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Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy & Amazing Buttercream Frosting

Looking for an amazing and easy buttercream frosting recipe?  This one is perfect- I get asked for this recipe ALL the time!  It's creamy, sweet, and looks awesome when piped onto cupcakes.  Also, it's super easy to make so you can wow your friends and family with this one at your next party.


Ingredients:

2 sticks UNSALTED butter, almost room temp
4 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Cream butter on high in stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  SLOWLY add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until mixed.  Stop to scrape down sides of bowl often.  Add in the vanilla.  SLOWLY add in one tablespoon of milk at a time until your frosting reaches desired consistency.  Let it mix in high for 3-4 minutes until your frosting is light and whipped looking.  

I use Wilton plastic disposable piping bags and a Wilton 1A tip (both available at Michaels or Walmart) to pipe my frosting onto my cupcakes.  Sweet, simple, and always a hit at our parties... enjoy!! 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

5 Favorite Camping Recipes!

I love getting away to our favorite little cabins with my family.  I love the quiet, the break from day to day life, reconnecting with each other, seeing wild animals... 


Bonding with our little guys... 


And of course, camping food.  And of course I don't really camp... I glamp.  I love to add a few little details- a few little decorations, comfy things from home, and special food to make our trips memorable.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes from past camping trips...







{perfect for making ahead and bringing for your first night of your camping trip} 




Have a great week! xoxo 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Easy Iced Summer Low Calorie Drinks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I am also participating in a contest as an additional aspect of this campaign.

Summer is my favorite!  The boys and I are out and about having all kinds of fun.  Seriously, with all of the fun stuff we did last week, I can't even believe that they have only been on summer break for one week.  If there is one thing that I can already see myself spending too much time and money on though, it is getting fun summer drinks to keep me energized to keep up with our four fun little guys!  Why not save those dollars for something else, and make our own fun drinks at home?  So with my Keurig and so many delicious Brew Over Ice K-cups, that's exactly what I'll be doing from now on!  Here are a couple of fun drinks I came up with for you to enjoy too using the best K-cups flavors... 


 I decided to put together a quick little "Summer Brewing Station" on our buffet table so that my K-cups, Keurig, plastic mason jars, and cute straws are all ready for me whenever I want a fun drink.

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I love having cute straws out and ready to be used every day, not just for a party.

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And these plastic mason jars I picked up at Walmart while I was getting my Vitamin Burst K-cups are the perfect size for my Brew Over Ice drinks that I brew on either the small size setting (6 oz) or the medium size setting (8 oz) for the best tasting drink- not too sweet, not too watery.  

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Fruity summer drinks are so fun and I love getting my daily dose of vitamins in so Keurig K-cups Vitamin Burst drinks are the perfect summer drink for me.  They come in Acai Berry and Strawberry Pomegranate. 

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And our boys like being able to have their own cup of freshly brewed lemonade over ice too!

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I love fresh fruit so I added in fresh strawberries and squeezed in half of a fresh lime to my Strawberry Pomegranate drink.

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And I added in fresh blackberries to my Acai Berry drink.

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Both drinks were fruity, sweet, and refreshing.  I really had a hard time deciding which one is my favorite.

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Next time you're at Walmart, grab yourself some K-Cups.  They're on a special display on an end-cap right now.

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And start your own Brew Over Ice station at home.  You'll save time and money compared to buying fancy drinks at coffee shops or juice bars, and with the Vitamin Burst cups, you'll give yourself a burst of energy to get through those summer fun days with the kiddos home from school! 

Want to learn more about how awesome Keurig is?  Like how they have their own K-cup recycling program?  Check them out online here.  

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Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Essential Items for a Fun in the Sun 14-Day Slimdown!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Slimfast, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #14daystoslim  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

 It's finally summer, my favorite season of the year!  My husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary in early July and it's my birthday in July too.  Plus with the boys out of school and pool party invitations piling up on the refrigerator, there are just so many reasons that I love summer.  With all of these fun celebrations coming up, the cameras are sure to be clicking and my attire for the next couple of months will basically consist of sundresses, flip flops, and swim suits.  Yikes, right?!  But I'm not stressing because I have a simple five essential items to keep me on track for a SLIM summer of fun in the sun.


First, how can I not want to slim down for my upcoming birthday when Slimfast has delicious new meal replacement bars that actually look and taste like birthday cake?!


