Sep 28, 2011

Guest Blogging Day 4

"An Enchanting Sweet Treat"

Sadly, I'm not very good at crafting and DIY projects. My brain and hands don't seem to connect, so nothing comes out the way I envision it. Seriously, I can't even cut in a straight line with scissors! My kindergarten teacher would be so disappointed. However, I'm a huge foodie and am always looking for fun new recipes to try out. Here's one I tried from my Disney Princesses Cupcakes and Morecookbook. (It's definitely my favorite cookbook.) This is a great one to try while it's technically still "summer." 

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
1 package (about 18 ounces) white cake mix without pudding in the mix
1 cup water
3 egg whites
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup thawed frozen pink lemonade concentrate, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 to 8 drops red food coloring, divided
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
Lemon slice candies (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 standard (2 and 1/2 inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.
2. Beat cake mix, water, egg whites, 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate, oil and 4 to 6 drops food coloring in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
3. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
4. Beat powdered sugar, butter and remaining 1/4 cup lemonade concentrate in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in remaining 1 to 2 drops food coloring until desired shade of pink is reached. 
5. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Garnish with candies and straws if desired.

Happy baking!

~ Angela

Sep 27, 2011

Guest Blogging Day 3

Thank you so much for having me as a guest blogger Ashton! The blogging world truly does embrace everyone! I just started my blog The Beginner Housewife this last week and I’m over the moon with how kind everyone has been! So, with that being said, here is my very special, secret recipe!
With Halloween around the corner everyone’s looking for the best recipe that is sure to knock the socks off your party guests. I have the ticket – alcohol.
It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe, Vodka Slush.

This deliciously awesome drink will have your party guests raving about your Halloween Party for years to come.
Note: If you don’t want to have a repeat party at your house do not make this recipe, it’s that delish!!!
1.       1 – 6oz Cherry Jello Gelation
2.       2 – 12oz frozen orange juice
3.       2 – 12oz frozen lemonade
4.       1 – Bottle of cranberry juice (you’ll need 4 cups)
5.       1 – Bottle of Vodka (you’ll need 4 cups)
6.       2 – Bottles of Sprite/7-UP
8.       HUGE ASS BOWL (This will be the bowl you put in freezer and houses all the slush – we normally use two containers, living in apartment’s means no space.)

1.       Grab empty bowl
2.       Pour one six ounce cherry jello gelation into bowl.
3.       Dissolve two cups of hot water into bowl, stir.
4.       Add six cups of cold water.
5.       Add in both twelve ounce frozen orange juices
6.       Add in both twelve ounce frozen lemonade juices
7.       Pour in four cups of cranberry juice
8.       Pour in four cups of vodka
9.       SEE HOW FULL THE BOWL IS? It feeds an army!
10.   Place bowl in freezer (Will freeze for 48 hours)
11.   Okay, from here on out you will occasionally pull the bowl out and stir the mixture. It is going to become a slush of sorts (hence the name vodka slush). I start with every two hours while I’m awake, then once before I go to work and when I’m home in the evenings back to two hours).
12.   When ready to serve put about two to three spoonful’s of slush and fill the rest of the cup with Sprite/7-UP to the top! THEN ENJOY!

Sep 26, 2011

Guest Blogging Day 2

Hey, I'm Taylor, and I blog over at The Presutti's!
I'm so glad Ashton gave me the chance to be a guest blogger for her!
I was so happy when she asked me and I totally agreed to do it, no questions asked..
Well actually one question was asked, what to write about.
We quickly agreed a dessert recipe would be magnificent!
So, not only am I going to share one, two, or three
but they are going to be amazing and fall inspired for Y'all!

First up,

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread with Buttered Rum Glaze


Bread2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 cup milk

2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups bread flour

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Buttered Rum Glaze

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/8 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp milk

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp rum *

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, brown 2 tablespoons of butter, letting it bubble up and turn a dark golden brown but being careful not to allow it burn (turn black). Once browned, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the milk, return to stove and heat through. Pour the milk and butter into the bowl of standing mixer (fitted with a dough hook) and allow to cool so it is no longer hot but also not cool (about 100-110 degrees F). Once it has reached a warm but not hot temperature add the yeast and 1/4 cup of sugar and allow to proof. Then add the the pumpkin, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Stir until combined then add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time and knead for 6 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and just slightly sticky. If the dough is too moist, add extra flour 1 tablespoon at a time.

