101 Things About Me

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So I’m being lazy.    I wrote this “101 Things…” as a post… my second “new” post after starting this blog (I imported lots of “old” posts from my other blog).  Anyway, at this time (as I still work on this new blog), I don’t have the time (ie., I’m too lazy to…) write a really smokin’ “About” page, so for now, I’m just cutting and pasting the post. Is that okay with everybody?  Good!

A long time ago I saw something like this on another blog and it intrigued me. I made myself a note to one day have my very own “101 Things” page.  You might think it’s dumb (I hope not) or way too long (it is!), but if you’re curious about me, here’s your chance to learn some totally cool, interesting (maybe boring) and totally useless!

Well, these are mostly about me, but not totally. They are not in any particular order of importance… just how they rolled out of my brain. Oh, and I squeezed extra sentences in everywhere, so there’s really way more than 101. Anyway, here’s my list… (right after the pictures)

  1. I’ve been married to Richy, my college sweetheart, since 1996. I was 20 when we got married… he was 24.
  2. He makes me laugh, is a great snuggle-er, a fantastic Daddy, my best friend, and I love him more now than ever.
  3. We have 6 kids… they’re all mine and his… biologically. You wouldn’t believe how many people ask that… or assume that we’re a blended family … we’re not. Have you seen them? They all look just.like.him. Just sayin’.
  4. Five of my kids are boys. The other is a girl. She’s in the middle, sort of. But not exactly.
  5. My favorite “fancy” dessert is Tiramisu.  It’s an Italian dessert.  On very special and rare occasions, my husband makes it for me and I want to marry him all over again.
  6. My best friend in the whole wide world is Kathy (other than Richy, that is). She lives in Italy and is married to an Italian. She made me Tiramisu once but forgot to drop it by my house (oops!)… one day she’s gonna bring me some more. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for.  Are you reading this, Kathy? Hello? ;)
  7. My favorite non-fancy dessert is Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. My son Joshua makes them for me often. He rocks!
  8. I sold my first cake on December 31, 2009. It was this one. Before that, I only baked for my own kids and occasionally a close family member.
  9. I’d have never dreamed I’d write a blog – especially about cakes. I started with a blog about saving money a couple of years ago…then I switched to cake when my IRL business took off.  Oh, and I’ve taught coupon classes. Fun stuff!
  10. I’ve dreamed of doing cakes since I was 13 when I asked for a cheap-o Wilton decorating set (like this) for Christmas.  My Mama got it for me and it’s finally paid off… nearly 20 years later.
  11. My favorite cake flavor (at least this week) is Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips. I dream of filling it with Whipped Ganache and piling on some Cream Cheese Frosting. I’ve never made this combination – I just imagine it and that it would be my favorite. Maybe I’ll try it one day and post about it. In the meantime, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are pretty fantastic too!
  12. Yes, I’m crazy.
  13. I collect cute socks. Lots and lots of cute socks. So many that I have to trade them out of my sock drawer based on the season because there’s not enough room for them all.
  14. I’ve never owned a pair of Thanksgiving socks. (sad face)
  15. I like to watch NFL football. I like to watch it with my sweetheart. I like to watch HIM watch it – he gets excited and animated and that makes me smile!
  16. I like Sushi. Next to Italian, it’s my favorite thing to eat. I’m experimenting with making it at home… no success yet.
  17. I live in the country. Seven (7) miles from the nearest town. A tiny town. A town with only 2 stoplights, 2 dollar stores, and no chain stores or branded stores. No Walmart, Kroger, McDonalds, Wendy’s, 7 Eleven. You get the idea. I’m at least 35 miles from any of “those” places.
  18. We own chickens and we eat fresh eggs. We’ve eaten one fresh chicken – killed by accident. Maybe one day I’ll tell you that story.
  19. We have 2 cats – Cowboy and Sapphire. Sapphire is not a blue cat. She does not have blue eyes. I have no idea why my kids picked that name.
  20. My kids names are Joshua, Caleb, Sarah, Noah, Christian, and Asher. They were born in years ranging from 1997 – 2011.
  21. My kids were born in 3 different states: Idaho, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
  22. Richy and I (and our kids) have lived in 3 different states: Idaho, Florida, and Mississippi.
  23. We’ve had 9 addresses in 15 years of marriage. Moving is not fun.
  24. I hate any form of cardio exercise. I hate to sweat.
  25. I like to lift weights, but I never do it.
  26. I want to lose weight and get healthy. And be a cake decorator. This is not a good combination of wants.
  27. I like to use ellipses….
  28. I like to read. I like to take bubble baths. I like to read while taking bubble baths.
  29. My favorite fiction book is “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. “The Mountain Between Us” by Charles Martin is a close second.
  30. My favorite flower is a tulip. Pink or purple or yellow or white… pretty much any color. I love tulips.
  31. We homeschool our kids. Not one of them has ever stepped foot into a public school. Except to visit their MawMaw (my Mama) – a public school teacher.
  32. I was not homeschooled. I was valedictorian of my class in 1993. I skipped the 11th grade and graduated one week after my 17th birthday. When you get to be an adult, no one cares about that sort of thing.
  33. I attended 4 colleges.
  34. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Mississippi University for Women.  I’m a math nerd… yes I am!
  35. At MUW, my GPA was 4.0. Another thing that doesn’t matter when you get to be a grown-up.
  36. There were men in my classes.
  37. I love math and sometimes do algebra for fun, but other than my own children, have ZERO desire to teach it. I also get to do math when doing cakes… and that’s fun to me!
  38. I wish I had gotten a degree in baking. Is there such a thing?  MUW offered a degree in culinary arts… they made great Cream Puffs at that school… from scratch. I have the recipe.
  39. I have never taking a baking or cake decorating class. Anywhere. At All. Ever. I’m completely “self-taught”.
  40. I am not athletic at all.
  41. I don’t like to play sports.
