Friday, October 19, 2012

New blog info and a recipe!

Hello, friends!

As you can see the blog's facelift is complete. I could not love it more. It is so very 'me'! If you have a blog and are thinking of getting it redone I highly recommend!

Now I have had some new features added that will make navigating my site easier. Also, I now have a F.A.Q section to help answer some of your questions. I get lots and lots of emails everyday. They are quite often very similar and are all represented in the F.A.Q section of this blog. I urge you to read that section before sending me an email as your question might be answered there.

All of my social media stuff is on the left hand side of the blog. Check that out as well.

I made a project for today, but I received lots and lots of requests for the Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe. I thought I would just go ahead and post it, so you guys can enjoy the absolute yumminess of the fall desert over the weekend. If you make it please let me know what you think!

There will be a giveaway announced on Monday as kind of a re-grand opening of this blog. Also, a little while back I hit the 1 million hit mark. What better way to celebrate than with a great giveaway, so make sure you check back in with me. You are not going to want to miss out!

Oh and one last not email me angry that you are worried that this blog is turning into a recipe/cooking blog. It absolutely isn't. One recipe does not a food blog make. I know it is crazy that I have to include this, but sadly I do ;-)

Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe (pumpkin pudding)

2 (15 oz.) cans of pumpkin
1/2 t. salt
2 T. pumpkin spice
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 (14 oz. can) sweetened condensed milk


2/3 package of yellow cake mix
1 1/4 sticks melted butter
1 c. chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients except topping together and place in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
Gently Sprinkle cake mix over the top. Then sprinkle the pecans. Lastly drizzle the butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for an hour. I serve it with cool whip.

Now don't forget about my October specials!

October Specials

Back by popular demand, I am giving away one E2 Cricut machine to a lucky customer. To be eligible to win, you have to place an order on my Close To My Heart website this month. That is it! I will draw a winner November 1st.

The October stamp of the month is a total must have! It is called Very Merry Christmas and coordinates with the Artiste cartridge, so if you have that cartridge you are going to want to snatch this up! It makes tag making a total snap!

As always, this stamp set (retail price of $17.95) is only $5 with any order of $50 or more!

 Now don't forget that you can still buy the fabulous Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges, so if you have not taken the plunge yet, come on in the water is great!

To order click here ==> Melanie's Close To My Heart website

Have a GREAT weekend!


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Joan Smith said...

OH WOW!!! 1 million hits congrats!
WOOOO HOOOO Awesome Awesome!!!
Your cake sounds yummy!! Melanie your new picture is so stinkin' cute I am so proud of you!! YOU ROCK!!!

Sis Patterson said...

Wonderful blog makeover! And congratulations on all of your achievements!!! You truly do, ROCK!

Blue6366 said...

Great new look and congrats on the million what a feat.

snappy scrappy said...

Congrats on hitting a million hits! Lee-Ann :)

Judy Webb said...

So envious of your beautifuly designed blog. But mainly, enjoy your designs and the help you give us Cricut users.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on being a millionaire! or is that having a million? i love your new look.

If you could buy only one cartridge, would you buy the Artiste or the Art Philosophy? i want to order one, but not sure which one. Thanks

Jessica said...

Shame on whoo ever sent the angry email. I am sorry you had that happen. Moving on ... Congrats on 1 million that is super awesome!!!! And love the new design very pretty. Thanks for all that you do! And thanks for the recipe!!

Jan Lynn said...

Love the new look. As for adding the recipe I would like to think people would like to see just how multi-talented you are. Hey this cake and a sweet card make a great hostess, new neighbor, whatever gift don't they?

Ruth said...

Congratulations on the million hits and on your new blog design. We appreciate all the inspiration you provide.

teachermom5 said...

Love your new look. Great recipe too. Thank you.

tndj said...

I love the new "improved" blog design. Liked the other one but this one is really out there. Like it. We know that you give us good ideas for cards and scrapbooking. A good recipe now and then won't hurt us. TFS.

MeGlo said...

Congrats on the new makeover! I'm a huge fan and CTMH customer!

Bobby said...

Love your new blog design. I've been thinking about having someone do mine.
I have made a pumpkin cake similar to this for years. It IS yummy!

Beautifulcrone said...

Great new layout on your blog.

Kim B. said...

I love the new look!!! Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I used to have one almost like it and then it disappeared!! Can't wait to make it!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your new site and thank you for the recipe.
Carol O

PinkDaisy/CricutLover75 said...

Beautiful new blog design! I like when a blogger mixes it up, and adds in different ideas, don't let anyone box you in, it's fun to put out different things sometimes!! :)

Colleen said...

I love the new look!

TeresaK said...

Love your new updated look! You should be thrilled!

Crhiga said...

Great new look!! I'm sure everyone knows that you are a craftastic person and I am a fan of your projects!!!


Migdalia said...

Love your NEW look!

Windy said...

Great new look! And thanks for the cake recipe!

Lou Ann said...

Love the new look, and the recipe,

The Antonich's said...

Just had this cake last monday at a Bible Study, then posted a pumpkin cake recipe like this on pinterest yesterday to make this week. Yours has way better instructions though! thanks for the post :)

KnT Designs by Teresa said...

love the new look of your blog. It's so elegantly beautiful. Congrats on the million hits.

Liz O. said...

Melanie, the new i age looks fabulous!!! Congrats on the 1 mill mark!!!! No doubt it will double in no time!
Thanks for all you do and share!

Tammi A. said...

I love your style and how you have developed your blog to reflect your style.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Thanks for sharing the Pumpkin recipe. I make a Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake for Thanksgiving that my daughter likes. She does not like Pumpkin Pie but likes the Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake version.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

scrapdiva said...

congrats!!!!!!!! great look, thank you for the recipe

Kim B. said...

I made the pumpkin dump cake and it was so good!!! I actually used cooked sweet potatoes and pumpkin ( I had sweet potatoes that really needed used up) but my family was fighting over it!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!