Counting your pina coladas before they hatch…

Several people keep asking me what I have bought with the prize money and are sad to hear the answer of nothing. “Nothing? That’s no fun”. I explain to them that I didn’t have the check yet and therefore there was no reason to go buy anything yet, if at all. “Oh but you are going to get the money so just put it on credit card?” Because again, until a check is in my hand and cleared through the bank I don’t even have it.

I won a food photography contest way back at the end of July. They contacted me and told me I won. And had me fill out paperwork, get it notarized and back to them. Had me give a picture and write a little paragraph. Told me great, you should get your prize in 7-10 days. It’s going on mid-September now without my prize in site. Now that is not to say this will be the case with BHG/Triscuit as they have been nothing but a dream to work with. I’m just saying I don’t have it yet.

My former friend C applied for a job (she is former because of this story). She told everyone she had aced the interview and that they all loved her. Her friend worked for the company and told her the same thing as well, though this friend was not even in the interview with her. She was told she would hear back from them in a week. Before she heard back she went and bought herself a new wardrobe for the job and traded in her car for a newer car and a new payment to match her soon to be better salary. She didn’t get the job. She freaked out. The clothing all got returned, but the car and the payment she was now stuck with. Luckily her boyfriend had talked her out of giving notice at her then current job or else she would have been out of a job as well. We are former friends because of the fact that she just would go on and on about poor me. How they told her she did so well and she was a shoo-in and how crazy it was that she didn’t get the job and she now couldn’t afford her car. She didn’t like my answer back, which of course was that it was crazy for her to go buy stuff on money she didn’t have yet. Needless to say she was less than nice to me ever again. Oh well.

When the money comes I am doing the very boring putting it away for a rainy day. I see a few up ahead possibly and it’s nice to have a little in the bank. I know most people were hoping I would buy from the Sur la Table catalog…ah, that would have been nice. But nope, I’m going the conservative route. Though I’m sure I will spend a little of it on a celebrator drink or two.

While my celebrator drink will probably be a beer (if you are a fan of my Facebook page you know about the girl how donated money to the site with specific instructions…pretty funny) but I wasn’t in the mood for beer this week. Well, not the type of beer I drink. This week has been hot and that is more of a Corona kind of week…and I don’t do beer like that. So instead I went the pina colada route. Which would have been fine other than the fact that to this day I still have the song stuck in my head…and you will too now.

This is a take on Tiramisu…though the pick me up isn’t coffee, it’s rum. :P Feel free to omit the rum if you are going family friendly. Also feel free to add more rum if you would like. :) The best thing about this dessert is that it is no bake. It may be September but there is a heat wave over here…well heat wave for us.


  1. I think you are saying….don’t count the chickens before the eggs hatch! I agree. Also, looking forward to trying the new recipe!

  2. ah, now I see the title! forget my comment!

  3. Like you, if I don’t have money, I don’t buy anything. I never spend money that I don’t have… You are very wise!

    A lovely looking Tiramisù! great flavors.



  4. ok I have no idea how much money you won as I haven’t been following along (shame shame), but congratulations just the same! I know you’ll have some fun when it’s said and done. As for your ex-friend, yah, been the done that and don’t care to ever do that again!

    Miss you, can’t believe it’s been a year since we met at Sam’s Club. :) You are such a cool chick, sorry I don’t stop by often enough!

    I have bookmarked this because these are my all time favorite flavors and I just can’t resist wanting to make this – yum!!!

  5. while i totally hear and agree w/ what you are saying – perhaps you could “earmark” a portion of it for something hockey related so you can play this upcoming winter. afterall, it is so important to feed one’s soul (IMHO) and yet it is often easy to short change oneself on that ….

  6. @Jacquie- no worries, I already had the season planned (meaning money saved up) for since May of this year. I’m a planner like that. :)

  7. Yum!!!! That looks delicious.

    And good for you for being a responsible adult!

  8. Oh gosh, when I read that people told you to go charge up credit card bill, I was like NOOO! No wonder our country is in so much trouble and Dave Ramsey is making millions preaching common sense.

  9. I’m not a drinker, so this isn’t the recipe for me but I do love tiramisu (even with the minute amount of alcohol) and I always love seeing your take on the classics. Your creativity with them is always inspiring :).
    And are you able to request your prize cheque in giant novelty form? ‘Cause that would be awesome :).

  10. You are one smart cookie, Pea. Some people just hate having to face the fact that they’re not (like your ex-friend). Great new look for tiramisu!

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