  42. I don’t like to be hot. EVER. I wish it was spring and fall and winter year round. Any season except summer.  I don’t like to sweat, remember?
  43. I love the mountains and snow. And cabins in the mountains and snow.
  44. I don’t love the beach and summer time.
  45. I live in southern Mississippi. Go figure.
  46. I like to burn candles.
  47. I like to burn candles while taking bubble baths and reading.
  48. I like to play with fire. So does my son Noah. He’s my wild child and that worries me.
  49. We own two houses – not as a luxury, but because the economy tanked and we can’t sell one of them. It sucks. I don’t like it when my kids say “sucks”.
  50. I’m slightly claustrophobic.
  51. The house we live in has 3 bedrooms.
  52. Did I mention we have 6 kids? Do the math on that one.
  53. All of my children except Caleb (my second boy) have blue eyes. Caleb’s are brown. Like mine.
  54. I like to alternately nibble on some form of chocolate and some form of cheese. Such as M&M’s and Cheetos. Are Cheetos considered a form of cheese? I think so.
  55. I love Diet Dr. Pepper. And Diet Coke with Splenda. And I’ll drink Diet Pepsi if the other two aren’t available. It’s my morning “coffee”.
  56. I do not like coffee.
  57. I love coffee ice cream.
  58. I love the smell of coffee.
  59. Tiramisu is a coffee flavored dessert.
  60. I have big, cushy, red couches. They’re stained and worn, but hubby says we can’t replace them until the children are grown, so I’m sort of stuck with them… forever.
  61. Pink is my favorite color. But I also like red and purple a lot.
  62. I’ve visited/driven through 40 states (I think). I should recount one day.
  63. I’ve never been outside the United States. One day I will go to Italy (God-willing).
  64. I love things that smell good. Sweet Pea is my favorite scent (especially from Bath & Body Works). I also like the smell of vanilla a lot.
  65. I have had chronic headaches since Junior High School.
  66. I have had chronic neck & shoulder pain since I was in a wreck in 2002 (I think that was the year). Chronic pain sucks stinks.
  67. I minored in Art in college and used to love to draw with pencils, chalks and charcoal. I think I still would love it if I ever made the time to do it.
  68. I think I’ve only drawn one picture since college. It was for Kathy.
  69. I am a Christian. A Bible-believing, born again, Jesus died for my sins, Christian.
  70. I don’t really like to claim a religion, but we are currently members of a Baptist Church and we love it. We’ve also been members of non-denominational churches, a Church of God Church and an Assemblies of God church…. and loved them all.
  71. I am a night owl… not a morning person. I like to stay up late and sleep late. Those are bad habits. But not my only bad habits.
  72. I am not a good housekeeper.
  73. I don’t have a (house) decorating bone in my body. Cakes on the other hand….
  74. I dream of being a minimalist.
  75. Mostly I’m a clutter-bug.
  76. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. They and my parents all live within 7 miles of my home. We’re a really close-knit family.
  77. I have purple running shoes. I’m trying to learn to like to run. For now, I mostly walk. Running = sweating.  I don’t like sweating.  Oh, I already said that.
  78. I am not fashionable at all. My sister is very fashionable.
  79. I love to hear my husband play trumpet. He plays at church on Sundays and it’s awesome!
  80. I like most kinds of music – pretty much everything except rap and metal.
  81. We have a 1967 Convertible Mustang and it is purple. It hasn’t run since we were dating, but one day…
  82. I waited tables at Pizza Hut when I was in college and loved it! I’ve also worked in a Justice Court Clerk’s office, a library, a tire shop, and as a private math tutor… just to name a few.
  83. I love to ride motorcycles. I used to have one when I was a teenager.
  84. I want to sky-dive and/or parachute one day. My husband says “not!”.
  85. I hate going to the dentist, or any doctor really, and I often deliberately miss appointments.
  86. I have to sit down if anybody’s bleeding so I don’t faint.
  87. My next-to-youngest son Christian got the end of his finger off when he was about 20 months old and had to be taken by ambulance to the children’s hospital in New Orleans to have it sewn back on. If we hadn’t been at a friend’s house who also happened to be a nurse, I’m quite sure I’d still be passed out on the floor.
  88. I can’t play any instruments but I dream of playing piano. I took lessons briefly in college, but didn’t get very far.
  89. I have a semi-fancy camera and mostly don’t know how to use it. I’d love to take a photography class.
  90. I’m not allergic to anything.
  91. I like bananas but hate banana-flavored anything. Asher (my baby) loves bananas!
  92. I love strawberries and I love chocolate milk. But not together! That would be gross.
  93. My favorite pie is Key Lime Pie with fresh whipped cream on top.
  94. I was born in 1976.
  95. I read frugal blogs (I mentioned I have one!), money/finance blogs, baking/cooking blogs, diet/weight loss/health blogs (I have one of these too… sort of), and a few other inspirational, funny and just plain entertaining blogs!
  96. When I was a young girl, I always wished my name was Marissa and I had curly hair – my daughter does. Have curly hair that is… her name is not Marissa, it’s Sarah.  My middle name is Marie.
  97. I hide M&M’s from my children so I don’t have to share. I don’t like hard candy but I love chocolate candy and candy bars. Baci is from Italy and it’s a favorite (Kathy brings/mails it to me when she can)… along with more common things like Andes Mints, Mr. Goodbars, Dark Chocolate Reeses, Symphony Bars, Twix… you get the idea. Oh, and I love Oreos. But that’s not candy or a candy bar.
  98. I watch too much TV. I am a news junkie and I like crime/mystery shows and some dramas. I’m not much into all the latest reality TV shows, but I do love American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? I also love to watch cooking, baking and cake shows… bet you’d have never guessed that, huh?
  99. I love the Anne of Green Gables movies.  My Mama got me the DVD set for Christmas this year and I’m working my way through watching them again right now.
  100. I love breakfast foods… eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, cereal, Pop-tarts, hash browns… everything except oatmeal. Unless it’s an oatmeal cookie. But then that’s not really breakfast, huh? Waffle House is one of my favorite places to eat.
  101. I don’t consider myself a writer, and yet I choose to blog and love it!