Seriously, these are cute right?!  But more than cute, they satisfy my sweet tooth while curbing my appetite.  And if you replace 2 meals a day for the next 14 days with these new delicious 180 calorie vanilla birthday cake flavored Slimfast meal replacement bars, you could lose up to 6 pounds... in just 2 weeks!  Your third meal should be a 500 calorie meal, plus two 100 calorie snacks per day.  My goal is to lose 5 pounds by my birthday, so this 14 Day Slimdown is the perfect solution for my summer slim-down goals!


Slimming down for summer while eating something that looks like a candy-coated cookie and tastes like vanilla birthday cake?!  SOLD!

Keeping myself hydrated is also key to slimming down this summer.


I aim to drink 100 ounces of water a day.  I know, that's a crazy amount right?  But I feel amazing when I do it, or get close to it.  Plus it helps me stay focused on not eating out of boredom because I just grab my water instead of food.  If 100 ounces is too much, aim for half of your own body weight in ounces of water intake per day.  So just for an example- if you weigh 150 pounds, aim to drink 75 ounces of water a day.  I promise, your body will thank you for it.

My other three essential items are not necessarily about slimming down, but I feel better and want to take the best care of myself that I possibly can when I'm not too tired, rundown, or sunburned so I NEVER leave my house in the summer without my straw hat, my sunglasses, and sunscreen {SPF 2 million, or 75 which is pretty the same}.  After having a scary skin cancer removed 4 years ago, I'm extra careful in the sun so keeping myself protected while slimming down for summer celebrations is essential to me. 

Anyone up for doing a 14 Day Slimdown with me?  
It's fun, easy, and delicious!  

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fresh & Easy Meal Ideas from Fresh & Easy Market

Thank you to Fresh & Easy for sponsoring today's post.  All opinions are my own.


If you're anything like me, you probably try hard to get a good healthy meal on the dinner table but that doesn't always happen, right?  Between sports, chores, fun stuff, work, and just life, sometimes dinner sneaks up on us and I try my hardest to stay OUT of the fast food drive thru because they are 1) too expensive, and 2) generally pretty unhealthy for us.  I really do try my hardest to feed my family the best food that I possibly can.  So instead of eating fast food or something like cereal for dinner, I have discovered the perfect quick dinnertime solution for those hectic nights.  It keeps us fast food free, and eating healthy with VERY minimal time prepping- I pick up quick and easy, ready to eat {just heat and serve} family dinners from our local Fresh & Easy.  Plus, we're a high fructose corn syrup-free family, so shopping when I buy Fresh & Easy brand products, I don't have to read through all of the ingredients like I do at many other stores because their F&E products are high fructose corn syrup-free, and also free of artificial colors and other ingredients I try hard not to feed my family!

Do you shop at Fresh & Easy?  If you're in CA, AZ, or NV, be sure to check out your local Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.  

For just about $20, I brought home a quick, healthy, and totally delicious carnitas soft tacos meal that went from the bag to the table in about 5 minutes!


What I love about Fresh & Easy is all of their amazing selection of fresh, ready to go meals that are made with quality ingredients (many of their items are Wild Oats Organic) and are priced less than fast food.  


The selection of freshly made salads, sandwiches, soups and more is amazing.  


And I couldn't resist bringing home some Wild Oats Organic Tortilla Chips and Salsa.


Plus I picked up one of these for my husband to bring to work for his lunch tomorrow.


And who could resist this cake?!  I love how Fresh & Easy marks down items that expire soon (but are NOT already expired!)  This cake had a "sell by date" of today so it was marked down 50%.   Honestly I would've bought it for $6, so $2.99 was a no-brainer!


And it was such a delicious cake that our whole family loved.


Plus, I'm all about special little details.  Fresh & Easy has such fun extra stuff, like these napkins and adorable straws.  I've never seen those red, white, and blue straws anywhere else, and since 4th of July is my favorite I had to grab a pack of those straws!


And my very favorite special touch is the parking for Adults with Children.  Seriously, if you've never tried wrangling four little boys and groceries from the store out to the parking lot then maybe this doesn't mean much to you, but for me these parking spots are like a ray of sunshine shining down from the heavens on me!


Next time 5 PM is getting close and you're struggling with the age old "What do I make for dinner tonight?" question, stop by your local Fresh & Easy and relax knowing that you're still giving your family a healthy, delicious meal

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