Get a Ring On It: How to Get Your Significant Other to Propose

8 Feb

With Valentine’s Day only a week away, I thought I’d give some advice on how to get your significant other to pop the question, propose, or my personal favorite, thanks to Beyonce, put a ring on it. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought lately because of a couple I met at my company’s holiday party this past December. As Mr. Donut and I were getting to know Jim and Debi, they asked us how long we had been dating? I dread this question because once we tell people how long we’ve been together, it is immediately followed by why haven’t you guys gotten married yet? Don’t you want to get married?  What’s the hold up?  What people don’t realize is when you’ve been with someone since you were a teenager, eight years really isn’t a long time.   Regardless, I hate to lie, so I told them the truth, eight years.  To that we got the expected confused head tilt to the side, and then, “You’re not married yet?”  To that we responded with our usual statement of, no not yet, it will probably happen one day, just not right now.

Before I could say another word, Jim leaned over and suggested, “You’ve got to take him to Europe.” Debi, his wife, had taken him on a trip to England and shortly after they were engaged. They have been happily married ever since. Little did they know that this past summer, Mr. Donut and I had spent two of the most incredible weeks vacationing overseas. We told them about our trip, and they were both convinced that an engagement would happen in the near future. They proclaimed, “Yes, it’s official, you’ll be engaged soon.”  I laughed, at their theory because everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  After all, I’d been working on Mr. Donut’s stomach for eight long years! Yet their confidence, made me question my theory and for a quick second I thought maybe there could be some truth to their crazy hypothesis. I quickly came back to reality, and thought to myself, yeah right, it’s not happening any time soon.  I know Mr. Donut like the back of my hand.

Well, hush my mouth! Not even two weeks later while opening our Christmas gifts, Mr. Donut gave me the surprise of a lifetime and asked me to marry him. I’ll be darned! Maybe Debi and Jim were right.  I couldn’t believe it, Mr. Donut and I had talked about marriage but it was always in our future plans. We even had a tentative date set.  Well, not really, it was more like me hinting that he should propose before our 10 year anniversary.  So, I assumed he would propose maybe next year, but to do it in front of my entire family on Christmas Day was a complete shock.

This is when I’m supposed to go into detail about how he proposed and what he said but after he got down on one knee and opened that little black box, the tears started flowing and I don’t remember a thing.  All I know is I balled like a baby.

I guess I’ll never know what finally motivated Mr. Donut to put a ring on it. If you ask Debi and Jim, they would say it was definitely the trip to Europe, but I haven’t given up on my first theory of winning your man’s heart by feeding him good food.  Now that I have the ring, I’m working on a new project. Here’s the title of my next post: Bribe Them with Food, How to Get Your Significant Other to Write You More Love Letters. What do you think? I’ll start with Apple and Pear Coffee Cake, which happens to be one of Mr. Donut’s favorite deserts.  Let’s see how many meals I’m going to have to make before I get my love letter.  Until then, I’ll just have to keep bribing feeding ‘em!

Apple and Pear Coffee Cake

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Servings: 12

Cook Time – 1 hour and 30 minutes, including prep. time.  (Maybe even less if you’re a Master Peeler)

Ingredients (Where would I be without commentary?)

For the Cake:

1 Stick and 1 Tablespoon of Unsalted Butter – room temperature

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar – the original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup but it really isn’t needed

2 Large Eggs – room temperature

2 Cups All Purpose Flour – Sifted

2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Cup Sour Cream – I used low fat, and let it sit out for about 30 minutes, so that it could come close to room temperature.  Please don’t forget about your sour cream, you should not leave it out for more than 1 hour.  I also used a dry measuring cup to measure the sour cream (as opposed to a liquid measuring cup).

2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Medium peeled, cored, and chopped pears – I used D’Anjou

1 Medium Apple – I usually use granny smith but thought I’d try it with a honeycrisp apple, which I already had in stock.

For the Crumble Topping:

1/2 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar – I am still having a love affair with dates so, I only used 1/4 cup of sugar and substituted the rest with about a cup of chopped (and seeded) dates.

1/2 Cup of All Purpose Flour – if you are substituting some of the sugar with dates like I did you may want to add an addition 1-2 tablespoons of flour.

