My Deliciously Edible Christmas Present


As you know, I love sweets.

And as you also know from a previous post, I love the combination of dark chocolate and peppermint. So you can imagine how excited I got when one of the girls I work with brought in a homemade, sweet Christmas treat, which she gave to several of her fellow-employees. In fact, I got so excited when she handed it to me, that I started jumping and down like a kangaroo on a pogo stick. You would have sworn she had just handed me a picture of Tom Ford with an invitation to meet him for a glass of wine on New Year’s Eve at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Talk about a SWEET treat…


*note: I have a wobbly knee weakness for dark hair, dark eyes, and a scruffy face.

Um, yes, anyway…

Actually, the sweet treat I’m referring to is this…


 It was a dark chocolate cupcake in a mason jar. How faaabulous is that?


And the best part is that the cupcake was topped with a peppermint ganache and candy cane pieces.

TO DIE FOR!!!!

This was perhaps one of THE most delicious sweet treats I tasted throughout the holiday season. It was PURE heaven!

I ate it over a period of four days because I wanted it to last. Plus, I knew it probably had about 6,000 grams of sugar in it, so I didn't want to OD and have to call 911-Sugar Shock.

Here, take a look at me enjoying it…


But I guess you’re all wondering if I had to choose between receiving a cupcake like this, or having a date with Tom Ford for a glass of wine on New Year’s Eve, which would I pick?

Um…let me think about that for a minute.

*one second later*

Yup, definitely the latter…


Wishing you a Sweet and Happy New Year everyone!
Looking forward to blogging with y'all in 2014.
Cheers and much X

62 comments

  1. '*note: I have a wobbly knee weakness for dark hair, dark eyes, and a scruffy face'


    Yep, I remember those feelings... lol.


    Love the pictures of you scoffing the sweet stuff... those specs held my attention somewhat. I'm afraid I indulged in chocolate far more than I should but hey it was Christmas, we're allowed to indulge at that time of year.


    Happy New Year to you, Ron, and a peaceful one xx

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  2. Hey, Ron! I get the feeling you really enjoyed that cupcake!


    It looks delicious and those Christmas tree shades do wonders for you! Make sure you were them on your date with Tom Ford!


    You'll really ring in the New Year!


    Have a tremendous 2014, buddy! Thanks for all the great posts and all the kind, supportive comments.


    Looking forward to more of the same in the New Year!

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  3. You certainly look like you're enjoying that Ron, I'm afraid it makes my teeth ache just looking at it. I don't eat sweets at all, save the occasional plain chocolate digestive biscuit or two.
    Not aware of Tom Ford, but he definitely looks like a charming chap to share a new year eggnog with.
    Here's hoping you get your wish.

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  4. Ron, what a wonderful post to read on Monday morning. I adore Tom Ford and agree with you. SWEET treat! Such a handsome man. I like dark eyes and dark hair as well. The photos of you eating that chocolate cupcake, wearing those sunglasses are hysterical! You never fail to entertain us.


    Have a Happy New Year, Ron. And I looking forward to reading your blog in 2014. Have a wonderful week xo

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  5. Gooood morning Valerie!

    "Yep, I remember those feelings... lol."

    HAHAHHAHAHA! There is something about dark hair with dark eyes that makes we SWOON!

    "Love the pictures of you scoffing the sweet stuff... those specs held my attention somewhat."

    Thank you. A woman I work with gave me those sunglasses about two weeks ago because she knows how much I love crazy stuff. I actually WORE them at work one day!

    " I'm afraid I indulged in chocolate far more than I should but hey it was Christmas, we're allowed to indulge at that time of year."



    I agree! And I indulged A LOT this year. But hey, it was Christmas, right?


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a lovely week and Happy New Year to you and Joe!

    X

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  6. What a lovely gift your colleague gave you and all the better for her having actually made it herself. You never know your wish may come true, I hope it does I'm sure that would make your year!

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  7. Hey there Rob!

    " get the feeling you really enjoyed that cupcake!"

    HA! Yeah, can you tell? OMG...it was SO GOOD!

    "and those Christmas tree shades do wonders for you! Make sure you were them on your date with Tom Ford!"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHA! No, I don't think I'll wear them when I meet Tom because I don't SCARE him away.

    "Have a tremendous 2014, buddy! Thanks for all the great posts and all the kind, supportive comments."



    And ditto to you, buddy! I so look forward to blogging with you in 2014!


    Cheers and X!

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  8. Hey there Dale!

    OMG....it was sooooooooo DELICIOUS!

    " I don't eat sweets at all, save the occasional plain chocolate digestive biscuit or two."

