Links And Stuff And Such

– Last night at church I ran into my friend Jan. We don’t see each other nearly enough, and it was so fun to catch up with her. She opened a bakery here in Birmingham a few years ago, and it’s pretty much taken off like wildfire. Jan’s an incredibly talented baker and food stylist with a personality that’s infectious, energetic and oh-so-hilarious. She’s the best.

She is also, as of last month, a cookbook author. Her cookbook, Big Book of Cupcakes, was recently published by Oxmoor House.

It’s chock full of baking goodness; there are 150 (ONE HUNDRED FIFTY) cupcake recipes. If you like to bake, you will love Jan’s recipes and creativity. This book is a great resource for birthday parties – and it’s also a great way to encourage kids to learn how to bake (with adult supervision, of course). And just FYI: Jan didn’t ask me to mention her cookbook. Nobody sent me a free copy or anything like that. But I wanted to tell y’all about it because 1) I love my friend 2) I love her recipes 3) I think y’all will love the recipes, too 4) I crave her caramel sea salt mocha cupcakes on a weekly – if not daily – basis and 5) PEOPLE LOVE THEM SOME CUPCAKES.

It’s a good ‘un.

– You can still enter to win a $100 gift card from the Sprite Tabs for Humanity giveaway. Just click on over.

– The latest group of Compassion Bloggers is heading to the Philippines next week. If you’d like to show your support for the trip and help get the word out to your friends, grab a badge for your blog, Facebook or Twitter.

– I’ve mentioned a time or ten that I pretty much adore the clothes from Nations Outfitters. It’s a brand that’s about so much more than fashion. And now? They have gift cards. Such a great graduation gift, you know?

– If you watched the most recent season of Survivor, chances are that you’ll get a kick out of this post-finale interview with Boston Rob. Very entertaining.

– And in related news: this interview with Phillip “Stealth” Sheppard? It does not disappoint.

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  1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Survivor has only been over for a few days and I was already craving more! I give you the “Sheppard Stamp!”

  2. Chocolate + Sea Salt = Delicious

    I also recommend sprinkling a little bit of sea salt on top of your favorite ice cream; it’s an amazing addition!

  3. Seriously, you need to come to my house and we will walk up to her cupcake store! Then we can buy extra cuz we walked so the one we ate in house didn’t count!

  4. LOVED Survivor and glad that Rob won! He worked so hard though I was hoping that poor Matt would have been able to go a little farther. I do think Matt served his purpose there from God Himself. Was that not wild how Matt was able to share so much about God on national tv?

  5. I saw that cookbook at Costco last night!

  6. Phillip Sheppard may be one of my all time favorite reality stars. I am glad that Boston Rob won the million dollars. I really like him. The overall winner in my book was Matt. I believe that Matt probably did the most good for Jesus by being exiled. Every person that he touched seemed to grow in their faith. A million dollars is nice, Grace is everything.

  7. Sounds like an awesome cookbook, and the cover is beautiful! I bet the recipes inside are just as awesome….I’ll have to get myself a copy and check it out!

  8. Oh I am SO excited to read about the new bakery in Birmingham! I wonder if they deliver…My Grandmother’s cousin needs a sweet pick me up and those are so her style.
    I love clicking over to a blog and seeing something familiar like a link to Alabama – the internet is a small world!

  9. Christy says:

    Got your friend’s cupcake cookbook a couple days ago. Today I made the Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt cupcakes. I halved(?) the recipe and it worked beautifully. Can’t wait to try more! Thanks for telling us about it!