Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Five Minutes Of Blogging Fame

     Coming from a long line of sugaraholics, I have always relied on baking as a means to unwind after a long day. This past year I found another outlet---blogging---and it is just as good a stress reliever as a batch of double fudge, chocolate chip cookies (without all the calories).
     I spend too much a lot of time on the computer searching for new blogs, and was fortunate enough to stumble upon one with similar ideas ("When the going gets tough, the tough get baking & blogging"), and I knew I had found a kindred spirit. I'm talking about Karen, who blogs at http://www.bakinginatornado.com. She writes an awesome, witty blog that includes yummy recipes at the end of each post. WARNING: don't go there hungry or else be prepared to salivate! Karen graciously offered me a guest blogging spot (post date 11/29/12) at her site and I was honored and excited to accept her invitation.
     If you are one of my regular readers, please share the love and hop over to her site to read our collaboration. Karen is the real deal, folks. She's as sweet as the treats she bakes!
     If you arrived from Karen's site to check out my blog for the first time, you're probably wondering who Menopausal Mama is and how the heck I scored such an awesome gig on Karen's blog. I can't answer that but I CAN tell you a little bit about myself:  I'm married to Robin Williams' long lost twin-separated-at-birth; I have 4 mini versions of my comedian husband and unabashedly write about their private lives and mishaps on my blog. I'm mostly menopausal-bitchy-tired-hot flashy, but on a good day have been known to mellow out over a bottle of wine in my backyard garden with friends. I have 6 chinchillas, a rabbit and a few dogs, and firmly believe that I am somehow related to Snow White because birds and squirrels eat right out of the palm of my hand. Seriously. (At least THEY don't care if I'm menopausal). I own way too much nail polish (hoarder), I make amazing (i.e. strong) margaritas, I have two-tone hair (yin & yang), love obnoxious earrings (way too many of those, too), chew my cuticles and avoid left turns at major intersections.  I sell Avon ("Ding dong, Avon calling!" Yeah, I'm one of THOSE ladies). I'm also OCD but a damn fine cook.  Humor is what gets me up in the morning (along with 3 cups of strong coffee). If you want to ride the humor train with me, check out a few of these posts (or just click on the titles of older posts on the right side bar): http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/2012/02/facebook-fossil.html
http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-annoy-your-children.html

     Thanks again to Karen for letting me kidnap her blog for a day. In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to share with her one of my favorite cake recipes that is in high demand in our household. You'll just have to hop on over to her site for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake to find out which one it is! Please visit Karen at: http://www.bakinginatornado.com



   

50 comments:

  1. All these accolades, I can feel my head swelling. I don't take Guest Posts lightly, I'm very protective of my blog as it's in its infancy, but I'm glad I took the chance and extended the invitation. You're so generous to have shared this most valued recipe and I'm honored that you were comfortable enough to share it's story. Thank you.

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    1. It was a story that needed to be told (and cake that MUST be shared!!!) so I thank you for giving me that opportunity. I enjoyed blogging with you and would love to do this again in the very near future. I think we make an excellent team!

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  2. Hey you! It was so fun visiting Karen's site and seeing you there today! I love the recipe and your humor so it was a win for me All Around :) Although I like my Captain with Coke, I guess I could part with it for a cake since Butterfingers are involved :) Great Job!

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    1. I promise---you'll never look at rum the same way again after eating this cake--it's so good you could drink it! Thanks Michele for visiting both blogs today and leaving your kind comments! XOXO

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  3. I know you warned about going to that posting hungry, but now I want cake after seeing the pic of that delicious cake. :) I was actually waiting until the weekend to bake a chocolate peanut butter cake, but I think I will do that now. :) Loved the posting!

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    1. TRY THIS RECIPE!!!!! If you make it, let me know how you liked it. I love it with coffee and I can eat it day or night--it's THAT good!

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  4. hey yo: 1st... congrats on the gig. nice!!!

    2nd... speaking of salivating: you mentioned (1) strong margarita's, (2) coffee (straight up black BTW), & (3) cake. 3 of my absolute fave's!!!

    i will "hop on over" & check it out. take care, slu

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    1. Haha those are my favs too, Slu! Thanks for visiting both blogs today--I love the fact that Karen and I are sharing readers. I had a blast doing this with her and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. The best is blogging AND having a chocolate chip cookie!! Congrats on your five minutes!

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    1. You are so right! I like a little "treat" while I'm blogging---it gives me energy and lightens my mood considerably. Where do you think all my humor comes from? It's sugar-infused!

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  6. I can hear the song..."Welcome to Hollywood..." Congrats! I love the look of that Rum Cake! I won't even try it cause I suck at baking cakes!lol! Good job Marcia! PS: I just realized something, I think I've been calling you Marcie...duhhh...my brain when it comes to names...oh boy! Sorry Marcia!

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    1. No problem! I'm just glad you keep coming back to visit me! A LOT of people call me Marcie....or they say that dreaded, "Marcia,Marcia,Marcia" from The Brady Bunch. My nickname is actually Marty...well, now it's more of "Meno Mama", which I love!

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  7. Congratulations MM! And Congrats to Karen too!