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter – Room Temperature (Soft)

The original recipe called for a Brown Sugar Glaze, but I have never made it, the cake is sweet enough.

Prep. Time

Preheat oven to 350°F

Lightly grease a 13×9 inch glass baking dish with the 1 tablespoon of butter.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together.  Set aside.  In another  larger bowl cream together the one stick of butter and sugar until it becomes fluffy.  This should take about 5-7 minutes.  Add an egg one at a time, beat well, and make sure it is thoroughly mixed after each addition. Now add your flour mixture to the “wet” mixture, alternating with the sour cream, and vanilla.  Make sure the flour is the last thing you mix.  (i.e. flour, sour cream, vanilla, flour, sour cream, flour).  Fold in the pears and apples.  Pour batter into center of the baking dish, and spread evenly to all edges.

Crumble Topping

In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, (dates if you are substituting them), flour, cinnamon and butter, and mix with a fork until it looks like crumbs.  (Almost the consistency of stuffing.) Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown.  This should take about 35-40 minutes depending on your oven.  You can also insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to test if it is done.  If not, let cook for an additional 5 minutes or so.  Once done, remove from oven, and let cool for at least 10 minutes on a wire rack.

I usually serve this cake with a whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

100 Responses to “Get a Ring On It: How to Get Your Significant Other to Propose”

  1. Janice's Desktop Wallpapers February 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM #

    This does make sense actually, I was just talking with my friend the other day about this exact same thing. You’ve given me some more ideas now. Can’t wait to tell her about it tomorrow. Thanks!

  2. pawsitivelife February 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM #

    The bigger question in my mind is “How to get your significant other to clean up after this endevour”. He doesnt have to marry me as long as he washes the dishes…and walks the dog

    • OneBigMix February 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

      Ha! I love it! I’m working on all of that but I don’t want to spring it on him all at once, gotta take it one step at a time…..

  3. Marnie Polcyn February 14, 2011 at 5:06 AM #

    Good Post!

  4. nikkiondates February 13, 2011 at 7:29 PM #

    *I’ll* propose to you for a slice of that cake! Yum!

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  7. futurejoining February 12, 2011 at 4:20 AM #

    Oh no! My other half doesn’t like coffee 😀
    I’ll just have to keep updated on new recipes to win his proposal!

  8. deerene February 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM #

    Love this post. After all, who is going to marry someone that can’t keep them full of fresh-baked goodness…it’s hard to love someone when you are hungry lol

  9. hunter71 February 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM #

    I will have to remember this for when I get older. :-)Hunter71

  10. JulianeAshley February 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM #

    Congratulations on the engagement and being FP!

  11. thecoffeesnob February 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM #

    What a cute story! Congratulations on your engagement!

  12. lifeintheboomerlane February 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM #

    Such a great post and a recipe, to boot. You can’t ask for much more than that. Congrats on FP.

  13. jesswords10 February 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM #

    What a cute story. Congratulations on your engagement! I know what you mean about the dreaded question “how long have you been together?” My partner and I have been together only 4 years, but I still hate answering the “why aren’t you married yet” question. I’m not ready for that just yet myself, so we’re only going to Canada this summer. lol. Maybe Europe next year!

  14. emjayandthem February 10, 2011 at 7:33 AM #

    Wonderful story! Congrats on being FP 🙂 MJ

  15. Ryan McGivern February 10, 2011 at 7:26 AM #

    It may be just as important for folks to know who to prevent and discourage their significant other from proposing. I know I’ve had a number of awkward conversations with a girl in front of me declining my hand in marriage.
    Why not just tell me you didn’t want to marry me back when you introduced me to your roommate! Mixed signals anyone?
    I think that any one who doesn’t want to marry the person they’re dating should at least drop a few hints here and there like:
    “I’m glad we’ll never have to worry about seeing each other grow old.” or
    “I hate wearing jewelry. Rings make my hands look fat. An engagement ring would be a waste of money. My hands are huge!”
    Stuff like that.
    I only share this because I would hate for some one reading this blog to have to turn me down and break my heart some time in the future.
    Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone!


