Last Day to Enter for a Chance to Win CASH + What’s been going on…

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Dr Seuss Cake

Hey Peeps!  I know I’ve been MIA (again) but it’s been a rough week around here and I’ve been quite distracted.    Let me start by telling you that the initial reason for this post is to remind you that TODAY, Friday, May 22 is the last day to enter the May Who Takes the Cake? Contest where you could win CASH!!

If you have a water-themed cake… please, please, pretty-please enter it here… here are a few cake themes that “count”:

  • Boats
  • Nautical
  • Waves
  • Surfers
  • Swimming
  • Pools
  • Ocean
  • Under the Sea
  • Fishing
  • etc… you get the idea.  I’d say even my (blurry) Dr. Seuss cake up there would qualify seeings how it’s got water and all… right?!

So…what’s been going on with me?  I’m going to tell you all the things… from bad to worse to worst.   It’s about to get down right depressing when I tell you so if you’d rather not keep reading… I understand.

Last week I had new granite counter-tops installed and it was a surreal how BAD of a job the installers did.   I’ve never, ever, EVER seen such a terrible job done on something like this.

Cascading Pink Flowers Wedding Cake

So last weekend and all this week, I dealt with the most-unlevel-countertops-ever while trying to cook, bake, decorate, etc.   This wedding cake right here?  Built on a crooked counter.  I kept moving it to the other side of the kitchen just to check for level while building it… so annoying!!

Praise the Lord, they came back last night (a full WEEK later) and RE-installed them and now we’re all good.  Actually – they’re fantastic now… I can’t wait to get to work on them!

In addition,  I waited more than 2 weeks for my new laptop to arrive (the one that died on me), and in the meantime, my website was hacked and I was locked out of it for nearly 24 hours.  I was in the process of changing hosts at the time and again… it was a nightmare.

If you’ve ever owned a website or blog – one that you built from the ground up… you’ll know what I’m talking about.  This blog is my baby – my blood, sweat and tears – its all my hard work… and for awhile… I had zero control over it.  I was in full-blown panic mode and it was awful.

I’m still trying to get everything back to “normal” on the back-end but thankfully, I haven’t seen any major problems that were caused for my readers.

After all that – the really bad stuff started happening.  On Monday I was almost in a head-on collision which shook me to my core.   I’ve never had my life flash before me like that.   Thank God I was not hurt, but unfortunately, later that day, a teenage girl in our community died in a head-on collision on that very road.

I’ve known her Mama and her family since elementary school and I’m heartbroken for her.  More than heartbroken… I can hardly breath when I think about what she’s going through.   Her 10 year old son is still hospitalized and in critical condition and well… I just cannot bear to think of how she’s suffering.

That accident really brought our little community to it’s knees… and then there were two more tragedies here within days.  I was told of a  fatal motorcycle accident on one end of the county and then one of my high school classmates (I had not personally seen or talked to him since high school) was killed in the highway.  Even though I didn’t know him now – it’s still so, so sad.

On a much more personal level,  the same day that those things happened my uncle, who had been sick for some months, took a turn for the worse and late Wednesday night, he passed away.

To say that we’re all a little broken right now would be an understatement.  It feels like we’re walking in a fog – like it can’t be real.  If you live in a community as tiny as the one I do – this many deaths and tragedies within a few days is just too much.

Because of all of that, I’ve been unplugged.   Not intentionally, but just because there are more important things at hand.   When things like this happen, you just want to hold your babies a little tighter, spend more time listening to them and loving on your family and not so much time plugging away at the not-so-precious things.   Ya know what I mean?

All I can ask is that you please keep us in your prayers.  There are still funerals to be had and healing to take place and we all need some comforting right now from each other and from Jesus Himself.

Thank you for reading here… and always coming back.

xo,

Rose

 

Who Takes the Cake? May Contest: Water is the THEME!!

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Who Takes the Cake Contest

It’s that time again… are you ready for another Who Takes the Cake Contest??

I’ve been thinking on it for a few days trying to decide on a theme and finally…

The theme is WATER!!  I was inspired because it’s the beginning of summer… people are getting ready to get on their boats, to go swimming and fishing… and also – it is pouring rain here today :)

Soooo…. the WATER theme contest can include SO many cakes… nautical, boats, pool parties, fishing, under the sea …  you get the idea!

Once the submission period is closed, at least 12 cakes (or other sweets) will be chosen for voting (possibly up to 24) and readers will have ONE WEEK to vote and choose their favorite!

You can also submit cookies, cupcakes, cake pops… all the sweets qualify!

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And the prize??  Well this month I’m going to be giving away $25 Cash (via Paypal)!

Okay?  Okay!  Let’s go!!

You can click here to the “Who Takes the Cake?” FAQ page for all the details but here are the highlights:

  • One submission per person per month and it must be your photo that you took of your cake (ie., no professional photographer photos unless you are a professional photographer).  A link is required to a place where the cake is already published (your Facebook page – make sure it’s a public photo, Flickr, CakeCentral, your blog or website, etc.).
  • After submissions close, at least 12 of the best cakes/photos will be chosen and posted in a separate post where my readers (and your friends and family and…anybody else) will vote for their favorite.
  • I will open up submissions for one week (7 days ONLY), then the voting will be open for 7 days and the winner will be the photo with the most votes at the end!
  • OH – and sign up for my email newsletter here to get all of my posts and cake contest announcements in your inbox!  (that’s not a requirement… just a happy suggestion!)

Submission dates are May 15th – May 22nd, 2015.  Voting will begin May 24 and end on May 30, 2015, 11:59pm CST.   This month’s contest is open worldwide!

Please note: Uploading your photo might take several minutes – please refresh your page to see if your cake appears.  Also, this contest may not work on all mobile devices…. it’s the one problem that we can’t get rid of.

The winner will be announced across social media and I will feature that cake the following month in a post of it’s own!

Are you ready??  Enter your cake below!  You should get an email confirmation within an hour or so letting you know that your photo was successfully submitted!

Voting is OPEN – enter below!!!

Upload a photo to the contest

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