Archive | August 2014 makes the Big Commerce Blog again!


I know it’s probably not the best form to brag, but I just can’t help myself.  Just had to let you know that was shown a little love on the Big Commerce blog and I can’t help but write about it.

Check out the post Pinterest Marketing: 9 Creative Ways to Pin Your Way to the Top by Jessica Malnik and you’ll see mentioned.  Sure you’ve got to scroll to the bottom to find us, but we’re there waiting to be found and cheerfully telling ourselves that they saved the best for last!

Happy Pinning!

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PS.  Click here to follow me on Pinterest.   After all, that’s what the blog article is about, right?

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training

apple snickers salad

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad is a super sweet and awesome simple dessert that I learned about on Pinterest from Chef in Training website.  It didn’t take much, right from the start, they had me at Snickers…

The ingredients are simple. Preparation is a breeze.  And when I served it, I had no leftovers.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 6 Snickers Bars (full size)
  • 4 Medium Apples -I used either Golden Delicious or Granny Smith.  I know they were green or yellow, but not red–whole lot of help I am…The Chef used Red Delicious
  • 1-5 oz package of Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1-16 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed to room temperature
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • 1/2 cup milk

As instructed by the Chef in Training, in a large bowl, whisk the pudding, milk  and Cool Whip together until combined.  Chop up the apples and Snickers bars to bite sized pieces.  Keep some of the snickers aside for decoration on the top, maybe a handful or so.

In my excitement, I made the rookie mistake of adding all of the Snickers.  So, my photograph is much less snazzy than the others that you’ll find on the internet with the Snickers on top.  All I had left was the caramel, so I did the best I could.

Stir the apples and most of the Snickers into the pudding and Cool Whip mixture.  Please, learn from my mistakes.  Drizzle with caramel topping and remaining Snickers pieces.  Chill for an hour before serving.


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The Wacky Holidays of August

Basket of Zucchini

Last week, after writing about nearly missing National Lasagna Day, I got thinking.  Actually, a comment from a reader got me wondering about whether a calendar of national holidays existed.   My trusty sidekick, Google, and I did some research and found that many calendars with offbeat holidays exist.  And because I know that I am your “go to” source for the latest, most vital information, a responsibility which I take very seriously, I am bringing information about another wacky holiday to you.  This time, I am giving you the notice to properly celebrate.

I am not going to tell you that August 6th is Wiggle Your Toes Day.  I am not even going to tell you that August 13th is Left Hander’s Day–which would actually be appropriate, because I am left handed.  I am here to tell you about the holiday that is August 8th–Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.

Yes, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day is an actual holiday.  After I realized that sneaking zucchini onto someone’s porch wasn’t a euphemism for something dirty, I learned that this holiday kind of makes sense.

According to, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day was established by Tom Roy from Pennsylvania in an effort to deal with the annual abundance of zucchini that he and his wife faced.  In my “research” I discovered two important facts.  First, gardeners and zucchini growers typically grow more of this particular vegetable than they can consume.  Second, zucchini seems to be the neglected vegetable of the garden, as friends and neighbors do not seem to willingly accept gardeners’ offerings of their zucchini surplus–thus the need to pawn it off secretly under the cover of darkness.

Basically, the holiday is for zucchini growers to sneak out in the night and abandon baskets of zucchini on the porches of their neighbors.  All while hoping that their neighbors are not negating their efforts by doing the same.  Sounds fair.  Anyone gonna gather their zucchini and get out there?


At this point, I don’t have a garden, so I’m out.  But you can be sure I will get a giggle next time I see a zucchini.

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