Move dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.

While dough is rising, brown another 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well.** Making sure sugar evenly absorbs the butter. Set aside. Next, grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and flip out onto a clean floured surface and knead with hands for 1-2 minutes. Roll dough into a 20x12 inch rectangle.*** Evenly sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture and press into dough with palms of the hand. Cut the rectangle into 6 strips. Lay strips on top of each other and cut each strip into 6 even squares (cut in half then each half into thirds). Stack strips vertically into the loaf pan. Cover the pan with a clean towel and let rise for 30-45 minutes.

In the meantime preheat an oven to 350 degrees. After rising in the pan bake for 30-40 minutes (mine took 37 exactly) or until top is a very deep golden brown.

To prepare the glaze, heat the butter, milk, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to boil then immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum and powdered sugar.

**Of course I didn't properly read this section of the directions... I was supposed to melt the butter and brush the dough with the butter then adding the sugar on top of the butter (instead of mixing it all together and sprinkling) but it worked my way so that's how I am listing it. It's really your call!
*** If dough is difficult to roll out, cover with a towel and allow to relax for a few minutes then try again.

Yummy in my tummy folks!

Second up,
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles


1/3 cup finely chopped unpeeled apple

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup chopped walnuts


1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour


1 package (14 ounces) caramels

2/3 cup evaporated milk
Green toothpicks

1 cup chopped walnuts


In a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened; set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Flatten and place 1/4 teaspoon filling in center of each. Fold dough over filling and reshape into balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a small saucepan over low heat, cook caramels and evaporated milk until caramels are melted; stir until smooth. Insert a toothpick into each cookie and dip into caramel until completely coated; allow excess to drip off. Dip bottoms into nuts. Place on wire racks to set. Yield: about 3 dozen.
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3/4 cup pure unsweetened pumpkin puree

1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1/2 cup granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice


1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter until fluffy. Add sugar and pumpkin puree and beat well. Mix in egg and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Beat flour mixture into liquid mixture a little at a time just until incorporated.
3. Cover dough with plastic and chill at least an hour, or until dough becomes slightly firm.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray). Mix rolling sugar ingredients in a small bowl.

5. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator. Use a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 Tablespoons) or a large spoon to scoop out dough and roll into balls. Use your hands to roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and make sure they're coated really well. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a glass with a nice, flat bottom to dip in sugar and flatten the balls.

6. Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes or so, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

I love snickerdoodles, but adding pumpkin, oh my!

Third up,

Caramel Apple Bites


1 package (14 ounces) caramels

2/3 cup evaporated milk
Green toothpicks

1 cup chopped walnuts


In a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened; set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Flatten and place 1/4 teaspoon filling in center of each. Fold dough over filling and reshape into balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a small saucepan over low heat, cook caramels and evaporated milk until caramels are melted; stir until smooth. Insert a toothpick into each cookie and dip into caramel until completely coated; allow excess to drip off. Dip bottoms into nuts. Place on wire racks to set. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Oh me, I love these things!
I sure hope you enjoyed these amazing, fall inspired, delicious recipes!
Now, go, not walk, but run to the store, get your ingredients,
and come home and make some of these yummies!
Thanks so much Ashton for letting me take over your blog and share some good eats!!
Be sure to visit me at The Presutti's, can't wait to hear from you

Taylor :)

 Pumpkin Pull apart bread. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. Candy Apples.

Check out Jessica's blog as well here

Sep 25, 2011

Guest Blogging Day 1

Hello to all of the lovely Secret Confessions of a Young Wife readers that
I'm reaching today. I'm Hannah of A Cup of Subtle Tea blog and I am thrilled
to be filling in for Ashton while she is out of town!

Just a bit about me: I blog about my new
life in Virginia after relocating from

the West Coast with my boyfriend,
James. I am a crafter, baker, planner,

diyer and all around silly pants
life in a new city and spending way

to much time inside. 

