Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chubby Mac

Hello my lovelies!
Just wanted to let you all know that I won't be posting much on "Observations" because I'll be spending my designated blogging time on my six week blog Chubby Mac.  Please feel free to follow along as I go to extreme measures to lose extreme weight.  Love ya all!

And here's a picture of my adorable Em in a hat.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Until the Real Thing Comes Along

If I could put myself into any decade in American history, I would choose the 1940's every time. 

I wish I could go back in time and live the life my grandparents lived. To experience the hardships that built and preserved their character and integrity.

I'm fascinated by everything about that era.  The hair.  The clothes.  The history.  

And let's not forget the enchanting music.  If I ever meet someone I'd like to slow dance with, I hope it could be to this classic Billie Holiday song.

Charles and Wilma McKnight 1943

WARNING:  Mary, don't listen to this song unless you have time to play it 50 times in a row. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cookies and Cream

AshB's Cookies and Cream Cake Pops.

I started with my regular vanilla cake pop batter and crushed up just a few Oreos into it.

 I didn't feel like I could have too many cookies, 

so I crushed up a couple more and mixed them into the white chocolate to coat the pop.

My favorite sister-in-law said these were her favorite.
What flavors would you all like to see?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Heaven help the man who ever really loves you

Sigh, that famous quote from Captain Rhett Butler.  No girl really ever wants to be proposed to that way:  "You're right, my dear. I'm not in love with you any more than you are with me. Heaven help the man who ever really loves you."  But there is something so fantastically romantic in the idea that it takes a very special kind of man to see you all the way through and love you for who you are.  The irony of course is that Rhett really did love Scarlet, he just couldn't let her know that.
Gone with the Wind

I've heard those simple, precious words, I love you, from a variety of men in my life.  But they were shallow, just as their understanding of me lacked any depth.  I was even told by my last boyfriend that his loyalty was to a fault, past the point of logic.  Almost too loyal.  I'm sure he felt that was true until I got very sick and he got very scared.  Those shallow words held nothing sacred, and all those feelings I had imagined so real, were just as gone with the wind as so many shared sentiments before.  But I digress.

It's kind of exciting to see what God is going to do with this season of my life.  Will there be love and trust?  Will there be freedom and adventure?  Will there be heartache and tears?  Will I laugh more or cry more?  I think of my friend who so well stated, "I'm navigating a new life-stage that I naively thought I wouldn't have to walk alone."  And even though I thought I would be frightened in this circumstance, I'm actually excited.

Does anyone else feel this way?

Friday, March 16, 2012

So Few Followers

Here's the great part about having so few followers, I can pretty much write about whatever I want.  There's really no expectation on what I say and how it may or may not pertain to someone else.  I know that my friends are really just reading it to catch up on my life, not to be inspired or motivated, necessarily.  Of course, if they are, then that's just bonus points.

I think I'm more style/fashion conscious than I've ever been.  (Thanks to Krisina J!)  And I'm slowly becoming this fashion forward girly girl.  (Check out my Stylicious board on Pinterest)  Who knew?!?!  I've come a long way from culottes and camp t-shirts.

Technically this is a vbs t-shirt
So, at the urging of my co-workers, friends, and pretty much anyone whom I've ever breached the subject with, I am considering wearing my hair down on occasion again. 

I started wearing it up as an act of obedience and a symbol of purity for my future husband.  It was terribly romantic at the time...but now...w/o going into uncomfortable and painful details, some of those things that seemed so important before have lost their holy luster.
My hair is semi-down here

Any thoughts from my friends and fam?

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I think as I've struggled with what and when to post on this blog, I've had somewhat of an identity crisis.

And maybe a blog-dentity crisis.  (Points for creating a new word! Woot!)

What is it I want to share, reveal, and market here?

AshB's Cake Pops?

Or AshB?

Making cake pops is not all of who I am, it's just part of what I do.

And the rest of me, the other 92%, seems to sneak it's way into everything I publish here.  

And I think I like that.

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Matters of the Heart

Proverbs 13:12-Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.


 Proverbs 4:23-Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 16:9-A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 17:22-A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Due to some confusion on how to win FREE CAKE POPS.... I have broken down the process into six easy steps.

1.        Invite 10 friends to “like” AshB’s-The Cake Pop Shop at Karamel McKnutts

a.       Note:  They must be 10 people who have not already “liked” AshB’s-The Cake Pop Shop at Karamel McKnutts.

2.       Each friend tags you in a post on the AshB’s-The Cake Pop Shop at Karamel McKnutts official page.

a.       This is how I know whose friend it is.

3.       Once you hit ten, check your “inbox” for a certificate for 3 Free Cake Pops.

4.       Pick up your cake pops- (date and time tbd by what works best for both of us!)

5.       Enjoy eating your 3 free cake pops.

6.       Repeat.