Monday, November 15, 2010

One Carrier. Plenty of Uses.


I’ve shown you guys this Cupcake Courier before. It’s been awhile, but I still love it and I wanted to show you a couple more ways you can enjoy it.

Christmas Cupcakes

First and foremost, it carries cupcakes.


It can hold 36 cupcakes. Or 24 or 12 or any amount in between. Just remove the stackable trays to suit your need.

Perfect for larger batches of cupcakes or taking them to a holiday party or get together.


And if you remove all three trays…


Then you can use it for cakes. And pretty big ones, too.

But here is the best part. The real reason I have fallen deeper in love with this carrier. It allows me to do much more when it comes to carrying my baked goods.

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

I am talking specifically about cake pops here. Yep, because the courier is so tall, it triples as a handy dandy cake pop courier, too.

It serves multiple purposes. One… it simply allows you to store them upright without having to wrap them in treat bags.

And two… it allows you to carry them more easily to happy recipients. With or without treat bags.

Here … let me show you what I mean.


Tah dah. Perfectly protected pops. Of course you’ll have to imagine them made for full effect. I just used sticks and styrofoam to illustrate the idea.


If you use 6-inch paper lollipop sticks (8-inch sticks would be too tall) and some styrofoam, it will fit just fine in the base of the courier.


Styrofoam blocks come in many sizes and one of the common sizes is 4 x 12 x 2 inches high. Grab two of them and place them side by side on the base and then make 12 holes in each block. You can then easily carry 24 cake pops. And if you can’t find the styrofoam in that size, then cut down a larger piece of styrofoam to 8 X 12.

Either way it’s a great way to get more out of an already handy product. You can find them on

Hope that helps all you guys that are cake popping and cupcake making… and of course, carrying.

And to celebrate finding ways to do more with less, here’s a fun giveaway.

  • This giveaway starts November 15 and goes until November 29, 2010. Time’s Up! Winner Announced below.
  • To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post and describe something you’ve found to be more productive or some way you do more with less. That’s it.
  • One winner will be chosen at random using and announced on this post at the end of the contest period following verification. See complete rules for details.
  • The prize is one (1) Windows Phone 7 (all features and details of the phone will be determined by the Sponsor.)

Okay, here’s the winner, chosen at random.


Congratulations Wendy! Have fun with your new phone.

And thank you everyone for so many great ideas to do more with less. You guys are really resourceful. I’m impressed.


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Latina said...

I am most productive when my family is not at home. When they are here I just want to spend time with them.

November 15, 2010 01:04 PM
Emily Schell said...

I live in a house of 16 people (and counting!) and we have a lot to do to keep up with our house hold. It takes a lot of patience and productivity to keep it going. One thing that definitely makes a big difference in our house is skilled organization. On cleaning day it can be very hectic with all the supplies you need to get a big house clean. What we started doing was using these little wine bottle carriers that hold 6 bottles of wine (that we got at Wegmans) and we put our cleaning supplies in them so its easy to tote them around!

November 15, 2010 01:05 PM
Juliann said...

I’m most productive when I give myself one to two things to do per day. That way, I don’t get overwhelmed and throw in the towel:)

November 15, 2010 01:05 PM
Donna said...

We plan out our weekly meals before going shopping, so we know exactly what we need for the week and only have to make one trip to the store. We try to come up with meals that include whatever we already have on hand, so nothing gets wasted and we have less to buy.

November 15, 2010 01:06 PM
Caroline said...

Using the plain white toothpaste to fill nail holes in the wall. Not the blue gel, unless, of course, your walls are that color, i guess.:)

November 15, 2010 01:06 PM
Alison said...

I have become somewhat of a coupon fiend… I haven’t yet ventured into the world of buying coupons online, but I scour weekly ads for deals and always end up with a few free or very cheap things at the end of the week!

November 15, 2010 01:07 PM
Miss Melanie said...

toothpick toothpick toothpicks….

I use those little babies everytime I make anything in the kitchen!

November 15, 2010 01:07 PM
Cathy Olds said...

It’s amazing how productive I can be when I turn off the computer! Imagine that!

