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A lotta love in half a jar

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I spent some time this past weekend getting lost on the bad side of town while trying to run some errands (tracking down my FedEx package). Once I figured out where I was, I knew I was only a block or so away from a Wal-Mart so I stopped in to pick a few things up.

After spending more than I had originally intended (I swear Wal-Mart and Target do this on purpose!), I headed to the checkout line.

I always take a look at the candy to see if they have any Peanut Butter Twix (the best candy ever invented bee-tee-dubs). I didn’t find any of those, but I did find something that might be just as good.

Can you tell what it is from the nutritional information?

can you tell what it is? Read the rest of this entry


Those leftover Christmas stamps

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I don’t even remember how it started or when I got involved but a few of us (C, Simon, Kim, Jess) were talking on Twitter about a week ago about the fun of “real mail.”

Until last week, I don’t think I had ever addressed a personal letter to someone in another country. When I was in England for a few weeks in college, I wrote some letters home. This is certainly the first time I have sent anything to Australia!

Instead of writing on my blog the past few days I’ve been writing notes and letters. And today when I went to Target, I spent WAYYY to much time looking at stationery.

And those stamps I bought in December, I finally have another use for them.

This is one addiction that might actually be good for me (as opposed to the Diet Pepsi and chocolate/peanut butter problem I have).

Sam Talbot WINNER!
In other post office news – Jaimie is getting a signed copy of the recipe booklet that Sam Talbot shared at Friends for Life. He showed us how to make the recipes in the booklet (you can see the videos of his lesson in this post) so I expect greatness from you Jaimie! Or at least pictures of your efforts!

I WILL scream for ice cream

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I am not typically one who fights in every diabetes advocacy battle. I prefer to let the way I live my life to demonstrate my advocacy.


don’t you dare try to threaten my ice cream supply!

When Wendell Fowler wrote his “news” article questioning the logic of a fundraiser for diabetes that involved ice cream and likened it to serving an alcoholic a beer, I don’t think he had any idea of the power of the community that he had angered. He actually deleted the original article, but a copy of it can be found here.

There are some half-hearted, back-pedaling nonsense follow up articles here and here.

But let’s not focus on that, let’s focus on the power of the diabetes community to unite behind a cause.

Let’s focus on the event on Facebook that at the time of writing this post has 2,446 members. Let’s focus on the Twitter hashtag #takethatwendell where you can see even more updates (and pictures) of people enjoying their ice cream with family and friends.

Let’s focus on great friends who I explained the story to, and who were more than happy to join me in this fight!

peanut butter cup perfection!
Yes - I can eat that!


Sam Talbot makes a hot dish

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Sam Talbot is hot.

Sam Talbot is a chef.

Sam Talbot also has Type 1 diabetes.

Thanks to some sort of combination of those facts, Sam Talbot joined us for the Adults with Type 1 reception at Friends for Life.

Adult Type 1 reception

For those of you – gasp – not familiar with Chef Sam, he finished third on the second season of Top Chef. He is now the executive chef at several restaurants.

The adults were, thanks in part to Tandem Diabetes Care, able to enjoy a nice reception and a cooking lesson from Chef Sam.

There may have been a Q&A session, and I may have asked a question on behalf of C that some girls in the bathroom told me violated the girl code.


But other than that incident, it was a great time!

Sam Talbot

Jess and her Type Boring

friends (with pumps and diet coke)!

drooling - over food and chef

After the demonstrations, Chef Sam was nice enough to host a meet-and-greet with us as well. The conference had put together brochures with the recipes from the night that Chef Sam signed for us.

um, yeah

Chef Sam graciously agreed to sign an extra for me. If you would like it to be yours, leave a comment on this post by midnight on July 26th and I will randomly pick one of the comments and send it your way. If you were at the reception, I’m excluding you from the contest 🙂

By the way, Chef Sam has a book “The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries” coming out on October 25th that combines his story of his life with diabetes with his “foodie tips” and some of his favorite recipes (with carb counts). Pre-order the book today!


Disclosure: I paid for all expenses (travel, food, lodging) to attend Friends for Life. While there, I attended the reception described above. I was given the recipe brochure described in this post. I was not asked to blog about the session and all the thoughts and drooling described above are my own.

I should charge for this – cake pop tutorial!

