Random Stuff

Hey friends!

Wanted to pop in and chat with you today about nothing specific really.  Just stuff.  I realized I hadn’t talked to you.. really talked to you since..well..it’s been a while.

We haven’t even really touched base since the holidays!  I mean, except for recipes.  Of course.

And now it’s almost February…cray.


So anyway, let’s discuss life stuff.

I had a good Christmas.  No, scratch that, I had an amazing Christmas.


First and foremost we got a new puppy.

Her name is Polly…

Here she is:


When we got her they said she was a “Puggle”..which is half Beagle, half Pug.

But we’re thinking no.  She is itty bitty…weighing in at 6 pound now and she is almost 4 months old.

My husband thinks she is Pug/Chihuahua…and while I thought that I might hate that idea, the fact that she might stay little is kinda growing on me.  She is just a smooshy little nugget.


We have an older dog..she turned 14 in January who is the most patient dog to ever exist.  She lets Polly crawl all over her and just be an all around brat. photo(39)


For Christmas I was lucky enough to get lots of fun stuff.

These boots…

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Which have come in handy now because it’s basically negative infinity degrees.  I mean really…


I also got this bag, which I am really loving now too.

I may or may not have created a Pinterest board for present ideas for my husband.  Luckily for me he appreciates a little guidance. I am a jerk, I know.

I got some gorgeous perfume that I am obsessed with and I also got this…


Now, I DID ask for this.

It’s a Fitbit and it basically tells you how much you’ve moved during the day, setting up goals etc.  Kind of a glorified pedometer.  It syncs up to an app, so you can check you daily progress.

What I have come to learn is that I basically don’t want to know.  They say you should take 10,000 steps a day.


Apparently I am a sloth.  10,000 steps to me is basically the same as climbing Mt.Everest.

So what the Fitbit is now to me is this jerk who lives on my arm reminding what a lazy POS I really am.

Good times.


My husband had a big birthday recently…

SO I surprised him with a fun one night cruise with 18 of our friends.  It was a blast.


When we arrived at the port this is what I saw…

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This is like a Titanic situation.

Luckily we made it out alive.


Current obsessions:

This Pure Argan Milk by Josie Maran.

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I have weird combination skin where the dry bits are super dry..especially in this crazy cold weather…BUT I have never loved the argan oil.  It just makes my skin feel oily on top, but still dry.  I know a lot of people love it..but not me…sorry.

Anyhow, when I saw this stuff I decided to give it a go and it’s AMAZINGGGGG.

It absorbs into your skin without feeling oily and it’s SUPER hydrating, but also lightweight.  I have never been on board with the light weight moisturizers.  That, to me, means not enough moisture..but this stuff has proved me wrong.  Love it.


Also this…


Loving it right now when I feel all white and pasty.  NO gross smell and the perfect color gradual tan.


I know I am late to jump on the bandwagon, but Jeni’s Ice Cream.  I finally found it in my area and I can’t tell you how in love I am with it.  And I’m not even a huge ice cream girl.  But with flavors like this there is not way not to love it…
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Also, I decided to get my hair colored a subtle ombre…

Here’s a pic..don’t think I love it.

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Also, I can’t take a picture of myself to save my life.  SO there’s that.

Anyone want to give lessons on how to take a good selfie?  Anyone?


Oh..and I started a weekly newsletter.  Because Facebook stinks and I don’t think anyone ever sees what I post anymore…wahhhhh…

Anyway I would LOVE if you signed up.  It’s my week in baking in a nutshell.  That way you won’t miss a minute.


And I have been loving the new Hershey’s Spreads.  I have used then in a bunch of my recipes lately and also gave away a fun kit!

That stuff is like crack.  I’ve been eating it with pretty much everything right now.

Coconut Candy. No bake and ready in just minutes! www.cookiesandcups.com

Also, this candle…


You guys. Love it. I found it at Bath and Body Works, but can’t find it online to link to.  Anyhow, it’s worth the trip to the mall.


Also, you guys know I am posting some dinner stuff here and there now. Do you love it? Hate it?  I really want to hear your thoughts.  If you missed any of my savory posts…I made Philly Cheesesteak Mac n’ Cheese, Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken, Bacon and Cheddar Scones and Pull Apart Pizza Sticks!


Anyhow, this post was super indulgent…all about me blah blah…but I just wanted to share a little bit of my daily stuff.  We’re still friends, right??




Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Feb 5, 2014 9:06 pm

hi shelly! really enjoyed this post – one of the things about being a blogger is that it means we readers think we know you almost like a friend, true or not! so it’s fun to see what a ‘friend’ is up to, what she got for xmas, etc. i do like the savory posts, and i think the recent strawberry cookies look cool and unique, but i’m a real chocolate-and-pb kind of girl, so keep that stuff coming too 🙂 thanks!

Feb 3, 2014 2:20 am

Omg Jenni’s ice cream. It was one of my fave things about living in Ohio.

Feb 1, 2014 12:14 pm

I’m going to have to try the Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face. I hate the weird smell other ones give. Love all your treats and have tried many with great feedback from other people. Dinner recipes are great too! We all have to cook dinner for our families so some new, great recipes are always appreciated 🙂

Feb 1, 2014 10:02 am

Polly is adorable!! And I laughed about your Fitbit….love your site!

Jan 31, 2014 6:14 pm

Polly might be the cutest dog I’ve ever seen! Your hair is darling…you are darling, always! JENI’S!!!! The best!

Jan 31, 2014 3:03 pm

I love the random stuff! Your new puppy is SO cute! And that ice cream – omg, I want it. I went to the site to find it – need to make a trip to Fresh Market. Thanks!

Jan 31, 2014 11:55 am

I love your blog and your recipes, but this has nothing to do with food. What glasses are you wearing in your selfie? I’m always looking for a new pair and those are adorable!

Jan 31, 2014 9:03 am

Yay for random stuff!!! Your little puppy is about the cutest little guy ever! I am intrigued by that Josie Maran Argan Milk! Dying over the Titanic cruise, lol! I would have died! xoxo

Jan 31, 2014 8:50 am

Great post! Such an adorable puppy, I also have a girl called Polly so I might be ever so slightly biased, I would love to see more puppy pictures 🙂 Thanks for all the great recipes!

Jan 30, 2014 7:36 pm

That was a fun catch up- your dog is off the hook adorable! The presents you got were great and all the food you post is wonderful! Looking forward to your newsletters!

Jan 30, 2014 4:59 pm

Your hair’s cute! You probably just need some time to get used to it.
I need my greys covered pronto. Look like an old lady!

Love that candle. Your pups are too cute.
Don’t forget to enter in my foodie giveaway. Just leave a comment on my recent salmon post. Good luck!

Jan 30, 2014 4:53 pm

I’m a huge dessert fan but I do have to eat dinner too so I appreciate the occasional dinner post. It’s always good to get more ideas.

Jan 30, 2014 4:25 pm

By all means blog what you want to, it could be cups of savory food, haha and it was nice to get to know you a little bit.

Hugs Jo in Oklahoma
I am a great grandmother and I love your dogs…

Jan 30, 2014 4:23 pm

Your puppy is a straight up Puggle! Love her!!!! adorable!

Jan 30, 2014 3:09 pm

By a ‘ton” he meant 2. He was looking at all the bath and bodyworks stuff too! Also, I can attest to the fact that the savory dinners are all definitely made by Shelly, we are lucky enough to get to sample them sometimes! Delicious.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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