November 15, 2010 01:07 PM
Jenny said...

I get up 30 minutes earlier than I used to. I was always one of those people that said I could never do it. Oddly enough it’s a life saver!

November 15, 2010 01:08 PM
Katie said...

Instead of buying fabric (at least 12 dollars) to make skirts, I buy long dresses at the thrift store (about 4 dollars) and cut them to make easy skirts. I love it!

November 15, 2010 01:08 PM
Jackie Sandoval said...

I put my pots and pans in the oven (oven off of course) as extra storage space. I reuse zip bags until they cannot be used anymore. I buy food items in bulk separate and freeze/store. I use big tubs of plastic ice cream containers (and lid) for kids craft items. ie:markers, stamps, stickers etc.

November 15, 2010 01:08 PM
Tammy Y. said...

The elliptical machine can also be used as a rack for drying clothes…

November 15, 2010 01:09 PM
Renee Fuller said...

To be more productive cleaning I have two baskets with me and a garbage bag. I start on one room and do not move to another without finishing one. One basket is for things that do not belong in that room to go into, if there are items in the basket that do belong to that room I put them away. The other basket has cleaning supplies. The garbage bag is sometimes full by the time I get done, since I empty every garbage can in the house. If I do not do it this way I start in one room and get lost going back because I had to keep returning stuff to the rooms they belonged in, this way I only have to do it once. Once the last room is clean the items that are leftover in the basket go to the rooms they belong in. :)

November 15, 2010 01:10 PM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

you’re right i can think of PLENTY of great uses for that bad boy :)

November 15, 2010 01:11 PM
Amy said...

Parchment paper…for baking, for piping icing, for drying chocolate….wouldn’t want to live without it!

November 15, 2010 01:11 PM
Jenny said...

Music always helps me be more productive.

November 15, 2010 01:12 PM
Jennifer Meredith said...

I use my shampoo to clean, its from lush and its very aromatic with citrus. I have thin hair that get oily quickly so the shampoo is good at cutting the grease, I mix the shampoo with water and can use it to clean my floors or the stovetop. Also I live in a city and like to cook, but have to be creative. I love angel food cake, but after you take it out of the pan you need to wrap it in something. I put the cooled cake in a large pot, its tall enough and has a lid. My grandma would use a saltines box, the large one, because its portable and light.

November 15, 2010 01:12 PM
Gina said...

I make my favorite chai tea at home and bring it to work in a reusable mug. Saves a ton of time and money at the coffee shop!

November 15, 2010 01:12 PM
Nichole K said...

I use Vodka for my Bloody Marys…and to make a simple Household Cleaner- with hydrogen peroxide and water! The cleaner works great and disinfects well.
Gotta love some good ol’ Vodka! :)

November 15, 2010 01:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Serious?? A phone??? Right on!!! I love to use plastic bags instead of fancy decorator bags for decorating. So simple and just throw away when done..

November 15, 2010 01:13 PM
Amie said...

That anonymous was me!!!!

November 15, 2010 01:14 PM
Niki said...

At the beginning of each week i write down the different chores to be done for the week but break them down into a list for each day. Breaking the list up makes it seem a little less overwhelming and I can refer to my list each day when I get home and know what I need to do.

November 15, 2010 01:15 PM
Season said...

The fewer stuff I have, the easier life is! But I still want this phone and this cupcake carrier. :)

November 15, 2010 01:15 PM
Annie said...

Tin cans! Use a nail and a hammer to punch a simple design on them, slap on a coat of paint and you’ve got a lantern!

November 15, 2010 01:16 PM
Krista said...

A lot of people are into buying panini presses, but I just use my waffle iron…a little different grill mark and may leave a different taste in the waffle iron, but it works for me and I haven’t noticed any weird tastes when I use it for waffles after.

November 15, 2010 01:16 PM
Kathie said...

I am productive when I blast the music and have a deadline looming ahead, like a party that I need to get the house cleaned up for. I also cook/bake better when I start with a clean kitchen!

November 15, 2010 01:16 PM
Julie said...

I love using kitchen items in tupperware for rattles for little ones. I can constantly change what I put in them (rice, beans, etc) to make different sounds and keep them interested.

