Sunday, February 26, 2012

Where did my week go?

Where did it go? This week flew by and I am sitting here where my time has went. I have had Mary Kay on my mind since I have started! This week I did two facials and got all of my inventory. :) Oh how happy I am! I have my debut party on Saturday and a few more facials this week. I am beyond excited. I can see this is going to go far.

Maddie has been talking a lot more. She tries to repeat every word that we say and even tries to read to us now. She is such a little know it all. She actually got sent to time out by daddy because she rolled her eyes. OH BOY! was she upset when HE sent her there. If anyone knows how close Maddie and Jeff are, then you know that Jeff can't punish Maddie in anyway or look like he's mad at her. She gives the little pouty face and it is an instance forgiveness.

Jeff has been really busy at work, as usual. He is working long hours, so Maddie has been staying up a little later to get some time in with him. We all watched Dumbo on Friday. She is so funny. I normally have Dumbo playing in the car for when we go places and there is one spot where she screams out in laughter and says funny mommy, funny mommy! Two seconds later, I hear the same thing all over again! She cracks me up! So, we HAD to watch it to see what is so funny. Friday has turned into our family movie night.

That is all I really remember from this whirlwind of a week. Until next time.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

chocolate molten cupcake

I have been craving something CHOCOLATE!!! Like a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing sounded good, but I knew that I would be the only one that would eat it, so I had to find something else. I was looking up recipes and getting ideas when I ran across this recipe. It was so easy to do and it tasted AH-MAZE-ING!!!! I was surprised how easy it was and how delicious it turned out. Just goes to show you that you don't have to do a million and one steps to get a great tasting dessert. Are you ready to see what you need in order to accomplish this recipe??

Ingredients needed:

1 box chocolate cake mix (or you can make it from scratch if you'd like)
      + ingredients it requires (Eggs, water, oil)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet morsels

On the stove, heat up the whipping cream, but do not let it boil. Add the morsels and melt completely. Cool it i the fridge for about an hour until it is thick. Stir occasionally. Preheat the oven to 350* and prepare the box mix, but do not bake it. Put a 1/4 of the mix in the cupcake, a tablespoon of the cream/morsel mix in the middle, and then the rest with the cake mix. Bake 18 minutes and serve warm! They are delicious and so good. I may or may not have eaten two and debated a third. These are a must!!!



Mary Kay Independent Consultant

So, I am VERY excited to share that I am now a Mary Kay Independent Consultant. I signed up yesterday and am so excited for this new adventure! I have been debating this for a couple of months now and kept tossing the idea around. I finally just went for it and couldn't be happier with my choice. I already ordered my product, have everything set up, and ready for my box of stuff so I can get started! My first task is to get 30 faces in 30 days. Do I have any takers? It's free for you! I just need input and a picture!! I feel like jumping around because I love their products and know that if everyone tried it they would, too. If you would like to look at my website or order anything you can go to  I will be happy to help you out in anyway. If you want to earn free product, let me know and I can help you out with that too!! * About to burst!*  Check it out!!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Family Night out!

     We have been trying to do a lot more family time since Jeff has been working long hours. It's tough on Maddie only getting to spend an hour or two a day with him, so when he is home we like to make the best of it. This family night out, we went to go get some ice cream. Maddie has had ice cream before and we go to Sonic or Wendy's regularly to get some sort of cold item. This time was a little more special. We took her to Marble Slab and let her pick out what she wanted.

     She got to try a few samples and she told us which one she wanted and what on it. She decided to go with Cotton candy ice cream with gummy bears mixed in. I thought it was slightly weird, but it was what she wanted and she actually ate most of it. She had so much fun getting to try new flavors and choosing which one she wanted. Jeff got a scoop of mint ice cream with oreos while i devoured butter pecan with chocolate morsals. It was really good. It was definitely one of those nights where we will remember always because she was all smiles that night.  

