Family Travels: Florida Part DCCXV

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We’re finally back from vacation! And by finally, I mean we’ve been here for like a month but I’ve been too lazy to do anything productive. Three cheers for procrastination! Seriously, I feel like a bum, it’s terrible. But at the same time, it’s ok! Want to know why? Because I don’t feel too guilty about it. Sure, you guys have probably been wandering, lost, and scared without my ramblings. But I’m sure you were able to find your way after the 2nd or 3rd week. Look, point is, I’m back. And I know it’s not a recipe but I need to ease back into this whole cooking and baking thing. I almost burned bacon last night so I do not need to be taking pictures while I’m fumbling about. We had an awesome time in Florida as always. Went to a few theme parks, had fun with family, relaxed …

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Humpday Update – New Logo, New Links, New Parks!

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Woo hoo! A humpday update! It’s been a long time, huh? I know you missed it. So what’s going on?! The main reason why I wanted to put this together was to announce the following, which I didn’t want to make a specific post for, but wanted to get it out there… I made a new logo!! It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure. When I made my original logo, I was in a rush when finishing up my revamp of the site and just grabbed some images that meant things to me. This was back when I didn’t think of myself as getting much public attention and just being a small blog that friends followed. Then I saw this in person… Seeing my logo – uninspired, lacking of information, and chock full of copyright infringements – among all the other awesome logos from the Wilton Sweet-Up, I …

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A Mother’s Cake is a Powerful Thing

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Mama Said Knock You Out Happy mothers day! Wait, what? I’m early?! Whoa, that’s a first! But it’s for good reason. A couple of months ago, Wilton asked if I had anything inspirational to share about my mom. Without even thinking about it, about a hundred different things popped in my head. So I thought I’d share a few with you today. We all have memories of growing up and getting older. As the years pass they may start to fade or get fuzzy, but for the most part, one or two linger. If you’re lucky, those memories you hold on to are strong enough to endure time, allowing you enjoy them and cherish them, and maybe use them as inspiration to help create more. My mom gave me a BUNCH of those memories. And coincidentally, a good chunk of them have to do with baking. As a kid, i …

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My Experience at the 2015 Wilton Sweet-Up!

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Man! Where to start?! Well, let’s not draw it out. A lot went on and we don’t need filler so I’ll get to it. As you may know, I’m an ambassador for Wilton. As a member of their Sweet Treat Team I’m honored to receive products of theirs to try out and tell you about. It’s an insanely simple relationship we have since I always used their stuff anyway, so when they asked me to be a part of their team I was star struck to say the least. Fast forward to now and I’m still taken aback by their awesomeness. Because a few weeks ago, on April 23rd and 24th, they hosted the 2015 Wilton Sweet-Up! Since their first one in 2010, they’ve only had 3 others – 2011, then 2014, and this year, 2015. During these awesome events, they’ve always managed to impress those they let walk through their doors. This year, …

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Family Travels: “Chicago” (Road to the Sweet-Up)

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So I don’t know if you heard, but I took the family on a little trip to Chicago! Of course, by “took” I mean dragged. And by “Chicago” I mean Woodridge, IL which is about a half hour from the city. Aaaaaaaand by “I” I mean Wilton since they invited me over for their Sweet-Up and took care of the hotel accommodations. What’s a Sweet-Up, you ask? Well I’ll get more into that in the next post. I figured it was a fairly long weekend for us and cramming it all in one post would surely have broken the entire Internet. So consider this part 1 of 2 of the longest 4 days ever. When Wilton asked me to come to their Sweet-Up, I was humbled. They offered to take care of the flight and the hotel. Dinner for 2 nights, lunch, a car ride to and from the airport. All I …

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The Wilton Sweet-Up and YOU!

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If you weren’t aware of Wilton and I being best buds, and me being on their Sweet Treat Team, then you’ve either been living under a rock or this is your first time here. Whatever the case, we’re both in for a treat! A little over a week from now, on April 23rd and 24th (a few days before the most important day of the year!), Wilton will be hosting their annual Sweet-Up! They’ll be doing all sorts of different activities and announcements ranging from The Art of Cookie Decorating to unveiling the 2015 Cake of the Year! Why am I so excited and dedicating a blog post to this awesome sounding event? BECAUSE I’M GOING!! I wasn’t able to attend last year, but this year I’m looking forward to hanging out at Wilton HQ and partaking in all the fun! If you’re interested in checking it out, they’ll have a live …

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Honeyed Chicken – A Recipe from Game of Thrones

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Happy Game of Thrones week! For those who don’t know what Game of Thrones is… Who the heck are you?! To my returning fans… I can’t believe we’re on season 5 already, can you?! The premier is Sunday, April 12th on HBO and I’m counting down the minutes! I still remember the first time I got hooked on the show. But even though I’d love to get into it and talk your ears off for hours, let’s not go down that rabbit hole. Let’s talk about the food! I always love making and posting about the food from the GoT universe. I’ve mentioned this before, but if you weren’t aware, food is a HUGE focal point in the books. The author, George R. R. Martin, has mentioned his love for describing in great detail the meals and dishes the characters come across throughout the stories. Everything from the stalest piece …

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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So I’ve been trying to get this on the blog for a while now. It’s been a long time coming and here it is, just in time for it to watch winter hit itself with the doorknob on the way out. We still have a few days here and there forecasted that dip in the 50’s, but for the most part we’re enjoying some nice weather. I know as of this writing a bunch of you are still getting snow, so to that I say you better make amends with Elsa soon, it’s freaking spring already! While we had some bitter cold days and 2 or 3 good snow falls, it’s nothing compared to what others have gotten. Still though, it was enough to get the wife down and depressed for weeks, wishing she never left Florida and its 2.5 seasons (that’s Mild, Hot, and Sweltering for those wondering). But …

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Coconut Cream Pi, a Gastronomical Constant

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Happy Pi Day! Can you believe it? We’re here celebrating Pi Day again! I find it rather hilarious that Pi Day is the one constant holiday that I always try to make a post about every year. Why is that hilarious? Because I absolutely despise math! I was always terrible at it as a kid, and just like my maturity level, not much has changed since then. But we’re not here to talk about my terrible multiplication skills or my growing figurine collection that’s proof I failed to grow up after high school. We’re here to talk about pi! If you’re not familiar, pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It’s a mathematical constant which means it applies to circles of all sizes. Big circle or small, the pi is always the same. If written out, the actual number is infinite and patternless, as pointed out …

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Antipasto and You!

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Once upon a time, in a mystical, unforgivably hot, far away land – that you may know as Florida – lived my wife and I. It’s hard to think about it now, but we were young once. We lived recklessly and laughed in the face of responsibility. We did unspeakable things that I, as a parent now, am appalled by. What did we do? I’m almost afraid to tell you because I know we’ll be judged. But I must… We used to do things like… Stay out past 9. Spend the entire day at theme parks only to go home, get dressed, and go out again. We used to order Chinese takeout at 10pm to eat that night. We went to the theater to watch an opening night movie that started at 1am (that’s after midnight), didn’t get home till 3 (in the morning), only to get up in a few …

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