    Good for you, buddy. I really have to watch how much sweets I eat because I'm addicted. If I could live ONLY on sweets, I would. My father was the same way.

    "Not aware of Tom Ford, but he definitely looks like a charming chap to share a new year eggnog with."



    He's a clothing designer, fragrance designer, and makeup designer here in the States. He first started as a designer for Gucci, and then branch off to his own. Very talented man!


    Much thanks for stopping by, Dale. Wishing you and Elaine a Happy New Year! I look forward to blogging with you in 2014!


    Cheers and X

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  9. Hola Denise!

    " I adore Tom Ford and agree with you. SWEET treat! Such a handsome man."

    Hubba-hubba! Isn't he handsome? I've seen several interviews with him and can listen to him talk for hours. He's a very introspective man. Deep.

    " The photos of you eating that chocolate cupcake, wearing those sunglasses are hysterical!"



    HA! Thank you! One of the ladies I work with gave them to me about two weeks ago. I actually worn them at work!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. And thank you for reading my blog. Happy New Year to you!


    Cheers and X!

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  10. Good morning Pearl!

    "What a lovely gift your colleague gave you and all the better for her having actually made it herself."

    I agree! I was so impressed that she made it herself because it must have taken so much time to make them. And I was so touched that she gave me one.

    "You never know your wish may come true, I hope it does I'm sure that would make your year!"



    HA! Thank you!!!!! And yes...it SURE would!


    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear. Wishing you and MWM a Happy New Year!


    Cheers and X!

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  11. What a SWEET colleague you have! That cupcake in a Mason jar looks decadent and delicious -- wish you'd included the recipe so we could try making some for ourselves (instead of simply imagining what it must taste like!)
    Happy New Year, Ron, and all the best in 2014!

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  12. Hellooooooo Debbie!

    " That cupcake in a Mason jar looks decadent and delicious -- wish you'd included the recipe so we could try making some for ourselves (instead of simply imagining what it must taste like!)"



    Yes, it was SO decadent! That's why I had to eat it in small increments. You know, I never even thought to ask her for the recipe. However, I did see some online when I Google "peppermint ganache chocolate cupcake."


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Happy New Year to you! All the best in 2014!


    Cheers and X!

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  13. Ron, the sight of you in those glasses eating that cupcake made me laugh out loud. You're a trip! How did you take those pictures of yourself?


    One of my favorite candies are those York Peppermint Patties, so I know I would have enjoyed that cupcake too!


    Happy New Year, dude! All the best in 2014! Thanks for the laughs and the reflections you shared throughout this past year. Enjoyed.

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  14. Hiya Matt!

    I took those photographs by placing my camera on the widow sill and on top of a book, and then snapped the camera with my left hand. I actually should have used the timer on my camera but I've never tried it yet.

    "One of my favorite candies are those York Peppermint Patties, so I know I would have enjoyed that cupcake too!"



    Mine too! And that's exactly what this cupcake tasted like, a York Peppermint Patty!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy, and for your kind words. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, Matt! Cheers!


    X

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  15. Oh my, this looks deliciously yummy! And the candy looks good too! :-)

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  16. "And the candy looks good too! :-)"

    HAHAHAHAHHAHA! Yes, doesn't it (he)? YUM-MY!

    Much thanks for stopping by, Lisa! Have a faaaabulous week and a Happy, Happy New Year!

    Cheers and X to you and your family!

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  17. Hi Ron,
    I am wishing you a wonderful end to 2013 and in advance, all the best in 2014.
    May you have sweet treets of all kinds in the New Year. Your colleague is a talented pastry cook. It really looks like you have gone ballistic!
    Enjoy :)
    God bless and take care.

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  18. The cupcake sounds incredibly delicious because I love peppermint patties. The pictures of you eating the cupcake were great! I laughed.


    I don't recognize the guy but I live under a rock. Anyway here's hoping you get your guy in 2014!


    If you do of course we expect pictures. :)


    davidloliver.blogspot.com

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  19. I love edible Christmas gifts! One year I got a batch of cookies in a mason jar - all the dry ingredients, just add and egg & some butter! Have a great New Year's Ron!

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  20. Hey there Barb!

    "I am wishing you a wonderful end to 2013 and in advance, all the best in 2014."

    Same to you and D!

    "Your colleague is a talented pastry cook. It really looks like you have gone ballistic!"

    I was so impressed with how she made these cupcakes inside the mason jar. So CUTE and CREATIVE! And yes...I went BALLISTIC - HA!

    Happy New Year and Cheers!

    X to you and D!

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  21. Hey there David!

    "The cupcake sounds incredibly delicious because I love peppermint patties."

