2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

On April 19, 1995, lives were drastically changed forever. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols carried out a horrific attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. I can remember watching the news coverage with my family. I was 6-years-old and living in my hometown of Apple Valley, CA. I was young and confused. Years passed and I never put a lot of thought into the incident again.

In 2009 my husband and I received news that we were getting stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. Each year I watched the marathon from the comfort of our home. In 2015, we finally decided to participate. My husband completed the 5k and I ran the 1.2 mile Kids Marathon with our daughter who was 2-years-old at the time (She ran the entire 1.2 miles!). We had such a great experience in 2015, we decided we would continue to participate each year that we live in Oklahoma City. This year my husband completed the full marathon (26.2 miles) and my daughter and I once again completed the 1.2 mile Kids Marathon.

On Saturday (the day before race day), we visited the Memorial Museum for the first time. Anyone who participates in the marathon receives free tickets to visit the museum. We had been to the outdoor portion of the museum many times, but this was our first time inside. I wasn’t sure what to expect upon entering. The first portion of the museum was interesting, but nothing compared to the second portion of the museum. We entered a room where we listened to a hearing being conducted at the Oklahoma Water Resources building next door — during the hearing, you hear the bombing occur. It was horrific and heart wrenching. I cannot even begin to fathom what it was like to physically be in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.

After the recording, we entered another portion of the museum where we were able to see personal belongings collected from those who lost their lives and from those who survived. I don’t believe there is a single word that can explain how terrible this act of terrorism was. Walking around the remainder of the museum was very difficult for me. I felt sick to my stomach.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake!

Sunday was my husband’s birthday. Last year I made him a homemade ice cream cake. While I enjoyed making it, the cake ended up being more work than I had originally planned (more expensive too). This year I had planned on making another ice cream cake, but with brownies rather than cake. When Vance saw what I was planning, he requested a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake instead. So . . . I gave him what he wanted.

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This ended up being the easiest cake I have ever made!

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NEW Country Crock Spread — Review + French Bread Recipe!

Hello!

It has been nearly a month since my last blog post, but I have been working hard on planning for upcoming blog posts. It has always been my desire to be more active on my blog, but life has made that difficult. I fully intend to change that here shortly. I have so many wonderful ideas for Makeup n’ Munchies — I’ve even been working on writing a cookbook! — which I’m very excited about. I’ve always loved writing and have dreamt of writing a book, so why not combine two things I love?

While I’ve been busily planning for Makeup n’ Munchies, working on both of our businesses and taking care of my family, Influenster surprised me with a new product to try! For the past month I have been actively testing the NEW Country Crock spreads! I have always been a Country Crock fan, but when I made the choice to better my health in 2014, I cut out all butter, margarin, etc. and switched to coconut oil. I was a bit skeptical when I read that the new spreads were healthier. Healthier butter?

Country Crocks new recipe includes:
Purified water
Soybean oil
Palm kernel and palm oil
Salt
Lecithin (soy)
Vinegar
Natural flavors
Vitamin A palmitate
Beta carotene (color)
Vitamin D3

These new spreads are so soft and creamy! The new Country Crock spreads are perfect for those recipes that call for softened butter or margarine. There’s no need to leave the spreads sitting on the counter to soften. Just measure what you need and you’re good to go!

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