ten on tuesday.

1. Last night I was a sub for my super fun bunko group. They threatened not to invite me back because they’re afraid I’ll blog everything they say. And I just might. 😉

2. One of the members just had twins (you’ll see them on my biz blog soon) and meals were being coordinated for her. Someone mentioned www.mealbaby.com. Have you ever heard of that before? What an amazing FREE resource for thoughtful friends wanting to coordinate meals. Definitely check it out!

3. Speaking of meals, I appealed on Twitter recently for help with my leftover roasted cabbage. A fellow Tweep came through with this bit of Irish amazingness: Bacon and Cabbage. Yum. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to tell you about it.

4. We attended Brent’s 15 year high school reunion last weekend. Being that it was short notice there were four people in attendance. Two of them were his ex-girlfriends. And at the football game they raffled off a rifle while the band played “Freebird” for their halftime show. 

5. No, we did not just play a rapid fire version of “two truths and a lie.” You can’t make that stuff up people.

6. My half marathon training plan currently looks like this:

7. It’s officially fall which means the kiddos’ birthdays are right around the corner. Sarah is having a dance party and B-Ro is having a superhero party. Any fun suggestions for either of those themes? I’m all ears!

8. Do you know about Librivox? It may just be the cure for brain rot as I edit.

9. I’m still crossing my fingers that we’re on track for an October 4th Clean Color release. But can I just say that I wish the rest of the world operated on my schedule? Turns out they don’t. Who knew?

10. Samantha just called to ask my opinion on whether or not she should undertake Bakerella’s famed cake pops. My words? Run.For.Your.Life. Seeing as how I think I dashed her dreams of pretty little cake pops for Caroline’s school birthday treat, does anyone else have an equally cute but substantially less time consuming idea for 5 year old treaty goodness?

LoriSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:21 pm

bacon and cabbage – that sounds delish! bakerella – oh don’t tell me that. i bought the book hoping to try and make them one of these days 🙂 Can’t wait for the clean clear tutorial

TanyaSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:21 pm

I too love the look of those cake pops. And know that I can not handle the work involved. The perfectionist in my cringes to think what they’d look like. That said, I am going to undertake marshmallow pops. Lollipops sticks, marshmallows dipped into melted chocolate….maybe some sprinkles to help coordinate with the theme.

KarlySeptember 28, 2010 - 12:26 pm

I Love Tuesdays! I totally agree with the RUN FOR YOU LIFE sentiments about the cake pops. For Zeke’s first birthday we got a number ‘1’ cookie cutter and cut them out of rice krispie treats and decorated with tiny candy coated chocolate balls. We stuck them on a stick, covered with a celophane bag, and tied them shut with a bow. They turned out pretty cute!

AmberSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:29 pm

I saw some cute smores on a stick last night while blog-surfing. Just put a marshmallow on a stick, dip in melted candy melts or chocolate chips and dip in crushed graham crackers. If it’s a themed party she can pick candy melts to match the colors of the party since the chocolate will show thru the graham crackers.

I also saw Trix on a stick (notice the stick theme yet?) Made similar to rice krispie treats but with Trix cereal and then put on a popsicle stick. They were bright and very fun looking.

Buh-RentSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:38 pm


Just have Stevie make a couple of apple pies from scratch…and send me the audio, please.

MelodySeptember 28, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Call Bakerella, have her come do the kids birthday parties! (She went to the Pioneer Woman’s house–they both blogged about it). Ka-chow! Cool parties, happy kids, happy blog readers!

Shana-LynnSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:51 pm

We love Librivox at our house!

Alis in WnderlndSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:26 pm

I actually tried to make those cake pops this past weekend! Disaster. They were sickeningly sweet, and they wouldn’t harden enough and then slid down the lollipop sticks. I have no idea what I did wrong, or even if I did part of it wrong, but they weren’t as easy as her video or blog shows.

I like making regular cupcakes and them cutting out cute cupcake wrappers to fancy them up. I’ve also made “sour cream” packets out of scrapbooking paper, then filled with jellybeans. (Those are a HUGE hit! (Roll paper into tube, then pinch and glue one end shut with fast drying glue (non-toxic!) Fill with goodies, then pinch and glue the other end shut, so it is perpendicular to the opposite end. (I used paper binders to hold them closed while they dried.)

EBPitcherSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:29 pm

I’ve not heard of MealBaby, but we use TakeThemAMeal.com and it’s so WONDERFUL! Totally simplified our organizing meals, especially in this, the year of the baby!