    • datingingradschool February 16, 2011 at 12:20 AM #

      Haha. That is pretty funny, Ryan. I signaled to my boyfriend at the time I didn’t want to get married by freezing up when his friends proposed to each other in front of us. Sweating bullets. You wouldn’t think someone would decipher that reaction. But he did.

  16. expatriotgames February 10, 2011 at 7:15 AM #

    I love, love stories that end in a happy recipe! ;0) Congrats on being FP’ed!

  17. ahsankhalil February 10, 2011 at 6:58 AM #

    You’ll never guess where a recently married couple of friends of mine got engaged… Antarctica.

  18. Kat Richter February 10, 2011 at 6:56 AM #

    Hmmm… I’ve always baked cookies for my significant others but never cake- maybe that’s my problem!

  19. leadinglight February 10, 2011 at 6:41 AM #

    Congrats on the engagement. That dessert looks delicious. No wonder you conquered his heart through his stomach ;p

  20. lostbutf0und February 10, 2011 at 6:04 AM #

    Heu, so going to Europe might help. I must be doing something wrong cause I’m living here and have been waiting for 4 years now to actually get married! Grrr!
    Loved your witty post. Keep em coming!

  21. theveryhungrybookworm February 10, 2011 at 5:43 AM #

    Congratulations! I completely understand what you mean about people trying to hurry you along in life. I met B when I was a teenager, we have been dating for 5 years, and everyone is like, “When am I getting a save-the-date?”

    Why can’t people appreciate being together, but not being married yet?

    The cake looks delicious by the way 🙂

  22. No Big Words, Just Few From Heart. February 10, 2011 at 5:11 AM #

    For me… Almost doable…

  23. bluatthemoment February 10, 2011 at 4:32 AM #

    since I am in a similar situation where I haven’t got a propose this story is very interesting to me. I don’t expect any propose so I would be suprised just like you if he does.

  24. expressbywords February 10, 2011 at 3:18 AM #

    really a gud one!!!
    wish you all the best for future ahead…

  25. pinataprincess February 10, 2011 at 3:15 AM #

    First of all, congrats on being freshly pressed!

    Secondly your blog is absolutely adorable! I really like the concept you have going on. I really enjoy cooking/baking and all of your recipes look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them out!

    Thirdly, thank you for sharing your words, stories, and lovely recipes with us!

    Take Care!

  26. Crazy Agnus February 10, 2011 at 1:23 AM #

    You made me laugh and made me hungry all at the same time! Pear apple coffee cake?!? YUM! Congrats on the engagement and happy cooking!

    • OneBigMix February 10, 2011 at 8:12 AM #

      “made me laugh and made me hungry” I’ll take it! Thanks!

  27. Janhvi February 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM #

    CUTE!!! I am presently in college so can’t really hope for the proposal for the next 3 years or so. But both your theory and the theory of Jim and Debi have given me a great idea how to make him pop the question once i am out of college, seeing that he is already working and would be very well settled in the next 3 years.
    Great Post.


  28. Jenni C. February 10, 2011 at 12:28 AM #

    Great post, Congrats and best of luck!

  29. acleansurface February 10, 2011 at 12:20 AM #

    The recipe sounds good. I like fruity desserts, and I might try it.

  30. Happy.Bark.Days February 10, 2011 at 12:01 AM #

    Welcome to a new chapter in your life as ‘Mrs. Donut’!

  31. Jesselyn Girl February 9, 2011 at 10:15 PM #

    Too flipping cute! I didn’t start cooking actually until my hubby and I started dating. He told me he waited to proposed until my cooking skills improved. Silly man, little did he know, I busted out the great stuff when I figured out I wanted him to stick around. Silly men! They always think the ball is in their court.

  32. Ava Aston's Muckery February 9, 2011 at 9:43 PM #

    food is always the way to a man’s heart.



  33. eva626 February 9, 2011 at 9:28 PM #

    omg thats such a cute story!!! lol. i really enjoyed it…well done! and i guess thats y its on freshly pressed huh? haha. anyway i no some one too…and im not sure what state we are in…like we dont reli date or anything but idk its complicated. lol…i have no idea when the proposal will come for me!!!! haha. the cake looks amazing!!! i wish someone made it for me too!! maybe ill make it next weekend…wish me luck. and great post again. *cheese*

  34. mezba February 9, 2011 at 8:40 PM #

    Thanks for the recipe.

