Bring the Joy: Because Nothing Makes You Happier Than Nothing Bundt Cakes

Bring the Joy: Because Nothing Makes You Happier Than Nothing Bundt Cakes. Starting this new decade was trickier than I thought. 2020 opened up with lots of turmoil, and if you’ve got someone in your life who’s struggling, sometimes a small gesture of kindness can make all the difference.

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I’m thinking a glorious Nothing Bundt Cake from the Sandy, Utah store – draped with cream cheese frosting is a great start. So … maybe your cubicle buddy is having a hard time, your best friend, a neighbor. Send us their story – please include contact information, email, or a phone number, please – to We’ll be personally delivering a gorgeous cake to a new winner each week.

Look what a nice person you are!


BTW: Did you know you can stop by the Nothing Bundt Cakes Sandy store and mention that you know us, Todd and Erin, and they’ll give you a free Bundlet when you buy one? (I recognize this means you have to admit you – ugh – know us, but I think a free Bundlet is worth it.) You’ll find this shop of delights at 10389 South State Street in Sandy. Please say “Hi!” to April for us, won’t you?


Also on today’s podcast…

In every relationship, there is a spender and a saver. The Todd attempted to purchase a steel shipping container because “It had a cool robot in it,” along with 300 bottles of off-brand perfume, a wonky-looking construction generator, and sixteen rusty dutch overs. And that was just this week. Who’s the spender and who’s the saver in your household?

Plus! The incredible story of a woman in her thirties who agreed to foster six brothers “for the weekend,” and just last week got to adopt them all. It’s gorgeous and wonderful and you’re going to cry. Totally. But you’ll smile and be just a bit happier because of it.


Go for “Good Enough” this Holiday! – 12.17.19

Go for “Good Enough” this Holiday!  Everything doesn’t have to be perfect to make this a great holiday, Dr. Julie Hanks is here to teach us how to “shoot for the middle.”

BTW: did you miss Dr. Hanks’s excellent advice on raising a non-greedy kid during the holidays? Find that here.

Also, re-gifting, do you do it? We have a sort of heartwarming charity story that ends up being kind of… huh?

And fear not! You have time to decorate with the Todd’s Sixty Second Christmas Tree.

BTW: looking for more Christmas crafts? Here’s a guide for how many lights you actually need on that tree – at least to avoid the midnight run to Home Depot – and a wealth of possibilities if you’d like a tree, without having to actually drag a giant pine through your door, the No-tree Christmas tree decor.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Revisited – 12.13.19

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” revisited. There was a huge fuss over the old holiday tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” claiming it was a sinister homage to sexual harassment. Another group of radio stations is banning the song this year, but maybe the problem isn’t the song… it’s your point of view.


I still don’t think the Todd understands the concept of Elf on the Shelf, but if you read this, maybe you’ll agree that I don’t, either.


Also! Why glitter is killing the planet, revenge on the porch pirates and the sweetest adoption story of the decade. Seriously.

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice & Todd Still Doesn’t Get Elf on the Shelf – 12.10.19

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice & Todd Still Doesn’t Get Elf on the Shelf.

Ever have one of those tasty culinary experiments that was so yummy you vowed to cook it every week for the rest of your life? We felt that way about the Todd’s New Orleans Red Beans & Rice. We’d just been to the Big Easy to hang out with my girlfriend Lynda for St. Patrick’s Day and we were missing it already. That was two years ago. He made it again today, and it’s just as tasty as I remembered.

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice


  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice

Now follow along with the Todd as he walks you through the directions. Easy peasy!

  1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.

BTW: Looking for more cold weather hearty meals? Try Todd’s Tasty Home Style Chili, the recipe’s here. A spectacular-looking French Onion Soup recipe is here – who knew soup could be so dramatic?

Also! The Todd is still playing with those blasted elves every day, but I don’t think he’s getting the concept yet.


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We’d also like to introduce you to pigeons. Wearing little red cowboy hats. I’m not making this up.

I Don’t Think Todd Understands Elf on the Shelf – 12.6.19

I Don’t Think Todd Understands Elf on the Shelf.

Here’s the hostess gift no one else will think of: scented logs for the fireplace. Not cinnamon, it’s … think of your favorite greasy fast food. And they smell just like it.

How to cook a fresh pork leg for Christmas dinner – this is one of my favorite videos, shot during the lovely “Cooking with Todd and the Toddler” series. Sniff … she was so cute then. So tiny. So malleable.


BTW … Still trying to figure out how many lights you need for the Christmas Tree? Here’s our handy guide.

Don’t want a gigantic pine but you want some kind of a Christmas Tree? So many lovely DIY suggestions here.

Stopping Family Fights at Thanksgiving with One Sentence – 11.26.19

Stopping family fights at Thanksgiving with one sentence.

Dr. Julie Hanks has the one sentence that will stop every argument at the Thanksgiving dinner table – she’ll show you how you’ll have a peaceful holiday and you will like it!

The Todd’s made a really impressive Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip that was really tasty – and I hate jalapenos. And meet our Shop Locally Legends, Utah DIY Wedding and Willow & Jae Boutique.

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Northern White Bean and Ham Soup – 11.15.19

Northern White Bean and Ham Soup. Who knew Northern White Bean Soup was so tasty? Follow along with the Todd’s latest tasty soup offering.


BTW: Craving more warm winter soups? My favorite is the Todd’s Ham and Lentil soup recipe here. Then there’s the decadent Lobster Bacon Chowder recipe here.


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Also! Why you should not use the airport charging stations when you’re flying during the holidays. And a light-stealing Grinch might have just tanked the cool new Jordanelle holiday light show. (And I was so excited to take the kids to that one…)

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Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! But …You’re Not. – 11.8.19

Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! But … You’re Not.

So Mercury is in retrograde and your communication with everyone is going to be shot straight to H-E-double hockey sticks. Case in point: getting a letter congratulating you on your pregnancy. And you’re not. There were some deeply alarmed Tweets this week, including one from a woman who said, “Thanks! I’m not pregnant, but you can come explain this to my mother!” It’s all coming from a Pleasant Grove company.


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Did you get a weird text or two on Thursday? You’re not alone. A server that shut down on February 14 was started up again on November 7, but unfortunately, all the stored text messages flew far and wide. To ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, to alarmed family members, to confused friends who got messages like, “I’m picking you up in an Uber in 15 minutes, be ready to go to the airport.” I told you! Mercury in retrograde!


Plus! Super tasty Maple Bacon Pancake bites. Easy enough that Erin can make them, so you know we’re talking REALLY simple.

Btw: want more tasty little bites of things? There’s our Teeny-Tiny Pumpkin Pies with one net carb per serving here. Still trying to rid yourself of the last of the zucchini? Our Zucchini Cream Cheese Muffins are here to save you!


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A Spectacular-Looking (and Tasting!) French Onion Soup Recipe – 11.5.19

A spectacular-looking (and tasting!) French Onion Soup recipe.

French Onion Soup. Who knew it was freaking delicious? And there’s a certain level of drama when you serve it. Also, the subject of droopage. Have a look…


BTW: are you craving some cold weather soups? We’re here for you, honey! Try Todd’s Tasty Chili, the recipe’s here. Perhaps something a little more exotic? There’s Lobster Bacon Corn Chowder, which is wicked delicious.