LOVE this carrier – it sure would have come in handy a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out how to transport my jack-o-lantern cake pops and tipped them over in the car!

November 15, 2010 01:17 PM
Kati said...

if I clean dishes while my goodies bake, I get a clean kitchen AND yummy treats together! now if I could always do this instead of letting the dishes pile up! love the tote!

November 15, 2010 01:17 PM
Stella said...

I work best when I turn on great music. It gets me in the zone :)

November 15, 2010 01:17 PM
RoMay Allen said...

Well, with this economy – I have discovered that I do much more with less money. I’ve been forced to be creative – finding free things to do, reading more, spending more time outdoors, spending more time with family and friends, and learning how to make things rather than just buy them. It’s actually fun to find new “treasures” that I wouldn’t have considered before.

November 15, 2010 01:18 PM
meg said...

does parchment paper count?… theyre my cooling rack and skip card for cleaning the cookie sheet

November 15, 2010 01:19 PM
Ann H said...

I use Shout Color Catchers in every laundry load. Now I can wash whites and colors in the same load. Saves me a ton of time. I love them so much that I give them as my “Favorite Thing” at a friend’s Favorite Things Christmas party. Yay!

November 15, 2010 01:19 PM
jessica said...

My kitchenaid has been a huge time saver.

November 15, 2010 01:19 PM
Tarra said...

I love listening to audiobooks while I bake. It is so relaxing and I can still be productive at the same time!

November 15, 2010 01:20 PM
Kitten with a Whisk said...

I currently have an obsession of using Brillo pads on like…everything.

November 15, 2010 01:20 PM
Stephanie said...

I found that it was worth re-arranging my cabinets and pantry so that things went in a place that made sense for the way we use them. It was a LONG day, but so worth it! I definitely use my kitchen and everything in it, in a more productive way.

November 15, 2010 01:20 PM
Jen C. said...

Wish I could enter :( but my mom works for Microsoft. LOVE this carrier, though!

November 15, 2010 01:20 PM
Natalie L. said...

I’m not that good at being productive. My house is proof of that, but when I do get down to business, I like to have music blaring that I sing along and dance to! Time goes by so much faster, I get a lot done, and it makes it fun!

November 15, 2010 01:21 PM
Steph in TX said...

I find enforcing a “family” clean house day a great way to motivate less of a mess that only Mom gets to clean up.

November 15, 2010 01:23 PM
jen smith said...

i have found that I am more productive if i listen to music while doing stuff around the house. it always amazes me at the amount i can accomplish when i’ve got some tunes playing in the background.

November 15, 2010 01:23 PM
Mari said...

Small decorative hay bales (the kind used for Fall floral arrangements) can be used to display Halloween or Thanksgiving cake pops = )

November 15, 2010 01:23 PM
jessicalobitz said...

Don’t need to enter in the giveway – but just had to say that I have two of these carriers and LOVE them – but thank you for sharing the cake pop method of carrying as well – I never would have thought of it!

November 15, 2010 01:23 PM
Stephanie said...

freezing extra sauces in ice cube trays! I’m right out of college and cooking for one, so any way to easily save leftovers is great by me.

November 15, 2010 01:23 PM
Sprite's Keeper said...

We’re living on a budget to become debt free. And while it’s less, it’s showing us how much more we can spread a dollar! (Actually, I’d rather win the cupcake currier!)

November 15, 2010 01:24 PM
Rossana said...

I use my son’s magnet letters to hold his masterpieces on the fridge!!!

November 15, 2010 01:24 PM
Mama Bear said...

Do more with less – we cut up our credit cards and using cash forces us to think very carefully, spend less, and make do with what we have, or trade with others for what we want. We’ve had good success using and, dvdswap, craigslist, etc.

November 15, 2010 01:24 PM
Evelyn said...

Fabric softener sheets (Bounce) double as cleaning tools. :) If you have a pot/pan that has a lot of stuck on food, stick a sheet at the bottom, add water and leave it for 30 minutes. The mess wipes right out! This is also really great for cleaning the window of your oven. Warm your oven (200 degrees for 10 minutes). Turn off the oven and lay a water saturated sheet on the window. Wahlah!