    Of course in our culture it’s all done very quickly and the way to get your significant other to propose is to just ask his or her parents! That’s one plus for arranged marriage ;-D

  35. chocolatespacemonkey February 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM #

    Yumm…makes it look like marriage is more or less a temporal illusion.

  36. pushingthirtyy February 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM #

    you have given me hope that my boyfriend might actually take the leap, fleeting hope as it may be since we can’t currently afford a trip to Europe. 🙂

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 8:30 PM #

      Well you’ve got plenty of time, no rush. Traveling through Europe was just a dream we both shared, and were fortunate enough to make a reality.

  37. Shanna VanNorman February 9, 2011 at 7:56 PM #

    This post disturbs me. Women need to stop worrying about how to please their men and start worrying about how to please themselves (internally). Only when you truly love yourself does another fall in-love. Then the whole “marriage” thing happens naturally…and they guy worships you — not the other way around.

    One of the many reasons I don’t believe in marriage anymore. Because whether you realize it or not — you’re brainwashed by our society.

    Wow — that sounded really harsh. Oh well, it’s true.

    Best to you and your continued writing.


    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 9:01 PM #

      Consider this, maybe the reason I give so much to Mr. Donut is because he gives so much to me. (And I’m not just talking about “materialistic” things.) We both know that to please each other, we’ve got to be happy with ourselves, first. If I wasn’t comfortable with myself then I know it wouldn’t work, and on those days when I’m not, or feeling self conscious, that’s when he steps in and pushes me to be better. I mean after all isn’t that one of the most importance aspects of a relationship (give and take, i.e. compromise)? Besides when things don’t go my way I just bribe him with cake! 😉 haha! Thanks for the comment.

    • marlowesnymph February 10, 2011 at 2:02 AM #

      Spot on. I felt (almost) the same way as you did when reading this. Plus, I think it’s really disturbing when one has to find a way to get his/her significant other to propose. That’s a sign of a problem in my opinion.

      The post was a good read though.

  38. halfwayto50 February 9, 2011 at 7:49 PM #

    Just like people who arent’ married get asked, why aren’t you married, there is a question most married people get: Do you have kids? No? Why not?

    It seems like people are never satisfied with where you are in life. Congrats on the engagement and continue to do things at your own pace! Don’t worry about anyone else 🙂

    • mopio February 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM #

      “It seems like people are never satisfied with where you are in life.”
      Very well said and very true!

      I love this post and I also hate being asked why we’re not married after 4 years. How do you polite smile and laugh when in reality you want yell that you’re SO sick of that question because you aren’t the one proposing? Maybe a trip to Europe IS in order 🙂

  39. Kansas City News February 9, 2011 at 7:22 PM #

    “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” – truer words have never been spoken!

    Great post 🙂

  40. workingtechmom February 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM #

    Congrats on the engagement and on being Freshly Pressed! Your post will be good for many people to read.

    Get ready – I hope you know the day after the wedding, the next question “when will you have kids?” starts and after the first kid “he/she needs a sibling”. It’s all fun especially when you learn a good poker face. Sounds like a good guy to surprise you with family to embrace you! Enjoy the engagement.

  41. veryhappyfeet February 9, 2011 at 5:37 PM #

    what happens if you are ALREADY in europe 😀

  42. uforicfood February 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM #

    Congratulations on your engagement! I’m supposedly meant to be a pretty good cook – so hopefully I can expect a proposal soon then? LOL Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  43. elysianhunter February 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM #

    I really enjoyed your post. My husband swore up and down he would never get married. We lived together for a year when he suddenly decided (he was 38, I was 26) that it was time. He told me that we were going to go to the courthouse and get married the next day, so we did. He couldn’t afford an engagement ring (we bought simple gold bands) though I finally got one as a 10th anniversary present. I can’t say marriage is a delight, but it is an adventure. That was 15 years ago. The “way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” thing is likely to be true. I have my faults and plenty of them, but I can cook. I still wonder if it had something to do with the pork chops.