    Well, if you love Peppermint Patties (the way I do) you would have gone BONKERS over this cupcake. When I took my first bite, I couldn't even speak!

    "I don't recognize the guy but I live under a rock. Anyway here's hoping you get your guy in 2014!"


    HA! I doubt it because he already has a partner of 26 years and they're very happy together. I can wish though, right? tee, hee!

    If you feel like it, clicking on the link and it will explain all about him. He's an American clothing designer who has also created so many other products; branded under his name. He's such an interesting man.



    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. And I look forward to blogging with you in 2014!


    Cheers and X

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  22. Meeeeeee too, Benze! And this cupcake was OUT OF THIS WORLD! I was foaming at the mouth - HA!

    "One year I got a batch of cookies in a mason jar - all the dry ingredients, just add and egg & some butter!"



    Wow...that sounded AWESOME!


    HAPPY NEW YEAR to ya, my friend. And much thanks for stopping by. I so look forward to blogging with you in 2014!


    Cheers and X to you and Kelvin!

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  23. Ron, you have great taste my man! And not only in dark chocolate peppermint cupcakes, but Tom Ford as well. Yes, sweet indeed! Dark eyes do it for me as well!


    Those photographs of you eating the cupcake are priceless!


    Happy New Year to you, Ron! And I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2014. I love your blog!

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  24. Hey ho Robert!

    "And not only in dark chocolate peppermint cupcakes, but Tom Ford as well. Yes, sweet indeed! Dark eyes do it for me as well!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! You too??? Isn't Tom Ford sweet? Hubba-hubba! But alas, he's already taken and quite happy. DARN IT - HA!

    I had so much fun taking those photographs. By the time I finished, I had that chocolate cupcake and peppermint all over the place. I made a mess.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, buddy! Thanks so much for always stopping by and reading. I look forward to 2014!

    Cheers and X!

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  25. Thanks for reminding me to do the clicky. You are right. He is a very interesting guy.


    Maybe someone will convince him to tell where the fountain of youth is because he's obviously found it.

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  26. "Maybe someone will convince him to tell where the fountain of youth is because he's obviously found it."

    HA! I know, can you believe he's gonna be 53??

    Thanks for stopping back, David!

    Enjoy your evening, buddy!

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  27. Herman TurnipDecember 30, 2013

    Okay, I held it together until I saw that final pic of Mr. Ford and his very special message for you. Bwahahaha!

    And now I must track down the recipe for this tasty treat (the food, not Tom). I suddenly have a very serious sweet tooth...

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  28. "Okay, I held it together until I saw that final pic of Mr. Ford and his very special message for you."

    Tee, hee! I just COULDN'T resist that. I actually thought of putting that last photo in, about an hour before I published this post last night.

    "And now I must track down the recipe for this tasty treat (the food, not Tom). I suddenly have a very serious sweet tooth..."

    Bwhahahhahahaha! CRACKED ME UP!

    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a super week!

    And Happy New Year to you, Karen, and Mr. Tyler! Looking forward to blogging with you in 2014!

    X

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  29. Ron, did you ever see the movie that Tom Ford directed? It's called A Single Man. It's wonderful. Beautifully cinematography.

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  30. Yes, Denise, I have! I saw it about two years ago and loved it. I didn't see it in a movie theater, I rented it. And you're right, the cinematography is stunning! It's like a work of art! And love the cast!

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  31. Dianne WilsonDecember 31, 2013

    oh Tom Ford! He is delicious


    Love your cupcake eating pics, you're adorable


    Happy New Year from me and Hope and Athena and Siren and Isadora
    close your eyes and feel the hugs

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  32. Hey there Lady Dianne!

    "oh Tom Ford! He is delicious"

    HA! I agree! And even MORE yummy than that chocolate cupcake!

    "Happy New Year from me and Hope and Athena and Siren and Isadora close your eyes and feel the hugs."

    Aw....thank you, dear lady! And yes, I could feel your hugs!

    Happy New Year to you all, as well!

    ((((((((( You, Hope, Athena, Siren, and Isadora ))))))))))

    Thanks for stopping by D.

    X ya!

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  33. That reminds me of one of my greatest disappointments, with an edible Christmas present. It was a box of home made chocolates, that looked absolutely delicious. Unfortunately they tasted absolutely foul and I had to throw them away! I'm sure she used cooking chocolate that must have been years out of date. I can't understand why somebody would go to so much bother making all those home made chocolates and not use fresh ingredients! She made them for the whole church and I bet they all ended up in the trash! Your gift looks very scrumptious though :)

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  34. "She made them for the whole church and I bet they all ended up in the trash!"