Enjoy the pictures! :)


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Dog Snacks

Here is another dog snack. I really like this recipe between this one and the other one because I have all of the ingredients on hand and it is all healthy. This recipe is really easy, as well. These smell really good. I have a second batch in the oven right now! Like I said in the previous post, tomorrow is my dog's 'birthday' party, so I am trying a few new recipes.

What you need:

1 large apple- cored sliced and minced
1 cup oats
1/2 water
1/4 cup honey
teaspoon of cinnamon
11/2 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat the oven at 350*. Add all of the items together except the flour. Once it is well mixed, add the flour a little at a time. Roll them into balls and place onto a greased cookie sheet. The original recipe I found HERE didn't seem right. So, I took a chance and baked them at what I thought. I baked them at 15 minutes, flipped, and baked for another  minutes. I guess we will see what the dogs think when I feed it to them.


Peanut Butter Dog snacks

Today is Katy's ( my dog) birthday. She is the big F-O-U-R! Each year I make her a little cake and her and Toby(my other dog) share her little cake. This year is a little different. A couple of friends who have dogs are going to meet us up at a dog park and and let them all play. I decided that I would make them some cookies instead of the cake (mainly because I didn't have a lot of the items. I found some pretty easy recipes to make! :) I have another batch in the oven now, but I finished these and had to know if the dogs would eat them. Of course they did!! :)

Look no longer for a dog snack recipe! :) I know people are just dying to make some dog snacks.

2 cups of Whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375*. In a medium bowl, add the flour and baking powder together. In a small bowl add the peanut butter and milk together and cream. Then add the wet to the dry mix. Knead the batch and roll it out to 1/4 inch. Use a cookie cutter ( I used a dog bone and a cupcake cutter) and cut out your cookies. Place onto a GREASED cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool and serve! :)

Like I said, easy, quick, and apparently delish!  Enjoy!!


Chuck E Cheese

Before I get to tell you about Chuck E cheese, I want to tell you about what I did this morning. I am part of a coupon group and once a month we make food and bring it to the Ronald McDonald house. We are, also, beginning to help clean rooms and such. I made up a batch up homemade chili (enough for 30 people) and spent a little time cleaning. Today was a really touching moment. Each room is sponsored by a person, family, or company. One of the rooms we cleaned was sponsored by a family whose daughter died on the day of her Wedding. Her WEDDING! Her and her husband were MILES away from their honeymoon when she was killed by a drunk driver!!! It really makes you think. Now onto the reason for this blog...  
Jeff has been really busy at work and there hasn't been much time for play or time in general to hang out as a family. We decided that today would be a good day to have a good family day and do something fun. Who doesn't want to go to Chuck E cheese as a kid?? I was really excited because I use to love to go as a child and knew Maddie would have a blast. I knew she would be too little for some games, but there would be plenty for her to play with. We got there and the line to get in was out the door! Oh boy! We finally got in and actually ended up taking someone's table. I guess someone sat another family, but the family went to get tokens and such. We were sat and the lady came back up with her kids. We got the situation packed, but this place was CRAZY!!!! Maddie couldn't wait to start playing games, but we had to eat first. Jeff took her to ride a few little rides in front of our table while I sat at our table and made sure no one took our table. Ha! She quickly ate a slice of pizza and was off! 

This was a very eye opening experience. We had kids pushing Maddie out of the way to play games, kids trying to take our tickets while Maddie was STILL playing, a lot of the machines were actually broken, and -my favorite part - ADULTS playing and blocking games with kids waiting to play. I couldn't believe it! We were trying to let Maddie play skeeball. She always tries to play at another place we go to, so we thought we would really enjoy it. There were six lanes, two were broken, one only had one ball, and two ladies were having a competition on two lanes. Really ladies?! Anyway, Maddie had a lot of fun if you put all of that to the side. She was getting tired, so I cashed in her tickets (which wasn't a whole lot) and got her a few little prizes. It was a good time and quite the learning experience. Tomorrow we are going to go get some ice cream and let her pick out what she wants. I am pretty excited to get to spend some more time as a family and get out. 