I also use peanut butter jars to store leftovers. They can handle anything, solids, liquids, hot, cold… Everyone at worked made fun of me, but now the fridge is full of peanut butter jars!

November 15, 2010 01:25 PM
Stephanie said...

I’ve found I’m more productive (and happier) when I don’t sweat the small stuff. So the laundry basket is overflowing- my kids want to play one last game of freeze tag before it gets dark. Live in the moment! In the end no one will remember what an awesome housekeeper I was, I’ll just remember that I had fun.

November 15, 2010 01:25 PM
Alvina said...

Using vinegar to clean glass shower doors! It’s better than all those fancy pants cleaners at the store, and it’s so cheap!

November 15, 2010 01:25 PM
Cathie said...

Is it sad that I was hoping you were giving away the cupcake carrier? Anyway, I have found my meat tenderizer (or as I call it, my food hammer) to be useful for so much more than tenderizing. I’ve never actually used it for tenderizing, yet it’s one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. Breaking up bags of ice, hammering the pin back into my stand mixer, mashing bouillon cubes for faster dissolving, making bread crumbs, etc. Great for anything you need flattened, smashed, or broken.

November 15, 2010 01:26 PM
Heather said...

ohmygosh, I have that same courier, and I didn’t even think of using it for cake pops! Brilliant!

Taking a much needed vacation to Hawaii has helped my productivity at work immensely. It’s given me renewed energy. I need to take more vacations!

November 15, 2010 01:26 PM
Laura H. said...

We use plastic grocery bags as trash bags.

November 15, 2010 01:27 PM
Jenn said...

Cookie Cutters!! I use them for much more than just cookies! My kids love when I use them for their sandwiches and we also make magnets & Christmas ornaments for them to paint.

November 15, 2010 01:27 PM
Karie K. said...

You can use a beer bottle to roast a chicken!

November 15, 2010 01:27 PM
Tessa said...

I make my own cleaners too – mostly from baking soda. I read once on a thread on an expensive stovetop cleaner that it “worked pretty well” and that they just finished off the job with baking soda/water paste and it got the rest off. Yeah, skip the cleaners.

November 15, 2010 01:28 PM
Meredith Ryncarz said...

I have found that using Groupon in the cities where extended family lives allows me to give more with less in harder economic times.

November 15, 2010 01:28 PM
Danae said...

I love that carrier! I bought one when I was doing the cupcakes for my brother-in-law’s wedding.

I used to use two pans as a make-shift double boiler-thingy to melt chocolate. I had a friend come over and she said, ‘Look! Danae has one!’ She had asked for one and he said no because it was useless. I then had to explain that I was being ghetto :)

November 15, 2010 01:28 PM
Susan K. said...

I buy ground beef in bulk, cook it up, and then store it in quart size bags in the freezer.

November 15, 2010 01:29 PM
Cami said...

My favorite multi-purpose tool is my cupcake pan. I use it to make cupcakes, muffins and meatballs and to divide up snack options for my son. See, he likes to see all of his options and I can get him to eat more if he gets a little of each thing. So I put grapes, crackers, cheese, applesauce, raisins, carrot sticks, celery bites or any other snack I have on hand in the perfectly sized cups. Then he can eat them at his leisure throughout the day, if we’re home. It has worked perfectly for us.

November 15, 2010 01:29 PM
Emma said...

Clipping a bunch of coupons saves me a bunch of money, and plus when I go to buy something using my coupons, it feels like I’m winning a series of small prizes!!

November 15, 2010 01:30 PM
David H. said...

How do I do more with less? I married a frugal wife!

November 15, 2010 01:30 PM
Trish said...

reducing and reusing as much as possible, especially w/ sending a lunch to school every day now that my son’s in kindergarten. he just leaves everything in his lunchbox so if i sent a baggie, i can get several uses out of it.

November 15, 2010 01:30 PM
Krista said...

My husband recently lost his job so we know all too well about how to do more with less. We’re still able to find (cheap) ways to stay entertained.

November 15, 2010 01:30 PM
Marcie said...