AmySeptember 28, 2010 - 1:33 pm


My son turns four on Halloween this year and we are doing a superhero party too! The one idea I had thus far was to make superhero capes for all of his friends that they will decorate during the party and take home as their party favors. My friend who sews assured me that this idea was neither going to be too hard to do or too expensive plus we can make “girl” capes and “boy” capes so everyone should be happy. I will also email you the invite that I made once I am finished with it if you are interested.

My daughter just turned five last week and this is what we made to take to school. http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/2007/10/pretzel-hugs/

Are they really cute? Not really (esp. compared to the pops) BUT my daughter practically did them all by herself and was super proud of herself (I did put in the MM’s since the hugs were hot but she did the rest). I love the simplicity of them. Hope that helps!

meganSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:34 pm

On the topic of cake pops, I have also tried and failed, but I did make the mini cupcake things with the candy mold, substituting the cake balls for the oreo truffles, and they were actually not that bad. Time consuming because you have all the steps of letting things harden, but I think they turned out pretty nicely. I think the oreo truffles are easier than the cake balls because they are firmer. There is a photo in this post… http://www.everydayartphotography.com/blog/2009/04

So, in conclusion, I think Samantha should totally go for it! She may be up until 2 am cussing, but they’ll be cute in the end!

ps – I cannot wait for clean color!

MeganSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:37 pm

A Dance party for little girls sound so fun! Musical chairs is the only game I can come up with…I know, I’m lame. For the SuperHeroes party, I would have them all dress up like their fav hero. Again, I’m lame. Samantha, you should make mini cupcakes. Easy to do and so cute. You could do pink icing and roll them in pretty sparkly sugar.

Oh and the training plan looks great!

AmySeptember 28, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Can I tell you how inspiring you are?! Seriously, that training plan looks awesome!

I definitely say have all the kids dress up as their favorite superhero for B-Ro’s party. A local kid did that for his party and it was an adorable hit!

And is it really getting to be birthday season again? Jeesh–I gotta get my act together!

JuliPSeptember 28, 2010 - 1:58 pm

No superhero party is complete without this cake:
and maybe some of these (scroll way down):

I made the capes, it’s Batman on one side and it reverses to Superman! Emily’s is just a girls version of the cape.
If you have a sewing machine, you can easily complete this project. I made them in two nights (and I didn’t have to pull all-nighters!)
Rent a disco ball for your daughters party, so much fun! or better yet, get one of these, it’s the gift that keeps on giving:

Lorena MoraSeptember 28, 2010 - 2:05 pm

Training plan looks great, you go girl!

AnneSeptember 28, 2010 - 2:23 pm

I wonder if you made the cakepops with something a little denser, like brownies or blondies, if they might hold together a little better and be easier to decorate. Just a thought.

The cabbage and bacon looks really good. I love cold weather food. Serve a little homemade stewed apples action on the side – yum!

Aunt LuSeptember 28, 2010 - 2:28 pm

For Caroline’s school birthday try making cupcakes in a flat bottom ice cream cone. Or Pizza cookies using a pizza tin and cookie dough that comes in the tube. Top with frosting and lots of different kinds of candy, or you can try fruit if you’re a candy hating mom. You can even have the kids at school decorate them…it’s really fun and I’ve made both of them for my boys school parties.

MichelleSeptember 28, 2010 - 3:39 pm

perhaps this site could help for party planning ideas:


SamanthaSeptember 28, 2010 - 3:58 pm

Thanks for all the ideas, everybody! I love the idea of the cute bagged rice krispie treats, although Caroline has seen a picture of cupcapes baked in ice cream cones and LOVED them so maybe we’ll go that route. I’d love other ideas, too!

B-Rent – We just found an AMAZING bbq restaurant here so you are, basically, totally unnecessary in my life. Just sayin.

jennieSeptember 28, 2010 - 4:48 pm
RhondaSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:04 pm

The cupcakes in an ice cream cone is so easy and looks cute. I did icing on top with sprinkles but recently saw that you can use pudding mix which looked more like ice cream. The kids loved eating them and you don’t need flatware!

KimSeptember 28, 2010 - 5:25 pm

For my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I made princess wands out of rice crispy treats. Super easy! Make the rice krispie treats like normal, use a star cookie cutter, dip lollipop stick into melted chocolate, stick into star, cover with plastic baggy, tie with ribbon.

To be fancy, some I drizzled with chocolate, others I sprinkled with “fairy dust” aka sugar sprinkles.

