Bakerella Book Signing!

For the longest time, I have adored Bakerella.
I just love her blog. And her Cake Pops are darling.
So when I heard she’d be in Dallas for her book tour, I jumped at the chance to meet her.
I mean, look at her. Isn’t she so fun and full of life?
First, she shared some tips to get the perfect Cake Pops.
You see the pens she’s holding in the photo? Those are the only ones to use, she said.
They last a lot longer than other brands, Bakerella told us.
But you still have to be sure to use a light hand when writing/coloring on the candy melts, she said. If you don’t, the candy will gob up around the pen.
And these little pink bowls are the perfect size for a 16 oz bag of candy melts.
Bakerella uses only the best!
Once you dip your Cake Pop into the candy melts, *don’t* stir it around the bowl. You just want to dip it and pull it out to let the excess drain off.
And here’s the trick: Don’t shake your Cake Pop to get rid of the excess chocolate.
Hold it in your hand and tap your wrist with two fingers, gently discarding the excess without messing up your beautiful creation.
Gets it smooth every time, Bakerella told us.
After her question and answer session, she signed books!
I was #8 in line, so I got to go through quickly!
We each got these super-cute buttons, too!
It was such a fun experience!
And here’s the best part: I bought an extra copy of Cake Pops by Bakerella and had it signed especially for one of my readers.
That’s you, folks!
One lovely reader will win this *signed* copy of Cake Pops by Bakerella and a set of adorable mini buttons.
The Rules:
The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.
You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter. To follow my blog, simply click “Join This Site” on the Google Friend Connect widget. You can sign in with your Google, Twitter or Blogger account.
If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.
If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.
Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments.
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ave any questions, you can consult my contest policy.
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Contest Ends Friday, Nov. 12 at 11:59 pm CST.
Good Luck!

Bakerella showed us how to make perfect Cake Pops when her book tour stopped in Dallas.

Follow Friday and Blog Hop!

It’s been a while since I participated in Follow Friday and the Book Blogger Hop, so I thought this would be a great week to do so!
If you’re here from these two great events, please be sure to check out the contests I have going on — there are several!
US/Canada only.
Ends 11/3
US/Canada only.
Ends 11/10
And on my cooking site, I’m giving away a *signed* copy of Cake Pops by Bakerella, along with some adorable mini buttons!

And if you don’t know about these awesome memes, be sure to check them out:

This week’s question:

“If you have, or would have a daughter, what book would you want your daughter to read?”

The Nerd and I don’t yet have any children, but I’d want my daughter to read Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I love that it’s about a strong heroine who has a dark gift, but accepts it and uses it for good instead of evil. Katsa makes her own choices and accepts who she is. I really like that.


Book Blogger Hop
The question this week:

“What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?”

I’m going to have to go with Jenn on this one — I’d love to have a library in our house with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. We’re running out of room on the bookshelf in the Nerd Cave, and I really need a new set of shelves anyway. :)

If you’re a new follower from either event, please leave me a comment so I can be sure to follow you back! :)

Happy Reading!

A “Shotgun” Wedding

I posted last week about the amazing rehearsal dinner we attended before the wedding of my friend, Morgan.
Morgan and Jason had been engaged for quite a while, and wanted to do something fun and unique for their wedding.
So, they decided to throw a “Shotgun” Wedding, but not in the traditional sense!
Guests were asked to arrive at 3:06 pm (for 30 ot 6, or .30-06 rifle) and the wedding started at 4:10 pm (for a .410 shotgun).
After the ceremony, guests were invited to a round of skeet shooting over the lake.
The bride and groom even had a go!
Their wedding cake went with the theme.
The cake topper was custom made so that it would be anatomically correct.
You see, all of the other deer cake toppers Morgan could find had a girl deer with horns — but does don’t have horns!
The bride and groom took a turn on the dance floor.
They look so happy and in love.
But my favorite part of the night was watching Morgan dance with her dad.
You see, he’s my boss. And I never knew he had moves like that!
I love this shot of him!
I think they were both tired after their spin!
I love this girl and I’m so happy she’s found her Price Charming!
Thanks for looking!
My friend, Morgan, had a “shotgun” wedding — with real guns and everything!

Apple Muffins


Today, I’m continuing my series of recipes from Young Adult book authors. This recipe is very appropriate for fall. The flavors in these Apple Muffins are *amazing* and I immediately identified this recipe as one I wanted to try. I’m so glad I did! Topped with brown sugar and cinnamon, what’s not to love in this yummy breakfast treat?

Apple Muffins
Source: Stephanie Burgis, author of Kat, Incorrigible

2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c chopped apples
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c milk
3 Tbsp melted butter
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add chopped apples.

Combine egg, milk and butter and stir into the dry mixture until just enough to moisten. Pour into prepared muffin tin.

Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the muffins. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees F.



Getting Ready…

I recently had the chance to photograph my friend, Morgan, as she prepared for her wedding. 
I love watching brides get ready.
There’s so much excitement and love.
And they’re always so beautiful!
First came the curls…
And then it was time for make-up!
Some touches to the hair style…
Then getting some help from her mom with the dress.
I love this addition to Morgan’s dress. It was hand-stitched by a family friend, Theresa.
Almost ready!
Some loving looks with her mom…
And a photo or two…
Then time for the veil!
Now we’re ready!
Or are we?
Some caffeine for the road…and she was off to the ceremony!
Photos of the ceremony and reception tomorrow!
Thanks for looking!
One of my favorite things to photograph is a bride getting ready for her wedding. Here’s how my friend, Morgan, prepared for her big day!

