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I have to apologize for letting the ball drop a little on this round of the book club. Now that we’re moved in with nearly all of our possessions we’re finally fully back to normal. I let time get away with me and managed to be a full month late with my creation. I never seem to have enough time to do all of things I want. I guess I’ve picked up a few too many hobby’s! Between working full time, baking, crafting and couponing, I’m always on the go and up to something.


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Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes All of our things from London arrived last week. I spent pretty much the whole weekend unpacking and putting it all away. I was also cursing that we’ll have to pack it all up again in about 11 months! I’m trying to push that very far from my mind. Moving international is a pretty big hoopla and our stuff arriving was nothing less than that. I felt pretty triumphant that when the movers arrived I noticed we were missing the box of our important family heirlooms and only because of my stubbornness they went and found OUR box at their previous drop off (how professional of them!).  


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Pumpkin Donut Cheesecake Jars

Pumpkin Donut Cheesecake Jars

Raise your hand if you get swept away with pumpkin fever every fall! The pumpkin craze finally reached the shores of the UK last autumn with the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte but those of us in the know knew where to find canned pumpkin years ago. During the pumpkin shortage of 2011 I bought and carried about 10 cans of pumpkin straight across London for fear of being without pumpkin pie. Eating and baking with pumpkin is more of a North American thing and when I arrived back in the US permanently, just over a month ago, I went crazy and bought every single pumpkin product I saw on the shelves.


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I was very excited that I was invited to a bloggers event put on by the American magazine Ladies Home Journal. The conference was all about networking, inspiration and entrepreneurial blogging! I’ve been to a few food blogging conferences before but I ended up learning the most from the this conference. For the other bloggers out there (not just the foodies) I wanted to share a few of the ideas I took away from the day. The timing of the day was perfect. It’s a little overwhelming being back in America but I left feeling that I can do it and bring my blog along for the ride. I hope that sharing these tips will be helpful to someone else.


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Julia Child Chocolate Almond Cake'

Better late than never! One month late I finally made my Julia Child inspired dessert. The cupcake book club will be back on track next week. I can’t wait to get back into the habit of reading again. Back in the UK I would get most of my reading in on my commute to work. I’m still too afraid to take my eye off the ball, or rather let my mind wander when it comes to the trains in America! After the great train debacle on my first day I’ve been consumed with getting on and off the right train everyday that I’m too stressed to read my kindle on the journey.


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