    Bwhahhahahahahaha! OMG Babs, that was HILARIOUS! And from your description, I bet they did too!

    Yes, mine was VERY scrumptious indeed! I didn't want it to end!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a Happy New Year, my friend!

    X to you and Mo!

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  35. Yes, the cast is GREAT too!


    Have a Happy New Year tomorrow, Ron!

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  36. You too, girl!

    Happy New Year!!!!!
    X

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  37. Sounds delicious! But I'd go with the date, too.


    Once I made cranberry-walnut breads for my sons' daycare worker. A couple of weeks later one of them said, "Thank you for the fruit cake." I said, "Fruitcake?! I like you too much to give you fruitcake! You threw it away without checking it, didn't you?" She was disappointed to find out what she'd tossed!

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  38. I don't even like peppermint, but that dessert is tempting me! Tom Ford looks like a delicious morsel too! :-D

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  39. What a great idea your co-worker had! I had no idea you could bake in a mason jar! It sounds scrumptious!

    Hope your Christmas was magic and that your New Year will bring you Tom Ford wearing a dark chocolate and peppermint shirt! (He's definitely yummy!)

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  40. I had saved those chocolates to enjoy Christmas night, while watching some TV. What a joke that was!

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  41. "Sounds delicious! But I'd go with the date, too."

    HAHAHAHAHA! I know, can you blame me? Hubba-hubba Tom!

    ""Thank you for the fruit cake." I said, "Fruitcake?! I like you too much to give you fruitcake! You threw it away without checking it, didn't you?" She was disappointed to find out what she'd tossed!"



    OMG...she THREW IT OUT without looking at it first? Boy, I bet she was so disappointed when she found out what it was. And knowing how you love to cook and bake, I'm sure it was DELICIOUS!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a Happy New Year! Looking forward to blogging with you in 2014!


    Cheers and X!

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  42. Bwhahahhahahaaha! OMG Babs...you are a RIOT!!!!!!


    And just from your description, I bet they were FOUL.


    X

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  43. Hey there Jean!

    "I don't even like peppermint, but that dessert is tempting me!"

    OMG...it was DELISH! I never wanted it end. I ate it very slowly; making it last.

    "Tom Ford looks like a delicious morsel too! :-D"



    Yummy, right?


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! Looking forward to blogging with you in 2014!


    Cheers and X!

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  44. Hey there Lady Nitebyrd!

    "What a great idea your co-worker had! I had no idea you could bake in a mason jar! It sounds scrumptious!"

    Me neither. In fact, I had to ask her if she actually baked them INSIDE the jar, and she said yes. And then after they cooled, she added the peppermint ganache and candy cane pieces.

    "and that your New Year will bring you Tom Ford wearing a dark chocolate and peppermint shirt!"



    Bwhahahahahhaha! OMG...that was so cleverly BRILLIANT!


    Yeah, me too!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sis. Hope your Christmas magic too! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!


    X ya bunches!

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  45. wow,that looks yummy ron. the cupcake looks good too. :) hope you're having a restful day. i plan on it.

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  46. "wow,that looks yummy ron. the cupcake looks good too."

    HAHAHHAHAHA! Isn't he YUMMY?

    And yeah, the cupcake wasn't bad either!

    Today, I'm just hanging out and laying low. It feels so good to just do nothing.

    Happy New Year, Val! Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!

    Cheers and X!

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  47. Mark PetruskaJanuary 01, 2014

    You crack me up, sir. Love the glasses! I need a pair for myself next year. And I just recently came across a recipe for a cupcake in a jar. Very ingenious.


    Hope your date with Tom went well! ;)

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  48. Happy New Year, Ron! Hope you're having a great first day of 2014!

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  49. Helloooooooooooo Mark!

    Tee, hee...I couldn't resist using those glasses in these photos. They were given to me by someone at work who knows how much I LOVE silly stuff!

    "Hope your date with Tom went well! ;)"

    Can you believe he stood me up? HA!



    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy! Hope you had a terrific New Year's Day!


    X to you and Tara!

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  50. Thank you, Robert! And back at you, buddy!


    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


    Cheers!

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  51. Aw, Ron. I always know there's gonna be some wacky picture of you in every other post and you did not disappoint. I'm not a big fan of peppermint, but I'd eat that and I'd do it in way less than four days. Looks yummy! (And Tom Ford ain't bad either).

    Happy new year, my friend. I hope we can meet up soon.

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  52. Hellooooooo Kathy!

    "I'm not a big fan of peppermint, but I'd eat that and I'd do it in way less than four days."

    HA! OMG...it was to DIE FOR! After I finished the last of it, I took my fingers and ran them over the inside of the jar to get every bit!