She's got quite the arm!

Maybe a basketball player?

She came close a few times getting it in the hoop. Definitely hit the rim a few times.

Why roll it when you can throw it?!

Daddy finally had to show her how to do it! haha
Overall, we had such a great time! I am so sad that she is growing up so quickly!

Enjoy the pictures!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mint chocolate cookies

So, a few people asked for this recipe and I am happy to share! WARNING: These cookies are delicious and you will consume 5 before you know it. I normally only make them at Christmas time when I make a lot of cookies to share. These cookies are not made like the traditional cookie is. You start on the stove, move it to the fridge, and then to the oven. Well worth every bit of work!!
Ingredients needed: 
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
one box of Andes mint wafers
In a large pan, cook the butter, sugar, and water on low until it is melted. Add in the chocolate chips and stir until it is partially melted. Take the pan off and continue to stir until completed melted. Let it cool in a large bowl for 10 minutes. While it is cooling, add the dry ingredients into a separate bowl. Once it is slightly cool, beat in the eggs one at a time at a high speed. Reduce the speed and add the dry ingredients. Chill the dough for AT LEAST one hour in the fridge. Bake it in the oven at 350* for 8-10 minutes. I have found it important to place the dough back in the fridge while not in use. While the cookies are baking, start to take the wrapper off the mints. Place a half a wafer onto each cookie after it's baked. Wait 5 minutes and then spread over the rest of the cookie. 
Try it and let me know what you think!! 


Monday, February 6, 2012

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Today was Super Bowl Sunday and to me that means I get to make a lot of appetizers and munch on food way too often. I found this recipe and I wanted to try it. I love eating mozzarella sticks and if I can make them at home and taste just as good, then I am in a lot of trouble. Ha! We went to my friends house for the big game. These things had to be in the freezer for at least two hours, so I had to plan accordingly. These came out pretty good. I had all of the supplies on hand and was excited to try it out.  I got the recipe from HERE. I didn't try the sauce this time. I may try it next time, but I like mine with Ranch dressing.

Ingredients needed:

12 mozzarella sticks ( I cut a 12 thick pieces from a block of cheese that I had on hand)

1 1/2 cups Progresso Italian style bread crumbs or regular and then add 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon table salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 eggs
1 cup of all-purpose flour
Canola oil for frying

I added the bread crumbs, salt, italian seasoning, and pepper together. I cracked and slightly beat the eggs in a bowl.  In a separate plate I put the flour. Take the cheese and coat in the flour. This will prevent the cheese from soaking up the egg. I, then, put it in the egg, into the bread crumb, back into the egg, and then back into the bread crumb. Once all of these are finished, place it into the freezer for at least 2 hours. I used a deep fryer for this instead of on the stove. The oil should be at 350*. Cook until crispy and brown. Then enjoy! :) 


Easiest Cupcake ever!

I was throwing my Spring Premiere Thirty-one party and my baking mind started rolling. I love to host parties and to bake things for people, so this was perfect!! I made a few cake pops (which turned out to be a HUGE hit) and some Mint chocolate cookies. I needed something non-chocolatey for those who may not want or like chocolate. I wanted to make some pineapple cupcakes, but could not remember what I added and didn't add. I found a different recipe and fell in love with it! This is seriously the easiest cupcake that you could ever make. Are you ready for this?!?!

Ingredients needed:

Yellow cake mix
20 oz. can of pineapple

Can you believe that? No eggs, no oil, no water. How much healthier could a cupcake get??

Mix the ENTIRE can of pineapple into the cake mix. Pop them into your cupcake liners and bake for 19 minutes at 350*.

That easy!! They are so delicious, moist, and pretty healthy. I top my cupcakes with cool whip and enjoy! You may need to have two just to feel like you actually ate a cupcake! I know I do!!

Try it out. You know you want to!!

Lori :)