I'm a 30 year-old stay-at-home mom to a beautiful 4 year-old girl, Taylor, and a handsome 17 month-old son, Austin. I LOVE baking as well as photography, reading, and traveling. I'm also into politics, having received my BA and MA in political science.

  • Location: Buford, GA
  • Favorite foods: Cheese, pulled pork, ice cream, cereal, salads, tacos, fried pickles, cupcakes, chocolate.
  • Last bite on earth: A massive ice cream sundae with tons of toppings, including cereal (yes, cereal!), caramel, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, and lots of whipped cream!

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Cereal Eats: What Are Your Favorite Cereals?

So hard to choose, but here are my favorites:

Fruity: Blueberry Muffin Tops, Fruity Pebbles, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Banana Nut Cheerios

Dessert/Guilty Pleasures: Cinnabon, Reese's Puffs

Healthy: Special K, Cheerios

Hard-to-find or altogether gone: Quisp, Waffle Crisp

All-time favorites: Lucky Charms, Rice Krispies Treats, Cap'n Crunch Berries, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Southern Soul BBQ in Saint Simons Island, GA - moist, perfectly smoky pulled pork, delicious Brunswick stew, and great fried okra.

Reversible Hello Kitty Plush Transforms Into a Burger

Oh my gosh - my five year-old daughter is obsessed with Hello Kitty - she would love these! And it does remind me of the Popples from my youth, lol.

Pecan Pie Ice Cream

Everyone in my family loves pecan pie (just made some pecan pie bars for tailgating tomorrow), so I know this recipe will be a big hit. Can't wait to make it!

Bake the Book: Baked Elements

Brown sugar; I love the moistness and caramelly goodness it adds to baked goods. There's so much more dimension and depth to sweets that include it instead of just granulated sugar.

AHT Giveaway: 'Hamburger America' by George Motz

I love good old American cheese...simple and perhaps lowbrow, but it works well for me. Pepper jack and colby jack are also great.

We Try The New Candy Corn Oreo As It Attempts To Merge The Candy-Cookie Divide

I love candy corn, so I got excited when I saw that Oreo, my all time favorite cookie (be it golden or original), would be available in a candy corn flavor. I'm really glad you guys reviewed this and saved me some money! And you're right about the honey - that's the key element to candy corn's unique flavor. I've found that most candle and bath and body product manufacturers miss the mark on candy corn-scented items because they don't include that touch of honey; instead it's usually caramel or vanilla scented - not the same!

Bake the Book: Baking Out Loud

Devil's food cake with dark chocolate frosting

Share Your Sweets: Lunch Box Treats

It looks like the photos of Robyn's bars and my peanut butter and jelly bars are switched; just wanted to give you guys a heads up! :)

One kitchen item you hate to wash?

Muffin tins, my ornate Nordic Ware bundt pans, and my cake dome (too big for the dishwasher and so unwieldy to wash in our sink).

Bake the Book: The Seasonal Baker

Peach cobbler - mine has a cake-like topping instead of biscuit and is such a wonderful way to showcase fresh summer peaches.

AHT Giveaway: Omnomnomnivore T-Shirt from Threadless

Allosaurus, ever since I did a report on them in second grade.

AHT Giveaway: Omnomnomnivore T-Shirt from Threadless

Allosaurus, ever since I did a report on them in second grade.

Cookie Monster: Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

My husband likes oatmeal cookies but not so much with raisins, and he likes maple, so this should be a hit! Can't wait to make them! (And I too have fond memories of eating maple brown sugar Quaker oatmeal as a teenager... strawberries 'n cream too!).

Easter Basket 2012: Have You Ever Frozen Cadbury Creme Eggs?

Hmmm, now I kinda wanna take the sole Cadbury creme egg I allow myself each year and freeze it. I love the gooey filling but it is tricky to nibble on and leave some for later. Thanks for the idea ajmill1978!

Bake the Book: 'Marshmallow Madness'

I would love pumpkin spice marshmallows - not just the spices used in pumpkin pie, but actual pumpkin in it too!


When I saw this, I immediately thought of Ina Garten's pecan squares, which call for a rather obscene amount of butter. The recipe makes a huge pan of bars, but from what I've heard, they are fantastic and make great gifts for friends and family. Here's the link: I have read in reviews that they are best without the zest in the filling (Ina seems to have a thing for putting citrus zest in a lot of he recipes). I also second the recommendations of pound cake, croissants, and shortbread.

Win the Valentine's Day Collection from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Something with strawberries and chocolate combined to me says Valentine's... Maybe strawberry ice cream with dark chocolate flakes in it, or dark chocolate ice cream with chunks of strawberries.

Book Giveaway: Pat the Foodie

Spoon (bought it for my daughter a few years ago and I love it!)

New Cheerios Flavors: Multi Grain Peanut Butter and Dulce de Leche

I too wasn't thrilled with the Dulce de Leche Cheerios. The idea sounded great, but the execution was a bit lacking (and I'm a cereal fanatic, so for me to say something isn't that great takes some doing). The caramel flavor was IMO really artificial and left an aftertaste in my mouth. I'm a big fan of Banana Nut, Cinnamon, and Apple Cinnamon Cheerios though. The Apple Cinnamon in particular are awesome; they have the true apple cinnamon flavor that I wish Apple Jacks had. My husband is a big peanut butter fan, so I'll have to keep an eye out for the peanut butter Cheerios (though as far as peanut butter cereals go, it'll be really hard to beat Reese's Puffs, even if those should probably be counted more as a dessert than a breakfast cereal).