Today I wanted to share with you a lovely DIY project I made recently
as a gift for one of my oldest friends. She is getting married in November
and I am a bridesmaid in the wedding. Unfortunately, right after I found
out I was going to be in the wedding, James and I got the news about our
move which would mean I was going to miss the bridal shower. *sad face*

So I did what any crafty person would do... I made treats! I wanted to
send something delicious that fit her shower theme. Since I was known
as a baker in my circles back home I decided on making a variety of baked
goods such as cupcakes, mini key lime pie and apple pie cakes.

These are so easy to make you wouldn't even believe it! You can use
any recipe that you would bake for normal cupcakes or other dishes.
 1. Sterilize your jars. 2. Make batter according to your recipe. 3. Fill
jars 1/3 way (this will leave room for the cake to rise & for frosting).
4. Let your jars cool on the counter, sealed, until room temperature
(putting them in the fridge to soon can risk shattering the glass).
5. Top with frosting, seal back up and put in the fridge.

Want to try a new frosting flavor? 

Next is decorations! I personally recommend setting up some form
of an assembly-line production. Leaving options to switch it up when
your fingers get sore from sewing. I promise, it happens!
For the beach theme I decided to embroider felt seashells to card
stock paper to decorate the lids. Then I used cream card stock to
cut out seashells. On the reverse side you can write what flavor that
jar holds! Use a paper punch or paper needle to make a hole for your
twine and then tie it just under the lip of the jar.

Add some harvest color excelsior or colored paper that has been
shredded to a 12x12in square of transparent wrap. I used green and tan
to look like seaweed and sand! Set the jar on top of the excelsior,
gather the wrapping up at the top of the jar and use one last piece of

twine to seal it up. There you have it! DIY Cupcake in a Jar - Beach Theme.

Thank you so much for having me, Ashton. If anyone is interested in
learning more about me, or my little corner of the internet, you can find me

Sep 24, 2011

Guest Blogging Line Up

Ok ya'll, I will be leaving for Washington D.C. first thing in the A.M.
But while I'm out of town, 
Ya'll will STILL be in some great company
 I was so lucky to have such great bloggers
to write a few guest post's while I'm out of town
 Each blogger
has their own unique writing style 
I love each of their blogs && am sure you will too

Here's the line-up ya'll...

Guest Blogger Day 1

Guest Blogger Day 2

Guest Blogger Day 3

Guest Blogger Day 4

Thank-you all for participating

Ya'll are all so sweet

Sep 23, 2011

Preacher Stone Show

Ok ya'll so night before last, me && my dad went to the Preacher Stone show.
 It was outside at
Tilley's Harley Davidson Shop in Salisbury
Loved it!!
If ya'll have seen "Sons of Anarchy"
You've heard them!!(Their song "Not Today" was featured on "SOA")
They are amazing
"Oh ya && my dad knows em' "
Check them out here

Me&My Dad

My dad&&Marty


                              Moonshine in N.C. ?? Never

                                Be sure to look for him on the next American Idol (REALLY)

                              Singing "Molly Hatchet," after he shouted out to my dad
(Which I'm sure totally made his day)



What a geat father daughter dance??

Sep 22, 2011

Seriously?! Thursday Link-Up

Ok ya'll today I'm linking up with Becky from From Mrs to Mama
Check her blog out (if you havn't already), she's adorable!!

Seriously?! Cat hair everywhere!! "AHHHHH"
Seriously?! I just colored my hair! Roots already??
Seriously?! We still have not replaced our big screen, three months after it stopped working?
Seriously?! I let my g-ma do my nails..."I think she's half blind"
Seriously?! I might have to grow my hair out && lighten it for modeling
Seriously?! Tigger sleeps in the sink?
Seriously?! I manage to get lost with a GPS system

Agency Nerves

Ok ya'll so this is going to be short&&sweet..
seeing that I really have to get my beauty rest for tomorrow...
What is tomorrow??
Good question...I have an meeting with a very good modeling agency
at 10AM sharp
Why am I nervous??
I do little things here&there
but's it's been a while since I worked for an agency
The first time I worked for an agency I was a size 00
what about now?
I am a size 5
That is a bit of a difference
Also: I have tattoos, &&weirdly shaped thumbs...
HmM..not sure how my chances are looking right now

Wish me luck!!

Sep 18, 2011

Guest Blogger

Ok ya'll, seeing that I will be going out of town next week,
I was hoping to find a few lovely ladies
that would be interested in guest blogging!!
Leave a comment or email me at
If interested...

"Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!"

Xoxo AshtonRae

Sep 17, 2011

Bread Recipe

Martha Stewart always has the cutest ideas

Click the pic to visit get her awesome 
Easy to bake banana bread recipe

Sep 16, 2011

What I'm Reading

Lauren Conrad♥

Her first book

"L.A. CANDY is a fast-paced, honest and entertaining fictional account of what it′s like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad." From

I just finished this book and will definitely be heading to Barnes&Noble soon to pick up her other books, I love her writing style! This book was soOo hard to put down, I finished it in a day and a 1/2! I'm sure ya'll will love it too..Think about picking it up today!

Find It HERE For only $12.23

Sep 14, 2011

Washington D.C.

I just found out I'm going to D.C. with my mom the 25th of this month
for a few days!! Super excited!
Anyone been there??...Have any suggestions on fun things to do/check out?

Heres a few things I want to see...
Since I started working with Melissa, I love editing pics to make them cuter!
Before these pics were super boring, now the colors really pop! Gotta love photobucket!

Capitol Building

War Memorial near Washington

Washington Monument
White House

Sep 13, 2011

I found these cute and helpful

Wanna button?? Don't worry it's easy!!

I just made mine following these simple steps from...
{Shabby Blogs}

1. Choose the image you'd like to use as your button. I'd make it no bigger than 200 pixels wide so it fits on the average sidebar.
2. Upload your cool new button to the image hosting site of your choice. (I use Photobucket, but it doesn't matter.)
3. In another tab, log into your Blogger account and go to the Page Elements page. Click on "Add a Gadget" and select HTML/JavaScript
4. Copy and paste the following code in the text area:

<img src="http://yourbuttonlocation.jpg/" /> <br /> <textarea style="text-align:center" rows="4" cols="22"><a border="0" href="" target="_blank"><img src="http://YOURBUTTONLOCATION.jpg"></a></textarea>

 5. In Photobucket (or wherever you chose to store your button), copy the URL or direct link and paste it in both places where the code says YOUR BUTTON LOCATION.
6. Replace the words YOUR BLOG ADDRESS with...your blog address. :)
7. You can change the size of the box below your button by adjusting the numbers 4 (rows) and 22 (columns). You don't have to, but I just thought I'd let you know.
8. Build your blogging empire!

{Random Cuteness Code}
Code for the Heart symbol (♥) (type &#9829;)

L.O.L. Award

Well I figured why not give a little spotlight to a follower today??

I mean does it not make you SUPER excited
when you see a brand new
AND comments??
Figured I'd pick someone each month...just to say thanks for following...
hopefully it'll send them a little more traffic

And the L.O.L. Award goes to....

(The Presutti's)

Why she was picked???

She is a recent follower

I love her blog

She commented on a blog post...I love comments

She says ya'll just like me

DIY+Recipes+Lots of pictures = Blog Love

I think ya'll will enjoy her blog

Wanna Check her blog out??? Click HERE

You'll ♥ it

There's many other blogs I LOVE too...

to ALL my followers and readers

I really appreciate all of you!!

Sep 11, 2011

Another RGggG

OMG ya'll me and my mom just drove all the way to S.C.
to be extremely disappointed 
basically a bad vibe on from an online profile
of the person we were supposed to work with
Oh well though gotta go with your gut sometimes, 
no point in making yourself feel uncomfortable
South Carolina

Raleigh Trip

Ok guys I'm back from Raleigh, only to leave town again in a few minutes!!
(If my mom would hurry the heck up)
But anyways while I'm waiting on her..
I'll tell ya'll about our VERY recent trip to Raleigh
We went for some pics I won from a contest...
(This is the direct link to their facebook fan page)
Check them out, they are great
And don't forget to 

(I cannot because I know longer have a facebook)
But I'd figured it'd be nice to send some others in that direction

Ok so what else did we do??
Well we stayed at the Hyatt Place Hotel it was nice
EXCEPT the breakfast it was sucky
But that's ok!!
We ate at Bahama Breeze for dinner which was
I would definitely recommend it!
Then what?