    "(And Tom Ford ain't bad either)."

    YUM-MY!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, friend, and Happy New Year to you too! Hope you had a great time at your party last and stayed awake.

    And yes, I have off this WHOLE month, so I'm free anytime! We'll all touch base via email and work something out.

    X

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  53. Sadly, I didn't stay awake. I left the party early, but only because the music was so loud it was starting to trigger my tinnitus. I missed the ball drop and everything. Oh, well. I'll have to see when Mel and Val can get together. I'm free anytime (can take off work whenever, basically) if we wanted to do a week day.

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  54. " I left the party early, but only because the music was so loud ."

    Kathy, that would have been me too! I stayed home last night and watched movies, sipped a glass of wine, lit my candles and relaxed. When the clock hit midnight, I could everyone in the streets screaming and yelling, thinking, "God...I'm so glad I'm not out there!"

    " I'm free anytime (can take off work whenever, basically) if we wanted to do a week day."

    Excellent! I'm sure we'll be able to figure something out. Can't wait to meet up with you lovely ladies!

    X

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  55. I've seen those recipes for baking cakes in weird objects, like a mug or flower pot. It looks really good! I remember one year, my kids wanted to make 'Cookies in a Jar' to give as gifts. You layer the recipe ingredients in a Mason jar and attach the recipe. Would you believe it took me forever to find Mason jars? No one sold them back then!

    Hope your new year is filled with all sorts of goodies!

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  56. "It looks really good!'

    Oh, and it WAS good. Sooooooooooo good! :)

    "Would you believe it took me forever to find Mason jars? No one sold them back then!"

    It's ironic you mentioned that because do you know what I did? After I finished eating the cupcake, I washed out the mason jar and kept it. I love mason jars because can use them for many different things like, storing stuff.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Hope you had a faaaaaaabulous New Years!

    Cheers and X!

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  57. Hahaha....it took ya all of a second, eh? Adorable idea that gal had. I wish I would have had it myself. I know several folks who woulda gone upside down over it. I woulda...gluten free or not. O.M.G. That looks soooo awesome. NOT that Mr. Ford doesn't look awesome too. Were I younger and in search of.....ummmm....notsomuch, but I'da snagged him for you! ;-)
    Yup, I'm gonna file the sweet treat idea away ( the cupcake one!) for another time. And I'm gonna tell you that I adore the holiday glasses. I have fun penguin ones that the 4 year old seemed to think I wanted her to have.
    No worries, I know where she lives. :-/


    Joyous New Year to you, sir!!

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  58. "Hahaha....it took ya all of a second, eh?"

    Yeah....all of a second. Actually, if I we're to be totally honest...a 1/2 a second - HA!

    "O.M.G. That looks soooo awesome."

    OMG...Mel, it was beyond AWESOME! The combination of the dark chocolate and candy cane pieces were tres magnifique!

    "And I'm gonna tell you that I adore the holiday glasses."

    Thank you :) I knew YOU would love them! One of the ladies I work with gave them to me right after Thanksgiving, so I got to wear them all through the Christmas holiday at work. Such FUN!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're having a super week! And guess what? We're having a HUGE snow storm right now in Philly. HUGE!

    Happy New Year, Mel!!!!!!!
    X

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  59. Hey Ron, I just saw on the news all the snow your area is getting. I bet you're happier than a Polar Bear!

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  60. OMG, Robert, it's like a BLIZZARD! It started about 6 o'clock tonight, and is supposed to go into tomorrow. And it's FREEZING!


    And of course, I'm LOVIN' it!!!!!!!!

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  61. HA HA HA HA!!!! YOUR PICTURES CRACKED ME UP!!!! It is so weird how so many times I will post something, come here and see something that has to do with what I just put up. And here it is... you did yours before mine - talked about peppermint and dark chocolate - and I have a pic of that too! I swear you are a long lost brother! :)


    I saw someone on Shark Tank do something similar with jars.. what an amazing idea! It would have been even better if someone had put Barbie standing in the middle!

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  62. " It is so weird how so many times I will post something, come here and see something that has to do with what I just put up. And here it is... you did yours before mine - talked about peppermint and dark chocolate - and I have a pic of that too! "

    OMG...you're kidding me? Did I miss that post because I don't remember seeing that on your blog. I will stop by tomorrow for sure to check it out!

    " I swear you are a long lost brother! :)"

    You said it, Sis! So often you and I post about the same things!

    "It would have been even better if someone had put Barbie standing in the middle!"



    Bwhahahahhaahaha! Now THAT would be faaaaabulous!


    X

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