Iowa’s Next Top Short Model Here


Good morning everyone!

I was MIA last night, huh? Well, I have a good reason – I was at a photo shoot! Yes, me – I was the subject of a photo shoot! It’ll be a few weeks before I reveal why, but holy cow it was Iowa’s Next Top Short Model around here last night (I’m 5’2)! Super cool experience which will most likely never happen again so I savored it ;)

When I got home I had a ton of stuff to do, including finishing up those sugar cookie wedding bells for my Mom’s get together tonight – wabam:



I had a couple – they were sooo good. A couple people asked how I get the icing to lay flat. I outline the cookie in a thicker icing and then fill in with it thinned out icing. By the way – I do sell these babies, so if you’re in the market for some custom sugar cookies for any occasion, including (but not limited to):

  • Birthday’s
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Baby Showers
  • Special Events
  • Thank You Gifts
  • Bridal Showers
  • Holidays
  • Get Well Soon/Sympathy
  • Anniversary
  • Engagements
  • Weddings
  • Housewarming
  • Just because

Email me @ to get some more information – they ship very well! :D

Ok, enough marketing talk…in other news – oats are back!!! They missed the blog and me – they told me so… The conditions were finally perfect for a bowl – the house was cool enough to turn on the stove, I had some fresh, dried figs (oxymoron?) on hand, delish, dried apricots, milk AND a Dutch letter for an awesome topping! Last night I had Ben go get us some milk and he came back with 2 Dutch letters! What a guy :)


In my bowl:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup each of skim milk & water
  • 1 medium banana
  • splash of vanilla & cinnamon
  • 2 dried black mission figs
  • 2 dried apricots
  • drizzle sugar-free syrup
  • ~1/4 Dutch Letter


I feel like it’s been weeks since I last had some down-home cookin’ oatmeal and boy did it taste good!!


OMG Dutch letters – is there anything better??



When I got home from the shoot last night, I made Caribbean Pork, Pineapple & Red Onion Skewers with Brown Rice, and I took some leftovers today!


Love those sweet, grilled pineapples mixed with the spicy, charred red onions.


I also packed a peach that smelled so incredibly, deliciously, peachy, that I had to force myself not to eat it with my oatmeal!



I’m off to start the day, my friends – have a deeeelightful Wednesday!


What’s your favorite “International” treat? Baklava? Dutch Letters? Japanese Sweet Bean Cakes???


ps: stay tuned this afternoon for an exciting announcement!! :D :D :D

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  1. Erin 06.24.2009

    Those cookies look delish. I’ve been engaged for less than a week and I am pretty sure I want cookies as favors. I will definitely keep you in mind!

    Also, I have only seen dutch letters in Des Moines! I have never seen them anywhere else in the state and have never tried one. I need to try one the next time I’m in DSM.

  2. Whit 06.24.2009

    Those cookies are seriously pretty! You are so talented!

  3. Niki 06.24.2009

    Love the cookies! I will keep you in mind whenever I need some cute cookies!

    What are Dutch Letter? Never heard of them!!

    Don’t eat many international treats but I do love some Baklava!! One of our Dr’s at work is Greek and her homemade Baklava is marvelous!

  4. Quinn 06.24.2009

    Seriously, those cookies are beautiful! You are one heck of a Martha Stewart!

    My favorite international dish? I’d have to say Mango & Sticky Rice from Thailand.

  5. Mango and Sticky Rice is amazing! Good call Quinn – I also love me a good Austrian strudel and a yummy Vietnamese coffee (sweetened with condensed milk). Drool.

  6. Erin 06.24.2009

    Photoshoot sounds fun can’t wait to hear about it! Those cookies look delicious will def keep them in mind when I have something coming up!

  7. Kailey 06.24.2009

    wow your cookies are perfectly iced. the look so professional :)
    love the oats!

  8. Rose 06.24.2009

    Short model? Seriously? That is so cool! I didn’t know they were doing something like that! I’m 5’0”, so this is like music to my ears for all the other shorties out there! I’m excited to see what happens for you!

  9. MAC 06.24.2009

    The oats look amazing! The only thing better than a Dutch Letter is a DUTCH LOG!!!! All the almond filling X10 from the filling in the letter!

  10. I just can’t get over those cookies!!!

  11. Pearl 06.24.2009

    can’t wait to hear about the photoshoot!

  12. Pamela 06.24.2009

    Your oatmeal recipe sounds delicious! I get out my slow cooker every Sunday night and make enough for the week ahead, with fresh sliced apples and various dried fruits/nuts. I get to have a fresh warm bowl when I wake up Monday morning and pack the rest into containers I can take to work. Yum!

  13. Photo shoot and announcement? Sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Your cookies look beautiful, too. I rarely have the patience to deal with sugar cookies.

  14. Amber 06.24.2009

    Those sugar cookies keep making my mouth water at work!! Look SO SO good!

    Can’t wait to hear more about this photo shoot!

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