October 27, 2008


Happy Monday all!!!! I am back from a wonderful vacation and have all kinds of things I have to share! But, first things first - the winner of the blog candy! Here is how I did it - I assigned every entry a number right down the line, including those who provided links on their blogs (thanks ladies, I appreciate the love) and taking out duplicate posts on the blog candy postings. Then, I plugged that number into random.org. And, this is the number chosen!
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:144
Timestamp: 2008-10-26 23:15:30 UTC
That makes the winner Nikki Bond - WHOOHOO!!!! Way to go Nikki!!! Send me your addy and I will get this candy right on out to you!!! And, for all of you who visited me while I was gone, I want you to know how much I appreciate you!!! It means so much to me that you guys all took the time to stop by and leave me such sweet comments - I appreciate all of you!!!! So, want to win some more candy??!!! As I said, I am going to celebrate my blogaversary every day this week by giving a little something away each day. And, all you have to do to win today is leave me a comment and if you want, your favorite holiday recipe - yep, I am making another recipe book and want some yummy things to put in it!!! Heehee!!!! And, here is what the winner will receive from me: one package of felt cupcakes (taken out of pkg for pic because of glare), one birthday cake slice embellishment, a birthday tag, and a birthday hat! See the trend? Since my blog is one year old, I thought it might be fitting to have some candy that celebrated it's birthday - lol!!! So, I bet you are wondering where all my cruise pics are....well, I am still going through them, doing some editing, and will share them as soon as I can catch my breath!!! BUT, I have a few I can share today of when Vicki and I left on the cruise so here they are! This first pic is of the ship we sailed on called the Sovereign of the Seas. It is absolutely beautiful and there were TONS of restaurants, shops, and entertainment areas onboard! Sadly, this ship no longer sails with Royal Caribbean, it was sold last week to their overseas cruise line. There was only two more sailings after ours and then it was gone! Here are Vicki and I during the lifeboat drill...I am sure we would not be smiling if it was not a drill - lol!!! And, here is a picture of me being silly during the drill, I mean, hey, I couldn't resist! It was so unreal being packed in to the bar area with about three hundred other guests - I am glad we did not really have to get on lifeboats because I am not sure exactly how that would have turned out *wink* This next picture is Vicki and me standing on the deck as we sailed out of Port Canaveral where the weather was yucky and rainy, but we did not care because we were on our way to the Bahamas! And, this last one shows you just how I celebrated our immediate departure for the tropics - with a Pina Colada of course, lol!!!! So, those are the ones I have to share today, but I promise I will have more to share tomorrow once I have a chance to do some editing - we took almost 900 pictures so you can see why it is taking me awhile to go through them!! And, I will share something creative too, I promise *wink* Have a fabulous day!


Manna said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! Good for you!

corinnesomerville said...

Oh sweetie, I'm SO glad you had a great time away !!! You sure deserved it !!!! I'm looking forward to seeing more pics from your trip and that drink looks yummy !!!!

Love ya !

Dawn Easton said...

Welcome back!!! Sounds like a wonderful trip! Can't wait to see pictures!!!

All Pink girl said...

Wow so glad you are back and looks like you had a fabulous time ,
looking forward to seeing your fabulous cards ,Dawnxx

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Fabulous...I think I need a pina colada!!!

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Congrats on your blogoversary Alex! Looks like you had a fabulous vacation too, welcome home! :)

Tracy.H said...

Sounds like a wonderful time!! Can't wait to see more pics...and that Pina Colada looks very yummy!! ;0)

Dani said...

Looks like tons of fun! Glad you're back!

Nikki Bond said...

Whoo hoo...Thanks so much Alex! I can't believe I won another one of your wonderful blog candy giveaways! Looks like you had a WONDERFUL time on your cruise! Love the pics! {SMILES}

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Would you believe that my girlfriends and I were on the Sovereign of the Seas way back when? Geez, I was 21 or 22, so that was 20 years ago! We left from Miami, and then went to Labadee, St. Thomas, and San Juan. It was my first and only cruise, and did we have FUN! Sounds like you had a GREAT time! Welcome back! (You do NOT have to put me in for the blog candy.)

Ila said...

Fabulous photos Alex...it looks like you had a great time...will be back to see more!!..Hugs, Ila

Rose Ann said...

Welcome back, Alex!! Thanks so much for sharing your fun photos!! Looks like a fabulous time!! Hugs!!

Michelle said...

Wow! Alex, looks like you had a blast!

scrapnnMO said...

I'm tickled you had a blast Alex. lol. Big welcome back to you doll. It's great to see your lovely face. :)

Pam's Pride said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! It looks like you had fun on your cruise!
Thank you for entering me in today's blog candy giveaway! My favorite holiday recipe is:
Caramel Corn

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cups corn syrup
2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 poppers of pop corn
peanuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

On stove top in a heavy saucepan, melt butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar. Allow mixture to boil for 5 minutes.

Put popcorn in a 5-6 quart greased roasting pan or two greased 13x9 baking pans. Add peanuts.

Pour sugar mixture over popcorn and mix well. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spread on waxed paper to cool.

Pamela said...

Glad you had a good time! Glad you are back too. :)

Deborah said...

You look so cute in your life jacket! Love the pic of you and your friend and your Pina Colada! They are yum! Thanks for the well wishes! Glad you are back and of course very busy! Deb

Fabi said...

Here my favourite holiday recipe:

marzipan potatoes

200g basic marzipan
150g sieved sugar powder
2 tablespoons Kirsch.

Form globes with the bulk.

Put 2 tablespoons sieved cocoa in a dish and roll the globes inside it.

Ready :)! I love them fresh out of the fridge <3.


Marlou said...

well im delighted you had such a brilliant vacation Alex, looks like you had fun, thanks for sharing your photos :) xx

gina said...

Fantastic pictures Alex, can not wait to see more, so pleased you had a good time :)
Gina xxx

papel1 said...

Looks like you had a wonderful cruise. That Pina Colada looks pretty tasty.

kathleenh said...

Fun pics of your cruise! I bet you had a great time!

Latisha said...

you are a crack up
sounds like you had a great time

Chris said...

i heard a rumor that you were back, i had to come and see for myself!! i missed you... >"< glad your trip was fabulous!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. So glad that you had a grand time. Will be watching for more pictures.


Diane said...

TFS the wonderful pics Alex! Looks like you had lots of fun!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Looks like loads of fun, TFS.

malieta said...

From the look of things, I know you had a grand time Alex! The pictures are fantastic and thank you for sharing:)

Catherine said...

thanks for sharing your pics, sounds like fun :)

Katie said...

Looks like you had a fab time, glad you're back though!