Cake Boss Giveaway!

Pumpkin Spice Cake and Cake Boss Giveaway from StirringThingsUpBlog.com @kristelpoole

My icing drooped because the kitchen got a little hot. Next time I’ll definitely use a firmer icing!

Guess what? It’s giveaway day! But first…let’s talk about fall.

We’ve had the windows open for five nights and the cool breeze is drifting in now that autumn is officially here. I love being able to put on a sweatshirt with pajama pants or slip on a chunky sweater and boots. Along with cozy clothing comes hot tea and toasty morning coffee, and while some people are fighting each other in line for the next pumpkin spice latte, I’d rather pass on the flavored drinks and head straight for the food. Pies, canned fruit butters, warm English muffins with melting butter, and spiced cakes. I love these fall flavors and they seem to pop up at just the right time. It’s like the cravings for these things are hard-wired into our brains, isn’t it? When the first cold breeze comes through, someone bring me pumpkin spice cake and a hot coffee!

Continue reading

Holiday Wish Lists

It’s long been a tradition in my family, and many families over America, to create wish lists for Christmas. Obviously, there are many practical benefits to this. It can spark ideas and inspiration or just give you a sure fit if you’re not feeling creative. I mean, if you’re spending money, you want the recipient to like what you got them, right? Of course, many people see down sides to registries and the like as well, and I understand that, too. I struggle with the “Is my gift unique and special enough?” question every time I purchase something of a wedding registry. But then again, they want it, I can get it, shouldn’t we both be happy? Anyway, I guess I’ve never really figured out what the right balance is with wish lists and registries for Christmas or weddings or birthdays or showers, but I still use them. And at the request of the family, I still make them for myself.

So, here are some of my favorites from my wish list this year:

  • Baking and Kitchen Tools: I have started baking things way more than I used to. Mostly hearty and savory items like breads and biscuits, but also some other things like pies and streudels! This is all very new to me and I will be the first to admit that I am the worst at measuring things and being precise. When I cook, I throw things together and I use my eyes and hands to measure cups and tablespoons.

Biscuit Cutters - Williams Sonoma ($16.95)

EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale

EatSmart Precision Pro Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale - Amazon.com ($25.00)

Emile Henry Couleurs Pie Dish - Amazon.com ($43.94)

  • Cookbooks: These really stood out to me.

Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi - Barnes & Noble ($21.21 online)

Ancient Grains

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals - Barnes & Noble ($18.94 online)

  • Fitness: I’ve been getting more and more into a healthy, fit lifestyle and I’ve had my eye on a few of these things for a while.
Polar FT7

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor - HeartMonitors.com ($119.99)

Running Capris - Target

C9 by Champion Running Capris - Target ($22.99)

  • From fashion to photography, here’s a few extras:

My Kind of Folk Dress - Modcloth.com (Sold Out, naturally)

…and many more… but it’s time for me to run off to a surgery. (Yep, you heard that right… another one.) But I’ll be back to you soon.  Hope you have great luck finding things for everyone on your lists! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

DO YOU USE WISH LISTS?