Tuesday, April 29, 2014

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday Linky #52- Rainbow Around The Sun

Rainbow Around The Sun


I absolutely love rainbows. You know that song from The Sound of Music, Favorite Things. Well, rainbows are at the top of my list of favorite things, haha! Really though, there is something about seeing a rainbow that just brightens my day. It's a reminder that after every storm there is something beautiful.

Yesterday I saw a rainbow around the sun, or halo. It was so beautiful that I had to share. Have you seen one of these?

What is at the top of your list of favorite things? Something that puts you into a happy mood?


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #51- It's a Small World

Disney Small World Dolls


I have been in love with the Disney Animators' Collection "It's a Small World" dolls since they were released last year! I finally went for it and bought 6 of the 7 originals: Holland, Hawaii, Japan, India, Kenya, and France. I still need England, but it's impossible to find! They recently released China and Mexico, and I can't wait to add those to my collection as well! I think they are just adorable, and I love that they all sing in their language as well as English. 

Do you collect anything? I'd love to hear about it in a comment!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #50- Kitten Love

Kitten LOVE
We adopted a kitten! The story is all kinds of awesome... A couple days before our vacation to Reno, the man decided to take the Princess to look at kittens at Petco. She has wanted one forever. He said, well if you had $100 you could adopt one. Well, she got home and went straight to her piggy bank. A couple hours later, we were off to adopt a kitten! 

The man learned 3 valuable lessons:

1. Don't take a little girl to see the kittens at Petco (unless you're planning to adopt one). 
2. Don't tell the little girl that she can get a kitten if she can come up with the $100 (unless you really want a kitten).
3. Piggy banks hold a lot more money than you'd think.... On our way to Petco. She's crossing her fingers that he's still 
there! 
She named him Fiyero after the male lead in Wicked. Here are some of my favorite photos from my Instagram:




 
Isn't he the cutest!? They have bonded so sweetly! He just loves to snuggle up with her. 


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Angel Cupcakes with Lemonade Cream Cheese Frosting



Spring! Sun!! Lemonade!!!

We had one of those "teaser" days in Oregon last week when the sun warms us up just enough that we think the rainy, grey days are gone.  Sure enough, out came the kids with the lemonade stands.  So cute. Hope they got it all back in the garage before the downpour!

But even if the sun isn't shining, you can bring that Spring zip into your dessert with Angel Cupcakes with Lemonade Cream Cheese Frosting.  These would also make a darling Easter dessert with just a little food coloring magic. Imagine them frosted in light pink, Robin's egg blue and daffodil yellow.

Angel Cupcakes with Lemonade Cream Cheese Frosting is a fabulous recipe developed by Anne Byrn the "Cake Doctor."  She has the BEST recipes.  Angel Cupcakes with Lemonade Cream Cheese Frosting are featured in Cupcakes!: From the Cake Mix Doctor. If you don't have it, you should. 

If you are looking for more dessert ideas, come visit my dessert page or just go straight to Fresh Strawberry Cake. The strawberries are looking better and tasting pretty sweet at the market. 

Ingredients for Angel Food Cupcakes
  • 24 paper cupcake liners
  • 1 package angel food cake mix (I used Better Crocker)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
Ingredients for Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Zest of one lemon
Method for Angel Food Cupcakes
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F.

Step 2: Line two standard cupcake pans with the paper liners.

Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, pour in angel food cake mix, then water, then lemonade concentrate.
Mix a little by hand first. That mix will explode on you! Then mix on low for one minute. Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides and mix for 2 minutes more.

Step 4: Use a big serving spoon and another smaller spoon to scoop and scrape batter evenly into the cupcake pans. The batter is super sticky...almost like marshmallow cream.

Step 5: Bake cupcakes for 20-22 minutes. They should be lightly golden and if you press your finger in the middle, the cupcake will spring back up.

Step 6: Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes on a rack. Then remove them from the pan and cool for another 20 minutes before frosting.

Step 7: Store the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator to keep them moist and creamy.

Method for Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, blend butter and cream cheese on low speed.

Step 2: Slowly add and blend in powdered sugar, lemonade concentrate and lemon zest. All ingredients should be thoroughly combined and frosting thick but spreadable.  If it's too thick, add a little more lemonade concentrate. If it's a little too runny, add more powdered sugar.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to prank a tech geek...

I have always enjoyed pranking people a little too much, so naturally I LOVE April Fool's Day. I don't really get extravagant with it... I like to stick to small pranks like fake bugs in random places and pretend pregnancies (LOL)....

This year I cooked up the most awesome prank yet! My fiance is a major tech geek. So, I uploaded a photo of an error screen to his computer as the screensaver and unplugged his mouse. I waited till 11:59 PM to tell him it was a joke. <Insert evil laugh>


Did you prank anyone for April Fool's Day? I'd love to hear about it in a comment!
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #48- Baby Sister's Wedding

Baby Sister's Wedding!
As you may recall from last week, I headed to Reno for Spring Break. My baby sister got married on Sunday!

It was such a fun week spending time with family and preparing. The wedding was wonderful! I was a bridesmaid and the Princess was a flower girl.

I'm so happy for my sister and her new husband. They are just so perfect for each other. Their love is just so sweet.

Here's a photo of me and my sister getting silly... Aren't we lovely?



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