Monday, August 29, 2011

Mailbox Monday August 29

It's Monday again! Time for another Mailbox Monday post. Mailbox Monday is the creation of Marcia from A Girl and Her Books. The meme is on tour and this month's host is Staci at Life in the Thumb. Visit Staci's blog and check it out.

We are in the home stretch of summer vacation here. School starts the end of this week. This is the last year that I will have a child in school. Where does the time go. It just seems like yesterday I was putting three school-aged kids on school buses. We are trying to enjoy the last few days of summer and get organized again. I seem to let things get terribly unorganized during the summer months. It's time to get back to having a normal schedule. I did have one book in my mailbox last week that was a win from Karen at Bookin' With Bingo. Thank you so much Karen! The book is fabulous! I am looking forward to trying out the recipes in it. We are very into the cupcake craze that seems to be sweeping the country. How can you not smile when you see or eat a cupcake?

Presented by Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Oxmoor House (April 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0848734378
ISBN-13: 978-0848734374

It's official: The cupcake craze has taken the world by storm. No longer are cupcakes solely for children-these handheld treats nowmust pass musterwith taste-discriminatingadults equally ravenous for the little frosted jewels. Big Book of Cupcakes sets a new standard with recipes for cupcakes that actually taste as great as they look. In addition to the traditional favorite flavors everyone craves, such as red velvet and carrot cake, this book offers fun, new flavor twists like Maple Bacon and Caramel Sea Salt Mocha, as well as easy decorating and serving ideas, from classic to creative. In this book, which is organized by season and the events readers want to celebrate with home-baked cupcakes-from New Years to Christmas, birthdays to "just-craving" days-author and cupcake-bakery owner Jan Moon shares her secrets and most requested recipes. Whether you're making the perfect batch of cupcakes for a child's birthday party or satisfying a very adult comfort-food craving, the nostalgic treats that fill this book are sure to delight and surprise. Plus, Jan's creative tips on how to serve and display cupcakes for parties are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

With more than 10 years of experience honing her craft in the Test Kitchens of Southern Living magazine, Jan Moon has embarked on a venture of her own and opened a bakery in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to wedding cakes and custommade treats, Dreamcakes Bakery specializes in delectable cupcakes, and Jan's unique creations keep her loyal customers coming back for more.

Thank you so much Karen!

I also picked this up at Target after reading about Plannergate on Book, Line and Sinker. Natalie posted the perfect planner! When I saw that some of the Blue Sky items were at Target, I ran right over to see what I could find to help me with my organization. Of course the Suzy Jack line was well picked over at our Target but I did find this set by Blue Sky which I think will fit my needs beautifully. Thank you to Natalie for posting her search for the perfect planner. The Blue Sky line is great and I would have probably missed it if it weren't for Natalie's post. For many years, I used a refillable planner that I dearly loved but sadly the refills were discontinued and I was never able to find one that I truly loved. I am really excited to start using this new set. It is not refillable but it costs much less than my refillable one. The calender will be used at my desk and the planner is small enough to be used at the desk and go with me in my bag. I'm looking forward to being organized once again!

So what fun books made their way into your home?


  1. I was just yesterday hunting cupcake recipes so this looks really good! Cupcakes isn't that big deal here (at least in my city) and I've seen like twice in a cafe...

  2. That cupcake book looks great- I love baking cupcakes, so much easier than a cake!

  3. Love the planner...and who doesn't love cupcakes?!?

  4. I love eating cupcakes, but haven't had the patience to get that creative with them. I do own a cupcake decorating book though, so maybe someday I'll get inspired. :)

  5. I love cupcakes! What a great book!

  6. Oh oh oh... I am licking the screen at your Big Book of Cupcakes... Sorry screen will wipe you clean after ;)

  7. The cupcake book looks so good! I'd probably gain weight just looking through it.

  8. I love Southern Living and I love cupcakes! That looks like my kind of book!

  9. Who doesn't love cupcakes? What an awesome book!

  10. There's something about the fall that cries out for organizing :)

    I love that cupcake book -- I'm going to see if my library has a copy; it looks gorgeous.

    I can empathize with your thoughts on not having a child in school anymore. My daughter went off to college last fall, and the house seemed ridiculously empty. Of course, when she was home for the summer, it seemed just as full and loud as I remembered, lol.

  11. I always love those cupcake cookbooks..makes me think I could actually be artistic!! I love planners..heck, I'm addicted to office supplies!

  12. Oh, my gosh! CUPCAKES!!! Woot! Enjoy making them!

  13. I just love the looks of that cupcake book....not that we need more sweets here.


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