"Below is a description straight off there website"
(So you know what it is)
Pretty fun

For one weekend last September, The Independent Weekly's  Hopscotch Music Festival engrossed downtown Raleigh, creating a new relationship between the city and music fans. This year, the festival picks up where it left off, bringing more than 135 bands to 12 venues, including Friday and Saturday night in City Plaza, Raleigh's most captivating civic space. Intended to highlight the Triangle's rich music scene by pairing local talent with notable national and international artists, Hopscotch offers choices to fans in just about every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk, and more. It is a festival that thrives on the variety and quality of its lineup, and this year, with over 40% of the musicians hailing from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and other nearby locales, it's a testament to both this region's musical diversity and its national relevance.  

We also checked out Rum Runner's
Great Atmosphere

Well that' s about all there is for that trip...
Another post soon on Augusta S.C.
Heading there in a few min.!!
For some modeling shots
Wish me luck...
Hope everyones weekend went great!!

Mini photo booth shoot showing off the new tat :)

                       I thought I would share a few quick pics I took
of my new tattoo &&blue feathers while I was over at the
BFF's earlier!!!

Her puppy Kia decided to jump in a couple of them :) Hope everyone is having a awesome weekend!

Sep 9, 2011


A little frustrated right now
New Tatt&&New feather extensions
and my my camera refuses to upload the new pics

Pics soon though(Hopefully alot of them)!!

Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend


Sep 6, 2011


Linked Within
(At the bottom of each post)
Should be fixed soon
Kinda got all messed up when I tried to change my web-address
But it'll be all doctored up soon!!

Sep 5, 2011

Changing blog name!!

Just deleted my facebook
Switchin over to the the new google+
If you need an invite...Just ask!
...and thinking I should make a fan page for my blog on fb rather than profile!
While I was making other changes, started thinking my blog name really doesn't suit me
feel like I'm gunna be up forever trying to figure out a new one!

Thinkin bout "Way Out Here"
Or "Stuck Like Glue"
but idk
....think i'm gunna need a bffs opinion....

And maybe some of yours...comments anyone?

Have a great week ya'll!!!

Sep 3, 2011

Halloween Part II

GoGo Dancer Love
I think these are cute!!!
Thinkin this may be the route for Halloween. P.S. if you are by chance a gogo dancer
Check out this site for sure

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Sweet Home Carolina

Ok so I was just looking at my FB newsfeed and the first thing I see is this post
and picture, the guy with the yellow hat "The winner" was mine and Shannon's old
Ya...I'm definitely from the COUNTRY 
Too funny...

Travis posted(Also old neighbor) Who introduced me to my husband!!!
"Only in Davidson county would u have a competition of who can put a whole can of dip in their mouth. Jared wins lmao wow"

Sep 1, 2011


I am totally aware it isn't even October yet!
But for me I am actually (behind)
on finding a HOTT costume
I like to have mine by early October and picking one is not easy for me
I like to be a little different, I never go with the most popular sellers
and normally mix a few pieces to assure I don't end up matching with someone
Don't you hate that???
I am totally obsessed with Halloween
Last year I spent about $250 on my outfit
"UmMm Ya, a bit ridiculous"
Anyways all that money, and my husband ended up working in W.V.
for the weekend, so I ended up NOT wearing it!!
Ya," irritating"
I sat at home and did nothing, it sucked
O ya..and since then I gained about 10 pounds
 and can't fit into the one from last year!!
Even more sucky
Not this year, absolutely no suckyness aloud!!
This year will be AWESOME
I am 21 now, last year I was that"lame girl"
that couldn't even get in anywhere really fun
But not this year, now I can get in excited
And this year I really want to win a Costume Contest
Not sure where yet though...
AND seeing that last year my hubby wasn't here
THIS year he will dress up...AND like it...
 "Does he know this yet??"
"LOL"I will tell him soon though!!!

Anyways here's a few costumes
I thought were super cute
on your fave...and feel free to leave suggestions
on others you've seen

I will narrow them down and add a few more in a few days!!!

Check Out The Pop A Razzi Costume At
Very Gaga

Check Out The Sexy in the Desert Costume At
Think this may be my fave for now

Check Out The Groovy Baby Hippie Costume At

Sexy SWAT Couples Costume
      Like this one for sure...but not sure the hubby would go "matchy"

Cheer Leader Costume
(I love the original Dallas costume)
But its really popular
This ones a little different