I have the cupcake courier, too and it is the BEST!

November 15, 2010 01:31 PM
erin said...

I bake chocolate chip cookies in bulk and freeze them. When my three boys are starved after school they can just pop one in the microwave and it’s almost like coming right out of the oven!

November 15, 2010 01:31 PM
Rebecca Turkoglu said...

I host a cookie exchange before the holidays start to find new cookie recipes that I will use for Christmas gifts that year. We also do a wine exchange at the same time and I end up with 2 or more wines to get me through the holidays, many of which I would never have purchased myself.

November 15, 2010 01:31 PM
Traci said...

Keeping my kids things in order can be so tricky. Using different containers for cars/dolls/pretend toys etc. helps me keep things organized (and teaches my kids grouping skills). I can also put a number of containers away for 6 months and then reintroduce those toys and they are like new for the kids. All in all this hleps me be more productive!

November 15, 2010 01:31 PM
Sara @ embrylovescookies said...

For some reason, I can always get the house cleaned and the dishes washed so much faster when I have my headphones on and my music blasting. i guess I’m just not thinking about it so much, and before I know it, I’m done!

November 15, 2010 01:31 PM
Thomas in Denver said...

You can use a panini press to make pancakes- no flipping required.

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
julie j. said...

getting rid of excess clothes & shoes in my closet. i found with less in there i can “find” or see more outfits or ways to wear things:) less = more!

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Kirsten said...

Instead of throwing away old toothbrushes, I use them for various cleaning tasks. One of my fav is to soak my wedding ring in a mix of water and jet dry dishwasher rinse aid, and then scrub with a toothbrush. My diamond is always so clean and sparkly afterwards!

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Sam said...

I put a few drops of water under wax paper before I roll dough out on it – it keeps it from sliding around!

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Shanti said...

I have two small children, I work three days a week, and my husband works full-time the other three days of the week, with only one day a week to spend as a family. This results in a ton of errands and a house that doesn’t know the meaning of clean anymore. So I have 5 different baby carriers and three types of strollers. Depending on the child, the mood of the child, and the type of chore or errand, I choose the most appropriate equipment. Day of rest – what’s that?!

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Stephanie said...

Not throwing clothes into the dirty hamper after simple use. I have a sedentary job so I normally wear my work pants 2 times before washing. Cuts down on the washes needed and energy used!

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Jessi said...

I have an egg slicer that someone gave me as a gift. I use it nearly everday, but have never once sliced an egg with it. I use it for a million other things that need to be sliced. It is great with all kinds of fruit, boiled potatoes, mushrooms, and you know that thing you do with a strawberry where you cut it, but not all the way and then fan it out, you can totally do it in a quarter of the time if you have an egg slicer.

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Sara said...

having everything in one place helps me be more productive. Awesome giveaway!

November 15, 2010 01:32 PM
Emily said...

I’m most productive when I don’t check my e-mail and reader all the time.

November 15, 2010 01:33 PM
Erin said...

I like using ice cube trays as earring holders for all my extra earrings!

November 15, 2010 01:34 PM
Pigtail Goddess said...

Wow, this carrier is awesome! I have one kinda like it that has a double sided insert to carry either cupcakes or a sheet cake. And they’re attachable so you can click them together and carry several. What’s also cool is that the insert pulls out and becomes a tray to store them on. I use it all the time for cupcakes.

November 15, 2010 01:36 PM
Michea said...

My enameled cast iron Dutch Oven. I don’t know how I lived without it before-it’s the most versatile pot I own. It was a bit pricey, but totally worth it.

November 15, 2010 01:37 PM
suzi from Pink Vanilla Cupcakes said...

I use Google Calendar religiously. I have several different calendars going: my main one for work and dr appts, a blog calendar, and our Girl scout troop calendar. I love it.

November 15, 2010 01:37 PM
Rawyah Sami said...

Instead of throwing the plastic cards that come in the junk mail, I use them to clean the bottom of my pans and cooking sheets after soaking them for 15 min. The cards scrape all the burned stuff smoothly and without any damage to the pans.

November 15, 2010 01:38 PM
Brenda said...

