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Do You Appreciate Your Friends?

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Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

Do you appreciate your friends? It’s easy to take our friends for granted because we see them often or assume they just know we love them like we love our family. I’m guilty, but I like to remind my friends how much I love them and appreciate them by random emails, phone calls or simply taking on a project to show them.

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Friends are an important part of our lives. But sometimes life can get in the way and we may not always think to tell them how much we appreciate them. Identity Founder Susan Vernicek shares her thoughts on how to remind yourself and your friends how much they mean.  After all, friends add more than we know to our identities.


By Susan Vernicek

Do you appreciate your friends? It’s easy to take our friends for granted because we see them often or assume they just know we love them like we love our family.  I’m guilty, but I like to remind my friends how much I love them and appreciate them by random emails, phone calls or simply taking on a project to show them.  For instance, this past Easter, I wanted to do something different.  I’m usually in charge of bringing the alcohol, but I wanted to bake an Easter cake AND at the same time we can use it as a birthday cake for our dear friend.

Our friend Joann, is an amazing cake designer so we thought it’d be funny for me, the one who doesn’t bake, attempt to do a 3D cake for Easter and her birthday.

Knowing Joann likes Cadbury Eggs, by Kraft® (I also LOVE them) I thought it would be easy to create a 3D Easter cake.  So that was my theme, a Cadbury Egg Easter Cake/Birthday Cake. Because it was my first baking experience, I decided to take photos showing my experience.  I hope you enjoy and think of ways to use your creativity for occasions like these.

Oil fixed, Coffee in hands, and finally at Walmart

I knew heading to Walmart in the Poconos, I had to get there early. It’s always jam packed and lines are forever long so I started my day early. Not even 3 minutes from my house I had to pull over.  Yea, my car was out of oil! Yikes! I am always so good with my oil changes, but I guess I waited too long this time. The good news was that I had oil in my car from the last oil change. Phew, back on track to Walmart.

I had one more stop and that was for my DD coffee! I wanted to be prepared for the hectic crowd and coffee always calms me. Projects are all about making it an enjoyable experience. I try to make the most of everything! I had my music blasting, windows opened and of singing and dancing!

So I finally got to Walmart and as soon as I walked in, I was distracted by the colorful isle of rainbow cups, ha-ha. You’d know this if you followed me on Pinterest and saw my dream boards for both my 2013 wedding and my love for rainbows board. I always get sucked into shopping at Walmart! Once I got back on track, it was quick.

I realized once I picked up the cake mix, there wasn't much to this baking. They make it easy! Eggs, Water, Veg Oil, and then the Cadbury Eggs

So, I realized that Duncan Hines® makes baking a cake pretty simple. Three ingredients: Water, Vegetable Oil, and Eggs. Awesome! I can do this! I whipped it all up, placed it in the pan and then enjoyed the leftover mix! Which, is my favorite part….so freaking good! I will be eager to bake more often to enjoy the leftovers!

The best part is licking the leftover mix!

After it was done, it was time to cut the cake into an egg shape. I know it looks like a walnut shape, but it’s supposed to be an egg.  Not bad for my first time. I was so anxious you’ll see that I had trouble with the icing.

This is the most fattening cake ever!

After a total of about 3 hours…Voila!  My first cake, my first 3D cake, and my last unhealthy cake. 🙂

This is really, really unhealthy, but it was so much fun to make for my friends Easter party and for our dear friends birthday cake!  They all loved it and I can’t wait to bake a cake again!

So tell me, what has been your most creative project and how do you show your appreciation?

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About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 34 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 30-50+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA Identity Magazine, having no business background and at the age of 25.

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