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Comments

  1. Ariel Hawley says:

    I’m loving your new site! =) excited for you!

  2. Amy Ladner says:

    You are wrong on one thing on number 3….all but one child look like Richy. Caleb looks like you! ;)
    And we have lots in common!

  3. Alicia Oliver says:

    Rose, I absolutely loved this! It made me smile and laugh. =) Cannot wait to see all yall again!

  4. Just loved reading this! Made me smile and got “in touch with me” any times! I guess we’re kinda neighbors (FL). I sold my first cake in Aug of 2010. Have NEVER had a class or a lesson. Love learning from other’s experience-like yours. Look forward to more of your blogs!

  5. I just ran across your page and I must say, that I love it! You do great work and I enjoyed getting to know you!

  6. I’ve stumbled across your site and have enjoyed reading it and seeing your work! Amazing!

  7. harley pierce says:

    I wants some cakes make but I need to now if you are in bardstown ky I really like two of your cakes and if you are I would like to know how much they would be my little girl is turning one on the 22 of this month and I was looking for someone to make her cakes..please write me back… thank you

    • Hello I’m jasmine 17 and I’ve Bin baking cakes since I was 12 and never stoped since you have inspired me to keep up my work on cakes and hope to be as good as you !!! I would love to have some tips on cake decorating and recipes thanks

  8. Betty Scavuzzo says:

    Hi Rose,
    I have read over your site. I think your recipes are wonderful and will definitely try them. I read the 101 things about you and thoroughly enjoyed them! I have a niece that reminds me so much of you? She is extremely artistic. She started making custom cakes from her home and they are amazing. You should visit her page on Facebook at Tracey Armstrong Thibodeau. I think you will really enjoy looking at her designs.
    Betty

  9. Betty Scavuzzo says:

    P.s. she has never had any training either!