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What you will need:

  • 1 cake mix (box mix is fine or you can make your own, I’ve done both)
  • 1 can of frosting (or the equivalent if you are making your own)
  • sprinkles or other decorations

I find the rest of this at Michael’s, I’m not sure where else carries it

  • 1 bag of lollipop sticks
  • 3 bags of candy melts (they are round wafers and come in different colors and flavors, by the cake supplies)
  • styrofoam

Bake the cake in a regular 9×13 pan according to directions.
cake suppliesbake the cake :)
Let it cool completely.
let it cool completely
Put the cake in a large bowl.
using a spatula move the cake to a large bowl
Using your hands, break the cake up into crumbs.
crumble the cake
Starting with about half the can, add the frosting to the crumbs. I always use more than half the can, but never the whole can. The amount of frosting depends on how moist the cake is already.
add 3/4 can of frosting
The frosting should make the cake moist and easy to “ball”.
the cake should look like thiscake + frosting
At this point, wash your hands or the next step is difficult.
your hand should look like this
Roll about 1/2″ to 3/4″ cake balls in your hands. You should be able to get between 35-45 cake pops from one cake.
roll cake balls in your handavg 35-50 per cake
Put the cake balls in the fridge to chill.
no larger than 1" diameter
Melt about 1/2 of one of the flavors of candy melts.
1/2 bag candy melts
THIS IS IMPORTANT – Do not burn the candy when melting. In the microwave set for 30 second increments at HALF power.
microwave 30 sec eachhalf melted
It will take a few sessions to melt the candy. You can also use a double-broiler (my mom would!)
Dip the sticks in the candy melts (about an inch).
dip lollipop stick
Place the stick in the center of the cake ball no more than halfway (the candy acts as a glue to hold the stick in).
melted candy acts as glue
Put them back in the fridge to chill.
insert stick halfwaycompleted tray
Melt the rest of the cake melts (you can remelt the previous candy).
decorating supplies
Dip the cake pops in the candy melts to cover (use a spoon to help).
try to dip each pop only once
Tap the pop and rotate it on the side of the bowl to remove the excess candy.
tap on bowl to remove excess
Be sure to add the sprinkles or decorations before the candy sets.
If the cake balls begin to fall of the sticks as you are dipping, put them back in the fridge to chill again.
Prop the sticks in the Styrofoam to finish setting.
setting in styrofoam
* When chilling in the fridge, there isn’t really a set time length. I usually make the pops over two days so I usually break the work up at one of those times. But it could be much shorter (1-2 hours). You can speed chill in the freezer but DO NOT allow the pops to freeze.

I store them in the fridge so they last longer, but will not spoil being served at room temperature once they are set.

cake popscake pops!
Click this link for a PDF version of the instructions: Cake Pop Directions

The cupcake cure

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Before I address the wildcard topic I chose for today, I wanted to share quickly about what I really learned this week.

That is – there are WAY too many ways to sign in to leave comments on posts! Word verifications drive me nuts! I have an old blogger log-in, I can use gmail to log in, OpenID will only sometimes recognize my wordpress user name (and then my blog name not my actual name is in the post), using the Name/URL option is tough with a very common name. It really should be easier. Also, music on blogs is not my favorite thing, especially when I am multitasking.


Now – what I really wanted to talk about today is cupcakes. Researchers have recently discovered that when the beta cells of the islets of Langerhans fail, they are replaced by cupcake loving cells. We are genetically predisposed to cupcakes. Our bodies need cupcakes as badly as they need artificial insulin.

When cupcakes aren’t around, I try to make do with cake pops. They help, but it’s just not the same.


Recently, however, there was an exciting development in the diabetes community in our craving for cupcakes. While some researchers are busy working on the artificial pancreas, a smarter group is working on the “artificial cupcake”. I am proud to announce here that the first edition has cleared the FDA and made it to market.

The “artificial cupcake” is one of the cheapest medical devices on the market. You can have one for only $25!!! Can you believe it? And 20% of the cost of the device will be donated to the Diabetes Research Institute – the best chance of a cure for people with diabetes!

If you want your own artificial cupcake, e-mail chief researcher Jaimie H at nallysmama [at] gmail [dot] com or click on the picture below send her a message on facebook.


Need more details?

The device is rhodium plated with swarovski crystals. After you place your order, you can expect the device to arrive at your house in about 3 weeks. No medical training required for use.


“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and sit down & enjoy your cupcakes.”

“Where there is great cupcakes there are always miracles.”

“A balanced diet is a cupcake in both hands.”

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without cupcakes.”

“Only cupcakes lets us see normal things in an extraordinary way.”

“Don’t cry because there is no more cupcakes. Smile because you ate them all.”

“You were BORN as a cupcake don’t DIE as a muffin.”

“Money can’t buy you love, but it can get you some really good cupcakes.”

Cupcake quotes source

Contents under pressure

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Guess what happens when you forget to refrigerate a roll of Pillsbury crescent roll dough?


Darn that yeast!

And yes, the noise when the tube popped open made me jump halfway across the room.

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