Friday, November 22, 2013

Cupcake Friday 11.22.2013

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"Maltimore from @icedgemsbaking #cupcakefriday #iloveicedgems "

This is the Maltimore cupcake from Iced Gems.  While i had high hopes for this one, I found this one to be more ho hum in their line of cupcakes.  I think there needs to be malt flavor in this cupcake.  The cupcake is still very good, i believe it is suppose to be a malt flavored cupcake with malted butter cream icing with a malt ball topping.  However, per my cupcaking experience, this cupcake did not have enough malted flavor for me.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cupcake Friday 11.15.2013

"Cupcake Friday! Whipper snapper is so yummy #iloveicedgems #cupcakefriday"

Some of you may have already seen this cupcake on twitter or instagram.  Its the Whipper Snapper cupcake.  It has so much going for it.. Biscoff cookie on top, Biscoff butter cream icing and the kicker that makes this the best effing cupcake i've had to date?  The biscoff filling inside.. yep. This cupcake is like crack but in a good way.  

Thanks Iced Gems Baking!  

Hm mm

It comes to my attention that we are in the middle of November and my last post was at the end of October.  Crap!  where has the month gone?  It seems like it was just yesterday when i was getting ready to go on a cruise and now its been 2 weeks.  Though it has been a hectic time -- got back on my cruise and immediately packed a bag to travel for work for the weekend.  And then i got back and had training... so in reality i've not had a weekend free for a while?  unless you count the cruise.  I've just got to get back in the habit of checking out friends posts and writing  -- maybe this will get better as the end of the year approaches?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The tardy post...

So sorry.. these last few months/weeks have been crazy.  As some of you know I recently moved to a new division within the hospital giant that i work.  Same job title, but different department (so i use to work in peds allergy and now I'm in neurobiology/psychology).   The transition has been a bear -- lots of new things that i've never done before (cognitive testing, anyone?), new protocols to follow -- I use to have 1-2 protocols that i was in charge of.. now i have 13.  Yep its been a crazy few weeks.  In addition, classes also started and since I'm trying to finish up and get decent GPAs to apply to a nursing program classes took precedent over blogging.  While dragon boat was still in the picture it was also sucking out copious amounts of time -- Monday, Wednesdays, Saturday practices.  Classes being Tues until 10pm and Thurs until 7:30ish.  So, having such a full schedule sorta knocked down the free time i've had -- while its tamed down some on the dragon boat side, work has actually taken a lot of my time -- learning new things and all.  Plus the computer i have at work is a bear, by that I mean its a dinosaur bear.  Its an old dell dimension, one that I may have used 5 years ago in my previous department -- i often have to reboot the computer multiple times in a day and walk away in frustration.. and that my friends makes me not want to get onto extraneous sites, like facebook, trolling everyone elses' blogs.   And when i get home, its time for HW and cooking dinner and so on, makes it hard for me to keep in touch with you all.  I strive to be better in the upcoming weeks --- hopefully checking in every so often with some sort of random post.. I swear!

Artistic Rhinolin Desk Pad

Disclaimer:  This desk pad was generously sent to me by Shoplet for review.  The opinions and review does not reflect any influences and biases from Shoplet in regards to office supplies and are my own opinions.  In addition Shoplet does have promotional products such as pens, hilighters and other stationery items as well as clothing such as jackets and promotional shirts for your pursual. 


I received this desk pad from about a week ago and have been using it on my desk since.  Its a nice padded surface where I can put my keyboard down.  In addition it gives me a padded surface to write so that it doesnt feel funny.  I am one of those silly people that love having a stack of paper to write on because it makes the ink darker?  And this does just that -- allows me a padded surface to write on with my office stationary.  In addition because its padded, if i had an expensive desk, rather than my ikea furniture in my office and I wanted to protect the desk from dings and scratches, this would totally do the trick.

It can also double as my mouse pad in cases, since its a matte surface and black it allows my laser mouse to glide seamlessly and smoothly on the surface.  

Since I have it at home on my desk, I'm not as worried about icky germs, but if I were the germaphobic type or if I were sick and the boy wanted to use my really messy desk to use my computer, this has microban that basically helps with microbes.  (aka its antimicrobial).

All in all this is a solid product and I would purchase it.  However, being in the allergy field for so long and hearing so much about the hygiene hypothesis and whether it is so good to be so germaphobic makes me wonder if this is another item that helps eliminate the germs so that our bodies are more hypersensitive to the germs that are around us.  I also wish since this is synthetic material that somehow they incorporated some sort of recycled materials into the making of this product to help the environment somewhat.

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