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Izea

Monday, January 28, 2013

Cup Cakes

Sometimes you just need a cupcake.  And you don't want to deal with making fancy/ cute ones...

I admit it.  I love using boxed mixes and canned frosting~ I know that's lame for a cooking blog, but it's true.
It's just so quick and easy.  There really is something to be said for convince.  And sometimes I don't feel like spending 2 hours making cupcakes that, I'm going to eat 6 of in 2 minutes.  Sshhh, don't tell.

I basically follow the instructions on the box, but I cut down about half the oil and replace
 it with my homemade apple-butter {if you don't have any applesauce is okay too}.  

I also like to add vanilla extract or other flavors depending on what I'm going for.

Favorite combos- Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting or yellow cake with chocolate frosting and of course chocolate with chocolate...


*Also living at a higher altitude I will add 2-3 tablespoons of flour.

I panicked half way through when I realized I didn't have any cup cake liners. 
>Bad day getting worse here<  
So I sprayed my cupcake tins with Pam and coated with flour... and they came out okay.
UPDATE: I HAVE LEARNED YOU CAN USE COCO POWDER FOR THIS TOO!!! 

Actually it worked better this way, because I didn't have to go around picking up little cupcake wrappers from "little cupcake eaters" who leave them laying around. 

So if you're having a bad day.  Just keep calm and eat a cupcake.  And everything will be okay.

Linked To:
http://www.couponingncooking.com/2013/01/mealtime-monday-recipe-link-up-features_27.html

http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/01/mix-it-up-monday_27.html

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/clever-chicks-blog-hop-19-hog-wash_27.html

http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/01/try-new-recipe-tuesday-january-22.html

http://www.salttree.net/2013/01/open-call-social-39.html

http://www.semihomemademom.com/2013/01/show-share-wednesday-22.html

http://djssugarshack.com/wordpress1/whatcha-whipped-up-32

http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2013/01/full-plate-thursday-1-31-13.html

http://www.whatscookinglove.com/2013/01/showcase-your-talent-thursday-44.html
http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/foodie-friends-friday-chocolate-edition/

Thursday, January 24, 2013

social media buttons



Hello new followers and friends.  I've been working on some social media buttons with the help of Christina.  I could use a little of your help too.

If you'd test out the new buttons in the upper left corner (or below) just by clicking on them.  And then comment with results I'd really appreciate it.

I haven't figured out how to link the e-mail button, or the RSS feed?

It's hard to be a computer "geek" lol  Any tips here would be great.

Thanks!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lunch Meal Plans

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Here's a week's worth of lunch ideas.

There are a few "tried and true" and a new one to check out too.  

I'm working of a few new things for the blog so if you notice a lot of changes going on... sorry.
How do you like the new "Printable" option for the recipes?  I'm kind of experimenting with it, so let me know what you think.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies



I LOVE this recipe, 
but they never turn out the same as when my grandma used to make them.
{I miss her}

This recipe makes a huge batch- you can save 1/2 the dough and keep it in the fridge or freezer to use later.
  


Chocolate Chip Cookies   PRINTABLE 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Liebster Blog Award


 Wow.  I'm shocked and excited... somehow my little blog is finally growing.
Just don't tell my husband about this coming right after his creation... he will gloat for DAYS.

I've been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Jenn over at Jenn's Random Scraps Where she says, "According to several other bloggers, the Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  “Liebster” is German for sweetest, valued, welcome and/or favourite.  As far as I can tell, the nomination is itself the award.  It’s a nice way of recognizing and being recognized."  Thanks for the love Jenn!


First of all, there are some rules:

Each nominee must share 11 things about themselves.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kid Food Ideas And Snacks

My hubby has been giving me a hard time for making everything for the blog and for having to take pictures of all our food before we can eat.

Being the smartalek that he is, he decided that he was going to make the 
most amazing, delicious, "atomic" creation that would flood the blog with traffic... so here it is folks.

He named it "Red Neck Dessert"

Toasted Bread with PB, Chocolate Syrup & Marshmallows.



See all the little feet crowding?  I got one bite...
I'm laughing pretty hard at this picture along with the name.
It fit's pretty well.
I swear my little boy is sticking his belly out

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dinner Meal Plans

I feel like this week is packed with lots of meat... but a meal without meat in our house isn't really a meal.
Most of these are "tried and true" family recipes, so I hope you enjoy them.


Sunday- Pot Roast
see THIS POST
save a little bit to use in the stew for Wednesday night...


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weekly Breakfast Meal Plan

I thought I'd start small with the meal planing and work my way up.  I do it for our family all the time but it's a lot harder putting it together for a post with pictures.



I'M SO EXCITED!!!! I GOT FEATURED FOR MY 1ST TIME! 
Thanks Stone Gable!


Sunday- Fruited Crepes

My Grandma's "tried and true recipe" for the crepes with my own little spin on the filling (see below)

Crepes
1/3 tea spoon salt
1 1/2 cup flour
3 eggs
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 cup milk


Put all ingredients in blender and fry on both sides in a little splash of oil.
Tilt the pan to make them thin.

Izea