Wedding Wednesday: what’s my new FB name?

So the biggest decision of the wedding is … how should I change my Facebook name?

My maiden name is Cavender.  It’s an awesome name, and obviously all my childhood friends knew me by that name.

However, now that I’ve moved to Florida (from Illinois) and got married for the first time in 2007 I became Howald.  So all my old work friends (the reason I started this blog was because I got fired!) and all my new work friends know me as Howald.

But being “Amber Cavender Howald Clark” on Facebook sounds super mega ridiculous.

However I don’t want to just be “Amber Clark”, because I’m sure there are 1,000 “Amber Clark’s” on Facebook.

My gut says do Amber Cavender Clark … but then most of my Florida friends might be confused.  Although they’re all coming to my wedding, so they can figure it out!

So, I think I just talked myself into a decision!



Wedding Wednesday: my first dream!

So I had my first wedding dream … or ‘nightmare’.

The basis of the nightmare was that I didn’t sent out any invitations.  So everybody knew we were getting married on 11/23, but nobody knew what time or where to go.

So I was frantically calling people, putting stuff on FB and sending texts like crazy.  COME TO MY WEDDING PEOPLE!!!

Then I woke up.  So I wonder if anybody ever showed up to my pretend dream wedding?

The best M&M cookies!


My fiance bought a bunch of dark chocolate M&Ms the other day.

I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate, so I figured, if I cooked them into cookies maybe they’ll be tolerable!

I found THIS recipe online and they are amazing!!!! Kudos Picky Palate! 🙂


Can you spot the secret ingredient?


Instant pudding!

The recipe called for 3 tablespoons. After I added that, I had about 2 tablespoons left and I just dumped the rest in. They were a little TOO chewy, but still awesome.

1 stick unsalted butter, softened (I use margarine b/c I’m cheap!)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons Instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1-1 1/2 cups M and M’s (or whatever, just dump in a bunch!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl cream your butter and sugars until well combined.

Add your egg and vanilla mixing to combine. Add your flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt, stirring to combine.

Add M&Ms stirring to combine.

With a medium cookie scoop, place dough 1 inch apart from each other.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through.

Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.


Wedding Wednesday – be my DJ!

Help me out here!

I’m trying to think of a fun and/or funky song to play during the illustrious cake cutting.

And by ‘cake’ I mean ‘cupcake’.

And by ‘cutting’ I mean … well, I don’t really know what I mean.  We’re just having tiny, bite-sized cupcakes.

I might order 2 normal sized cupcakes for cutting.  Who knows?!?

Back to the point of this blog entry, I’m brainstorming on a snazzy song to use.

Maybe something from Wreck-it-Ralph (the Disney movie).  I mean, they were in that candy/sugar/sweets land.

Bring it on!

The greatest popsicles of all time!

Growing up I moved from Illinois to New Jersey for 2 years. During those 2 years we lived in the “hang out” house. All the neighborhood kids would come over for constant games of whiffle ball and hide and seek.

My mom was awesome and always made 100 of these popsicles to keep us refreshed. And they are super inexpensive AND EASY to make!

Jell-O popsicles (from my mom!)
1 c. boiling water
1 package Jell-O powder (any flavor)
2 c. lemonade

The recipe says lemonade, but so far I’ve made these with OJ and Hawaiian Punch (since that’s all I had laying around the house) and they have turned out amazing!

Combine Jell-O powder with boiling water.

Add lemonade.


You can freeze them in ice cube trays with toothpicks for handles, but those are pretty flimsy.

They work better in 3oz. paper cups, using popsicle sticks for handles.

I bought these fancy popsicle makers, and those work too!


The best part is, you’re only using 2 ingredients, and you can make a zillion flavors! Strawberry Jell-O and lemonade, Strawberry Jell-O and cranberry juice … the mixtures are endless!