October 15, 2010

fresh start and a giveaway!

by Shelly



the blog that has kept me up for hours,

into the wee hours of the night,

made me neglect my furry friends and my little girl!

I made the decision to revamp my blog a while back, but I just wasn’t happy with Blogger.  I wanted something that could feature my store a little better and just look a little more polished.  But, while many people would go out and hire themselves a professional designer to build them the blog of their dreams…well we’re still on a spending hiatus over here.  And so, I headed to Barnes and Noble and purchased books on CSS code, Javascript, and HTML.  After 2+ weeks, I did it!  Me, myself, and I ACTUALLY DESIGNED A BLOG! Holy crud, I still can’t believe it. Yes, it still needs some fine tuning, but all in all I’m pretty darn happy with my results.

FYI, the store isn’t 100% done.  I have a developer working on setting it up completely.  But if you are interested in purchasing anything you can still email me to purchase items.

This morning we woke up to what actually felt like a Fall day…cloudy, cool, leaves falling.  So I made these DELICIOUS pumpkin muffins.  And while the little one watched Ice Age 3, I got to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, a warm mufffin, and some Pro Blogger reading.  I’ve become quite the computer geek these last few weeks. The hubby is so proud!


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-grain pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsulphered molasses
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, molasses, oil and 1 egg until combined. Add the other egg and whisk well. Whisk in the pumpkin and vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk. Whisk just until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Cool completely on the rack.

Well, to get this party started I am offering up a $50 gift card to POTTERY BARN just in time for the holidays!  That’s right, I’m not playing around..50 buckeroos!!! To enter either leave me a comment or subscribe to my blog! If you do both…that’s right…then you get two entries! Cool huh?

I will be randomly choosing a winner on Wednesday, October 20th! GOOD LUCK and thank you for checking out the new blog!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Lenzen October 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Congratulations Shelly!! The blog is beautiful and so fun to search through! You’re hard work really shows!! Happy Blogging!!


Shelly October 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Thanks friend! You know what a nutcase I’ve been over this baby.


Sally October 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I’ve followed your other blog for a while and loved every minute! Congrats on this new and improved version! I must make some of those Pumpkin Muffins soon… they sound dreamy.


Shelly October 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Welcome Sally! Good to see you over here and the muffins are a must try. And they’re actually not too bad for you!


Jessie October 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Congrats on the fruition of all your hard work!


Heather Myers October 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Congrats on the new blog, Shelly. It looks great… not that I expected anything different!


Beth Moser-Chang October 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Shelly, Your new blog looks great! I love all the post too! I know how much hard works goes into building your own blog! We are working on our word press blog now too.


Chris Copeland October 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I did both. The blog looks good. Good job with the coding!


Sue Barnes October 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Shelly, you have outdone yourself – I wrote the recipe down for the muffins as they sound wonderful. Good luck going forward.


Tara Tims October 16, 2010 at 3:08 am

Great blog Shelly! I’m inspired and impressed. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see more.


Kim Adams October 16, 2010 at 5:31 am

Really cute blog! I love the orange post :)


Shelly October 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Oh my Kim! I just took a peek at your site…LOVE! Cute, cute clothes! I will definitely be hanging out on your site now.


Joanna K October 16, 2010 at 5:35 am

Great Job. Now you can hire yourself out as a web desinger. Subscribed and commented.


Megan Tomren October 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm


Congrats. I came across yours on blogspot while getting some ideas for some decorating that I am doing. I am currently working on my own blog and have had some challenges. But loving every minute of it. Ciao


Shelly October 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Thank you for stopping by Megan and I hope to see you around often!


No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane October 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Congrats friend! I’m happy for you-you are SO talented and I hope for all the best for you. If you need some advertising, let me know. I have advertising on my blog!


No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane October 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

And I subscribe, of course! love it!


Shelly October 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I know that PB card would go to good use in the new place!


Megan October 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Commenting and crossing fingers!


Lydia Rosene October 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

The blog and ideas are so great! Looking forward to seeing more and day dreaming of one day owning a home where I can apply them to :)


kathy robinson October 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

what a fabulous blog……love all the designs and the pumpkin muffin recipe is a must for the fall. looking forward to seeing your continued posts…..such creativity, style, and flair!!!


Johanna Penagos October 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

The blog looks great!! You’ll have to fill me in…was in hard? I may be switching from blogger too after awhile! I REALLY want the gift card, but I plan in blogging about your giveaway, and maybe send some more followers your way :)


michellef October 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

found you through besos!! love pumpkin muffins – I usually add a few chocolate chips to mine :) Great style – I look forward to more inspiration!!


Nitobella October 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I will be following your blog. :O) Excited to see your posts. If you would like to follow my blog, 5whitewoodroad.blogspot.com
Johanna, Beso Handbags, has been a huge help sharing links with me on how to add things like buttons and such to my blog.
Congratulations on your new updated blog.


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