I did try the techniques for this image and followed Kim's recipe, but then I pulled back on many of them--especially the ones that added too much haze--because I did not think they were quite right. I am not crazy about this image, either, but so be it. I am keeping this lesson all about practice and learning some more things to do in Photoshop.
The best technique I learned (I think) is to be able to use the smart selection tool. That looks like a nice short cut. It did not work on this image, though, and I'm assuming that is because there is not enough color contrast in the photograph.
In the end, I added two layers or Kim's 'sweet treat' texture . .. one with a multiply blend mode and one with a soft light blend mode and I'm leaving it at this.
The next lesson is already here today . . .