Life Lately: Feelings and Stuff

Dear Party People,

I’ve been slacking on blog posts and I know it. I hope I haven’t failed you … or your Christmas party. Ready for some emotional blogger stuff?

I feel a lot pressure to create for That’s so Michelle (and have a ton of ideas!) but have other responsibilities to my family and my professional life. As much as I’d like to be able to execute on all levels, I just can’t. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to fall freely into my hobby, it’s felt really forced. Because of this, in my eyes, That’s so Michelle has lost it’s luster.

I think (pure honestly here) the excitement of That’s so Michelle having a book sucked some of the real life out of my blog over this past year. It’s become a business venture instead of a place to be creative and have fun.

I need to get back to my roots. Sharing awesome treats that I make for people in my life and the stories behind them.

Please forgive me while I zone out this holiday and try and find that magic again. The post below (and perhaps more to follow) is an exercise in inspiration.

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Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles

Why didn’t anyone tell me it was so easy to make truffles? I would have been making truffles as gifts for Christmas every year if I knew it was this easy!

I’m usually not a baker (is this baking?) but I was invited to participate in a “holiday truffle challenge” using chocolate and tequila. You know me … boozy truffles? Sign me up.

Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Pudding Shots and a $50 Giveaway

I need to apologize for my one track mind.

Ever since I’ve discovered that adding pie filling to pudding shots is DELICIOUS, I can’t stop coming up with new flavor combos.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots

My Food Network magazine this month has a recipe for a pumpkin cranberry cheesecake.  As soon as I saw it …

Ding. Light-bulb.

Pumpkin Cranberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Smooth and rich pumpkin pie mix.

Topped with tart and sweet whole cranberry sauce.

Topped with boozy cheesecake pudding.

I didn’t think I could make these any better but yep, they are that good.

Life Lately: My New Desk and Austin at 17 Months

Isn’t it lovely?

I’ve been wanting to update my desk for awhile but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. The X shaped legs were a must but I couldn’t find it large enough in white. Also my desk is in a little nook in our kitchen which has a country feel to it. All the white desks I found were too contemporary.

But Nick saved the day. He found this one and painted it. He also spoiled me with a new huge white monitor and wireless keyboard, mouse and speaker.  It’s hard not to want to sit here all day because I love it so much!

All I need now is a pop of pink or coral.  I was thinking some flowers behind the framed photo.

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Check out my “before” work space below.