  44. mycentralhubsy February 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM #

    There is always one party pooper in the crowd so here goes…..
    Trying to induce your man to propose when he is not quite ready, could be a risky endeavor. I know what it is like to have to wait wondering if he loves you enough to pop the question, but if you push too hard and he proposes prematurely then that could engender some resentment and “you pushed me into it” friction later on 🙂
    Again, just another way of looking at it.
    I enjoyed reading your article.

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM #

      No poop on this PARTAY! Mr. Donut actually proposed before, we were really young, and I just had enough sense to say hold your horses Mr. I think we both knew we weren’t ready. I can’t explain it but when the time is right, it’s just right! You BOTH just know. Thanks for your comment. Stop by any time.

  45. FinallyFast February 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM #

    Congrads on being engaged! I have to try the Apple and Pear Coffee Cake, it looks amazing…

  46. rachelevents February 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM #

    I am a wedding planner and I am going to re-post your blog!!! I loved it!! If this does start working, you newly engaged girls can contact me for wedding planning help! 😉


  47. She.Is.Just.A.Rat February 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM #

    I do love me some apples and pears. Sounds yummy, so thanks for sharing!

    On a personal note, my hub and I had been together for about 11 years when I discovered that Halloween was going to fall on a Saturday. So I sort of popped the question to him…but it was more of a “Hey…Halloween’s on a Saturday this year. Want to get married then?” and he said “Sure.”

    We’re not exactly a traditional couple… 🙂

    • Nessie February 10, 2011 at 2:47 AM #

      I love this 😀

  48. elenamusic February 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM #

    Amazing post! I’ll definitely keep that in mind when I want to get married. And you also have the recipe! Great job!

  49. seekingnicci6 February 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM #

    fun post!

  50. 2blu2btru February 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

    Darn it! I’ll never get married! I can’t afford a trip to Europe 😦 Seriously, great post, and congratulations! I’ll have to try this coffee cake, it looks delicious.:-)

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM #

      I was beginning to believe that myself, but life is full of surprises. I’m actually one of the first in my family to go overseas, so trust it can be done 🙂 Until then feed ’em cake!

  51. Jen February 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM #

    So funny! What a great way to share your engagement story. Congrats, and thanks for the recipe, it looks delish! Love your blog, will be back 🙂

  52. Astami T February 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM #

    Totally cute post!

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  54. returntothe80s February 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM #

    What a great unique blog! Isn’t it great watching those Pageview stats jump up a tad? Congratulations on everything! Your recipes look great. You have a new subscriber.

  55. All County Insurance - Brea, California February 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM #

    Lovely post! I think you’re right about it being the food that got him to propose. Europe… I don’t know about that… Congrats !

  56. dianamcf730 February 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM #

    Love this post! I’ve been with my BF since we were teens too…so I know the looks/comments! Congratulations and thanks for the recipe 😉

  57. unkeptwoman February 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM #


    Not to be cynical, but I have an alternate theory.

    When my best friend’s now-husband proposed, he told me that all men keep a running tally in their minds of all the money they’ve spent on a woman. When the tab hits a certain point, whatever the man has mentally set for himself, it’s a “fish or cut bait” scenario. He said that, when he proposed to my grade-school BF, he knew he’d invested too much — and that they’d jointly purchased too many things — to NOT get married at that point. A European vacation, if done right, is a pretty hefty expense that might tip the scales.

    Not saying this is true in your case, just thought it might make for interesting discussion . . .

    • 2blu2btru February 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM #

      This running tally theory is really interesting…I’ll have to test it out somehow…hmm…

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 4:04 PM #

      I’m sure there are a million reasons why men (or women) propose, truth is it’s not about the bling, or the running tally, I’m just glad I found someone to spend the rest of my life with. Now, bribing (keeping) them with good hearty food absolutely 100% works, I haven’t had one complaint yet! ;D

  58. amberrice February 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM #

    Congrats and Amen! I started dating my man at 15, and I’ve been winning over his belly ever since. We didn’t get married until 7 years later. We had two groups of questions. 1) “Why aren’t you married yet? Being together that long, you’d think the time was ripe. Something must be wrong with your relationship if you aren’t married yet.” 2) “You need to finish college first and 22 years old is just way too young. Something is wrong with you if you want to get married at such a young age these days.” I found that only we knew our situation, and only we knew when the time was right. Now we are married (just celebrated our 8 years together [dating] yesterday!), and we’ve never been more happy together.

