depressed that I rummaged through the whole house and found it hidden nicely in one of my dresser drawers! SO HAPPY.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunday Nights Can Be Traumatizing.

Since Derek and I obviously live alone together, we have no parents to boss us around. No one tells us to stop doing one thing and start doing the next. No one tells us when to go to bed, or that we should probably eat something healthy for dinner. As a result, we end up indulging in a number of unhealthy things, completely unaware of what the outcome may be. Let me paint a lil' picture for ya.

Last night. Derek and I were burned out from our long week (as we usually are), so we decided to have dinner at home and catch up on Heroes.



(Our favorite character, as I am sure he is to many -- maybe its the Japanese thing, ha, but he reminds me a lot of Derek, I feel like Kelsy would agree). Anyways, we really wanted to finish Season 1, so we ended up watching 5 HOURS worth.

We felt pathetic (yet satisfied) at the end, so what do we do? Watch more T.V. We turned on the Food Network and they were showing a challenge called "Cereal Bridges". It was so awesome to see them make the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. out of cereal. So much that we decided to make some Muddy Buddies to eat while watching. We made a whole box worth and ate about half of it. No need to explain the bellyaches that ensued.

We went to bed to settle our stomachs and turned on the TV to help us get a little more tired. With no help to our stomachs (in a nice way) the next two ours would change our lives. First: we watched a documentary on the "Treeman". This was the story of a man who had a disease that had gotten so bad, his hands and legs had turned into this:



He had 6 lbs. of this fungus/wart on each hand/foot. Don't get me wrong, it was a very very sad story. But the doctor's were able to get rid of 90% of the warts, so that was good. I was in tears for this one.

I was in tears for the next one too. We ended up watching a SECOND documentary called "The Man with No Face":



I was deeply depressed after these two shows, really gives you some perspective on life. It was amazing that these two men had actually quite optimistic views on life. It is crazy that both of them live normal lives with bodies like this. I no longer have any need to complain. The only sad part about this one, was the guy was Jehovah's Witness and couldn't receive blood, so they could only remove small parts at at time (We never got to see that part)...

As you can see, Derek and I were pretty traumatized at the end of the night, getting to bed at about 12:30 - 1:00 a.m. (Pretty late for us, haha).

All I can say: Wow.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

2 Years and Counting.....


As of yesterday, Derek and I have been together 2 years. Yeah, to a lot of people that's a pretty short time, but still, I think it's worth some acknowledgment.

In order to celebrate, I cooked him the competition meal I made in high school, and we had a really great dinner. Then, I wanted to check if I had written anything in my journal about our first kiss, and we read about the whole thing. It was quite hilarious to see how nervous we were. I am surprised we made it this far, because we are both very prone to awkwardness.

Derek and I often say we had high-hopes for marriage, and it more than surpassed our hopes so far. I blame a lot of how good it is on account of Derek's amazingness. If I come home exhausted he's already massaging my feet. If I'm feeling sick he's got miso soup on the stove. If I just need to talk, he knows what to say. And if he doesn't, he knows to let me talk anyways. If I say I think I might want a new car, he's got four picked out he thinks I'd like. If I crack a stupid joke, he's the one the gets it.

When I pictured who I would end up with, I'm not going to lie, it wasn't at all like Derek. To be honest, I didn't know there was someone out there so good for me. It really seems like he was handpicked. I had no idea that almost a year in of living together, I would still be anxious for him to come home, cause we consistently have a blast.

Babes: Thanks for being brave enough to ask me out back then, thanks for being patient with me through school, thanks for scraping off my car everytime I left your house, thanks for getting addicted to nighttime television with me, thanks for surviving the food fight, thanks for living with me, and running with me, and laughing with me, and loving me, etc, etc. Thanks, you'll never know how much I love you for it.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Playing Soccer Mom.

Derek and his family are big into soccer. When I say big, I mean BIG. It seems like every night of the week some one in the family has a soccer game, if not three. This year they decided to do an outdoor team with all of the cousins....it added up to like fifteen people.

Well, Derek has school on the nights they play, so he had only been able to play one game. But Wednesday was the championship game, so he played what I would call "healthy hookie" and joined in for the game.

I, being athletically handi-capped, sat on the side lines to enjoy the game. It was a lot of fun to watch, not only because all of his family was playing, but because they are all actually really good. Needless to say, they won the championship. (Woo hoo!)

I had run out of time to bring orange slices and Capri Suns for half-time, so they had to settle with cupcakes (I am sure everyone is getting sick of them by now).....

Anyways....here is Derek's Rec-League Picture:

(The plaque-version is in the mail as we speak ;)


And here is the entire team (I accidentally deleted the non-blurry picture). Derek looks like he's mid-teleporting.



Congrats guys!!