B-RentSeptember 28, 2010 - 6:15 pm

An amazing BBQ restaurant in Boston? Right, and I just found the most amazing clam chowder the other day here in Huntsville…

ErinSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:36 pm

I was going to suggest the cupcakes in ice cream cones but someone beat me to it! They are super easy to make and the kids love them. The rainbow chip frosting looks good on them too! The trickiest part is transporting the goodies…I’d recommend a deep box or dish so they can’t topple over. 🙂

AmySeptember 29, 2010 - 6:35 am

She could make the pops with cakelike doughnut holes instead of all the steps in making the cake batter, etc. The all that is left is the decorating. It does work and just might fill that need to make those adorable and addicting cake pops. Beware once you make one kind your kids will be asking you to make them for all different parties. 🙂

Colleen D.September 29, 2010 - 7:07 am

Hey so the “2 m” “5 m” etc on that chart means minutes right? 😉 I’m pretty sure that’s the only way I could handle that. WTG on crossing off each little box. And that bacon and cabbage looks great, even though I hate cabbage unless it’s saurkraut. Have you ever checked out this site for party ideas? Samantha might find something and you might too for Ephraim and Sarah’s parties… http://karaspartyideas.blogspot.com/

Janelle AndersonSeptember 29, 2010 - 7:28 am

Birthdays are so fun! Samantha – Use the Betty Crocker method and the cupcakes will look more like ice cream cones and it’s way less messy! However, I would love to be a fly on they wall while you Bakerella-it-up. 🙂

Erin – Google “superhero birthdays” and you will need to add an extra day to your already busy week. There is so much out there but what a fun idea! Nice work on your running, I’m so proud!

Brent – Get back to work or something. 🙂

AbbeySeptember 29, 2010 - 7:30 am

I just ran my first half marathon this past Sunday. Just wanted to say congrats for taking the plunge and good luck to you. It was hard work but SO rewarding. Have fun =)

KimberlySeptember 29, 2010 - 8:01 am

Question for you Erin…. Ok, I’m completely marathon training illiterate, but what does “or cross” refer to. Is that some sort of cross training? And while I don’t see myself running a marathon, like ever, I was pretty excited when I ran 10k on the elyptical in under an hour the other day. Not the same, but enough for this chick!! Glad to read you’re enjoying the marathons and training! You go girl!!!

P.C.September 29, 2010 - 8:01 am

Hi Samantha.
Lily was able to do marshmallows dipped with chocolate and sprinkles by herself. They turned out super cute and Lily is not one for details!

We also did the cupcakes in ice cream cones for Nate’s b’day. The kids liked them a lot…but we found out they are best if made on the same day (but the kids didn’t care). That would make a great memory for the kids. Happy upcoming Birthday to Caroline!

JenniferSeptember 29, 2010 - 10:42 am

All these party comments – but I wanna hear about the reunion!! So do the 4 people INCLUDE you and Brent? As in, it was Brent, two ex-girlfriends and his wife?!?! 😉

MelanieSeptember 29, 2010 - 10:56 am

Hi Erin,
This is completely unrelated, but do you recommend a calibration software? I didn’t see one in you amazon sidebar link. Thanks!

AngieSeptember 29, 2010 - 5:14 pm

We made these for Addie’s preschool snack last week: http://flibbertigibberish.blogspot.com/2010/09/arts-and-snacks.html

SO EASY and super cute. Her teachers thought I was a super hero. Since the labels are personalized, she could put some fun birthday messages on there! And totally school related too.

I think you need to flesh out a post about that reunion. Sounds blissful. 🙂

jessica leighSeptember 29, 2010 - 6:15 pm

hey! on the superhero party. . . i contacted a lady at etsy and asked if i take pics of her capes, could we barter. . .she agreed, and she sent me 5 capes to photograph!!
so. . . .you may want to do that. . .and you could get some capes for the party!!! i can only imagine how cute everything will be, if you are doing it!

rebekahSeptember 29, 2010 - 8:03 pm

girl, you are gonna kick some booty on your half-marathon race!!! your training schedule looks awesome. way to go!!! i’m training for one just a few weeks after yours. 🙂

LeslieSeptember 30, 2010 - 6:36 pm

Oh October the 4th!-that would be the bestest birthday present ever!!! :)))

elizabethNovember 29, 2010 - 7:13 pm

Erin! I just used mealbaby successfully to organize meals for a family with a new baby in Matt’s squadron… worked like a charm. I love the internet : ) Thanks for the tip!

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