  10. Peggy Richardson says:

    Hi Rose, You are a younger model of me. I grew up in Mc Call Creek and went to Franklin High. I started cooking when I was about 8 years old. I loved to bake things and take my creations to church pot lucks. The ladies always told me they wanted my recipes. The ladies of New Salem Baptist Church boosted my confidence. I wanted to teach Home Ec, however my mom made me go to Nursing school. The first surgery I attended, I passed out, and I hit the floor hard! I quit Nursing school very shortly after. I met the love of my life, married him, had some babies, but I had some tragedies in my life that left me broken and unsure of myself. My sweet husband came in one day and gave me a packet and a ticket. He had paid for me to go to Chef school in NYC! I was so afraid, but I put my big girl pants on and followed my heart. It was amazing! I had a good career. I owned a catering company, I was an Executive Chef, and also I became a Pastry Chef. We moved to Washington, DC, my husbands job took us there. From there we moved to the Middle East, Bahrain. I taught cooking there to pass the time, threw parties for sometimes 100+ people. My husband responded to the USS Cole bombing because he was a blast expert at that time. The agents that worked the Cole were offered a reward, duty station of their choice! We picked Sardinia, Italy. The island was beautiful, and I believe that Heaven will be where or what we want it to be, so my Heaven will be in Sardinia. I love chocolate, so I use to make a killer chocolate cake, the biggest seller I ever made. Dark chocolate cake, whipped ganache filling, hot knife iced with chocolate icing, chilled, then glazed with warm ganache. That was back in 1999-2002, and I charged $40 to $60 dollars depending on the size. I’ve written a cookbook, cooked for Admirals, the Ambassador Johnny Young, and my favorite…I cooked breakfast for Fabio! He wanted a 12 egg omelette! He is still a very good looking man!
    I love Perugina Baci Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut, the best part is you can order them online. When we moved back to the states, I brought bags and bags of them. I stashed them, or so I thought. I went to get one and my boys and eaten them and left me an empty bag! It was a sad day! Banana popsicles make me gag, but I can eat my weight in banana splits! I miss my daddy’s tomatoes from his garden, but I miss him more… Ok, I’ll stop because this is your blog, not mine. I just wanted that you have a great site, your cakes are beautiful, and it sounds like you are living your dream life. Keep doing what you love, and for the ones you love!

  11. Hey Rose……have an engineering question…..am creating a mortarboard for a graduation cake. Have the top part (with tassel) made, but am having difficulty with the cap portion. Have tried twice covering a small ceramic bowl….putting crisco on bowl the first time and powdered sugar the second time…..could not get the cap off the bowl either time!!!! ANY SUGGESTIONS???? I know you will have my answer…..Cling Wrap, perhaps????? Thought I’d ask…..

    • Oh goodness. I’ve always just baked a cake in a half ball pan and covered with fondant – I’ve never tried to make the cap hollow that way. If you don’t have time to bake and all that business – could you possible make it from Rice Krispies Treats, then cover in fondant? If you really want to do it that way, using a bowl or something as a mold, I’d try sprinkling it with corn starch. When I made that teacup from gum paste (see it here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=652292804838022&set=o.148649791868995&type=3&theater), I dusted the inside of the cup AND the gum paste before shaping it into the cup. Then every day, I’d flip it upside down and let the gum paste slide out and dust it again. Does that make sense?

  12. Gosh, Rose, thanks for such a quick response!!!!! And, yes, it makes perfect sense…..I was putting my fondant on the TOP of my bowl….perhaps putting it on the inside would indeed make a difference. If this doesn’t work, then Rice Krispies it will be!!!! And once again THANKS SO MUCH…..I thoroughly enjoy following you….you are a true inspiration!!!!!

  13. I am making a 12″ round cake for my nieces first birthday. The Party will be out side at a race track.
    Would I be better to just cover the cake with Butter cream Icing or fondant. I am just learning how to cover cakes with fondant. Its Supose to be 79 degrees out on Sunday. Some one I work with said fondant dries out the cake, plus the heat would make the fondant melt a bit. I was going to try and make a horse out of fundant and gum paste and a brick wall like the main enterace to the track also out of fondant gumpaste If I cover it with fondant I wanted to put a pickcet fence around the cake made from fondant. Would a fondant fence stick to butter cream?
    Flowers would be made from royal icing I think. and the grasss that the horse would be on would be butter cream. I just took wilton classes so this would be the first I am trying on my own to decorate

    • I’ve never had fondant melt, so I don’t think that’s anything to worry about. Fondant also will not dry out your cake – I use it all the time with no problems, but if you’re most comfortable with buttercream, use that. Fondant fence would stick to buttercream if it’s done right – I’ve done that look a few times myself. Best of luck!

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