    You know I like love your blog... So I'll say to those of you who may visit MM from Karen's page... Your making a great connection!

    I'm on my way to check your guest post now, you deserve ALL the accolades you receive on your blog! See ya soon.

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    1. Thank you, Jon, for always bringing the smile to the party---you inspire me!

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  8. Hi, Thanks for joining Friday Chaos Blog Hop! I just become your new fan! Have a great weekend!

    shannel

    www.shannellee.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Shannel for the follow! I will certainly check out your site!

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  9. Blogging is a good stress release. My daughter sells BeautiControl. I guess that's your competition.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2012/11/theme-thursday-whispers.html

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    1. Haha that's funny! But I'll tell you what--I'll put my rum cake up against BeautiControl and we will see who wins!! Chocolate and rum? You can never go wrong with those!

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  10. I love your blog... it's always so witty. I will have to read Karen's blog, I am sure it must be as entertaining as you say:)

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    1. Yes, please visit Karen--her blog is funny AND she always has yummy recipes there that are easy to follow! Thanks for visiting, Luanna!

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  11. Guest posting – what a great idea!! Maybe you and I should exchange blog posts. i could put you in my Paranormal Minds blog or my Your Weird Dreams blog. :) I have at least one good story about menopause, although most of mine would come from the peri-menopause stage when I was raising three teenagers at the same time. Maybe you could write something for my My Heart Blogs to You blog. Or my Product Favorites blog – not that you're a product, but your blog certainly is, and it is one of my favorites. What do you say, Mighty MenoMom (my Super Power name for you)?

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    1. I am honored that you would ask! Of course I would do it! I like all of your blogs--I could write something non-humorous for your paranormal blog--from true life experience if that is something you might be interested in. Or I could write something funny for My Heart Blogs For You about menopause--you choose! Thank you of asking!

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  12. ooh that is a wonderful opportunity. love when beautiful minds collaborate, can't wait to go see more of what you've done together.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,
    We are gathering for An Aloha Affair, a sweet sort of mingling and sharing and growing together. I would so love it if you'd join us. You will always be welcome, anytime. Save ya a seat?...

    xo,
    Nicole

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    1. Thank you for the invite--you can count on me!

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  13. what a neat opportunity! and i'll take heed to your warning about not going there hungry ;)
    glad to be following your blog via the friendly friday blog hop! looking forward to future posts!

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    1. Thank you for the follow! Be sure and check out Karen's site!

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  14. I visit your page often. I didn't know we had a love of chinchillas in common. We had several of them at one time, but when Zeva came along the room they had was needed for her so we had to part with them. They are amazing pets and so much fun. My husband use to make cages for them all the time and chinchilla toys out of wood. He made a wheel that they could run on without getting hurt, chew toys, and so many other neat things for them.
    Robin Williams is a mess, so if your married to a man like him, then that explains why you have such a great personality as well. (Behind every great man, is an even better woman.)

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    1. Oh WOW!!! I love that you had chinchillas and that your hubby made their toys! SO COOL! I buy a lot of stuff for them--wish I knew how to make them. Chins make amazing pets--I love mine so much!

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  15. I love reading your blog....when I need a pick me up...way down here in rural South Georgia....yes....I know....but, someone has to do it....and it is the place of my birth...but, I digress....I have a smile, a laugh, or a cry...or all 3...and they are always good when I visit your blog. I also am a menopausal mother, and now a grandmother...my poor, poor grandchildren. Blessings, Deborah

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    1. Awww thanks for the kind words, Deborah. I can't tell you how good that makes me feel to know that my blog cheers you up! Readers like you are the reason I keep blogging! It also sounds like we have a lot in common--menopause and grandkids. Isn't life great???

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  16. Love learning more about you! Do you mean wild birds and squirrels eat out your hand for real? That is a childhood dream of mine....seriously I would stand in my front yard, still as a stone, with bread crumbs in my hand, wishing and hoping for that blessed moment! What is the secret?

    Thanks for linking up with us at the MTMmixer!

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    1. They seriously do--but it has taken years for me to earn their trust. It doesn't happen often, though (with the birds). I have to stand there for a LONG time before they will approach me (the blue jays). Squirrels come to me real easy--I feed them frequently by hand but you have to be careful! I use peanuts for them--not seed--and they always approach me. You also have to have a lot of feeders in your yard. We are a certified wildlife sanctuary, so they feel safe here. Try it with the peanuts and see what happens!

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  17. I followed you back!!! Love your blog so nice to have a new friend here!!! God bless you!!! :):)

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    1. Thanks for the visit and the follow, Kelekial!

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  18. Hi Marcia! It was a lot of fun checking in to Baking in a Tornado and finding you there! It's a small bloggy world after all:) I'm starting to feel like I know lots of bloggers and that there's a network of real friends out there in the blogosphere! Commenting is so much more fun when I know so many of the commenters! What are you talking about '5 minutes'? I think you ARE famous!!!!

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    1. Awww Josie you are too sweet! I love seeing you here! Yes, I think there is a small, close community here that you are a part of as well--we all read each other's stuff and support each other. Isn't it wonderful? I love the fact that I have made such terrific friends as you! Smooches! XOXO

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