Monkey Cupcakes

Last weekend, I threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, Alex.
We decided to go with a jungle theme and I wanted to make some cupcakes shaped like monkeys to fit the theme.
I searched online and found this tutorial from Wilton on how to make monkey faces using candy melts.
I was hooked! This is such a cute idea and I think it turned out to be very adorable.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself. :)
Monkey Cupcakes
Source: Wilton
What You Need:
Cooled cupcakes (I used this recipe) frosted with Dark Chocolate Icing
2 bags of Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts
1 bag of Wilton White Candy Melts
1 tube of pink writing icing (can usually be found on the baking aisle)
Wax paper
Disposable icing bags
Icing tips (size 4 and size 2 round)
Pour 1 bag of the light cocoa candy melts into a large bowl and melt according to directions.
Do the same with the white candy melts.
Add the melted white chocolate to the light cocoa melted chocolate (reserve some of the white for the eyes) and mix well to make a tan color.
Put the pattern under a sheet of wax paper and pipe the tan colored candy onto the paper, following the guide.
Repeat until you have enough “faces” to top your cupcakes. Let them harden.
Next, pipe on two dots of white to the “upper face” sections for the monkey’s eyes.
Here’s what you should get.
Use the icing writer to add pupils to the monkeys’ eyes and a nose and mouth to the “lower face” sections.
He’s a happy monkey!
Let those dry overnight.
To assemble, spread a layer of dark chocolate icing on your cupcakes.
Use two candy melts from the reserved Light Cocoa bag for the ears.
Stick the upper face on top and add the lower face, overlapping it a bit.
This tutorial shows you how to create a cute monkey face topper for Monkey Cupcakes!

*Signed* Firelight Giveaway!

It’s time for another Fall into Fantasy giveaway here at The Nerd’s Wife!
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to meet Sophie Jordan, author of Firelight!And guess what I got for you…

a *signed* copy of Firelight for one lucky reader!

This book is *so* good. You can check out my review of it if you want to know more!

Sophie and Casey from The Bookish Type have also graciously donated some signed swag, so the winner will get that, too!


Here are the details:

The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter.

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.
If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments.

If you have any questions, you can consult my contest policy.
Increase Your Chances:

Complete the following tasks to increase your chances to win!

  • +1 – Become a fan of The Nerd’s Wife on Facebook.
  • +1 – Follow The Nerd’s Wife on Twitter.
  • +2 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Enter to win a *signed* copy of Firelight by Sophie Jordan from @thenerdswife:
  • +2 – Subscribe to my Youtube Channel.


Contest ends Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Good luck!

The Most Embarassing Post Ever

Someday, I may come to regret this post.
But I feel the need to get this out in the open. And if I can’t confess my deepest, darkest flaws on the Internet, what can I do?
So today, I am clearing the air. I’m letting you know that things are not always happy and free here at The Nerd household.
In fact, things are often quite *cluttered.*
Yes, that pile o’ junk up there is an actual corner in our living room.
No, not the room where we sometimes entertain guests. The room where we sit on the couch each night and watch TV and spend time as a family. That room.
I may be a lot of things, and this blog can attest to them all.
But one thing I most definitely am not: A good housewife.
I would rather shove bamboo splinters under my fingernails than do the laundry.
And, so, our hampers look like this:
I would rather pluck each hair out of my head one-by-one than do the dishes.
So, here’s our kitchen sink:
In case you’re wondering, a love of cooking and hate of washing dishes is not a good combination.
The counters are obscured by mail and odds and ends.
A lot of the clutter is supplies for my job.
I have an “office” in our house. A room all to my own
But it is not very air conditioned, and with this unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having lately, I can’t bring myself to sit in there and sweat.I mean, it’s October for Pete’s sake!

So blame the weather, not me.

 But the clutter has been weighing on me lately.
I’m at the point where I just can’t take it anymore.
And there’s really not a lot I can do at this point in time.
I have a full-time job that keeps me busy from morning to evening every weekday.
I squeeze in reading and blogging in any free time I have.
And the weekends? Ha! I don’t have a free weekend from now until December.Seriously.

So, yesterday, I did something I never in my life thought I would do:
I hired a maid.
That’s right! The Nerd household now has contracted house-cleaning services to help us de-clutter!
Now, I need to clean the house so that it can be cleaned.
Does that make any sense at all?
I’m so embarrassed about its current condition that I don’t think I could handle a stranger coming in and judging me.
Oh, wait. I just wrote a blog post detailing the mess, with photos and everything.Guess I should have thought this through…

And so, the cleansing begins.

In the meantime, I’m going to try my best not to add anything to the clutter.

I promise I’ve learned my lesson!
No, those are not *my* shoes freshly off my feet from a long day’s work and laying in the middle of the floor.Why do you ask?

Clouds in the Sky…

I just wanted to share this beautiful evening sky with you.
I haven’t seen a sunset like that in a long time.
Sometimes, it’s hard to appreciate the beauty of nature when you live in the middle of a city.
Especially a huge city like Dallas.
But every now and again, the world takes my breath away.
So take a moment today to enjoy the world around you.
Thanks for looking!
A beautiful sunset ended the perfect evening. Come share it with me! Protection Status