I won!

Yep, mark it an your calendars – I won a costume prize for the 4th year in a row!  Before I get to this year, my co-worker said she didn’t mind me posting the pictures from when we were lesbians for Halloween!  And the funny thing is, when we were looking at these pictures, we both remarked “what do our outfits have anything to do with being lesbian??!!”

we had our pictures on each table with sayings on the back - I thought this one killed

The funny thing is that the photographer at JC Penney was not even phased at all that three women wanted their picture taken together – it was her idea for all of us to hold pine cones in the above picture!

So my costume isn’t that elaborate, but what put me over the edge were my goody bags with homemade cookies and Halloween candy – Tony and Hannah declared my chocolate chip toffee cookies delicious, and I don’t have a picture of a single one – but they were chewy – something I’ve never been able to achieve before.

And as I handed them out I said “Love and best dishes from my kitchen to yours.”  Only a few of the men folk had no idea who Paula Deen was, even when I showed them the picture!

My pot luck contribution was copy cat Portillo’s cake.   It’s so simple!

  • 1 box super moist cake mix (can be any flavor)
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs

Then just bake according to what size pan you are using.

I used canned chocolate frosting, and then picked this up to decorate the top – I didn’t notice until I just uploaded my pictures that this is cookie decorating icing!

I just made circles on the top of the cake, then used a toothpick to make a spider web.

I had exactly two pieces left so I brought them back for Tony and Hannah – they were both pissed I took all the toffee cookies to work 😀

For breakfast I picked up this at the store on my way to work:

With 1/2 a jalapeno cheese bagel:

Someone made the crack buffalo chicken dip:

Lunch was kind of like the last supper for me before starting the South Beach diet with Tony on Monday!

I have no idea how many calories - my guess would be between 700 and 800?

It was a great party – my sister actually had a great idea – I should dress as Bobby Flay next year and walk into peoples offices and say “Are you ready for a Throw Down!”

I wanted pizza last night, but didn’t feel like cooking believe it or not!  So I picked up a $5 sausage pizza from our local grocery store and kicked it up a notch.  My side had additional pepperoni, red pepper and pickled jalapenos.

so boring as is

jazzed up

Stats for Friday:

  • no clue how many calories!
  • blood sugar average was 109 😀
  • no exercise (so I have to exercise today)

We have no particular plans today, except I need to find some recipes for Phase I of the South Beach diet.  Oh, and mop my kitchen floor – anyone want to volunteer and do that for me? 😀

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27 thoughts on “I won!

  1. Congrats on winning! That cake looks so cool, what a great idea.

  2. Yay! Congrats on the win – totally deserved, you are so cute. And the cookies seemed to help a lot! lol That cake looks amazing – I just know I couldn’t draw a circle with icing to save my life.
    Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. Oh, your blood sugar average is a DREAM! I will get there too. Just wondering, do you count carbs or do you just have a feel for how much insulin you will need with each meal? I kinda do both but I don’t have as good a handle on it as you do and I’ve been a diabetic much longer! I don’t get it but I’m finally going to talk to my doctor about it. Usually he just stares at his computer screen, asks me a few questions, and I leave. Anyway, you did really GREAT with your costume!!! You so deserved to win first! woot!

    • I count carbs – it took my a couple years to dial in how much insulin I needed – my current ratio is 1:4 – meaning for every 4 grams of carbs I take one unit of insulin.

      The only thing I differ is that if I know I am going to have a hard workout, I take about half the amount of insulin I should so that I have a temporary high blood sugar – typically around 200 so that I can push myself hard, and by the end of the workout, my blood sugar is usually around 90 – I’ve talked to my doctor about this temporary high and he said as long as my averages are good, and my A1C is under 7 – its okay.

      I would get another doctor – my old doctor told me to take 4 units of insulin at breakfast, 5 for lunch and 5 for dinner – not explaining the ratio or anything – and my numbers were in the 300s!

  4. Congratulations Biz! You looked adorable as Paula Deen!

    That cake looks amazing! You are so talented in the kitchen!

    When you start the South Beach diet do check out http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/ she has awesome South Beach recipes.

    I have had many of those “last suppers” in my days!

  5. Love it Biz! You are so creative, with everything you do!

  6. Congrats on the W!! Awesome. I love your spirit!

  7. Congrats! The cake is adorable! Do you get your jalapeno bagels at Panera? When I worked there, I got them and LOVED them!

  8. Awesome costume! I wish I were that creative! I have to agree with you that buffalo chicken dip is like crack….I can’t get enough of that stuff!

  9. HEY! I know that coworker 🙂
    Great job with your costume!

  10. I am cracking up! The butter wrappers on your shirt make the costume!

  11. Your costume was hilarious!!! I love the butter wrappers! LOL!!!

  12. that is an AWESOME costume Beth!! You make a much more adorable Paula Dean. Looks like things in Chi-town have been going super well!! I hope you’re doing great and Hannah is loving school. 🙂

    P.s. i have never heard of mayo in cake. That sounds a little….crazy to be honest! hahah I’m sure it tasted awesome though!

  13. I definitely don’t want to volunteer to mop – we mop our kitchen floor once a year, maybe. I wish I was exaggerating haha!

    Giveaway up at my blog! Your lesbian photos look like hippy biker chicks haha.

  14. Congrats on the 4th win! haha Your lesbian costumes are so bizarre – you just look more like acid tripping hippies!

  15. The butter wrappers were a stroke of genius!

  16. What a fun costume idea! Looks like the party was a total blast. I know you don’t have pics of the toffee cookies, but do you have a recipe?? They sound delicious!!

  17. HALLOWEEN TREAT BAGS! but even more exciting YOU WON!! and omg FANTASTIC COSTUME!! (if paula deen only looked as good as you!!)

    also just wanted to quickly wish you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE that costume!!!! Happy Halloween!

  19. i love love love your costume. i’m cracking up at the butter wrappers! so awesome.

  20. Brilliant, brilliant costume! Makes me sad that we don’t really celebrate Halloween in Australia. When do I get to dress up as my favourite cooks/chefs? 😀 Love the spiderweb cake motif too – gorgeous!

  21. congrats honey!!!! you look great!

  22. Hey Biz, congrats on your win. Your spider web cake is adorable and the party food looks awesome, wish I could have been there to taste some!

  23. I love the costume pictures! I also had to google Paula Deen, but now I know who she is (she is hugging a turkey on her front page!).

    I would have liked a slice of that cake too. Slurps.

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