  59. Hawlie Ohe February 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

    What a cute story! While the how to get a husband part is still somewhat of a mystery, I can say you are on the track on how to keep a man. Keep feeding him delicious food like that cake, and you’ll make it all the way to your golden anniversary! Best wishes!

  60. I Made You A Mixtape February 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

    Congratulations on your engagement!! What advise do you have for us actually LIVING on the old continent… the “Europe-magic” does not seem to apply if one actually lives here…lol… seriously nice sounding apple and pear coffee cake…

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM #

      There are 6 other continents to explore, well maybe 5, you should probably skip Antarctica ;D

      • Heather February 9, 2011 at 8:34 PM #

        You’ll never guess where a recently married couple of friends of mine got engaged… Antarctica.
        Not kidding!! But they did go around the rest of the world first, so maybe it was Europe after all…

      • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 8:37 PM #

        BWAHAHA! Yes, that’s me busting out laughing! I love it!

  61. Romantic Asian Guy February 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM #

    Delicious food!…coffee cake for breakfast is yummy!

  62. countoncross February 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM #

    So funny – Congrats on getting the ring! I think I might try to make this for Monday….wish me luck.

  63. Lakia Gordon February 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM #

    This looks yummy!

  64. My Camera, My Friend February 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM #

    Great story. Glad you got your ring, you sure are patient.

  65. The Perfectly Imperfect One February 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM #

    That’s a cute story. I love your writing style, and that recipe looks oh so tasty!

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  66. Mai El-Baghdady February 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM #

    Really great. Thanks for the recipes.

  67. rtcrita February 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM #

    Yummy! Two of my favorite fruits and in one of my favorite things to eat — cake. Congratulations on the proposal AND on getting Freshly Pressed!

    I still think the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. …at least it doesn’t hurt to have a few good recipes in your bag. 😉

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM #

      I agree, keep feeding ’em girl!

  68. anonnickus February 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM #

    Perfect pre-Valentine posting. Loved it.

  69. Evie Garone February 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM #

    Awwww! Congrats on EVERYTHING!The coffee cake looks amazing, too…

  70. dearexgirlfriend February 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM #

    love the combo of the food and the story. congrats on FP!

  71. jaredblakedicroce February 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM #

    And might i say good for you two for not feeling the “marriage rush”! With so many people getting divorced these days it’s nice to hear a sensible story of love. There’s no need to hurry into marriage, after all what’s a little piece of paper and a shiny ring going to bring into the picture that your enduring love and commitment to each other hasn’t already produced?
    I wish you both nothing but the happiest days from this point forward (so basically just the same as you’ve had for the previous 8 years. I just hit 5.5 yesterday…)!

    • OneBigMix February 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM #

      Thank you! However, I must admit I think I’ll keep the “engagement ring” I made (out of an ornament and a key ring) for this post. That thing’s like 20 carats! SCORE! ;D
      P.S. Congrats on 5.5

  72. J Roycroft February 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM #

    Congrats on FP

  73. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife February 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM #

    Congrats on the engagement! Have fun planning.

  74. enjoibeing February 9, 2011 at 11:12 AM #

    great story. but i think baking those delicious treats would make my stomach propose to your food. looks amazing

  75. Mikalee Byerman February 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM #

    Congratulations — very fun story. So international travel and food are the tricks, huh? Since I never want to be married again, guess I’ll have to avoid those. Liquid diet for my boyfriend and me! 😉

  76. Erika February 8, 2011 at 4:09 PM #

    Awww I Love this blog!! Congrats for the 2837402874984 time!! Mr Donut surprised us all!! Love ya! =)

  77. Geni - Sweet and Crumby February 8, 2011 at 11:12 AM #

    Adorable story. Thanks for sharing. The pear crumble looks amazing!

    • OneBigMix February 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM #

      Thanks! Well, let me just say I made the cake Sunday, it’s Tuesday and it’s already gone. Hope you get a chance to make it, it’s super easy.


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