Vanilla Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Icing and a Kitchen Aid Giveaway

Today I start another round of Feel Great in 8 and I’m so very excited! I had such a great time forming new habits, loosing some weight, and doing something hard last time that I really felt like another go at it would be good for me.

So in honor of my giving up sweets for 8 weeks I thought we should celebrate with some sweets and a Kitchen Aid giveaway!!! Ok, Ok, maybe we should have celebrated with a celery giveaway or something, but cupcakes are way more fun. Everyone one needs a vanilla cupcake recipe with chocolate icing in their archives. I’m really just doing you a favor.

I love a box of cake mix as much as the next girl, but I don’t love using cake mix for cupcakes. The texture is just too fine and they tend to crumble all over the place. No thank you! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe for months and I dare say I found it. Top with some homemade whipped milk chocolate frosting and you have a match made in cupcake heaven.

Of course a shiny new Kitchen Aid would make that frosting extra fluffy! Just enter below!

Perfect vanilla cupcakes recipe with chocolate icing a must have combo!

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Spring Snack Mix

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Spring has sprung! And I have a Spring Snack Mix that is going to put a little hop in your step (get it… hop, bunnies, spring!) I’m so pleased to be participating in the 12 bloggers fun this month because the recipes look amazing and it’s just in time for Easter and spring. This group is 12 fun bloggers, sharing 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. Now that is a lot of joy in one post if you ask me. My recipe isn’t much of a recipe today, more of an idea, but I know you’ll like it. We aren’t Continue Reading →


Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

It’s been so quiet around here lately! I thought we should end the work week with a delicious recipe and then I have some explaining to do come Monday. This recipe is one that I shared a year or so ago on another blog, but I thought it was high time it made an appearance here. Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie is kind of a cross between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family loved it! You can’t go wrong with eggs, ham, and cheese all piled into one dish. Plus it’s super easy. We Continue Reading →


8 Week Health Challenge

Feel great in 8

Anyone want to do a health challenge with me?! I did the Feel Great in 8 program in January and February and just loved it, and now that I’ve had a little break I want to do it again! Feel Great in 8 is awesome. You get points for things like eating fruits and veggies, drinking water, and taking your supplements, but what I love most is that you also get points for things like family time, service, journal writing, and mediating/daily prayer. It’s a very well rounded program that is meant to strengthen you physically, mentally, and spiritually, and I Continue Reading →


Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta

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My in-laws own the grocery store here in town. We moved home to this tiny town almost a year ago so that my husband could start working with his dad, build and open a hardware store that is connected to the current grocery store (should be done and open this June!), and to be closer to family. There are a few perks to owning a grocery store and one of my favorites is the gifts that my mother-in-law gives me. For Christmas she gives all of her kids 10-15 cases of whatever they want from the grocery store. I love Continue Reading →


Pirate Buried Treasure in a Bottle Game

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Rrrrrrrrrrr you a pirate loving family?! We sure are. I go on lots of adventures with my little boys during the day. We run away from dinosaurs and cheetahs, we are good ninjas who fight “meanie bad guys”, we jump over hot lava, and we are excellent treasure hunting pirates. Grandma gave all of my kids a little bag of gold chocolate coins for St. Patrick’s Day and I’m pretty sure my kids don’t know that there is chocolate hiding inside! We have been using them as pirate treasure all week instead of eating them. I have the kids stay Continue Reading →


How to Freeze Bananas

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Frozen bananas will change your smoothie life and I’m here to show you how I do it. When you blend frozen bananas they almost have the consistency of homemade ice cream. Some kind of magic happens and they just get amazingly smooth and creamy. Frozen bananas are a great base for smoothies. They are very sweet, they are a pretty inexpensive fruit, and that texture just can’t be beat. To start your frozen banana collection I would buy 3-4 extra banana bunches for the week and let them rest on the counter until they get nice and ripe. Then freeze Continue Reading →


Lightened Up Spinach Bacon Quiche

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“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cooking Light and Real Simple, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FreshandFab http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Country life is a happy one but it isn’t without a few sacrifices. I’ve given up the convenience of restaurants, and I miss having neat places to take the kids once in a while like museums, aquariums, and parks. But do you know what I miss most of all? The library! Libraries are so amazing to me. We have giant buildings where all kinds of knowledge in the form Continue Reading →


Raspberry Cheesecake Dip

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Today’s recipe is a quick and easy raspberry cheesecake dip. It has five ingredients and takes less than five minutes to whip together. Yes, please! I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes to take to baby showers, lunch at a friend’s, parties, or cook-outs and this recipes fits the bill. It tastes amazing and you can serve it with whatever you have in the house. We loved it with these butter waffle cookies, but it would also be perfect with graham crackers, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, or even fruit. The choice is yours. So the next time Continue Reading →


PicMonkey Collage

I feel like I have some maintenance to do on the blog, and I need your help! First order of business. Will you please take this survey? It’s 9 questions, anonymous, and shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes. I want to know what you want, what you like, what you don’t. How can I improve?! These are questions that keep me up and night and I think that a survey will help me to really know what you dear reader, want. I’m here for you… FILL OUT SURVEY HERE! And yes, I just yelled that at you. Second order of Continue Reading →