I use a three ring binder and page protectors to create my own cookbook. I can make the categories that suit me best. The pages wipe clean after I’m done cooking. And I don’t have to pore through a bunch of recipes that I’ll never use

November 15, 2010 01:38 PM
Anne said...

I bought a pineapple cutting knife for $5 when I was living in Hawaii. I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s curved shape makes it easy to cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, mangoes, peel apples, pears, etc.

November 15, 2010 01:38 PM
Annie Luidhardt said...

I have alot of my decorating supplies in a tool box. I always know where it is at and I can also carry it around with me to different places!

November 15, 2010 01:38 PM
Margie said...

when I have complete Silence l work the best (:_

November 15, 2010 01:38 PM
Caroline S. said...

My pressure cooker is such a time saver! Homemade broth in 15 minutes…risotto in 8…LOVE IT!

November 15, 2010 01:39 PM
Heather said...

I have found that with less “stuff” in our home, everything runs much more effeciently. My husband and I recently learned about Dave Ramsey and have been working through his “baby steps”. As we have been doing this, we have sold and gotten rid of lots of different items to pay off debt. The plus to that is with less “stuff”, we truly have found that things are much more manageable around our house. It was a win-win all the way around!

November 15, 2010 01:39 PM
mere... said...

One way I’ve increased productivity is to no check e-mails or facebook on the weekends. Everyone close to me knows I’m not online during the weekend and having a few tech free days really lets me relax more and focus on “real” things during the wknd.

November 15, 2010 01:40 PM
Shevon said...

The slow cooker has saved tons of time and money. On busy nights, it’s a great way to have a meal ready when you get home and saves you money on running out for something like a pizza or McD’s.

November 15, 2010 01:41 PM
Sara said...

1. Parchment paper. I rarely have to wash my cookie sheets and I put my homemade pizza (Pre-cooked crust, stored in the freezer until needed) right on the rack.

2. Paying for things in cash and planning (no more than 15 minutes) before I grocery shop. I think things through before I spend. My grocery lists are less about me just grabbing stuff. I could eat my husbands paycheck given yhe chance.

3. Deep freeze. I almost always make extra and store it for a time crunch.

November 15, 2010 01:41 PM
Kelli said...

My hot glue gun!! I used for a ton of different stuff…crafts, clothes, school projects, toy repair…everything except baking:)

November 15, 2010 01:41 PM
Andrea said...

It’s not really a product, but a system rather. I find that if I take 5-10 min. on Sunday night to plan meals for the week it makes my life MUCH easier! And stress free.

November 15, 2010 01:41 PM
Sarah H said...

I’m productive early in the morning. So I get up two hours before I have to be on the road with our 2 children. I get more done, or I have time to be lazy and pad around the house in my jammies.

November 15, 2010 01:41 PM
Kristina said...

Use clothespins to seal cereal bags after you’ve opened them! That’s my mom’s trick that my sisters and I all do now on our own.

November 15, 2010 01:41 PM
Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) said...

I use my pizza stone in the bottom of my oven to keep my oven temperature more even, which makes for more even baking. Love it!

November 15, 2010 01:43 PM
egidija said...

baking soda… not only for baking, but for cleaning as well…

November 15, 2010 01:44 PM
Anh said...

I’ve been unemployed for over 18 months, but I’ve done plenty to keep me busy and productive, including baking. Living in a tiny apartment with an equally tiny kitchen has taught me all sorts of creative ways to get around the space issues. Turning on the AC gets expensive, but it only goes on when I’m frosting…Melted frosting is not fun to work with when the oven is in use!

November 15, 2010 01:45 PM
Sonya said...

Not having a lot of $ right now and wanting to change up the decor in our living room, we had to get creative. We rounded up all of our picture frames and spray painted them black and created a picture gallery and it looks wonderful! (and only spending about $5 felt really good too, lol!)

November 15, 2010 01:45 PM
Shelly G said...

I bake my brownies in mini cupcake pans to make brownie bites. I also used my 12 cup cupcake pan when I recently made the burgers and fries. That way the brownies were the right size.

November 15, 2010 01:47 PM
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