Today was Focus Blend.

7 Dec

I love this Green Mountain Wellness Collection! It is delicious and I have started putting it in my fake Starbucks recipes.

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Did you know that the Starbucks Eggnog latte is just half eggnog and half milk? So that is what I did in the latte maker, foamed that up to about 140 degrees. I then used two of the Focus blend K-cups given to me by BzzAgent and Green Mountain Coffee for their sample campaign. And voila! Amazing coffee that adds a boost for homework time or currently, Christmas baking!

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I’m a BzzAgent and I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent and Green Mountain Coffee.


7 Dec

The best thing to go with a great cupcake is a cup of coffee and I have found a great cup!

151088_4951921836846_1403078496_nA few details!

  • Launched in September 2012 with two brews — Focus Blend and Antioxidant Blend
  • Focus Blend contains 50mg of L-Theanine per serving
  • Antioxidant Blend is a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and E
  • Includes only Fair Trade Certified coffees
  • Is available for purchase online at and

To get $3 off your order use Coupon Code:GMCBEWELL

Today was antioxidant blend. With Mikey in school it is always good to add extra vitamin c to my diet so we don’t catch colds from little germs. The vitamin e and c will also be great for killing a few free radicals and reducing my risks for cancer!  Total win for me and the coffee tastes like pikes peak coffee from starbucks! If you are interested in purchasing these, use the $3 off coupon code and it can be shipped right to your house! Retail price on :18.49 for 24 kcups.

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I’m a BzzAgent and I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent and Green Mountain Coffee.

Rosewater and new beginnings.

5 Mar

Once again I have to an absence. The good news is I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in December.  I now have an Associates Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Another step forward to the bakery of my dreams.

The bad news, I suffered the loss of two more things I loved, my dog Peanut and my great grandfather. After all this, you would think the corners of my house could not hold another drop of rosewater.

This was our very loved dog Peanut. He was our angel from Valentine’s day 2007-January 2012. He meant the world to my husband, myself and the kids. We have a new puppy, but there will never be another Peanut Butter Sweder. He was probably the best pound puppy we could have ever asked for.

Peanut died because of complications from diabetes. I will expand more on this later because I have been inspired by him and the new puppy to try and provide better treats and gifts for our animal best friends. Expect easy craft projects and delicious goodies in the near future.




This is my great-grandfather. He lived 100 years and was going to be celebrating

his 100th year in August.  He was born the year the Titanic sank, lived through two World Wars and delivered milk to the Kennedy Compound.  Most importantly, he was a humble man who loved seeing his family happy.  He was not interested in extravagances but was an extraordinary person.  He helped found the VFW in Hyannis where he would watch the planes at Hyannis Airport take off.  I remember stories of Air Force One landing and a near miss on the runway all while he was drinking his one Miller Lite. He taught the family to clam and could tell you a story about every landmark on Cape Cod. I remember being so excited when he would show up in his car at the Cape house and I loved going to the Clam Bakes around his birthday.  I am pretty sure the salt water was what kept him around for so long. He will be missed.

So now what. My family will be moving to Colorado Springs soon. Part of me is excited, but part of me is scared of the memories I will lose when we leave Minot. I hate leaving without Peanut, I am scared of the unknown. But I will get over that and I am sure life will be great again. Baking is going to be a new learning experience because of the altitude difference and I have never encountered that issue.  Should be fun.  Just ready for some good to happen, I think it is on its way.

Apples and Hockey

27 Dec

Hot Chocolate Cups

27 Dec

Halloween Hello Kitty

27 Dec

November, ugh.

27 Dec

In late October we found out we were pregnant with our third child. On November 7th, we went for an ultrasound and found no heartbeat in a baby that should have been almost 12 weeks.  November 10th I had a D&C surgery for our miscarriage and began to move on extremely slowly.

I had many things planned for November.  Beginning with a book fair at Barnes and Noble to benefit Minot Public Schools on November 19th, a second Drop in and Decorate event(more pictures in the next post) during the book fair followed up with an enormous drop off of delicious cookies for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Day meal. Then a trip to NJ until December.  I am so glad that I had all of these things to keep my mind running but at some points I just wanted to sleep.

First up was the book fair.  Barnes and Noble was generous to help Sweder Side of Life set up an event where a percent of profits from a day of in store sales and a percent of online sales for 5 days after would go to the teachers at the schools hurt by the flood.  While I am still waiting on the final numbers, at last check we raised about $1400 in store.  An amazing amount of money for teachers to go and purchase items with.

During the book fair I had children and parents decorating sugar cookies. Here are some pictures:

I still have more cookie dough so I am starting to bake again. I found large Santa stockings and plan on filling stockings with a half-dozen cookies.  My goal is to hang 24 stockings on 24 FEMA trailers. I think it will be easy but we shall see.

This year has really taught me a lot about myself and what I can do if I put my mind to it.  Although each event helped so many, if you put them all together you can see that the town has really been helped by the efforts of all the people who have supported the events I started.

We started the year making gift baskets for women and children in the domestic violence shelter.  Baked for families with spouses that were deployed. Made dinner and lunches for sandbagging teams, National Guard soldiers and truckers helping to save our city.  Dressed families that lost everything in the flood.  Raised money for the Minot Public School teachers that lost their classrooms.  Baked more cookies for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving.

Projects I am working on:

Random Acts of Cookies(that is what I am calling it!)

I have started the scarves for February at the Domestic Violence Shelter and have a bathroom full of female body products.

Oh, and I am sitting down a lot more because I really need it.  Baking cookies at my own pace and knitting is actually very relaxing.

Dave and I will be leaving Minot in May.  I am glad to see that I have surrounded myself with charity minded people who are all starting up great things of their own.  It makes it easier for me to sit down without guilt of letting someone down.  We have secret Santa’s paying off lay away bills before Christmas and strong women looking out for the elderly during this winter.

So beautiful seeing Minot help each other.

I’ve been very busy.

27 Dec

A couple of things have happened in the last few months that are starting to shape my path.  The auction concluded with almost $1000 worth of winter items donated to the Winter Gear Giveaway in downtown Minot.  We had three days of people picking out as many items as they could take with them.  It was excellent.

Here is an article that was written about the giveaway.

During the giveaway I found out I was pregnant. I was feeling sick and basically spent 3 weeks sleeping or wanting to throw up. So that was October. November deserves its own post. Also, if anyone has not received or scheduled their items here is contact info for those that donated to the auction. I want everyone to get the stuff they loved so much. The last day of the auction, Shannon was in a bad car accident that she is just starting to really recover from. Trust me November’s post is going to be tough.

Shannon Bissett of Designs of Distinction 701-340-7479

Sasha Sweder of Sweder Side of Life 908-705-7165

Erin Hughes of Scentsy 334-224-0676

Chris Turner

Nelly Hernandez Photography

Tonya Laughlin of Blessings Unlimited

Bean Dip Bows and More!/Beandipcrafts?sk=wall

Here are pictures of ALL the awesome winter gear we donated!


Handmade Turtle Print Quilt-Shepherd Stitchers

10 Oct

Starting bid:$10 Please bid in increments of $5

Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue. Perfect for a neutral kids bedroom.

Handmade Winter Wonderland Quilt-Shepherd Stitchers

10 Oct

Starting bid:$20 Please bid in increments of $5

Navy, royal and light blue design with white accents.